Essays & Editorials

The Leadership Conversations – Part II: Getting the Right People on the Bus

In April, we introduced “The Leadership Conversations,” a series exploring topics and issues critical to the health of nonprofits with some of our nation’s top nonprofit leaders. This second installment is a conversation with Courtney Surls, vice president for development and alumni relations at American University, about recruiting top-tier individuals in order to “get the right people on the bus.”
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The Leadership Conversations – Part II: Getting the Right People on the Bus

Wait, Wait….Don’t Ask Me!

Schultz & Williams Senior Vice President Kathy Watson was a featured speaker at the 2017 Compass Conference sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her presentation “Story Telling: Best Practices in Major Gift Fundraising” featured real donor stories that illustrate key principles in the cultivation and solicitation of significant gifts. This is the fifth story in a series of nine.
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Wait, Wait….Don’t Ask Me!

Fulfilling the Promise: Creating Effective Stewardship Donor Journeys

When it comes to stewarding donors, gratitude and feedback are the foundation. Simply put, any stewardship program should, at minimum, provide timely thanks and acknowledgement of a gift, ideally through the same channel the donor used to make the gift. Personalize your communication with the donor’s name at the very least and acknowledge the gift’s purpose and intent.
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Fulfilling the Promise: Creating Effective Stewardship Donor Journeys

The Path to a Successful Campaign

We have extensive experience planning and implementing campaigns from $500,000 to $500 million for organizations of all types, giving us a unique perspective on what works and what doesn’t work in campaign fundraising.
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The Path to a Successful Campaign

Independent School Fundraising 2018 Trends

Senior Consultants Pat Voigt and Kelly Grattan explore how the independent school philanthropic landscape has changed over the last five years and offer actionable steps to realize growth in their fundraising operations.
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Independent School Fundraising 2018 Trends

The Treasure Trove Under Your Radar

Most nonprofits are meticulous about making sure gifts are entered into their donor databases. And rightfully so. When a gift is entered, it kicks off an important chain of events that shapes the donor’s experience.
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The Treasure Trove Under Your Radar

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