DOLLAR$ AND SENSE
THE STAR WARS SEASON may be drawing to a close at the Park Place Cinemark, but the battle on behalf of galaxy’s true hero — the philanthropic donor — goes on, thanks to Simone Joyaux and Tom Ahern. During their annual visit to AFP Southern Arizona on January 15th, Simone and Tom challenged us to stand up for ourselves and our profession.
It is wrong, they agreed, for the First Order to use business metrics to judge a nonprofit’s development efforts. It is wrong to confuse “development” with “sales.”
“It’s not about the dollar,” Simone began. ‘It’s about the donor,” Tom continued. You’d think they had delivered this message before. You’d be right. Their partnership is almost as old as Leia and Luke’s. “Donor Centric Fundraising” has been the core of Simone’s and Tom’s work for more than 20 years. Simone introduced the “Donor Centric Pledge” in 2007.
Simone urged us to take the fight to our own organizations. The compelling argument we have is this: Over time, the focus on stewardship and retention will increase the bottom line.
“The first time you go to an investment advisor, you learn that your investment strategy may or may not work in the short term, Ahern noted. “They tell you that right away. It needs to be a long-term commitment. Why can’t the board chair — who is sometimes an investment advisor — understand the same is true with development?”
Congratulations to the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees!
Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year: The Alan & Jan Levin Family
Outstanding Corporate or Foundation Philanthropist: Marshall Foundation
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Jill Rich
Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Edna Meza Aguirre
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: San Miguel High School’s Club Pag-asa
Researching Your Next Grant
February 12, 2016 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Successful grant writing requires careful research of potential funding sources with reliable information regarding a foundation’s interests criteria. Patricia Cassidy will discuss ways you can begin sleuthing yourself, and introduce vehicles that will help you along the way. Tucson resident Patricia Cassidy was raised in England and has worked in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Germany and […]