Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE


The skill and ability to make a case for support is one of the most significant aspects of raising funds. Taking into account what should be in a case presentation is vital to the success of the appeal for support, whether in writing or presented in person. This month, senior professional Karen Johnson, who is experienced in education and healthcare fundraising at the leadership levels, is sharing some significant information on this topic, and a PowerPoint presentation further illustrates her counsel.


The world of fundraising, like everything else, is moving forward with “new” ideas and techniques that allow it to grow and improve. The perspective changes as different generations take the helm and in the world of philanthropy it is very important that we keep up with these changes in what really interests and motivates the people of today.

The Case for Support has typically been defined as “An expression of the cause, or a clear compelling statement of all of the reasons why anyone should consider making a contribution in support of or to advance the cause.” While this is very true and clear, it has become, with the passing of the “Silent Generation” even more clearly that, as fundraisers, we must go deeper into this definition and break out the details of the “Story of the Organization”. No longer can we just talk about the “need” and the “programs” that we are seeking money for, but we must find a way to touch the heart of the potential donor in a very compelling, story-telling manner. 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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