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We’re back. We think.

Folks, we have been through two disruptive rounds of server migration. We hope that things will run smoothly now, but we don’t really know. If you posted a comment within the last 24 hours it was probably lost during the migration, even if the system seemed to accept it. Sorry about that. Please repost if you are so inclined.


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Gary Paul Gilbert

It seems as if most of the comments from the archive are gone too.

Gary Paul Gilbert


Geez, now the posts are gone on this (post-migration) thread, too? O_o

JC Fisher


When I went to a Fundraising Day event a couple of years ago (not a church event; one for non-profits generally–and I highly recommend these AFP events, if you can get there), I learned something very interesting:

An organization did a study on how often is too often to ask for money. What they discovered was that the number of times an organization asked for money didn’t matter; what mattered was that the organization was able to show the impact of the previous gift.

This made innate sense to me. If someone asks you for $5 and you say, “I just gave you $5; what happened to that?” and all you get is, “I need $5,” well, I’m certainly not inclined to give it.

I think showing donors that we have appreciated their gifts by using them wisely and well is part of the way we can offer our thanks and gratitude.

Laura Toepfer

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