Tag Archives: philanthropy

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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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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Talking fundraising and nonprofits on the Powder Keg of Awesome

I had the pleasure this morning of talking fundraising, nonprofits, and a variety of related topics on the Powder Keg of Awesome, the venerable and often irreverent internet radio podcast now in its third year on the air. Hosts Jerry Kennedy and Jackie Dotson fostered a free-flowing session along with producer Michael Clark, and the […]

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Louder doesn’t always equal better

One of the great challenges for underserved populations in our country is of course access to higher education, which can be the determining factor in escaping poverty. For example, only 5% of Native Americans living on reservations can afford to go to college. There’s an ad campaign that’s been running for awhile now seeking to […]

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