Category: Fundraising Podcasts

David Elrod, Director of Institutional Advancement for the Dalton State Foundation

Online tools/resources: Google Book recommendations: The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1) by Robert A. Caro Personal habit that contributes to success: Excitement and enthusiasm for the work helps to promote the institution and persuade donors to invest in the institution. Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Start the conversation with, “What… Read more »

David ‘Shuff’ Shufflebarger, Senior Partner at Alexander Haas

    Book recommendation: The Raising of Money: Thirty-Five Essentials Every Trustee Should Know by James Gregory Lord   Personal habit that contributes to success: Work ethic. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Ask about their life story in terms of the organization. “Tell me how you became involved with (organization).”  … Read more »

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 »