The next Bill and Melinda?

John and Laura Arnold, age 37, are Gen X active philanthropists. John, a former Enron employee who walked away with an $8 million bonus, started a hedge fun that manages an estimated $5 billion. The couple started their giving with a gift of $30,000 in 2044 to KIPP, a charter school that has a successful…

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: 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…

Book Post #11: Working with donors under the age of 45

All of the development professionals at the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation agreed that the organization has donors under the age of 45. The majority (67%) of all respondents agreed that they communicate with current donors differently based on their age or generation because “phone or snail mail is more effective for seniors and phone or…