Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE


In the last few years the topic of culture of (or for) philanthropy has become a frequent item on fundraising professionals’ agendas, whether internally at the workplace or at conferences and seminars.  Indeed, this topic should receive top billing because it is such a culture that aids fundraising success.  Rhanda Bonet-Graham has so ably described what a culture of philanthropy consists of and why this is significant for fundraisers.  We hope to make this topic an on-going one at PSI for the benefit of our constituents and clients, and invite you to comment by e-mail if you wish—lilya.wagner@nad.adventist.org.

The Importance of a Healthy Culture of Philanthropy

I was researching several books and articles to help me write a strategic fundraising plan when I came across an article that began with this bold statement:

“Richard and I believe that if your organization does not embrace a healthy culture of philanthropy, your organization will not survive beyond the next decade.”¹

After I read this article and several others I began to study my organization’s culture of philanthropy. I listened better to how the various constituents – board, staff, customers, volunteers, and donors – were talking about the fundraising functions of the organization. Here are a few things I heard:

  • We’ve been talking about this new building for years. Why can’t we get it done? Has the development office tried selling the idea to donors?
  • I barely have time to teach, grade, prepare, do research, and sit on academic committees. I don’t have time to join a campaign committee. Read more >>
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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