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Category Archives: Nonprofit Mission and Visioning

Physician Giving – Part Two

By Roger Longenderfer, M.D., Retired CEO of Pinnacle Health System and Executive Board Member, Pride Philanthropy A few years ago, as the CEO of an health care organization, I was speaking with a group of physicians about a campaign for a significant expansion of the emergency room at one of our hospitals.  After going through […]

The Beauty of the Consent Agenda

An excerpt from the forthcoming book “TRUISMS for Trustees,” by T. Christian Rollins, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development Officer at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Marlton, NJ, and author of TRUISMS of Fundraising.   Many organizations use the consent agenda to improve the efficiency and productivity of their board meetings, enabling them to focus on their primary […]

Hospice Fundraising: Focus on Major Gifts

by Joni King, Senior Vice President, Pride Philanthropy As more people live longer with more complex terminal illnesses, hospice organizations know that the need for their services will continue to rise.  In tough times ahead, they predict that funding for care delivered by hospices will be further squeezed, putting more pressure on their fundraising efforts.  […]

Feasibility Studies: Getting the Most Out of Your Interview

by Kelley Nan Lopez, Executive Director of Operations, Pride Philanthropy In consideration or preparation of engaging in a substantial development initiative, a feasibility study is an invaluable tool. If conducted correctly, the report should provide an accurate depiction of the community’s perception of the organization, the potential project’s popularity, a realistic financial goal, individuals to […]

A Winning Team – Working with Volunteer Leadership

by Joni King, Senior Vice President, Pride Philanthropy “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things.  He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”  – Ronald Regan Sound familiar? Does this describe volunteer leaders who are involved with your organization? All across the country and […]

What Can You Gain From A Feasibility Study?

“My charity is considering launching a capital campaign later this year. Should we conduct a feasibility study?”   A feasibility study is an objective assessment to determine whether a capital campaign is “feasible” for any given organization. Revealing potential donors and identifying a constituency’s inclination and ability to support are critical components to financial success. The […]

Seven Paths to a Successful Board/Staff Retreat

We all know that extended meetings are hard to schedule and coordinate. Regardless of the challenge, the fact remains that there are occasions that demand more time than a typical 60-minute meeting as we deal with issues of planning, goal setting, and problem solving. Following are seven ways to ensure a successful retreat meeting with […]

New Year, New Goals

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” – Native America Proverb With one-third of fundraising dollars coming in December, according to, a development professional’s focus this month is naturally on asking for money. However, while it is relatively easy to click ‘Donate Now’ or […]

Board Recruitment

By Beth McCall, Consulting Director for Pride Philanthropy Board recruitment is an essential part of a successful fundraising organization.  Board members can open doors to new donor prospects, help with cultivation and stewardship of current board members and play an active role in capital campaigns.  . Not only are your board members essential to opening […]

Always Looking for the Magic Key in Fundraising – Is It Storytelling?

We are always looking for that one area of focus in our fundraising work that is going to be the most effective and compelling in generating charitable support for our organization. There has been an increasing amount of information recently about the power of storytelling and how its persuasive nature can create a persuasive motivation […]

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