“Fundamentals for the Small Shop” is a webinar series created by the Gonser Gerber Institute targeted to the smaller fundraising team that still has big goals and aspirations. Drawing on the experience of our clients and the work of our faculty member, Jack Ewing, Senior Consultant at Gonser Gerber, we are presenting three sessions specifically aimed at areas that small shops tend to struggle with the most; Making sure you have the plans in place for success, Working with the President/CEO, institutional/organizational leadership, and the Development Team, and How to secure major gifts when you have a small staff (or no staff members dedicated fulltime to fundraising).
We hope you’ll read more about the upcoming programs we have, join us to be part of the conversation, as well as continue to let us know about your challenges as a member of a smaller team so that we can continue to provide sessions in this series that will engage and support you. These sessions are designed so that you can attend one or all of them – they will build off each other, but not repeat any content.
Session Two: Partnerships between Leadership and the Advancement Team
Being a team member of any small organization means that communication and cooperation are more important than ever. Between wearing multiple hats, to dealing with the same constituencies, we need to have good dialogue between the staff members working with donors and friends, and leadership who are providing direction and governance. If there is good communication flow between a President/CEO and Director of Development, for example, the likelihood of being able to speak with a donor about mission-driven fundraising and programmatic goals will be more effective. In this session, Jack Ewing will use his experience as President/CEO of smaller shops to help you develop a better partnership within your organization’s leaders and staff members.
Topics we will cover include:
- The advantages of working in a Small Shop
- Building trust and open communication between the President/CEO and the Vice President for Advancement/Director of Development
- Working with the Trustees: Who, What, When, and How
- Partnerships with Advancement and the President/CEO’s Cabinet
The fee is $295 per institution, which allows your entire team the opportunity to participate in this professional development at the same time. If you are a current client of Gonser Gerber Advancement Consulting, that fee is just $145. You will also receive a copy of the presentation and a recording of the webinar with your registration.
Other sessions as part of our Small Shop Series include:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Who Should Attend:
- Senior-level Advancement Professionals – Strategic resources for senior-level leaders.
- Mid-level Advancement Professionals – For staff who already know the basics and need to refine skills in defined areas.
- New to Advancement – For professionals new to the advancement profession – whether this is your first job or you’re a workforce veteran.
Positions in the Following Areas:
- Governing and Foundation Board Leaders
- Presidents, Heads, and CEOs
- Campaign Volunteer Leaders
- Chief Advancement Officers
- Development Directors
- Annual Giving staff
- Major Gift and Planned Giving staff
- Alumni/Constituent Relations staff
- Prospect Researchers
- Campaign staff
- Communications and Public Relations staff
Jack Ewing, Senior Consultant, joined Gonser Gerber in 2018 after serving as the Chief Executive of two institutions of higher education and two religious nonprofit organizations over 23 years. From 1994 to 2000 he served as President of Dakota Wesleyan University where he was responsible for establishing the solid foundation on which the institution’s current success was established. From 2000 to 2005 he served as President of Mount Union College (now the University of Mount Union) with great success in strategic planning, fundraising, and campus development. Most recently, Jack served as the Executive Director and CEO of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, the largest United Methodist conference center in the world. In each of these responsibilities Jack provided leadership to refine and clarify mission, developed clear strategic vision and plans, strengthened marketing and public relations, established systems that led to dramatically increased fundraising, and provided adaptive leadership for each unique institution and organization.