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Donor Cultivation


Pleasant Hill - Main University Campus 100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

December 11, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

How much do you really know about your donor’s interests and about what they are hoping will come of their gifts? Such information is crucial to your ability to engage your donor in a personal way and to further cultivate the relationship. This talk will look at how working with community foundations can help nonprofits build meaningful knowledge of their donors.

In this Lunch and Learn session, hosted by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University, we will hear from Jeri Boomgaarden, Director of Donor Services with the East Bay Community Foundation. Jeri will discuss her work in an ever-growing facet of fundraising—the donor-advised fund. The exchange of information that occurs between donor and foundation in this unique relationship is crucial for nonprofits aiming to better understand how to work with and cultivate donors.

“Working with community foundations is coming to be more and more critical,” explains Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University. “It is a way for the foundations to learn more about organizations and what they’re doing, but also for the organizations to learn more about how to work with donors.” Join us for some lunch and to explore this exciting new avenue toward donor cultivation.

Lunch and Learn with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s Lunch and Learn series at John F. Kennedy University invites you to come get on a first-name basis with your nonprofit peers while hearing from an expert on a pertinent issue in the field. A light lunch will also be provided!

Each installment of the Lunch and Learn series begins with a half hour of networking followed by an hour-long lecture-style presentation, and finally, Q&A. “The purpose of the series is to help address an issue that nonprofits are challenged with, including fundraising and other issues that have a bearing on overall organizational sustainability,” explains Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. “It’s also designed to create and build community among folks working in the social sector.”