Author: Futures in Fundraising

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Holmes, Jr., Special Assistant to the President for Principal Gifts at the UCF Foundation

  Online tools/resources: Google   Personal habit that contributes to success: Having a genuine interest in the person you are visiting with about a gift.   Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Ask about the photos in their office.   Best piece of advice ever received: “Use my mind and you’ll get my money.”   If you could… Read more »

Missy Ryan Penland, Senior Director of University Development at Clemson University

Book recommendations: Belief and Confidence by Ronald J. Schiller Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University by Doug White Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players) by Brad Smart Personal habit that contributes to success: Work hard. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Always start with a… Read more »

J. Tyler “Ty” Tippett, Vice President of Foundation and Volunteer Services at the Dekalb Medical Foundation

Online tools/resources: Planned Giving resources on nationally-hosted sites. A great example of this is the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Personal habit that contributes to success: Being easy to talk to. Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Talk about their background and who they know. You are sure to find shared interests and common acquaintances. Best piece of advice ever… Read more »

Del Martin, Founding Partner of Alexander Haas Martin and Partners

Success quote: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand Best piece of advice ever received: “Don’t sell your time. Sell your expertise.” Personal habit that contributes to success: Really listening. Internet resource: Google and Giving USA Book recommendation: Designs for Fund-Raising: Principles, Patterns, Techniques by Harold J. Seymour Essential… Read more »

John Currie, Athletic Director at Kansas State University

Success quote: “Hope IS NOT a strategy.” – David Shufflebarger Best piece of advice ever received: Never compromise your integrity. Personal habit that contributes to success: Writes A TON of personal notes Book recommendation: Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank The High-Beta Rich: How… Read more »