Tag: fundraising

The CEO and Fundraising: Lessons from a Pro

For more than three decades, Michael Adams, now President Emeritus at the University of Georgia in Athens, has practiced the art and craft of fundraising on a near daily basis (weekends included). By the time that Adams turned over the UGA Presidency in June to his successor Jere Morehead, his fundraising accomplishments could fill a… Read more »

Effective Fundraising

Last month, Michael Chatman, maverick philanthropist and host of the Michael Chatman Giving Show, released his second annual list of “America’s Top 40 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants.” Alexander Haas President and CEO, David King, made the list as the only consultant in the top 20 based in the south. I had the opportunity to speak… Read more »

In Generational Giving, Do Not Discount the Boomers

Ok, I admit it.  I’m guilty. If you’re like me, you’re caught up in all of the hype concerning how we as fundraisers try to link our organizations more closely to the Gen X and Gen Y folks. I enjoy technology and new “toys,” so I’m intrigued with all the ways technology is enhancing charitable… Read more »

Social Media for Conferences

Long gone are the days when networking had to be done via telephone, email or in person. Social media provides great ways to meet people, gather information and keep in touch, that were not previously possible. With careful planning and effective use of social media tools, networking can even be easier and more valuable than… Read more »

The Case for the Arts

Most of the client work that I do for Alexander Haas is with cultural organizations. Recently, several board members of very well-established cultural organizations have made comments in board meetings that are, unfortunately, not uncommon: “But we aren’t feeding people.”  “We aren’t working on the cure for cancer.”  “How can we ask people to make… Read more »

Challenges in Philanthropy

Recently, I was asked what the “silver bullet” was  to help an organization reach its goal. Used as a metaphor for an effective single solution (and not as the image of The Lone Ranger’s calling card!), searching for a silver bullet for challenges in philanthropy is almost a pipe dream in today’s world. I hear… Read more »

Build Relationships: The Foundation of Fundraising

By David King Last week, I spoke with a development officer who had been tasked by his board to find a consulting firm that would do their fundraising for them. He wanted to hire our firm (or several firms) to solicit major gifts from donors, particularly from those whom we already have relationships they may… Read more »

Giving Trends: The Past Forty Years

By Sandra Kidd The year 1972 was a very big one. Innovations were created and events occurred that would greatly influence the future of our country. In the technology world, the compact disc was introduced by the RCA Company, the first video disc was released by Phillips, the video game market was launched by Atari,… Read more »

Donor Cultivation Practices: To Fish or Farm?

By Jerry Henry Although I’ve spent a majority of my adult life in small cities and large metropolitan areas, I was born and raised on a small family farm in rural South Carolina. My roots are deep in crop farming – I was even a member of the Future Farmers of American in junior high… Read more »