If I asked, “Do you have a day and a half you can use simply for yourself? To disconnect. To focus on yourself with no other responsibilities for family or work, etc. For self-care, for feeling better, for getting healthier.” Most likely, the typical response would be something between laughter and suspicion regarding my sanity. …Details
Not long ago a family friend just starting his career came to me with a question. He was looking at two potential job opportunities. One was a part-time position for a company with which he had already interned. The part-time position had no benefits but he knew who his supervisor would be (and liked her)…Details
The essence of fundraising (i.e., development) is often analogized with “asking for the gift,” or “engaging the giver,” or “cultivating the prospect,” or even “stewarding the donor.” But almost never is fundraising viewed as “spreading ideas.” Spreading ideas, though, is exactly what the best development and advancement leaders and teams do exceptionally well. They effectively…Details
On Demand Program
In this On Demand Gonser Gerber Institute webinar, presented by partner Jason McNeal, Ph.D., we will review the most effective approaches in inviting major gifts. If you are regularly talking with prospects and donors about major gifts, this webinar is for you!
Too often we think of the donor’s next gift as if it is their final gift. “Don’t leave money on the table.” “I asked for too little.” “We could have gotten more.” These are familiar statements we use nonchalantly but they deeply shape how we think about a donor’s current gift. It’s as if we…Details
On Demand Program
In this On Demand Program, Pam Spencer, Senior Consultant with Gonser Gerber, will cover the critical elements of planned gifts so that you can begin to identify potential prospects, discuss planned gift opportunities through a formalized process, develop dual or triple ask strategies, effectively steward planned gifts, and know when to seek legal advice.
Perhaps one of Maya Angelou’s most well-known quotes is her wise sentence on interpersonal influence: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” During our firm’s Annual Conference this past weekend, our Gonser Gerber family recognized and thanked Doug Mason for his 31 years…Details
In a stunning development, Gonser Gerber client McPherson College announced in July 2023 that it had received a second commitment of $500 million from an anonymous donor, who had pledged $500 million last year as part of a unique giving challenge. Combined, the two pledges are among the largest private gifts ever received by an…Details