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Fundraising Illuminated - a Podcast by The Solas Group

Fundraising Illuminated is a podcast for development officers and fundraising professionals. We explore topics related to the business of fundraising: how to raise more money, manage a fundraising team, and serve more people. Join us for engaging conversations with thought leaders who are challenging our thinking on fundraising best practices. This podcast is produced by The Solas Group, the leader in fundraising analytics.

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Truth and Consequences: How the University of Nebraska Foundation is Adapting to Tableau -- a conversation with Ben Storck

In this episode, we talk with Ben Storck, assistant vice president of advancement services at the University of Nebraska Foundation. During Ben's time there, UNF has converted to a new CRM and adopted Tableau as its analytics platform, moving the Foundation from a culture of ad hoc reporting to on-demand analytics and data exploration. Ben describes the impact that transformation has had not only on the Foundation's capacity for fundraising analysis but also on its work culture.

20mins

10 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 3 - Is Unrestricted Giving Going Away?

In this episode, we talk  with Howard Heevner, Executive Director of Annual Programs at the University of California at Berkeley. We'll ask Howard about the future of unrestricted giving in an era where more and more donors want to target their giving to micro-funding projects.

10mins

26 May 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 2 - Can you really raise more money by reducing the size of your portfolio?

Our second episode features another conversation with David Lively,  Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University. David is well known for his book Managing Major Gift Fundraisers:  A Contrarian’s Guide. In this episode, we explore one of the central arguments in David's book:  major gift officers raise more money if they are assigned to fewer prospects. We ask David to explain this counterintuitive theory and tell us how he discovered this to be true in his own work.We highly recommend checking out David's book, Managing Major Gift Fundraisers, which can be purchased on the CASE website.This podcast is produced by The Solas Group, a fundraising analytics and predictive modeling firm. Visit us at www.thesolasgroup.com or write to us at podcast@thesolasgroup.com. We would love to hear from you!

18mins

4 May 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 1 - How Major Gift Metrics and Fundraiser Tenure Impact Your Fundraising Results

In this first episode ever of Fundraising Illuminated, we’ve got a terrific guest:  David Lively, who is currently the Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University. David is well known for his book Managing Major Gift Fundraisers:  A Contrarian’s Guide. In the book, David demonstrates his method for managing major gift officers and evaluating their performance on key metrics, and we talk to him in this episode about the metrics he uses. We also talk with him about the new research he’s been working on that explores a concept he calls “net fundraiser value.” David’s research has been showing that the “net value” of fundraisers increases over time, making fundraiser tenure a key component for the success of a development program.We highly recommend checking out David's book, Managing Major Gift Fundraisers, which can be purchased on the CASE website. This podcast is produced by The Solas Group, a fundraising analytics and predictive modeling firm. Visit us at www.thesolasgroup.com or write to us at podcast@thesolasgroup.com. We would love to hear from you!

13mins

14 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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