A big “thank you” to Andrew Watt, for addressing the fundraising profession directly and forcefully: the days of passive gift collection are over. Now maybe we can get on with growing philanthropy and building a profession that can generate more than 2% of Gross Domestic Product.Our new AFP International President and CEO put in on the line. In today’s world, competition for gift income is becoming ever more intense. The charitable deduction is at risk. This will slow donors from making longer-term pledges, as they deal with uncertainty about whether their gifts will be deductible.Government funding is going down and more is being shifted to the private sector for support. Frequently, we talk about this issue in the safety net world. But ask a public college president about the level of state support. It is down as much as 10% to 15% for many. Ask the private college president about increasing tuition making recruitment more difficulty. Ask hospitals about the pending changes in healthcare and their reimbursements. So this isn’t a food bank or homeless shelter issue. This is huge.Also consider that the funder is looking for accountability and impact. Giving them the number of beds filled or classes offered, with a charming smile ain’t going to get it any more.The Philanthropy Journal quotes Andrew as saying “Fundraisers have to be the donor’s gateway to philanthropy. . . .Donors don’t always know how to best get involved philanthropically.” Amen.Here I go again: We must reform fundraising education to teach skills like marketing, sales, reporting, analysis, and product development. We must move away from the nice person, do-good, warm fuzzy approach of too many nonprofits.You know what I’m talking about. I’m talking about those things that help successful people stay in business.Now, there’s an idea whose time has come.
The Most Influential ‘Living Person’ in Philanthropy
Robert F. Hartsook Receives Honorary Doctorate of Business
Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Bob Hartsook was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by Plymouth University in Plymouth, England. The University described Bob as: “arguably the most influential living person improving the philanthropic donor experience.” Such global affirmation appropriately recognizes Bob and uniquely distinguishes Hartsook as the world’s fundraising counsel.”
Plymouth University honors individuals who have achieved great distinction in their professional lives and who have made contributions to society at large. In recognizing Bob Hartsook’s impressive achievements, the University has highlighted his service to the field of philanthropy, his promotion of academic study and research and his personal commitment to growing philanthropy around the world. Go here to learn more and view videos from this event.
Pictured: Karin Cox, Hartsook Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer; Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Experience; Bob Hartsook; Adrian Sargeant, Professor of Fundraising at Plymouth University and the Director of the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy; Jen Shang, Philanthropic Psychologist and Director of Research at the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy; Matthew J. Beem, Hartsook President and CEO.