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Trustees, presidents, and fundraising

F. Gregory Campbell, former president of Carthage College, writes that “…trustees choosing a new president should focus on personal trustworthiness in judging the candidates. Would they themselves be inclined to make a major gift if that person came calling? With time and familiarity, might they do so?” An important consideration…and an important acknowledgment that fundraising […]

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Training tomorrow’s workforce: Where industry and academia meet

No longer is a college education simply students taking notes in lectures, reading books, and regurgitating on exams and in term papers everything they have heard and read over the preceding weeks. Today, the focus is much more on preparing students for the “real world,” including the ability to enter the workforce as experienced practitioners […]

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A fundraiser’s resume: What it should always include

We absolutely agree with Linda Spencer‘s post on her Living for Purpose blog about what every fundraiser’s resume should include. Our firm reviews numerous resumes for major gift officer and executive director positions, and far too often they lack some of these basic elements. This is a terrific primer for anyone looking at polishing a resume in preparation for a job […]

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Simple tips for social media use for non-profits

I’ve had several conversations in recent weeks with non-profit board members and executives wrestling with how to utilize social media in their fundraising efforts. They almost universally know they need to do something, but they don’t necessarily know what or how. As the success of the recent “Big Day of Giving” on May 6 illustrates, social […]

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Planning the future of Filoli

Ascend Partners Group’s Dr. Paul Lanning facilitated the first of three planned community conversations with stakeholders at Filoli yesterday, focusing on the future of the historic country estate located in Woodside, CA. This is the start of a strategic planning process that will include plans for the estate’s Centennial Celebration as well as fund development and […]

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