A Sublime Moment of Generosity

How often are cues from those who value the work we do overlooked – the sort that reveals a deeper desire to become more engaged with us and give us something? A small but consistent increase in their annual gift, a quick response to our latest direct mail, a ubiquitous presence at our events, consistent engagement on social media platforms – all cues that, either individually or collectively, may expose an eagerness to become more involved in supporting the good work of our organizations.


Making the Case to Spend (More) Time on Social Media

Recognizing many people working in Advancement understand that promoting their organizations and engaging their constituents on social media is time well spent, the biggest hurdle you may face may be the same one other’s are facing — convincing the boss you should be spending more time doing this kind of work.


Gonser Gerber Annual Conference

Date: August 1 – 2, 2018
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Join us for our next Gonser Gerber Annual Conference. The program is scheduled from 7:30 am on Thursday, August 1st, through 12:30 pm on Friday, August 2nd, 2019. It will take place at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.


Celebrating Success

Vice President Jim Orr of Abilene Christian University tasked his leadership team with developing a clear and transformational Advancement plan for FY17.


Why “Talent Management” is Never Enough: 3 Approaches to Leading Productive Advancement Teams

Advancement leaders today in search of resources on leading the most productive advancement teams quickly will encounter the phrase, “talent management.”  Not only are there a multitude of professional development opportunities awaiting the advancement leader with talent management in the title, larger advancement programs in higher education and healthcare have begun to employ talent managers…


Nancy O. Gray, CFRE, joins Gonser Gerber as Senior Consultant

Gonser Gerber LLP, consultants in institutional advancement, has announced the appointment of Nancy O. Gray as a Senior Consultant with the firm.  As a member of the Gonser Gerber team, Nancy will provide individualized counsel to educational, religious, arts, social service, healthcare and other non-profit organizations.  Her specialties include developing and strengthening governance and foundation boards;…


Charlie Shepard Joins Gonser Gerber as Consultant

Gonser Gerber LLP, consultants in institutional advancement, has announced the appointment of Charlie Shepard as a Senior Consultant with the firm.  As a member of the Gonser Gerber team, Shepard will provide individualized counsel to educational, healthcare, religious, social service and other non-profit organizations. His specialty includes developing and strengthening Governing Boards, Foundation Boards, annual, capital,…

Calvin H. Stoney

Calvin H. Stoney to Retire

Gonser Gerber LLP announces the upcoming retirement of Calvin Stoney, a Partner in the firm.  On August 4, 2017, Cal will be retiring after 38 years of distinguished service to his clients and the firm.  A celebration of his career will take place at a formal reception following the firm’s Annual Conference on August 3rd at 5:00 p.m.…

Jason D. McNeal

Dr. Jason McNeal, partner, publishes book on Meaningful Call Reports

Effective contact reports help build the future of a donor’s relationship with your institution. But gift officers are rarely trained to write reports that contain the information advancement leaders need to succeed. How do you improve the reporting skills needed to write detailed and useful reports? In Writing Meaningful Contact Reports: A Handbook for Fundraisers,…