Dr. Gloria Kellum, Ole Miss: Creating an effective development office

I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Gloria Kellum, retired Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Mississippi and a Baby Boomer in her 60’s. As the chief advancement officer, she was tasked with the overall responsibility for communications and fund raising on behalf of the university. Not a small job. Dr….

Book #17: The Importance of Educating Fundraisers

  “I always thought I would go back to school for my master’s.” I spoke to Valerie Livesay, a professional fundraiser and class of 2006 graduate from the University of San Diego, Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Through the program, she received: a comprehensive understanding of all facets of running a nonprofit organization access…

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….

Are you a donor under the age of 45? We need your feedback!

If you are giving $1 to over $1,000,000 and are under the age of 45, we need your help! As you know, I am writing a book with Emily Davis, Fundraising Across Generations, that will be published by Wiley Publications in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The book will focus on strategies and…

Book Post #12: Succession planning

Over the past ten years, there has been a lot of research done about the “leadership gap” that will occur when Baby Boomers retire.  There have been questions about the readiness of the younger generations to take their place.  Working Across Generations (by Frances Kunreuther, Helen Kim, and Robby Rodriguez) coins this as the replacement…