Gonser Gerber Institute webinars are cost effective solutions which provide professional development in a short amount of time and for large groups of professionals.  Our webinars will engage you and answer the questions that you want answered.  The most important and timely advancement topics will be tackled, or you can contact Gonser Gerber Institute to talk about team-specific pressing issues, concerns or topics.

The Giving Board: Ways to Increase Gift Income Through Board Engagement

Date: July 11, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm central

The best advancement programs find meaningful ways to involve Board members in development activities. This can range from hosting events, introducing new prospective major donors to your institution’s leaders, and participating in the solicitation process.  But as advancement leaders, we need to remember that Board members are also major gift donors and prospects, and need to be cultivated and recognized like all our other significant prospects. (more…)

Getting Your Foot in the Door – Securing First Visits with Prospects

Date: July 27, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm cst

For many gift officers, one of the most frustrating problems involves securing visits with donors and prospects – especially first visits. In many instances, your institution may not have contacted these individuals for a number of years and efforts to set up face-to-face visits may be met with skepticism or even annoyance.

Implementing Performance Metrics for Gift Officers: Avoiding Problems and Making Metrics Work for Your Team

Date: September 7, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm cst

Whether you are planning to implement performance metrics or looking to enhance your current system, your advancement team will be more productive when you ensure that gift officers have specific goals that motivate, encourage success, move prospects closer to gifts, and elevate your whole team.  In this webinar, brought to you by the Gonser Gerber Institute, we will offer specific ways in which gift officers should be evaluated based on institutional values, their activities, and the outcomes that your advancement program needs. (more…)

Social Media – Best Practices to Connect and Engage Your Constituents

Date: September 13, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm central

The influence of social media is pervasive. Everywhere you turn, people are spending more time connecting with one another and staying informed and engaged with local, regional, and national news and events through these ubiquitous communication channels. (more…)

Engaging a Tired Constituency

Date: October 12, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm central

Has your institution been in one campaign after another? Are you visiting with the same donors and not getting them to increase their annual giving? Have your donor recognition events started to feature the same people year-after-year?

It’s time to shake up your prospect pool and uncover the hidden gems in your database! (more…)

Donor Contact Reports: Implementing a System That Works

Date: December 5, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm central

Effective contact reports help you raise more money today and build your capacity to raise more money tomorrow. But gift officers are rarely trained to write reports that contain the most important information and advancement offices do not always make these essential reports a priority. (more…)

Successfully Launching the Public Phase of Your Campaign

Date: December 14, 2017 · Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm cst

You’ve spent years planning for your campaign, assessing internal readiness, developing an institutional vision and goals, researching potential campaign lead donors, recruiting campaign chairs and committees, and securing lead gifts during your quiet phase. But when do you go public? (more…)