Fundraising

Understanding your role in fundraising
Recorded on February 18, 2015 (60 minutes)

It takes a team -- board members, administrators, and faculty -- working together to raise funds in support of a vibrant theological school. But what should you know about fundraising, and what can you do to ensure your school's fundraising success?

Join presenters Wendy Deichmann, president of United Theological Seminary, Greg Henson, president of Sioux Falls Seminary, and Rebekah Burch Basinger, consultant on fundraising and board education, as they describe what you can do to help improve the development process at your school.

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