Board Recruiting and Training Seminar Conducted by Donna Miller

Donna Miller of Miller Consulting recently conducted a seminar for the Nonprofit Learning Lab, a national nonprofit that connects, supports, and develops individuals seeking to lead the nonprofit sector. Building an Effective Board of Directors: Raising Funds and Thinking Strategically guides you through recruiting board members, team building with board members, and fundraising [...]

Client Awarded Two!!! Multi-Year Grants

Don’t let durable medical equipment get tossed out into the alley!

The Harold Simmons Foundation and the W. B. and Edna Zale Foundation have both recently granted multi-year grants to increase the nonprofit’s ability to provide durable medical equipment (DME) to more clients. DME Exchange collects gently-used durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, [...]

Fundraising Success in 2014 for DME Exchange of Dallas

Annual Report 2014

DME Exchange of Dallas serves a unique need in Dallas. They collect gently-used durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and home hospital beds, refurbish and sanitize the equipment and then distribute it free of charge to Dallas County residents who have a financial need, no health insurance or [...]

Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing goes for the Gold! Featured in Robert Miller's column for The Dallas Morning News.


Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in Dallas, Texas announced that their Going for the Gold Gala Texas Style, held in March 2013 netted $520,000 towards nursing scholarships. Janis Kovar, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing director of development, said, “The need for scholarships is great and without financial assistance many [...]

Fundraising Success!

Strong fundraising success for the Frontiers of Flight Museum, a Miller Consulting client. During the past twelve months, the Museum has received grants from The Meadows Museum, the Hoblitzelle Foundation, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, Hillcrest Foundation, and The UPS Foundation. Funding helps supports the Museum’s education programs and exhibits. The [...]

Miller Consulting Adds a New Client - Winfree Academy Charter Schools

Winfree Academy,http://www.winfreeacademy.com, is a school for students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. They can attend school in a safe environment and work with staff members who have been specifically trained to work with at-risk youth. Miller Consulting will work with Winfree on Strategic Business Development initiatives [...]

It's All in the Ask

Elisabeth Dillon/DMN Staff Photographer

From left: Donna Miller of Miller Consulting, Rob Slovak, Reading & Radio Resource board president, and Betty Hersey, executive director.

The Dallas Morning News‘ Bob Miller writes Sunday, July 10, 2011, about Reading & Radio Resource’s work with area foundations, http://dallasne.ws/rkNNKn

The Moody Foundation, the Dallas Stars Foundation, and the Delta Gamma Foundation, [...]

SWOT Analysis and More Great Marketing Lessons

I attended a day-long Strategic Planning workshop last Saturday, and, of course, we worked through a SWOT Analysis. I’ve been using SWOT for a long time and wondered when it first came into practice. In searching the web, I ended up here, www.marketingteacher.com. The site has a good history of SWOT and [...]

The Best Sales/Fundraising Lesson Ever

The best sales and fundraising lesson I ever received was during my first professional job out of graduate school. I was working in a one-person office, responsible for everything from filing IRS documents, to writing concert programs, to picking up guest artists at the airport. It was easy to get lost in everyday [...]

Client receives $40,000 from The Hoglund Foundation

One of my clients, Reading & Radio Resource, recently received a two-year $40,000 gift from The Hoglund Foundation. The gift supports the campaign Vision 2050. I wrote the case statement for Vision 2050, so it is doubly exciting to see such success!

Thinking with Words

My son’s teacher recently told me that my son’s ability to “think with words” was outstanding. My knee-jerk immediate thought was “How else would one think but with words?” But there are several ways to think – spatially like engineers and architects, visually like painters, aurally like musicians, emotionally like most [...]

Sunday Afternoon in the Park

Lazy Sunday afternoons in July aren’t usually the site of something exciting, but last Sunday I spent three hours with a group of marketing professionals gathered to develop a Marketing Strategy. This wasn’t any old marketing strategy, but one calculated to change the way of doing business for one of my clients, Reading & [...]

Foundation Grant Received

One of my fundraising clients, Reading & Radio Resource, recently received a substantial grant from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to support the organization’s mission of “reading for those who cannot read for themselves.”

Foundation Fundraising - Oak Cliff Chamber

Raising money for an established cause with a track record is one thing. Raising money for a new cause is another. An experienced fundraiser is invaluable in such a situation. I worked with the Oak Cliff Chamber’s Golden Oaks Awards to raise college scholarship for Oak Cliff high school students. We [...]

Interim Development Director

Experience and success managing both small and large fundraising teams means I am a quick study and can move into a management position right away. Your critical fundraising campaigns do not have to flounder or stop altogether if your development director leaves unexpectedly.

The American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter asked me to [...]

Capital Campaign or Special Project – Case Statement Development

Reading & Radio Resource launched two successful special project campaigns in the past five years: one to update their audio recording systems and data storage systems to digital, and one to match a grant from the Department of Commerce to upgrade their radio station, Station NTRB – a Radio Reading Service.

Both special projects required the [...]

Capital Campaigns – Collateral Development

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration launched a capital campaign to raise funds for their new South Building.  Miller Consulting, in partnership with Global Images Design, developed a Campaign Communication Plan that communicated key messages through a series of postcards mailed to the parish members and posters mounted throughout the campus.

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Writing a foundation proposal isn't just about the rules

Writing a foundation proposal can seem an easy way to raise money. “If I follow all the rules, they’re sure to fund us. We deserve it.” But foundations are run by people with all the preferences, dislikes, and quirks that people have. Not following the rules is an easy way to [...]