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Major Gifts

A Podcast on Fundraising from Veritus Group

Major gift fundraising is the lifeblood of non-profit organizations around the world. Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels address major gifts twice monthly, to help you and your organization connect with donors in authentic ways to make an impact in your community – and the world.

How Mid-Level and Direct Response Can Partner Together

How Mid-Level and Direct Response Can Partner Together

Building a partnership between mid-level and direct response is crucial to your organization’s success. Yet many organizations are missing out on opportunities to align these groups in a way that will strengthen the donor pipeline. For this episode, we invited special guests Becca Burgess, VP of Client Services at Moore, and Kara Ansotegui, Senior Director of Leadership Annual Giving at the American Cancer Society, to join us for a conversation about creating a partnership between mid-level and direct response that will result in stronger relationships with donors at every stage of giving.

How Mid-Level and Direct Response Can Partner Together

How Mid-Level and Direct Response Can Partner Together

Building a partnership between mid-level and direct response is crucial to your organization’s success. Yet many organizations are missing out on opportunities to align these groups in a way that will strengthen the donor pipeline. For this episode, we invited special guests Becca Burgess, VP of Client Services at Moore, and Kara Ansotegui, Senior Director of Leadership Annual Giving at the American Cancer Society, to join us for a conversation about creating a partnership between mid-level and direct response that will result in stronger relationships with donors at every stage of giving.

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Yes, You Do Need to Ask All Year Long!

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When you work at a non-profit organization, just as in any job, there will be times that you feel stuck, discouraged, or uninspired. This work is hard, and it’s not uncommon to experience feelings of burnout or frustration. In this episode, Karen and Renita share some questions to ask yourself on days you feel stuck to help you approach your energy differently. We hope these suggestions leave you feeling encouraged with some strategies to help you move forward, bring your best self to work with your donors, and find more satisfaction in your daily work!

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When you’re looking for your next fundraising position, how do you evaluate which opportunities are most aligned with your professional goals? What questions should you ask in your conversations with hiring managers to learn more about their culture and evaluate whether the role is a good fit? In this podcast episode, Karen and Matt are joined by special guest Paul Towne, VP of Executive Search with Cooper Coleman. As a search consultant who works exclusively with non-profit and social impact organizations, Paul has extensive knowledge about how to interview for the right roles and identify which opportunities will be the best fit for you.

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Welcome to January! In these first weeks of the year, you’re likely still finishing out the year-end season, thanking donors for gifts received, and assessing your performance compared to your goals. At the same time, you’re working on communication plans and strategies for the year ahead. In this episode, Theresa Tapocsi and Edie Dahlen, two of our Client Experience Leaders, join Jeff to discuss what fundraisers and leaders need to know right now while you’re wrapping up from year-end and getting started on your top priorities in 2024.

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How to Be an Effective Non-Profit Leader and Manager

One of the most common complaints we hear from passionate fundraisers is that they don’t feel supported by their managers. Even though fundraisers leave organizations because of this, management skills continue to be undervalued in the non-profit space. In today’s episode, Karen and Jeff talk through some of the obstacles that may be holding you back as a leader for your fundraising team, and how you can take steps to turn things around. For anyone managing a team of frontline fundraisers, we hope you’ll tune in to this episode for strategies to help you be the kind of manager who inspires your team to do their best work.

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