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, presented as a moderated panel, Jack Ewing and Nancy Gray will use their 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 and the Advancement Leadership
- Working with the Trustees
- Partnerships with Advancement and the President’s Cabinet
The fee for this webinar 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. This webinar is a broadcast of a recorded program, so any of your questions will be addressed in a follow-up email message at a later date.
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.
- 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
- 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.
Nancy Oliver Gray, CFRE, joined the firm in 2017 as a Senior Consultant. Prior to joining Gonser Gerber, Nancy served as President of Hollins University from 2005-2017, retiring as president emerita in 2017. Under her leadership, Hollins implemented a strategic plan with a goal of establishing Hollins as the women’s liberal arts college that best unites excellence in liberal arts education with experiential learning opportunities and strong career preparation. She has also served as president of Converse College. Prior to her presidencies, Nancy served as vice president for external relations at Rider University and vice president for seminary relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has also had development experience at Vanderbilt University, The University of Louisville, Oberlin College and The Lawrenceville School. She is currently a member of the boards of Princeton Theological Seminary, Mill Mountain Theatre, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs.