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,…

California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University partners with Gonser Gerber again

The Challenge: Doing It Again! California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks California has worked with Gonser Gerber for over 16 years. Gonser Gerber has provided advice and counsel that has guided the University’s leadership on important and significant decisions including: Board development Strategic planning Feasibility and philanthropic readiness assessments Campaign strategy and counsel Development staff…

University of Nevada Las Vegas

UNLV Completes Half-billion Dollar Capital Campaign

The Challenge: Inspiring the Board to Complete a Half-billion Dollar Capital Campaign In 2007, the UNLV Foundation was facing multiple challenges: to complete a half billion dollar capital campaign in the worst economic downturn in Las Vegas history and to develop a trusting and robust relationship between a new President and the University’s key volunteers. …

William Jewell College

William Jewell College Launches Aggressive Campaign

The Challenge: An Aggressive Campaign in Tough Economic Times William Jewell College is a national liberal arts college in the Kansas City area. Jewell hired Gonser Gerber as Advancement Counsel, but used their consultant in a much broader capacity. President David Sallee writes, “Gonser Gerber was a terrific partner in helping William Jewell College take…