Retaining Gift Officers

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Charlie Shepard takes a deeper look into the systemic issue of retaining advancement and development gift officers, exploring the ways successful institutions find staff members who “fit” with their institution, and how they keep them from departing to greener pastures.

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On Getting Out There (and Tracking It All!)

Sophisticated fundraisers are allocating relevant time working on their call reports, carefully recording specifics from a visit, and developing strategies that will work to match donor interests with identified institutional needs.

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Northwestern College of Iowa: $24.5 million raised for a new Science Building in 26 months

Having come off a successful comprehensive campaign for facilities, endowment, and annual giving, many at Northwestern wondered if the donor base was ready to aggressively move into its new campaign for the Science Center. To answer the major question about donor readiness to fund the largest capital project in the College’s history, the administration and Board hired Gonser Gerber LLP to conduct a campaign readiness study.

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The Pot of Gold

Successful advancement programs don’t chase the elusive pot of gold. They focus on their own constituents and build relationships which engage and encourage those constituents to get involved and inspired by the mission, vision and plans of the institution.

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I Don’t Have Time for This!

Your success in meeting and exceeding your advancement goals will depend on learning to understand your president and leverage his or her time, strengths and personality for maximum effectiveness.

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