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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.

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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