Director’s Message 
Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE


Dear Readers: We invite you to contact PSI any time you feel you need a consultant, at any stage of your fundraising efforts. We are here for any type of help, and we can even share carefully-selected consultant names or firms.

Fifty Miles and a Watch

By Lilya Wagner

Martina sat back in her chair and surveyed the papers on her desk. While feeling slightly overwhelmed, she also breathed a sigh of satisfaction. She had what she considered an ideal job—the restoration of an old schoolhouse on the local fairgrounds and planning of programs that would take place in the facility once the work was done. She had a reasonably good board with connections and the will to see the project to a successful completion. The location was ideal and would attract crowds during the fair season and schools at other times. And best of all, she didn’t have to do this alone (although she didn’t have a fundraiser and wore two hats—as executive director and also as fundraiser). She had just been given the go-ahead to hire a fine and reputable fundraising firm! She thought, “Anything’s possible?!”

Fast-forward to six months later. Martina is sitting at her desk once again but her euphoria has faded. The relationship with the consulting firm fast took on the characteristics of a bad marriage. While both she and her board were captivated by the consulting agency’s rep, it turned out that he was not the one ultimately assigned to Martina’s campaign. The feasibility study was meager and interviews seemed scanty in information. The board was disillusioned and felt they had been embarrassed by a poorly-executed feasibility process. Yet the bill for these services stared her in the face as she turned her glum gaze toward the ever-growing pile of papers. She really didn’t receive much help, she felt, she didn’t learn much that was new, and a backlog of work had accumulated while she spent time supporting the work of the consulting. What had gone wrong? Read more >>

New from PSI: 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.

Successful Fundraising – Second Edition

Successful Fundraising 2nd Edition

Are 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,
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