Author: Jarrad Howard

Jarrad Howard, Campaign Strategy Studies Coordinator, brings his passion for non-profits and the arts to Alexander-Haas. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Brenau University, and as a member of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Jarrad’s background in music and theatre led him to development and fundraising.

Where The Wild Things Are

  By: Elizabeth Smith, Project Coordinator Have you ever had a runaway committee member who hijacks the meetings and goes on never-ending tangents that cause the meeting to run over? If so, you have experienced a Wild Thing. In my experience with Wild Things, they have passion for the organization and excitement for the project,… Read more »

The Boat With One Oar

  By: Katie MacKenzie, Project Coordinator A man in a small row boat once found himself caught up in a sudden storm. Waves were crashing. Wind was howling.  The boat was impossible to control. In all of the chaos, one of his two oars was tossed overboard, never to be seen again. As the winds… Read more »

All Philanthropy Is Local…Or, Is It?

By: Jerry W. Henry, Partner A highly-respected head of a fundraising firm spoke up at a recent national gathering of consultants and said, “all philanthropy is local.” (He was making a twist on the phrase “all politics is local” that is attributed to former Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill from decades ago.) … Read more »

Brexit Balderdash

  By: David T. Shufflebarger, Senior Partner Thanks to the good work of the Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, we know that giving correlates most positively to the stock market.  So, it is not unreasonable to wonder about the impact on giving when the markets move markedly.… Read more »

Beat The (Fundraising) Heat

  By: W. Milton Key, Jr., Partner Many of you reading this piece will know that, historically, July and August are the slowest months of the year for charitable fundraising, in general.  Many board members and other donors and friends are busy with family commitments or vacations. You may be willing to travel to Aspen,… Read more »

He’s Just Not That Into You

By: Elizabeth Smith, Project Coordinator He’s just not that into you…the worst words for a single girl to hear after going on what she thought was a successful date. We all know you can’t always salvage a relationship when there is no chemistry, but what about donors? What do you do if they are not… Read more »

A History of Modern Philanthropy

  By: Jerry W. Henry, Partner I’ve always been a history buff.  But, a new website has piqued my interest in a way that combines my love of history and my interest in philanthropy. A History of Modern Philanthropy, found at, is an interactive website that takes a look at philanthropy since the 1500’s. … Read more »