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Facing your board’s flaws


A well-meaning board can easily drive off course. Whether bogged down by endless meetings or rattled by disgruntled members, how can a board right itself and get back on track?

Crowdfunding: New trends in fundraising


 

From golf tournaments to galas, big events are tried-and-true tools for raising funds and building relationships in higher education. But recently, some nonprofits have begun turning to "crowdfunding" as a vehicle for finding new friends and donors. Could this latest fundraising trend benefit theological schools?

The real gift in fundraising

 

The hardest thing is admitting what you don’t know. Tell It Like It Is: Truisms of Fundraising, by T. Christian Rollins, is a slim volume that delivers answers for building your institution's fundraising capacity.

Shooting straight from the hip, Rollins offers advice that will set new development staff on the right path for successful fundraising, but also challenge the assumptions of seasoned development professionals.

From God's abundance: A resource for fundraisers

From crushing student debt to struggling seminaries to half empty church pews, much of the landscape of seminaries and finances seems bleak. As traditional funding sources change, the need to understand and gain mastery of fundraising is becoming increasingly important for theological schools. Offering research, tools, and customized training, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a bright spot during these challenging times.

Back to school: Get inspired with good reading on fundraising

 

 

Gold-tinged leaves and crisp morning air signal the return of fall. But autumn brings more than falling leaves, shorter days, and pumpkin spice; for many, the end of summer means "back to school." If you cannot return to a real-life classroom for a continuing education course, reinvigorate your inner student by diving into some serious reading.

The required reading list for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving’s Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course is an insightful dip into the fundamentals of development.

 

Book review: "A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An All Campus Approach"



A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An All Campus Approach by Marybeth Gasman and Nelson Bowman III is a comprehensive overview of how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) can transform their fundraising. As leading authorities on HBCUs, Gasman and Bowman closely examine the unique roles that the school president, board, faculty, alumni, and student body have in capacity building.


Reflections from DIAP, a conference on fundraising

With insightful speeches, engaging conversations, and a few tears, the 2015 Development and Institutional Advancement Program (DIAP) was enlightening and educational. Your advancement staff members should consider going next year!