Director's Message

FYI from the Director:    Lilya Wagner As promised in my last Director’s Message, each month I will summarize an article of significance to fundraising and also highlight the best journals in the field.  Those of you in higher education are familiar with CASE Currents, of course, but this journal frequently has articles that apply to other organizations and best practices. The December issue of Currents contained a useful article by Sandra Gurvis titled “Ten Reasons Why People Give (and Five Why They Don’t).”  This article points out some of the most useful motivations that fundraising should note.  There is other research on the topic that we can share with you as well, but this is a great start to making ourselves aware or at least reminding ourselves why people would respond to our requests. For example, the first reason listed is one to which I relate, with pleasure—“Giving is like eating chocolate cake!”  The second reason should resonate with Adventist organizations because we know (and research has proven this) that it’s more blessed to give than to receive—“Giving is an innate trait.”  By the way, a PowerPoint set of slides on the topic of “it’s more blessed to give than to receive” is available by writing to me.  Read more >>

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New from PSI

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Successful Fundraising: A Handbook for Best Practices

Much can be accomplished for nonprofit organizations of all types if sound fundraising principles are followed, and practice is based on successful experience. Fundraising is an organized practice, a logical process—one that takes time and careful thought to implement.

Whether you are fundraising for a church, school, hospital, ministry, or other nonprofit, this handbook can help. Read it to learn about grant proposals, capital campaigns, annual funds, donor relations, transparency and accountability, and more. Read more>>

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.

New Book Now Available

Written by Lilya Wagner, EdD, CFRE

Diversity and Philanthropy

Diversity and Philanthropy coverA "one size fits all" strategy is not effective when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising in today's diversified environment. This book enables nonprofit leaders, board members, staff, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations to better reach diverse populations and incorporate perspectives that increase success by surveying the cultural context for philanthropic action. In the PSI Library or offered on Amazon in both Print and Kindle: Order on Amazon | View Praeger Publishers listing

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