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…
Go to any advancement, development, or fundraising conference today and you are sure to see it. Peruse any blog, article, webinar, or workshop and you are certain to read and hear about it. Donor Engagement. As a professional, you are told to do more “donor engagement.” Better “donor engagement,” so the advice guarantees, will lead…
We are now entering the most generous time of the year. The bulk of charitable gifts that will be given in 2018 will be given during the next 31 days. As you are working with donors to help them act with generosity, let me encourage you to re-frame your role in your own mind.
Pausing to review where you are and spotlighting adjustments needed during the second half of the year is vital. Even more, gathering your team for a midyear review has benefits far greater than just readjusting your plan.
Even though Board members are among your most convincing, influential solicitors, why are so many of them reluctant to ask others to give? And what can you do about it?
I have to remind myself that philanthropic support wears many different faces, just as beauty appears in very different ways.
My hope is that the blog encourages, inspires, and enhances your capacity to better lead your institution and more effectively engage your donors.
Every institution and nonprofit organization wants to raise more money but many have a limited number of staff to do this. Even the “small shops” can be very successful in raising funds if they are focused on the right things and are disciplined in their work.
Gonser Gerber is grateful for the 227 engaged professionals who shared All Things Campaign with us and each other at our 2018 Annual Conference “Your Best Campaign” in August.
Gonser Gerber is pleased to congratulate our clients who are being recognized by the 2018 CASE Educational Fundraising Awards – Alvernia University, Columbus State University and St. Xavier High School.