Podcast by Kathryn Van Sickle
Brent Grinna: Thanksgiving Special!
Happy Thanksgiving! Thank YOU for tuning into this podcast and supporting the Debrief. This week’s episode features Brent Grinna, Founder and CEO of Evertrue. The theme of our conversation is gratitude and we talk about it from several different angles. Brent shares his personal story of going to Brown on scholarship, how that bleeds into his origin story for his company Evertrue, and several other touching stories and ideas he has come across along the way.
Check out his podcast: https://www.evertrue.com/raise-podcast/
The episode we reference is here: https://www.evertrue.com/raise-podcast/?wchannelid=4jq5h5puib&wmediaid=svt9ymufef
**Correction: Brent is a proud Brown alum
Brian Chapman: The Value of Gifts
Today’s episode features a brilliant and creative mind. A colleague who is always thinking outside of the box and questioning the status quo. This week, I pick the brain of Brian Chapman (Deputy Vice President for Analytics and Business Strategy in the Office of Alumni and Development at Columbia University). The conversation is not specific to higher ed and can be applied to all roles in the field. Brian and I would meet on a semi regular basis (before we went remote) and I would ask him questions over coffee or lunch like I do today. A few examples we unpack today.... is a larger gift a better gift? How do we assign value to gift impact? How should fundraisers be evaluated? Why have we trained donors to follow certain patterns?
Nina Diefenbach and Whitney Donhauser: Broadening Audience with Closed Doors
This week’s episode is a true testament to the power of networking and relationships within the field. Suzanne Hilser-Wiles, a previous guest, recommended that I invite Nina McNeely Diefenbach (Senior Vice President and Deputy Director for Advancement, Barnes Foundation) and Whitney W. Donhauser (President and Ronay Menschel Director, Museum of the City of New York) to do an episode together about arts and culture. You can feel the friendship between Nina and Whitney as they share their views and experiences. The two worked together at the Met and you’ll notice the episode starts when we are getting acquainted. I couldn’t help but keep their admiration for one another within the episode. Nina and Whitney talk about their respective institution’s struggles and successes since March. They emphasize collaboration and the power of digital media.
Andy Zepp: Environmental Fundraising
This week we talk about land conversation. I to pick the brain of Andy Zepp, the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Andy is has a calming force as he talks about his plans for the land trust and his perspective on fundraising. We highlight the differences and similarities between higher ed and cause based fundraising.
Howard Stevenson: Examine the Root
Veronica Martini (my boss at Columbia)invited Howard Stevenson (one of her mentor's) to speak at our team retreat this past summer. We have recorded the conversation as a live Debrief Episode. Howard talks about his experience as a donor and fundraiser as the Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. His main message is to talk about philanthropy as the solution to root problems through various institutions.
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Suzanne Hilser-Wiles: Know Better, Do Better
Suzanne Hilser- Wiles, (President at GG + A) helps us understand diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges in our field from a consultant's expert perspective. She then shares her own challenges as a woman in a historically male-dominated field. She offers stories, data, and insight to back up her thoughtful ideas and viewpoints. Hopefully this conversation will help you think about some real changes you can make in your own organization. This one is a real treat!
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Game changing podcast
Kathryn’s podcast is instrumental in mastering the art of fundraising. As a professional in the ultra high net worth fundraising space, this podcast has helped refine my sales acumen and define my top priorities. Must listen for anyone in our industry!
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I stumbled upon The Development Debrief while perusing LinkedIn and I enjoyed listening to it so much, I asked to be on it. The insights gained from some of the best minds in advancement and the interviewing style of Kathryn Van Sickle are phenomenal and I encourage all to give this a listen!
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I just learned about Kathryn’s podcast series and it’s fabulous! For development professionals — from smaller schools to large ones like Columbia and Johns Hopkins — there’s something for everyone. Thanks, Kathryn, and keep ‘em coming!