My Philanthropic Predictions for 2017

2017 promises to bring change and hopefully a better future. The building strength of the economy will continue to positively increase philanthropy this year. Below are my philanthropic predictions for this New Year.       Generosity rising. 2017 will bring another increase in total philanthropic giving by ~4% to reach a new high of over $388…

Check out my published white paper!!

X + Y = $ Generational Philanthropy By Renee C. Herrell, M.A., CFRE (published as a white paper in the July Compass Group Newsletter) So what is Generational Philanthropy? Generational Philanthropy simply refers to the way each generation engages in donating their time, treasure and talent. As fundraisers, it is important for us to understand…

The Social Network

In 2006, I was asked to be an advisor for a group of 10 college students who were planning to do a service project in Brazil during their spring break. We had weekly meetings to discuss trip planning, fundraising and logistics. Between each meeting, I tried to communicate via email with the students, but received…

Book Post #16: La Jolla Music Society reaches out to young audiences

“At my first post concert artist interaction, I was amazed to meet Mr. Dudamel and hear his perspective about the performance, the audience, and what it was like to be San Diego. It was an electrifying experience. Experiencing him on that level was very meaningful.” This was Johanna Schiavoni’s response after meeting the world-renowned conductor,…

Engaging Gen X and Y: Young Entrepreneurs, Invisible Children

  “We went to Africa looking for adventure and we discovered a tragedy where children were being used as weapons.” The tension between generations in the nonprofit workplace has spurred some Gen X and Yers to start their own nonprofits.  Often these young entrepreneurs are inspired at an early age to make a change or…

Engaging Gen X and Y: Stay Classy, San Diego!

  I was lucky enough to speak with Pat Walsh, one of the founders of StayClassy about how he got twenty-somethings to be philanthropists through… drinking beer. Six years ago, Pat Walsh and Scot Chisholm organized a fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society in honor of Scot’s mom who had been diagnosed with cancer….