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Category Archives: Relationship Fundraising

What’s My Pole? On Institutional Racism in Our Fundraising Practice

What’s My Pole? On Institutional Racism in Our Fundraising Practice

What does it mean to question “best practices” and dismantle institutional racism in our organizations and our fundraising?  Shawn Mack, Development Officer and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator at Valley Youth House, and I will address three fundraising “best practices” during an online conversation sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) on Wednesday, December 2nd.

As a provider and promoter of Standards for Excellence, PANO is taking the lead asking the difficult questions about the impact of institutional racism, identifying places where our “best practices” may have hidden biases in them, and collectively leveraging each other’s eyes and ears to authentically discuss and address our challenges.

We will look at three areas of fundraising “best practice” – the Donor Pyramid and the Donor-Centered Fundraising practices it represents, Gift Acceptance, and Fundraising Costs – encouraging open and genuine discussion of how to answer the question “What is Our Pole?”

As leaders and supporters of Standards for Excellence, we don’t have all of the answers. We want to explore together how we can give all people the opportunity to engage and benefit from all that our nonprofit institutions have to offer. We are committed to doing the work that it takes to open the racial justice discussion, identify the places where we have fallen and determine the next steps.

You can find more information on this program and on other racial justice resources for nonprofit organizations at pano.org.

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… 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

Marci Schick to present at LV Philanthropy Institute May 17

Marci Schick to present at LV Philanthropy Institute May 17

Marcella Moyer Schick, ACFRE, will present a session at the Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute entitled Donors in the Middle, Gems Hidden in Plain Sight. We would like to hear your thoughts on this topic. Join the conversation @https://lnkd.in/dqF_zxV Marci’s premise is that organizations seldom have a cultivation strategy aimed at mid-level donors, those in the mid-range of… Continue Reading

Fundraising Leadership:  Congrats Ann Marie!

Fundraising Leadership: Congrats Ann Marie!

This morning, it was my honor to present an award for Excellence in Fundraising Management to our good friend and fundraising colleague Ann Marie Surovy. This recognition came as part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern PA Chapter National Philanthropy Day celebration. During the event, several people talked about change. There’s no denying that… Continue Reading

Good News for Nonprofits

Good News for Nonprofits

There’s been good news amidst the gloom and doom that dominates public rhetoric these days. Here are some highlights…   Charitable giving will grow in 2016 and 2017.  Fundraising campaigns are on the rise and driving success.  Research is giving teeth to relationship building efforts.  Giving is expected to increase 4.1 percent in 2016 and… Continue Reading

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