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Thoughts on the Conference


by Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE, Director, Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI)

Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFREPSI’s triennial conference is recent history once again—but lives on as a pleasant, profitable, and successful memory. During the conference and subsequently, I received many comments about the value of the various components of the conference—the speakers, the networking, the workshops, the fun, and more.
I enjoy receiving the compliments but also enjoy giving credit where credit is due! Events such as these are made up of many parts and many people if they’re going to be beneficial. And above all, it’s the participants and their involvement and enthusiasm that contribute the most to a successful event.
PSI is truly grateful to an exceptional planning committee, and I sincerely thank each one of them. The PSI staff members each played a significant role in accomplishing all the preliminary and background work while also working as a commendable team. I know what long hours and how much effort went into making the conference a reality. (Continue reading...)

Philanthropy Conference Is 'Eye-opener' for International Attendees 

Adventist Church's philanthropy promotion gaining more traction worldwide

by Ansel Oliver/ANN

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s world headquarters sponsored several international scholarships to a philanthropy conference in an effort to promote the profession’s best practices in more denominational institutions.

Headquarters contributed funds for a dozen international attendees to participate in this year’s PSI Conference on Philanthropy, which was held June 24 to 27 in Baltimore, Maryland. Nearly 350 fundraisers and nonprofit leaders are in attendance.

The conference, held every three years, is sponsored by Philanthropic Service for Institutions, a fundraising consulting agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division.

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(Reprinted with permission.)

Adventist Philanthropy Leaders Honored at Awards Luncheon

by Julio C. Muñoz, Associate Director for Communications, NAD

At a recent awards luncheon which closed out the 2014 Conference on Philanthropy, Philanthropic Services for Institutions (PSI) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America honored five individuals for their visionary leadership and support of the mission of Adventist Institutions around the world.

The volunteers were honored at the Trailblazer and Adventist Philanthropy Luncheon on June 26 in Baltimore. The event was attended by nearly 350 fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders. Each honoree was introduced by the person who nominated him or her for the award. 

For demonstrating creativity, initiative, and providing consistent professional leadership in the area of philanthropy throughout her career, Carolyn Hamilton, CFRE, vice president for philanthropy at Loma Linda University Health, was awarded the Milton Murray Trailblazer in Philanthropy Award. The award was presented by her colleagues and 2011 Milton Murray Trailblazer award-winner Rachelle Bussell, senior vice president for advancement at Loma Linda University Health. Continue reading...

Dr. James Blanco (r.) received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Christopher Carey, VP of Advancement at Southern Adventist University. 

Conference Attendees List Provides Ongoing Resource For Networking

PSI's Conference on Philanthropy offered excellent opportunities to network with other Adventist philanthropy professionals, but now that the conference is over, we want to make it easy for you to connect with peers—and with old and new friends, too.

On the PSI Conference website, you will find a list of attendees which includes each person's organization and title, along with an email address. We recommend downloading the list or bookmarking it in your browser for future reference.

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Conference Survey

Have you filled out our post-Conference survey? If you haven't, please take a moment to complete this short, 12-question survey about your experience at the Conference. By participating in the survey, you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card. (Only 2014 Conference on Philanthropy attendees are eligible to enter.)

Making a Compelling Case for Support through Storytelling

A podcast from Lou Gehring, CFRE, Executive Director of the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center

In this podcast, he discusses the importance of storytelling in fundraising. Stories and traditions are what give weight, value and emotion to our mission. Not only is it important to be storytellers, but fundraisers must also listen and respond properly to the stories of our donors in order to build a strong and meaningful relationship with them.

This podcast is part of our series on healthcare fundraising. The challenges of healthcare philanthropy are well known. Internal and external pressures come in equal measure…with everything from physician involvement, to Hippa, and ROI request that would make even some of the most seasoned VPs of Advancement gasp. PSI will continue to add to our healthcare series with 15 minute podcasts that will be both informative and inspirational in your quest for success.

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Simone JoyauxPet Peeves About Fundraising: A Podcast with Simone Joyaux

In this podcast, Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, shares a few of her pet peeves about fundraising and how to handle them. 

Joyaux is a sought-after consultant for nonprofits and NGOs, specializing in fund development, board development and strategic planning. Visit her website at

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Conference session handouts available online

Did you know that you now have online access to the session handouts from the Conference? 

These are a great resource to use as a refresher for the information in the sessions or to supplement your own notes. (Or perhaps you missed a session that you had hoped to attend, or you were unable to attend the Conference.)

In any case, these handouts are an invaluable resource to use in your work. View the list of session handouts and download them here.

Loma Linda University Health Receives $100 Million Gift 

On July 15, 2014, Loma Linda University Health announced an historic $1.2 billion fundraising campaign to upgrade its Inland Empire campus. Vision 2020, as the campaign is called, will expand the children’s hospital, build a new adult hospital, and construct a high-tech research center. There are also plans for an academic-based Wholeness Center, student scholarship funding, and faculty development. 

The Loma Linda University Health website states that they will "build on the core strengths of Loma Linda University Health to pursue new discoveries and develop strategies for a healthier, whole world. Vision 2020 will combine the latest research and best healthcare practices with comprehensive prevention and wellness."

According to LLUH Senior Vice President for Advancement Rachelle Bussell, CFRE, "This campaign is six times larger than any philanthropic initiative that LLUH has completed in the past. It also represents the largest campaign in the history of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church."

The campaign has raised nearly $150 million already, much of it from a $100-million pledge from local business owners Dennis and Carol Troesh. 

Read more in the Los Angeles Times article here... 

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