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RECAP BLOG: Philanthropy in the Media

By Willie Matis

Stacy Palmer, Top Editor at The Chronicle on Philanthropy, joined us last week for a GREAT and lively discussion.


She immediately started talking about government! Well she is from DC and it is an election year, right?

Stacy’s insight was great. Here are a few highlights…

– Do donors care about results and measurement?
Stacy is seeing both sides. She made a great point about the people doing well in rating systems will be happy, those who aren’t will be unhappy with the system. Smaller donors enjoy narratives that pull at our heart, but bigger donors enjoy data. Nonprofits will need to work to find a sweet spot here.

– Getting beyond donations.
Social impact investments could be very transformative.  Example would be the Heron Foundation putting 100% of its endowment into efforts to create jobs.

– Is it the economy? Or is it the way charities raise money?
This was a great slide.


– Making sure that fundraisers LOOK like the donors of whom they are asking for money.
Growing concern that there is not enough diversity in the field.

– Growing concern on knowing exactly where the money goes.
Check out Dan Palotta’s TED talk. Stacy mentioned a few nonprofit organizations have been successful by distilling his message to their boards.


Check out the Slideshare presentation below.

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Luncheon Preview: A Chat with Gene D’Adamo

by Willie Matis

Mr. Gene D’Adamo, President & CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Trust, will share his professional journey through philanthropy and experience on over 20 nonprofit boards.

I think that last cause is what hooked me.  Experience with over 20 nonprofit boards means Mr. D’Adamo will have a plethora of instances to choose from to answer any questions that pop up during March 19th’s Luncheon.

Will you join us?

Time:  11:30 a.m. Registration; 11:45 a.m. Lunch Service begins; 12:00-1:15 p.m. Program
Location:  Ivy Tech Community College Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis (Click for Map)

Today is Tuesday, and you will need to register by THIS Friday!

It is luncheons like these that get me excited because hearing and conversing with funders on what trends they are seeing in the philanthropic world is important.  Mr. D’Adamo will be led in a moderated conversation that will be followed up with questions from the crowd as well.

photo credit to retractionwatch.com

photo credit to retractionwatch.com

If you are a new fundraiser what questions do you have for funders?  What would you like to know?
If you are a seasoned fundraiser, what advice would you give new fundraisers on what to pay attention to when hearing funders speak?  Leave a comment below so that we are all prepared by March 19th!

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Creating an online community where followers help each other

After an off week, last week, because of the awkward placement of Independence Day.  No one wasn’t going to NOT celebrate the 4th of July at some point last week.

But now we are back in action, bringing you thought provoking ideas on best practices, the latest news on our chapters events and still attempting to get livestreamed events up and running for those who can’t always make it out of the office for our Brown Bags or Education Luncheons.

With that being said, we want to make sure that the AFP online community is bringing you what you need.

A sort of spin on this month’s Brown Bag – “What Do CEO’s Want and Need from Development Folks?” – we want to ask YOU….

What do Development Folks Want and Need from the AFP-Indiana Social Media outlets?

A quick recap of what we have to offer:

– This blog! Subscribe here.
Facebook page.
Our LinkedIn Group (Members Only).
Livestreamed Events.

The mission of AFP chapters everywhere is to encourage and foster growth of development and philanthropy.  All of our social media outlets are tools to be used by all fundraisers – members, non-members, Indiana based and beyond.

1) What would you like to see from our social media outlets in the future?
2) What do you think can be done to help encourage other members to use our social media communication?
3) What other suggestions do you have for AFP?

Comment below.  Start a conversation on FacebookTweet at us. Or start a new discussion in the LinkedIn Group!

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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The Wait and See Attitude – not a good one for you or your donors.

written by Molly Hahn

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

It seems that May brings a time of transition for many – the ending of a school year and looking forward to summer affect all of us even if we don’t operate on the school calendar. It’s always busy – trying to fit in parties and graduations, and if we’re lucky, lots of fundraising work. For me personally, this month represents a rather large shift in my personal life and professional career. For the first time in more than 15 years, I won’t be working full time, but I’ll be staying at home with my kids. I think many of us get caught up in “wait until the next stage” or “we’ll see how it goes” instead of acting as soon as we have the inspiration. For me, I feel like I’ve been putting off activities like volunteering because of my professional demands and the lack of balance I was feeling between that and home.


flickr photo by klynslis

This month’s AFP-IC half day workshop will focus on integrating annual fund, planned giving, and major gifts – all of which improve the world around us greatly. How often do we talk to donors who have the same “wait and see” or “this isn’t the right time” mentality? Waiting to pay off kids’ college tuitions, to pay off a house, to save up enough money to give. How can we as fundraisers inspire those donors to not wait a single moment? For whatever our cause – from illness to homelessness to education to the arts – we and our donors are together changing the world.

One of the keys to success in fundraising is balancing what is really important to get done yet still acting when inspired. As I approach life as a full-time mom, I realize that I won’t be able to do it all right away. While I want my children to know that giving back is important, I know I will need to balance that with family time and other priorities as well.

As you think about your fundraising plan for this year, what are your priorities? What are your donor’s priorities? To truly work together, you have to balance those and keep the end result in sight.

Whatever that balance is, know that you don’t have to wait a single moment longer to get it started.

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