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The chase for corporate support

Just about every organization we work with of late has been seeking answers to a seemingly universal question in the non-profit community: “How do we attract more corporate support?” A fair question, but not when it comes at the exclusion of others, such as, “How do we increase annual giving from individuals?” Or, “How do we […]

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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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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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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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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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