Posts in Professionalism
Who Do You Hope to Meet?

Conferences are one of the best ways for us to meet new people familiar with our work.  Furthermore, these gatherings provide an opportunity to explore what we know best in the company of others who share our vocabulary, experience and objectives.  And, if all goes well, we encounter folks with new ideas or positions that challenge our own.  In doing so, we learn and gain confidence in our own understanding of our profession.

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Heurista Loves Canada!

Anne, Jeff and Rachel are just back from the first annual Association of Donor Relations Professionals Canadian Regional Workshop, held April 10, 2015 at the Hart House on the University of Toronto campus.  We settled into the beautiful surroundings (think Hogwarts, you Harry Potter fans) as the room filled with a sell-out crowd of 100 professionals intent on learning and sharing about donor relations and stewardship.

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Collaborations Result in Better Donor Relations Work

Thomas L. Friedman’s bestseller The World is Flat, published in 2005, identifies a more flattened or horizontal way of doing business made possible by improvements in communications technologies, political changes and new collaborative business practices. He focuses on developments that are making it easier and more necessary for people and businesses all over the world to partner every day.

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Centralized Donor Recognition Display

The University of South Carolina and Greenville Health System are in campaign to raise funds, primarily around scholarships, for the medical school.  This partnership has posed many questions about donor stewardship. Both USC and GHS have long-standing donor recognition standards, but both were willing to make concessions for this unique entity. 

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The Virtual Donor Wall

Best Practices for Donor Recognition • What is a Virtual Donor Wall? “Virtual Donor Wall” is used as a catch-all phrase encompassing everything other than a traditional, facility-based grouping of donor names. I encourage you to maximize the “virtual” aspect and think of it as a concept identifying any donor recognition experience that is not tied to a passively-viewed, traditional donor recognition display.

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