Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE


Capital campaigns are an ever-present opportunity and challenge in organizational life cycles.  Fundraisers who need to plan and implement these campaigns find them both a pleasure and a curse.  Raising capital improvement funds can be relatively successful because the goal is something tangible.  These campaigns can energize an organization and its personnel, or they can bring friction and divisiveness.  Capital fundraising, whether a new building, renovation, or equipment, is also a challenge because a large goal is the focus—the definition of “large” being commensurate to what the campaign will accomplish.

This month, Jackie Phillips, Director for Capital Campaigns, Central California Conference, is our guest contributor. Jackie is an experienced fundraiser who has been involved in many campaigns, and we’re honored to have her present her views and suggestions as this month’s guest columnist.

Growing in Fundraising

My journey in fundraising started at an early age where I attended the Topeka SDA church. They were an amazing Ingathering Church. My parents thought it would be a good idea for us to go out as a family so we asked for our own section of the town. I was hooked from the first night. It was so amazing to me to go up to a door, be greeted with such enthusiasm that a young person my age was “asking for money for those less fortunate than ourselves”. What really touched my heart, was that many of the doors we knocked on, in my opinion, would have been “those less fortunate than ourselves” and yet they were so generous and willing to share. Many opened their doors and invited me in and I loved the stories they told or how thankful they were to be able to help. Read more >>

Michael BrownMeet Michael Brown, our new associate director
PSI Welcomes our new associate director to the department. Along with his other responsibilities, Michael will be working with the M.A.P. program. Before launching Targeted Insights, Michael was Senior Vice President for one of the largest faith-based advertising agencies in the country. He has served an array of nonprofit organizations including Wycliffe Bible Translators, Moody Bible Institute, Northwestern University Radio Network, Mercy Ships, Alliance Defense Fund, Feeding America, and many others. Read more>> 
Successful FundraisingSuccessful Fundraising

Are you planning a building project-a new church, school building, or Community Service Building?

Does it seem like your campaign for funds goes on forever? Are your members or constituents tired of talking about money? If you have these questions and probably many others, this book is for you..
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