Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE


Each one of us likes to think we’re special, we’re unique, we’re different.  And each one of us does have characteristics that set us apart from others. This is also true when it comes to fundraising for Adventist organizations.

Our organizations have unique characteristics, but fundraising still has to be accomplished according to principles that work for nonprofits in today’s world.  Understanding how to accomplish that while retaining our loyalty to mission and vision is a significant basis for successful fundraising. In this month’s column, PSI’s new associate director, Michael Brown, points out how to blend fundraising principles with Adventist beliefs and ultimately serve Adventist organizations in the best way possible, by acquiring the necessary resources.

Cultivating Adventist Giving: But We’re Different, Right?

Giving is a transferable habit that happens to be cultivated in religious settings
 Jonathan Hill, Calvin College Sociology Professor

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a unique group of people.  The Spirit of Prophecy is unique.  The Sanctuary Message is unique.  The Three Angel’s Message is also unique.  According to publication Faith Communities Today, Adventists have been characterized as one of the most philanthropic groups in North America.  So it is no surprise that when contemplating the applicability of philanthropic best practices, some may say: “That’s fine for secular organizations or for other religious organizations, but you know … we’re different.” 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>> 
Announcing an Upcoming Seminar in 2015 for Senior Professionals!

Learn How You Can Lead Your Organization To a Higher Standard of Performance—Presented by Steve Reed and Lilya Wagner

Hope is Not a Strategy. The 2015 Executive Leadership Institute is designed to challenge you to explore how you might significantly increase the amount you are raising for your organization by applying performance improvement principles from the world of lean and six sigma. Learn how to apply PI to the work of your development professionals–and spark fundamental improvements in fundraising through process, structure, and technology. This highly interactive, hands-on experience will in two days expose you to case studies as well as tools and techniques based on lean six sigma that will make a significant difference in your fundraising potential. 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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