Believers vs. Everybody

Believers in your institution’s mission give consistently.  Everybody won’t do that. Believers in your institution’s vision for the future invest charitably.  Everybody won’t do that. Believers in the leadership and values practiced at your institution remember you through their estates.  Everybody won’t do that. As advancement professionals, our job is not to invite everybody to…

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What Am I Doing?

The world is filled with leaders in every industry (including advancement/development) who rarely ask themselves this important question. Posers, caring more about the perception of leadership than the practice of it, almost never ask this question. Even still, some are able to ascend to high-level, leadership posts (again, yes, even in advancement/development). It doesn’t matter…

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Gonser Gerber Celebrates Senior Consultant, Michael J. Littell, 2020 Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award Recipient

Gonser Gerber is proud to celebrate the recognition of Senior Consultant, Michael J. Littell, as 2020 Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award Recipient, a CASE/NAIS Independent School Award. The Robert Bell Crow award recognizes independent school advancement professionals for their distinguished service to the profession, their school and CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).…

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The Most Important “Impact” of Giving Is Not What You Think

With the dawn of another U.S. Thanksgiving holiday just days away, we will soon welcome the commencement of the official “season of giving.” The month of December will experience millions of donors acting with great generosity and each year at this time I am reminded of the concept of philanthropic impacts. Specifically, and, it seems,…

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Announcing Our New Consulting Service! Presidential Leadership Counsel

Gonser Gerber is pleased to announce our latest consulting service innovation! Our new Presidential Leadership Counsel will provide new and more seasoned presidents with personalized counsel on topics specific to the highest levels of leadership. Whether you are focused on beginning your presidency in the most productive and effective ways or are looking for an opportunity…

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Walter Collins joins Gonser Gerber as Senior Consultant

Gonser Gerber LLP, consultants in institutional advancement, has announced the appointment of Walter E. Collins as a Senior Consultant with the firm. “We are delighted to welcome Walter to the firm,” said Dr. Chad Jolly, Gonser Gerber Coordinating Partner. “His experience in executive leadership and advancement for higher education and the arts will add value…

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Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA Final Impact at $250 Million

Gonser Gerber wants to congratulate our client, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for exceeding its campaign goal by reaching $250 million. For more information about the campaign and to review their final impact report, please see the email below from Campaign Director, the Rev. Ron Gluesenkamp. We are proud to have worked alongside the…

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Annual Giving Program

Annual Giving Program:  Charitable gifts raised by an organization each year to fund its on-going operations.  These gifts can be unrestricted or restricted and are generally raised through an annual campaign plan with several coordinated giving vehicles including; direct mail, phone, e-mail and on-line, special events, social media and face-to-face efforts.  A Worrisome Trend In…

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2019 CASE Award Winners

Gonser Gerber is pleased to congratulate our clients who are being recognized by the 2019 CASE Educational Fundraising Awards.

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Jason D. McNeal

“Let’s hope that there are many ripple effects from this act of generosity.”

After receiving an honorary doctorate during Morehouse College’s commencement exercises, on Sunday morning, the billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith made a stunning pledge. “This is my class, 2019,” he said, according to a video of the ceremony that was posted online. “And my family is making a grant to pay off their student loans.” The announcement at the…

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