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October 13, 2017

As promised, here is installment #3 from PSI, catching you up on a few select items about our work and clients, and also updating you on some interesting happenings in the world of philanthropy and fundraising.

The annual tradition of a President’s Dinner is coming soon, on the evening of October 29.  This year’s featured speaker will be the Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Amir Pasic.  Our theme is one that concerns all of us who do fundraising—the better the organizational context, the better success we have with fundraising.  We will also feature a short video of leading professionals speaking about this topic and how they have addressed it.  Watch for it on this website after the dinner.  Please urge your Conference and Union presidents to come, along with other leaders with whom you interact.

Coming soon—a survey about how you wish to receive PSI news!  Please fill it out when you receive it so we know how best to serve you!

Remember the Bible text you probably memorized as a child, or at some point in your life you learned this key text… “It’s more blessed to give than to receive!”  Well, we give credence to this thought because we believe in the Bible, but now we also have secular research backing this up!!  If interested, write me at and I’ll send you some references you can use.

Academies continue to grow in fundraising and make headway—yes, I’m repeating this sentence from last time, but it’s worth repeating!!  Please remember and also share this information that PSI has many resources that can help, including a new planning form, as well as our handbook, Successful Fundraising, and countless other materials.  We also come on-site to help you!  Share and spread the news that we are ready and able to help academies move ahead!

Here is a sobering bit of news– CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY DAILY UPDATE

OCTOBER 03, 2017 Fewer Americans Find Room in Their Budgets for Charity, Chronicle Data Show.  If you don’t receive the Chronicle, ask us for info about this piece.

Featuring one of PSI’s consultants this month—our special consultants help meet the many and growing requests for PSI’s help, and we’re fortunate to have them on our team for special gigs and assistance.

Dr.  Dennis Carlson is a fundraising and leadership consultant for non-profits, focusing largely on Seventh-day Adventist entities such as local churches.  His experience in philanthropy includes four years as Vice President for Advancement at Walla Walla University and various fundraising initiatives within the church context during his years as a pastor and church leader.  He served as Vice President for Administration in both the Washington and Upper Columbia Conferences and as President of the Minnesota Conference and the Mid-American Union Conference.  He was chair of the board of Philanthropic Services for Institutions (PSI) during his time as Assistant to the President for Administration at the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.  He also served on the Advisory Committee for PSI.  He earned a B.A. in Theology from Columbia Union College (Now Washington Adventist University) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.  He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Northwest Theological Union.

Lilya WagnerUntil next time!

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