How to Survive Inverse-Mentors

Posted by Alexandra P. Brovey on Aug 29, 2018 11:30:00 AM

One of the pillars of a successful gift planner is being a mentor. Unfortunately, there is no playbook with a list of steps. Instead, you look to your mentors for other pillars, or traits, that will help you become a successful fundraiser.

I hold a black belt in Shotokan karate, and that practice led me through a variety of Eastern philosophies to the writing of Thich Nhat Hahn, a Zen Master who taught me (and many others) to practice meditation. A professional mentor is in some respects like a Zen Master, and I’ve had some great mentors over the years. From them, I learned a few key lessons that have surprising connections to mindfulness.

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Topics: CGP Conference 2018, Mentor, fundraising

A Must-Read: Alex Brovey on Zen and the Art of Fundraising

Posted by Meryl R. Cosentino on Jun 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Zen and the Art of Fundraising - 8 Pillars of Success, is the first book by CGP member Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM.

In her informative and inspiring guide, the reader is taken on a VIP tour inside the mind of a master fundraiser. What the journey teaches us—about Alex, fundraising, and ultimately ourselves—will change the way we approach our careers and our donors, and should result in a more positive outcome for the charitable organizations that employ us. 

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Topics: General, fundraising

Five Numbers You, Your Boss & Your Board Need to Know in 2018

Posted by Patrick Schmitt & Cathy R Sheffield on Feb 7, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Planned giving professionals tell us that one of the hardest things about their work is winning more resources internally. Here are some big, powerful stats to share with your boss and board to help you expand your planned giving fundraising in 2018.

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Topics: philanthropy, fundraising

Forever Change the Way You Plan Trips: Mapping Donor Data

Posted by National Association of Charitable Gift Planners on Mar 24, 2016 3:18:30 PM


Mapping tools are a great way to import donor information from your donor databases and leverage those data points when designing a travel route and communicating with several prospects. If you’re on the hunt for mapping software to track donor visits and plan efficient travel, you’ll find recommendations made by charitable gift planning professionals in a PPP discussion forum.

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Topics: philanthropy, donors, fundraising, planned giving, General, NCPP

A New Brand for PPP... And, It All Started With You

Posted by National Association of Charitable Gift Planners on Feb 18, 2016 8:55:05 AM

It’s true, PPP is undergoing a complete renovation, centered on member-focused, service-driven improvements that will bring new life to the organization… and it all started with our members
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Topics: philanthropy, fundraising, planned giving, Advocacy, General, Leadership, News, Rebrand, Research, Technology, donors

All You Really Need for Planned Giving You Learned in Kindergarten

Posted by National Association of Charitable Gift Planners on Feb 11, 2016 2:58:38 PM

A Session Highlight from the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning, NCPP

The National Conference on Philanthropic Planning usually appeals to the most experienced gift planners, but Meryl Cosentino, took attendees back to kindergarten in her breakout  session, which came complete with milk and cookies, but without naps. Her tips are great reminders for planners at every experience level.

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Topics: philanthropy, donors, fundraising, planned giving, Advocacy, General