Episode 17: A conversation with Scott Williams, AM

Scott Williams, AM (Member of the Order of Australia) is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist who provides tremendous insight on his approach to philanthropy. Scott shares his story in becoming a philanthropist and how he is leveraging his businesses for the betterment of the non-profit organisations he is passionate about.  He talks about the ROI regarding his philanthropy and lessons learned when he first began making gifts to various non-profits. Recent experiences have lead Scott to rethink his support of endowments.  Challenge grants are touched on as well as views about government policies surrounding philanthropy.  Listen to this episode to learn from a philanthropist to help your fundraising and engagement efforts.   

Episode 16: A conversation with Alex Ogeka

Alex Ogeka, Executive Director of the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Foundation, shares the steps the Foundation is undertaking in preparing for a major fundraising campaign.  The lessons learned from previous campaigns have shed light on the need to ensure everyone associated with the organisation is on the same page with respect to the priorities of a campaign—transparency and good communication are required. Understanding constituent affinity is paramount and how 50 years of stewardship resulted in a $2.4 million gift for the Foundation. Listen to Alex also touch on the importance of technology in raising funds, but how the old fashion face-to-face visit is still the most effective way in raising the big money.

Episode 15: A conversation with Maureen O’Shea

Maureen O’Shea is the Head of Philanthropy at World Wide Fund for Nature—Singapore. In this episode Maureen discusses raising funds from wealthy donors living in Singapore and the expectations of these donors regarding the proposal. She shares the value of providing potential donors with an experience they can’t buy in order to connect them to the purpose of the organisation.  If you want to understand the important nuances of raising principal gifts ($1M plus) in Singapore, and the South East Asian region, be sure to listen to Maureen share her experiences.