The Advancement Mode of Governance

In their classic nonprofit book, “Governance as Leadership,” Dick Chait, Bill Ryan, and Barbara Taylor identify 3 modes of effective board governance.  When taken together, these 3 modes are designed to ensure that board members have meaningful experiences and that the corporate body of the board fulfills its important governance role for the nonprofit. These…

Peer Screens: A Most Helpful Donor Research Tool

When advancement leaders consider conducting current donor and prospective donor research, two primary methodologies come to mind. First, an electronic wealth screen is the choice most advancement leaders make when attempting to find currently unknown (to them) prospective major donors.  A wealth screen uses publicly available databases and information to provide a rating of an…

Tyson Pinion joins Gonser Gerber as Senior Consultant

Gonser Gerber LLP, advancement and leadership consultants, announces the appointment of Dr. Tyson Pinion as a Senior Consultant. As a member of the Gonser Gerber team of consultants, Pinion will provide counsel to educational, healthcare, and other nonprofit organizations in the areas of building effective advancement programs and comprehensive campaigns, board development, enrollment management, integrated…

When Givers Don’t Give

You delivered a well-crafted major gift proposal to current generous givers.  This particular donor couple has been close to your institution for years and made one of the larger gifts to your last major campaign. Based on your recent visits and discussions with them, you know the gift amount proposed was in the ballpark (it…

Erin Phillips joins Gonser Gerber as Senior Consultant

Gonser Gerber LLP, advancement and leadership consultants, announces the appointment of Erin Phillips as a Senior Consultant. “We are delighted to welcome Erin to the firm,” said M. Jane Eaves, Gonser Gerber LLP Coordinating Partner.  “Her experience in executive leadership and advancement for higher education, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector will add value to our…

From Crises To Confidence

Since March of this year there has been no shortage of folks willing to provide advice and guidance on how fundraising professionals should be responding in the face of the pandemic or global social justice protests.  Whether it’s through social media, virtual webinars and workshops, or other channels, most of the guidance shared has focused…