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K-12, higher education… “fundraising is fundraising”

It was a pleasure to serve as a panelist at 2014 California Consortium of Education Foundations annual conference, held at UC Irvine this week, to discuss lessons K-12 fundraising professionals can glean from their higher education counterparts. The panel, moderated by Andrea Sala of the Peninsula Education Foundation in Palos Verdes, also included Dr. Sylvia […]

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“It’s important to give back what I’ve been given”

I had the pleasure of speaking recently with Omar Viramontes, the 2013 recipient of the Tom Tucker Leadership Scholarship, the single largest scholarship awarded annually by the UCSD Alumni Association. The Tucker Leadership Scholarship comes from an endowment established by a group of UCSD alumni in 2011, and Omar is the second recipient of the […]

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APG reports on the progress of one of its clients

Watch Ascend Partners Group, LLC’s Dr. Paul Lanning as he reports late last month on the progress and growth of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation in a presentation the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Trustees. Accompanying his report is the announcement by Foundation Executive Director Linda Greenberg Gross of a new $500,000 gift […]

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Artists truly for the arts

Last month I attended a Jackson Browne concert in Santa Monica. As great as Jackson Browne is, that may not sound remarkable on its face, even when I add that another 1970s icon, Gary Wright, was also on the bill, and the “house band,” Venice, is a highly accomplished group with numerous albums and world tours to their credit. […]

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Big gifts can – and must – happen at the K-12 level too

I was honored to serve as a keynote speaker at the California Consortium of Education Foundations annual conference at Stanford University last month. Attendees included representatives from school districts and foundations all over Northern and Central California (a similar gathering for Southern California was held a week prior in Anaheim).

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