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Inspiring Generosity: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Inspiring Generosity: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Philanthropy means literally “love for humankind.” When we invite others to give and volunteer, we are giving them the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves and to make a difference in the world. How can we nurture a culture within our organizations that inspires generosity and transforms the lives of those we serve?

MMS Advancement Associates LLC President Marcella Moyer Schick ACFRE will lead a session at next week’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego designed to answer that question.

Donor-centered relationship building is essential to building a culture of philanthropy. Marci will highlight research on effective fundraising and share insights on how to build a relationship based fundraising program. Donor centered communications demonstrate how donors are essential to achieving important goals and allow donors to fill the funding gap that creates abundant life for residents. A long term view, including focus on donor loyalty and estate giving, improves the effectiveness of a fundraising program.

The session will also illustrate, through a case study of MMS Advancement Associates’ client United Church Homes, how philanthropy begins at the top with board and key leadership. President/CEO Ken Daniel and former Board Chair Jim Henry will share how the leadership of United Church Homes went about informing and engaging constituents in the development, adoption and implementation of its new mission, vision and values statements and how it has tied the case for support of its 100th Anniversary Campaign for Abundant Life to the organization’s strategic plan.

UCH Vice President Gloria Hurwitz will cover key strategies for growing mission support from the “inside-out” by engaging board members, employees, residents, vendors and community partners in mission advancement efforts.

• Board members and other key volunteers host gatherings to introduce the organization’s mission impact programs.
• Employee giving campaigns help staff at all levels understand the joy of giving and the difference that gifts make.
• Resident committees build engagement and support among peers by responding to the unique culture of each community.
• Vendors and community business partners participate in mission with “impact gifts”.
• Community education programs and interdisciplinary conversations creates community benefit and fundraising opportunities.

See a copy of the handout for this LeadingAge session here.

Marci Schick to present at the 2019 Capital Conference

Marci Schick to present at the 2019 Capital Conference

Marcella Moyer Schick, ACFRE, and Rev. Aaron J. Anderson, MA, M.Ed., CEO/Head of School, Logos Academy and Otto Monroy, CFRE and MBA Candidate, Vice President of Advancement, Logos Academy, will present a session at the 2019 Capital Conference on October 1, 2019. They will speak on “First Things First: Positioning for a Successful Capital Campaign.”… Continue Reading

Marci Schick to present at the 2018 Capital Conference

Marci Schick to present at the 2018 Capital Conference

Marcella Moyer Schick, ACFRE, and Joan Mummert and Terri Altland of the York County History Center, will present a session at the 2018 Capital Conference on September 26, 2018. They will speak on Adapting Tried and True Strategies to your Unique Capital Campaign. There are seven key ingredients of a successful capital campaign: 1) Visibility… Continue Reading

Marci Schick to present at LV Philanthropy Institute May 16

Schick to present @ Philanthropy Institute

Marcella Moyer Schick, ACFRE, and Susan Nenstiel of the Lower Macungie Library, will present a session at the Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute on May 16, 2018. They will speak on Adapting Tried and True Strategies to your Unique Capital Campaign.   There are seven key ingredients of a successful capital campaign: 1) Visibility and a strong reputation;… Continue Reading

Standards for Excellence Resources are Coming to the Lehigh Valley!

Standards for Excellence Resources are Coming to the Lehigh Valley!

Want to learn ways to improve your organization’s operational effectiveness and governance practices? Join MMS Advancement Associates President Marcella Schick and other trainers for the upcoming 2-day Standards for Excellence Implementation Workshop. Tuesday, March 27 & Tuesday, April 17 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pinebrook Family Answers, Allentown, PA As a trained and approved… Continue Reading

Engaging Stakeholders for a Successful Capital Campaign

Planning to attend the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans? MMS Advancement Associates, in partnership with United Church Homes and Services, will present a session on Engaging Stakeholders for a Successful Capital Campaign. Join us Wednesday November 1st at 8 am.  Learn how UCHS engaged key stakeholders to set the stage for major… Continue Reading

An Interview with an Engagement Professional Extraordinaire!

An Interview with an Engagement Professional Extraordinaire!

United Church Homes and Services began informing and engaging donors and volunteers more than two years before launching its $3.6 million capital campaign for Abernethy Laurels. We talked with Nancy Beard, CFRE, President, UCHS Foundation, to learn about her experience. When did you start engaging donors in preparation for your campaign? We started with a… Continue Reading

Congratulations Palmyra Public Library!

Congratulations Palmyra Public Library!

Congratulations to FAC’s Development Planning Retreat Raffle Prize Winner!   Late September, Judy Barberich and I participated in the 2015 Collaborative Conference, a new joint venture between AFP Central Pennsylvania Chapter, PANO and the Susquehanna Valley Planned Giving Council. More than 300 participants came together to share resources and tools that aim for community impact. For Judy… Continue Reading

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