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Building a culture of philanthropy
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / December 21, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Last week, the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence sponsored a program featuring Simone Joyaux, ACFR, Adv Dip. Simone’s message to board members and development staff is that in order to be successful in raising funds from individual donors, an organization needs a culture of philanthropy. Simply stated, it means that donors are at the core of every organization and the organization celebrates and honors the intentions of its donors.


While that may sound easy, it actually requires a thoughtful process of self-review to make certain that everyone involved in the organization – from board members to staff to volunteers – is mindful of the fact that donors give through the organization to achieve their own interests and aspirations. Understanding why donors give is key to maintaining a long and fruitful partnership; as Simone puts it, donor loyalty is the holy grail of fundraising.

We at the Rhode Island Foundation work hard to maintain our own culture of philanthropy and we want to raise the profile of philanthropy across the state of Rhode Island. In 2016, we will devote additional time and energy to help nonprofits be more successful in their efforts around fund development. We will also increase our efforts to help inspire current as well as new donors to give through local organizations to help them achieve their interests and aspirations.

The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence will focus on fund development in our 2016 workshops and capacity-building programs; stay tuned for more information early in the next year.

And to all the hardworking executive directors, development officers and board members who individually and collectively inspire and grow philanthropy across the state, we thank you and wish you a very happy new year!


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