As we near the conclusion of March and Women History’s Month, we thought we’d honor the philanthropic traditions of women throughout history and debunk the myth that women are less philanthropic than men. Women have played a prominent role in giving their time, treasure, talent, and testimony in U.S. history. There are countless women who… Read more »
‘Tremendous, transformative experience’: How one alumna combined fundraising and research to earn a Ph.D.
How does a violist become a fundraiser, and then decide to earn a Ph.D.? Native Singaporean Marina Tan Harper, Ph.D., originally came to the U.S. to Ball State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in viola performance. After completing her degree, she returned to play in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for eight years. When she… Read more »
Donors, fundraisers, and how to encourage planned giving
How do you implement planned giving into your organization’s fundraising plan and goals? Read a transcription of a podcast produced by The Fund Raising School, narrated by Bill Stanczykiewicz, assistant dean for external relations and director of The Fund Raising School, and Phil Purcell, senior counsel for philanthropy at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Bill Stanczykiewciz (BS):… Read more »
Gender differences in major gifts: Can clues about fundraiser empathy in contact reports provide insight?
By Maarten Bout Contact reports are the unsung heroes of the fundraising process. Short summaries written by fundraisers about their interactions with donors, they function like a diary, and together they form a record of the long-term relationships between the organization and its donors. Last year, Dr. Sara Konrath and I read 572 fundraiser contact… Read more »
The ‘tainted money’ problem returns
Last month, the University of Louisville announced it was changing the name of its football stadium from “Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium” to simply “Cardinal Stadium.” How come? Papa John’s founder and board chairman, John Schnatter, confirmed a report in a Forbes magazine article (it’s long and contains material that may offend some) that he used… Read more »