Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

One of the attractive and exciting aspects of fundraising as a profession is that it’s based on principles proven over time and through experience, but in the application of those principles there is a great deal of opportunity and challenge in terms of change. Times change and we adapt our fundraising to meet the demands of those changes.  Tools change, such as use of social media, and we adapt our appeals to those changes. Donors attitudes and motivations change, and we adapt to make our fundraising donor-centric for mutual benefit and satisfaction. This month Geovanny Ragsdale of Southern Adventist University gives us a personal view and suggestions on how to live within a life of change and make the most of the challenges and opportunities changes bring.


In today’s philanthropic world managing CHANGE has become a part of our daily norm as leaders. We are each affected by numerous events outside of our control ― economic, political, environmental, and human capital are all aspects impacting our ability to achieve our organization’s goals and objectives.

It was 2009 when personal circumstances allowed me to look for a new opportunity in my career path. At that time God opened unexpected doors bringing me from an international non-religious and non-political organization to serve at Southern Adventist University. Little did I know that the day I was planning to resign from my then current job, I would be greeted with a decision the board had taken a few weeks before to terminate my role and restructure the division in which I served.  CHANGE! I was already planning on leaving, but this change had a profound impact in my life, my leadership, and my trust in our God.

As leaders, how we cope with change speaks volumes to those around us. Read more >>

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New Kitchen House Coming to Orlando Junior Academy

Construction will soon be under way on the new Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden at Orlando Junior Academy (OJA), thanks to generous contributions by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children.

Designed in partnership with Midtown Architecture Studio and HuntonBrady Architects, the 3,000-square-foot, environmentally sustainable Kitchen House will be on East King Street, across from the OJA campus. With a large veranda opening onto a 2,000-square-foot garden, the new facility will include a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen with four cooking stations. The entryway will be a reception area and retail store that will sell products such as jams and pickles made by the students. Read more

Would you like to share news about your organization’s special project here? Send an email to Mark.Lindemann@nad.adventist.org.

The 2015 Millenial Impact Report

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Successful Fundraising – Second Edition


Successful Fundraising 2nd EditionAre 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…

Successful Fundraising, the PSI-produced fundraising handbook first published approximately two years ago, has been updated and revised, and additional chapters are now included in the 2015 edition. This handbook is available through Advent Source and is affordable at approximately a $19.95 price.

The new chapters are in response to many inquiries regarding topics such as grant proposal writing, the effect of fundraising on tithe and offerings, in-kind and non-philanthropic support, recognition, and several other topics. The handbook continues to be widely used and valued, according to feedback from PSI clients. This expanded version will contain the original chapters which have been updated and revised.

Although originally designed to be a resource for pastors, churches and their organizations, the handbook has proven to be a valuable resource for most other Adventist organizations. Along with it comes PSI advice and consulting (on-site, if possible), additional resource materials, and other programs described on PSI’s website, www.philanthropicservice.com.
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Giving USA 2015: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year 2014 has just been released!

giving-usa-2015This 60th anniversary edition of Giving USA contains some very good news.

You’ll discover that philanthropy in America has experienced one of the most significant jumps in recent history—at an estimated 7.1 percent—and nearly every sector has expressed growth.

In addition, you will find an informative timeline on how philanthropy has shifted across America over the last 60 years.

Order your copy of Giving USA 2015 today!

Watch the presentation here: Discussing Giving USA 2015

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