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.
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.
Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, Vice President for University Advancement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, shares the story behind securing the University’s largest ever philanthropic gift of $23 Million from Dr John and Char Kopchick. It took a team effort, over many years, involving people from across the organisation to make this transformational blended-gift a reality. A discussion about the Case for Support for a couple is covered, including getting “down into the weeds.” Don’t miss Khatmeh share the importance of listening to a potential donor in order to develop the proposal that strikes a chord with them.