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Ask the Philantherapist – Episode 3: How to engage patrons with a conservation nonprofit and how to set up major gift officers for success

This week, David speaks to John Judge, the President & CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a conservation nonprofit. They discuss how to engage patrons in grassroot fundraising strategies and they discuss what to look for and how to set up a major gift officers for success.


“Ask the Philantherapist” – Episode 2: “How can we reach a donor who has become disconnected with our organization?”

Listen to this week’s short-form podcast as the Philantherapist host David Garamella and Drew Gagner, Chief Philanthropy Officer & NorCal Division VP of CommonSpirit Health in Santa Cruz, CA discuss the following question:

“How can we reach a donor who has become disconnected with our organization?”


“Ask the Philantherapist” – Episode 1: How to manage a donor who is suddenly giving less than previous years

In our new short-form podcast series, listen as the Philantherapist host David Garamella and Mark FaderHead of School at the The Williams School in New London, CT discuss the following question:

“What should your nonprofit do when an important annual donor is suddenly giving less than the previous year?”

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International Fundraising: How a Norwegian nonprofit found creative revenue sources

In many ways, fundraising in Europe looks very different than it does in the U.S. But, in other ways, nonprofits in Europe face many of the same challenges that American nonprofits face. In this episode, we interview Jimmy Westerheim, the CEO & Founder of The Human Aspect, a Norwegian mental health-focused nonprofit that struggled with sources of revenue as they were starting out. Hear how they managed to get high-profile corporate funding from companies such as Facebook and came up with other creative ideas to support the incredibly important mission of their organization.  


How a large corporate grant-making foundation manages changing strategies, a limited donor pool and international nonprofit partners

On this episode, we are joined by Julia Smart, Fundraising and Development Specialist with the Flourish Arbonne Foundation, a unique foundation that provides grant support to nonprofit organizations in several countries – the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Canada. The foundation went from supporting hundreds of nonprofits with small grants and multiple grant cycles to supporting one nonprofit organization in each country with large transformational grants. Julia also discusses the shift to focusing solely on youth mental health and how that focus became more important than ever during Covid-19.


Higher Education Fundraising Perspectives from a Seasoned VP and a Millennial Major Gifts Officer

This week, we are joined by Doug Smith, VP for Advancement and Shea Healy, Major Gifts Officer, both at Stonehill College. Doug has almost 30 years of experience in philanthropy while Shea graduated from college just a few years ago (class of ’17). They share their experiences with fundraising from very different perspectives and we discuss everything from the importance of stewardship, donors as investors, the post-covid fundraising landscape to what it’s like to be a younger gift officer and what personal characteristics lend itself to success in the philanthropy field.


How one nonprofit is addressing the affordable housing crisis

The U.S. has been facing an affordable housing crisis for decades. On this episode, Greg Bradbard, the President of Hope through Housing and Sr. VP of National CORE joins us to discuss the affordable housing crisis, his nonprofit’s mission to fight this systemic issue and the importance of shifting priorities during a crisis. Learn about their philanthropy efforts and how they span across the very unique sectors of social services, real estate development and community revitalization. To learn more about Hope through Housing, visit: https://hthf.org.


The capital campaign has ended – how do you keep the fundraising momentum going?

What do you do to keep up fundraising momentum after your capital campaign has ended but a pandemic has begun? Kelli Rafferty, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement at Elliott Health System in New Hampshire, shares her approach to this challenge on this episode. She shares her experience with maintaining a strong connection to her community through the involvement of senior leaders and volunteers and the consistent approach of relationship building and storytelling during this unprecedented time. 


Making the Most of Virtual Fundraising Events

For many nonprofit organizations, special event fundraising is often a big part of annual philanthropy goals. Lorelei Mitrani, Director Special Events at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, joins us to discuss how her foundation transitioned from a heavy rotation of traditional in-person events to completely virtual while actually increasing fundraising revenue. 


Maximizing Board Fundraising with Dan Murphy and Nancy Bussani from CommonSpirit Health

If you are working with a nonprofit board, you don’t want to miss this episode. Dan Murphy, Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for Dignity Health Foundation Inland Empire and Glendale Memorial Health, and Nancy Bussani, System Vice President, Philanthropy Strategy and Governance for CommonSpirit Health, join us to discuss how to maximize board fundraising and prioritize relationship building and major gift cultivation as the key to board success. There’s a lot of practical information here that will help you create a more effective and efficient fundraising board.


Social Media Management for Nonprofits and Philanthropy Teams

Eric Brown, the Vice President of Social Marketing/Events for Outsuite Marketing/O.S. Social, discusses how nonprofit organizations should be using social media to further their cause and raise more money. We discuss the challenges that philanthropy teams face when approaching social media and listeners will gain some practical knowledge about different platforms, how to create content, how often to post and more. 


Nonprofit Marketing with Shane Pendley, President of Outsuite Marketing

Philanthropy professionals and nonprofits in general often struggle with the concept of marketing. This podcast is part one of a two part series on marketing and social media and features Shane Pendley, the President of Outsuite Marketing and OS Social, as he shares his thoughts and some practical tips on best practices in marketing and what this means for nonprofits. 


Healthcare Fundraising During a Pandemic, featuring Shannon Duval and Robert Faughnan from CommonSpirit Health

Shannon Duval, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Robert Faughnan, System Director, Major Gifts and Campaigns from CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the U.S., join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities of healthcare fundraising during a pandemic.


Aimee Marcella and Emily Brady – Fundraising After a Controversy

Imagine working for an institution that had been mired in financial and political challenges for more than a decade. And being tasked with increasing both alumni engagement and fundraising dollars. Emily Brady and Aimee Marcella, long-time fundraising professionals, both spent time working for the University of Bridgeport, an institution that had spent much of the 90’s in financial and political crisis, nearly closing its doors and then being financially rescued by an affiliate of the controversial Unification Church. This led to a two year faculty strike and the loss of thousands of students. When Aimee and Emily found themselves at the University in 2013/2014, the dust had settled and things were looking up. However, the hard work of engaging their constituents had just begun. 


Sarah Landman discusses Millennial Philanthropy

Sarah Landman is an experienced major gift officer, raising more than $500 million throughout her career. She is also the leader of two national fundraising consulting firms and is currently serving as Sr. VP at insightful, the philanthropy division at NewsBank. Landman also writes and speaks on the topic of millennial philanthropy at regional and national conferences. Today, we discuss the challenges (and opportunities) facing nonprofits that are trying to connect with millennial donors.