Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Fundraising:  Smoke Alarm, Fire Escape, or Security Blanket? (Part One)

By Lilya Wagner

While creeping along with traffic along the way to work, I listened to early morning news on my car radio. One tragic story of an apartment fire caught my attention.  Although admittedly I listened with half a brain at first, carefully checking for icy areas on the road, I quickly came alert when I heard that the fire was disastrous because the smoke alarm wasn’t working. Fortunately the survivors were able to abandon the burning building and there were no fatalities.

Because I was driving to work where I knew a number of people and organizations would be calling or e-mailing me with fundraising dilemmas, I began to think about fundraising and the various real-life situations.  How many fundraising disasters might be averted if we became more alert to the warning signs–the verbal smoke alarms of job ads–and heeded them? I began to reminisce about some of my colleagues, students, clients, and others who engage in fundraising, whether as full-time professionals or part-time volunteers–whether as mere dabblers or serious contenders for today’s philanthropic dollars, and some situations they had encountered.  

I remembered Joe*, a vibrant, energetic, knowledgeable young professional who already had some good experience working as a fundraiser for a foundation that supported student scholarships. Not quite content with his opportunities for career advancement and a bit disillusioned by the slow pace of the organizational culture, he began to respond to job ads.  Read more >>

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Your Future in Fundraising

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Fundraising doesn’t take place in a vacuum. It is an essential function in the entire scope of the nonprofit sector, which is supported by philanthropy. And philanthropy is a highly significant part of the fabric of American society, providing opportunities for fulfillment, meeting needs, addressing crises and disasters, and building sustainability for the future. A fundraising professional is the manager of a process that brings together a sense of caring with needs that must be met.

Whether you’re a professional fundraiser, you’re considering a career in fundraising, or you’re beginning your first fundraising project, this book provides information that can help you meet your goals. Read this book to learn about:

  • An Overview of an Ongoing Fundraising Program or Department
  • Skills and Qualities of the Aspiring Professional and Fundraising Positions to Match
  • Embarking on a Fundraising Career
  • Fundraising Professional Development Pipeline
  • Are We There Yet? Tracking the Path of Professionalism in Fundraising
  • Leading from any Level–the Fundraiser’s Challenge and Opportunity
  • Tracing the Development of Fundraising in the U.S.
  • Avoiding the No-Win Job
  • The Globalization of Fundraising

If you are considering engaging in fundraising for your church, school, or a non-profit organization, this book provides an overview of the wide range of possibilities for philanthropic action.

Your Future in Fundraising, by Dr. Lilya Wagner, is now available as a free download here:

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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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The 2015 Millenial Impact Report

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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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