This podcast features conversations with fundraisers, researchers and thought leaders to help propel your fundraising results.
Gift Officer On The Road: Mike Herdlick from Tiffin University
I've always wanted to grab a gift officer right in the middle of donor visits and ask "how's it going." On this episode, Mike Herdlick from Tiffin University joins the podcast, live from a Hampton Inn. He was a professor, a Dean, and now he's a fundraiser.
We talk about how relationships matter in getting appointments and boosting excitement about giving. And, how student affairs and teaching experience apply to our work in philanthropy.
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Board Diversity - Key Strategies for Furthering Inclusion with the GHJ Foundation
Our boards, who give us advice, guidance and often, big gifts, are an important area of support in our advancement efforts. But we're not doing great with diversity on our boards. Just 22% of board members nationwide coming from underrepresented backgrounds. We have work to do. GHJ and the GHJ Foundation have been hard at work on this issue, and we got on the line with Donella Wilson and Derrick Coleman from GHK to talk about key strategies to build an inclusive and engaged board.
Find out more about the GHJ Foundation
Meet Derrick Coleman
Meet Donella Wilson
Crypto donations with Endaoment: crowdfunding the constitution, or just giving to your favorite charity
Crypto donations have become a hot topic in philanthropy. The incredible growth in crypto token popularity and value, along some significant incentive give in order to manage taxes means we’re all going to see more crypto donors in the coming years.
And the cool thing is, these donors often work together. That’s what happened when a diverse group of donors participated in the largest charitable crowdfunding campaign ever, Constitution Dao, and raised over $40 million to bid on one of the 13 original copies of the constitution. Their representative was Endaoment, and I’m excited to welcome Robbie Heeger, President and CEO to the podcast to talk about the effort, and to get some insights into how we can embrace this growing group of entrepreneurial, social and action-focused crypto donors.
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Bob Westfall - Creating Great Donor Event Experiences
Creating great donor event experiences can go a long way toward inspiring philanthropy. Bob Westfall at Westfall Gold has helped inspire over $1B in gift commitments with their unique event strategy. Truly inspiring donors with the opportunity to make a transformative impact, giving them time to reflect, including great experiences, and surrounding donors with a community of like-minded givers is key. Bob breaks it down in this conversation.
Find out more about Westfall Gold.
Fundraising Leadership: Creating a Psychologically Safe Environment - Maryann Kerr
Creating a positive environment for our fundraising teams is crucial to our success. How inclusive we are, how we behave as leaders, and how we value and support members of our teams makes a big difference.
Maryann Kerr, a fundraiser with a ton of experience, has just released a groundbreaking new book, Tarnished, on this topic. It combines research, the experiences of fundraisers, and Maryann’s own story to ask key questions about how we can do better in how we treat members of our teams and networks. I got on the line with Maryann to preview the book, and get her take on how we can 'untarnish' fundraising in the future.
You can order Tarnished here.
Operation Smile - Changing Lives, and Changing Fundraising
Donors want to make an impact. And when we think about transformative interventions, cleft palate and cleft lip surgery has incredible impact – literally changing lives of the recipients. Operation Smile has been around almost 40 years, providing this life-changing care.
We got on the line with Joanne Bowers, Lauren Lemmons, and Amber Leonti from Operation Smile, and the team shares how they have transformed donor engagement, kept engaged during the pandemic, and even made the decision to accept cryptocurrency donations.
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Inspiring, engaging, and insightful! 🙏
Whether you’re a well-established fundraiser or simply interested in learning more about philanthropy and some of the amazing non-profits out there - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Brian does a fantastic job leading conversations with an impressive lineup of fundraisers, researchers and thought leaders. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
Advancing Participatory Philanthropy
Brian Gawor is dedicated to developing the love of philanthropy and sharing ideas for people to better help people. As somone rooted in education and child development, I love and appreciate this focus! Always informational and interesting.