Building Toward the Future


A New Day for Gift Planning

Tools of the Trade

  • Personalized Philanthropy and Being the Change You Seek: A Brief Career Guide for Enlightened Generalists

Speaker: Steven Meyers

September 23, 2021 @ 11:00 AM PDT

Attention Blended Gift Specialists. To celebrate publication of the second edition of Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix, Steve Meyers sounds this clarion call:

Be the Change You Seek. Instead of preparing the next generation of fundraisers as highly disciplined order-takers, let's cultivate a more creative, somewhat more disorderly group — enlightened generalists.

Steve will explore the concepts, distinct underpinning values, and personalized gift design techniques of the aspiring enlightened generalist. He'll show you how to devise a new job description that spans the boundaries of annual, major, and planned giving. Further, his concept of Mastery in fundraising will help you refocus how you think about your job, your career and your legacy as a gift officer. And, if you can't fully crash the Fundraising Matrix, he'll help you bend it enough to make a difference right now. It's never too late to wake up and be the kind of fundraiser you always wanted to be and help others on their journey.

  • Spreading Goodness in Greater Nebraska

Speaker: Carrie Malek-Madani, Sandra Henningsen

October 7, 2021 @ 9:00 AM PDT

Over the past 25 years, Nebraska Community Foundation has been unleashing abundant local assets, inspiring charitable giving, and connecting ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.

Through a growing grassroots network of over 1,500 passionate volunteers, NCF is spreading goodness through the generosity of people who love their hometowns and care about the future of their rural places. This session will explore the work of NCF, the culture of philanthropy that is being built across the state, and the important role storytelling has played in the process.

  • Getting on Solid Ground with Gifts of Real Estate

Speaker: Michael Wynn

December 8, 2021 @ 9:00 AM PDT

Is your organization falling short of its potential for acceptance of real estate gifts? Are unfamiliarity with the process and types of real estate and gifts holding you back? This session will encourage you and your organization to get involved by learning some of the basic principles associated with gifts of real estate. We will address tax and legal guidelines, gift acceptance policies, types of real estate gifts, and some pitfalls and benefits of real estate gifts. The goal of the session is to instill in each attendee the confidence needed to engage donors in conversations about making significant planned gifts with real estate.

  • Motivating Donors

Speaker: Jon Rich, Charles Schultz

January 26, 2022 @ 11:00 AM PDT

The late and great Jerry Panas said your goal is to help a donor make the largest gift with the greatest joy. You motivate donors through a winsome presentation and a persuasive proposal. Jon will share his vast experience on presentations to donors — methods that consistently lead to success. Charles will explain how to craft a proposal to connect at an emotional level. With a motivating presentation and proposal, you will close big gifts.

  • There's More to the Story: Create and Market Donor Stories More Effectively

Speaker: Kyle Daniels

April 5, 2022 @ 9:00 AM PDT

It's no secret that donor stories are pivotal in sharing your organization's mission, but are you maximizing your outreach and resources? If you think that writing about a donor is the only draw, I can assure you — there's more to the story! This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Finding the right donor and theme for your story
  • How to structure and time a story around a campaign
  • Reviewing analytics to understand your audience
  • Ways to extend engagement through social media (Facebook & LinkedIn) for potential prospects