Simple Development Systems was created based on the recommendations of Dr. Adrian Sargeant in the report, Growing Philanthropy in the United States, the recommendations of Penelope Burk in her book, Donor-Centered Leadership, and analyzing years of charitable giving data. In their groundbreaking study, How Nonprofits Get Really Big, the Bridgespan Group found that the most successful nonprofit organizations were those with strong focus:
- “Diversification may seem like a good idea, but in practice most of the organizations that have gotten really big over the past three decades did so by concentrating on one type of funding source, not by diversifying across several sources of funding. Bridgespan obtained solid financial data for 110 of the 144 high-growth nonprofits we identified. Of the 110, roughly 90 percent had a single dominant source of funding—such as government, individual donations, or corporate gifts. And on average, that dominant funding source accounted for just over 90 percent of the organization’s total funding.”
Simple Development Systems is focused on building a strong base of individual funding from the ground up (80% of charitable giving dollars come from individuals), and it was structured with the small to the mid-sized nonprofit organization in mind. The gist of SDS is not on the latest cutting edge techniques, but rather on mastering the fundamentals (and my lifetime donor attraction system) that leads to exceptional fundraising — and your happier, healthier nonprofit.
Simple Development Systems is more than just another membership program or a bunch of free webinars –
it’s a system based on science, and a community for moving your organization forward.
Immediately upon signing up, you’ll receive access to the digital version of Simple Development Systems containing my easy formula for lifetime donors, along with the Simple Development Systems Toolkit, packed with all of the tools, templates and worksheets that will make your work easier.
This will be followed by 24 modules, consisting of the six core classes that make up the Simple Development Systems Donor Attraction Model. All of this is delivered on-demand, so it’s guaranteed to fit your schedule. You’ll gain access to ideas, tools, and actionable steps that you can put into practice at your organization.
Watch the free workshop, Grow Your Fundraising in 2020 and Beyond to discover where smart fundraisers focus to grow their fundraising - even in times of crisis.