News and Notes from the Director
As of February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day from PSI, whether you’re reading this on the exact day or not. And since I believe in not just a “birth day,” but extend it to a birth week or even birth month, please accept our best wishes whenever you read these News and Notes!
NEW AND IMPROVED! Thanks to Charlotte Henderson, PSI’s mentoring program is vastly improved and we hope you will take a look at this exciting revision. Check this out and take the next step toward even more professional development: Mentoring program
We will keep the upcoming PSI conference front and center for quite a while, to make sure you don’t miss information about this special event. 2018 PSI CONFERENCE ON PHILANTHROPY June 26-29, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Pier Sixty-Six Resort. Sponsored by NAD every 3 years. Learn from top experts at the lowest price! Network with Adventist professional development officers who have conquered the same challenges you face, and discover tools that make an immediate difference. Basic Fundraising Techniques will also be taught in Spanish. Free 1 to 1 consulting. Learn Now, Pay Later. See separate 1-page ad in this issue for more details.
Event Website: http//psiconference.com
Some interesting new thoughts about capital campaigns and feasibility studies. See CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY DAILY UPDATE, from January 10, 2018: Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign? Steps to Take Before Deciding, By Martha Keates.
For decades, most nonprofit leaders considering a capital campaign would hire consultants to interview key supporters as a basis for deciding whether to mount what in many cases would be an organization’s most ambitious fundraising drive ever. If you don’t get this publication, we could share the info with you. Basically, they present some alternatives to the traditional feasibility study.
Very soon we will have the forms for volunteer service awards given by PSI as well as the Trailblazer award on our website. Watch for further notice but be thinking about whom to nominate so we have a good slate of nominees. This is a chance to truly honor some person who has been instrumental in your success, plus honor someone from our own ranks.
There always seems to be some new and innovative way to re-think how we do things, and in the corporate giving realm, that is certainly true. In a recent issue of Grassroots Fundraising Journal there was excellent information on yet another somewhat-new aspect of corporate giving, “Is Fiscal Sponsorship Right for You?” If you are interested and don’t get this journal, ask me.
On February 19 and 20 the current MAP academy participants are coming on our site to discuss MAP and how to improve it. Watch for more information on this very important event.
We say a sad farewell to a most valuable employee, Tandi Perkins.
She has been with PSI for about a year and a half and has been a great asset to all of us. We wish her the very best as she relocates to work with exciting projects of the Alaska Conference.
Until next time,
Introduction to PSI
Be sure and check out our new mentoring program under the Resources tab
Become a peer-coaching mentor — or — the beneficiary of a mentorship who wishes to “learn the ropes.”
For questions and additional information, contact the PSI Network Connect Manager.
Perspectives from the Field
Glimpses of Fundraising in Adventist Organizations
ON HOLD until further notice.
Books and Resources
Are you planning a building project—a new church, addition, school building, or Community Service building? Do you wonder how you should go about getting the funds? Does it seem like your campaign for funds goes on forever? Are your members or constituents tired of talking about money? If you have these questions and probably many others, Successful Fundraising is for you. Explore the options below to see which edition is right for you.
Written by Lilya Wagner, EdD, CFRE
A “one size fits all” strategy is not effective when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising in today’s diversified environment. This book enables nonprofit leaders, board members, staff, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations to better reach diverse populations and incorporate perspectives that increase success by surveying the cultural context for philanthropic action. In the PSI Library or offered on Amazon in both Print and Kindle: Order on Amazon | View Praeger Publishers listing
New to the library
A completely revised edition of the must-have resource for increasing your nonprofit’s bottom line.
This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the best-selling book The Ask is filled with suggestions, guidelines, and down-to-earth advice that will give you the confidence to ask anyone for any size gift, for any purpose. Written in winning language, filled with sample dialogues, and offering a wealth of tips and tools, this book addresses common mistakes made when asking and shows how to correct each mistake, providing guidance and direction on how to make a great ask.
If you would like to check out this book or another from our library, please call Tandi Perkins 301-680-6139 or send an email to her at TandiPerkins@nadadventist.org.