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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//

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 DecidingBy 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,


Lilya Wagner

Mobile:  317-250-8274

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Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Do you know someone interested in the field of Fundraising or someone in the field wanting a different challenge? Be sure and direct them to our JOB CENTER. There they will find not only who is hiring but also a place to have their resume posted for those seeking to hire.

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We invite you to contact PSI any time you feel you need a consultant, at any stage of your fundraising efforts. We are here for any type of help, and we can even share carefully-selected consultant names or firms.

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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.

Charlotte Henderson

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News and Updates from PSI

Fundraising Group Offers New Online Practice Test for Certification

By Eden Stiffman

Fundraisers who want practice their test-taking skills before taking an influential professional certification examination now have a new aid. CFRE International, the organization that offers fundraising certification, has launched a new online practice exam.

“It’s something that fundraisers have been wanting for quite some time,” said Jeff Stanger, education-resources manager at CFRE International. The goal is to give fundraisers a sense of confidence before taking the four-hour, 200-question exam. It includes questions that are similar in difficulty to the actual exam.

“This won’t suddenly make it easy but will help with the confidence that you have an idea of what you’re in for,” said Mr. Stanger, adding that it will be especially helpful for people who have been out of school for some time or who struggle with test-taking.

Other Testing Options

Fundraisers are not required to get professional certification, but 6,050 of them currently hold the credential, most of them in North America. As of June of last year, 103 fundraisers received the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credential, or ACFRE, which is administered by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Many fundraisers say the certification is helpful in seeking new jobs and higher salaries and in reassuring donors and superiors of their professionalism.

People taking the practice test will receive feedback on the questions they get right and wrong. The new tool also provides feedback specific to the test’s six subject areas:

  • Current and prospective donor research
  • Securing gifts
  • Relationship building
  • Leadership and management
  • Involvement of volunteers in fundraising
  • Ethics, accountability, and professionalism.

In addition to the full-length, 100-question practice test, people can take 20-question quizzes to assess their knowledge in specific subject areas. Fundraisers can purchase 30-day and 90-day subscriptions for the study tool.

With the real exam, scores range from 200 to 800; a passing grade is 500 or more. About 75 percent of test-takers pass on the first try, Mr. Stanger said.

CFRE International is also developing a study guide and other study tools that will be released over the next year.

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Most of the contact information that PSI will get from you in the future will come through this site. By opting into our email, you will have access to important information that PSI sends out from time to time. We’ve also included areas for you to add additional information about yourself, your organization, and your interests, in order to help us target your specific needs.

Books and Resources

Successful Fundraising

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.

Successful Fundraising: A Handbook for Best Practices

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Successful Fundraising – Second Edition

Successful Fundraising 2nd Edition

Recaudación de Fondos Segunda Edición


Successful Fundraising – Canadian Edition

Diversity and Philanthropy

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

To learn more...

Be sure and check out the new web site developed to coincide with Diversity and Philanthropy:

New to the library

The Ask

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

Available for download

Your Future in Fundraising 242h

Your Future in Fundraising, by Dr. Lilya Wagner, is now available as a free download here:


The PSI resource center has an array of documents, samples, articles, books, and other materials that will aid your professional activity and practice.

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