femara kaufen pletal 100 mg price liv 52 preis ersatz für ciprofloxacin caverta 50 mg kopen alternative to flagyl for trichomonas famvir 500mg tab lisinopril 20 mg h147 glycomet 850 mg side effects generika viramune depakote 250 mg uses diamox generika what is ciplox 250 mg used for lariam in thailand kaufen celexa 2015 januvia 50 mg cost serevent diskus 60 einzeln p preisvergleich zyprexa rezeptfrei kaufen dramamine 50 mg side effects deltasone 20 mg ponstan 500 acido mefenamico imitrex dosage 100mg was bewirkt cialis bei frauen levaquin alternative antibiotic brahmi comedy 2009 homeopathic alternative paxil silagra 100 nebenwirkungen viagra 100mg price clonidine 100 mcg natural alternative to inderal kamagra 500mg alternative to mirapex for parkinson ampicillin 250 mg generika für actos restoril 50 mg prednisolone 10 mg saw palmetto alternative caverta 100 usage femara kaufen diamox tabletten kaufen bystolic 20 mg recall naprosyn 500 uses alternative to lanoxin natural alternative cymbalta aricept alternative uses what is voveran 50 ge zovirax suspension ohne rezept aspirin plus c kaufen levlen ed tablet 150mcg 30mcg aricept 10 mg eurax 10 cream kamagra gold preis buspar alternative uses flagyl ohne rezept kaufen maxalt 10 preis baclofen kaufen spanien celebrex def 50 finasterid 1mg kaufen erythromycin salbe preis is there an alternative to arimidex reglan 10 mg dosage gta v online geld kaufen metformin 500mg twice a day seroquel alternatives for sleep imitrex 50 mg tablets claritin alternative down comforter natural alternative to levaquin diamox tabletten kaufen zyprexa rezeptfrei kaufen was bewirkt cialis bei frauen rogaine 5 preis natures aid celadrin 500mg reglan 10 mg dosage motilium 10 alternative zu femara nebenwirkungen celexa 10mg side effects probolan 50 que es erythromycin 500mg price erythromycin preisvergleich 50 pulmicort 250 mcg natural alternative to cytotec deltasone 20 mg benadryl alternative non drowsy kamagra gold 100mg info retin-a kaufen amoxicillin 500mg ciprobay saft 5 preis roter ginseng preis preis acai berry thin caverta 100 usage provera alternative torsemide 50 mg Reflections from the Major Gifts Symposium - Collins Group
Skagit Valley Hospital

Reflections from the Major Gifts Symposium



Yesterday I attended a fundraising revival of sorts, the second annual AFP Major Gifts Symposium in Seattle. Along with 300+ fundraising professionals, trustees, and CEOs, I was challenged to refresh my thinking about donor stewardship in the context of creating a philanthropic environment that supports successful major gifts fundraising. That environment, keynote speaker Karen Osborne suggested, is based on trust, which is created by strong leaders and great stewardship. I want to reflect on the latter as it has been the topic of many conversations in board rooms and development offices since the economy began to unravel a year ago.

One of several frameworks discussed yesterday was “preparing for the recovery.” For many of us, we feel we’ve been doing just that by focusing our development efforts on all cultivation, all the time. We’ve rationalized this approach by telling ourselves that keeping donors close to us and our missions will position us for more and bigger gifts when the economy improves. But, I ask you, how much GREAT stewardship have you given or gotten lately?

Does inviting someone to our gala qualify as a “move?” What if I send a major donor a note with an article that speaks to his field of expertise? Defining what “cultivation” and “stewardship” mean in your organization is key to imagining and acting on steps that make the most sense for each donor in and of themselves. Karen Osborne went one step further by suggesting that we strike the word “cultivation” from our fundraising vocabulary. Instead, she opined, it is meaningful engagement that begets giving. Whatever you call IT, be clear about how you do it and why.

As you prepare for the recovery and think about what cultivation/stewardship/engagement means to you, remember that it’s the small, unexpected gestures in life that often make the biggest impression. Ask yourself today and everyday, what is a mission-focused, inexpensive, and quick experience I can create for a donor that will make her say “wow!”

P.S. The final word from speaker Bill Tolliver of The Matale Line: “Headlines, hardship, and stock indexes are not supposed to define who we are, they are supposed to test who we are.” Good luck and godspeed!


Like this post? Why not share it?


About the Author

Kate Roosevelt

Kate Roosevelt CFRE

Executive Vice President

Kate’s clients love her non-nonsense, yet flexible manner. She’ll tell it like it is, but will always go the extra mile to ensure her clients realize their goals.


Leave a Reply