Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Ohio Wesleyan Annual Fund

Testing, testing, one, two, three

Monday, November 27, 2006


Special gifts, major gifts, BIG gifts

Ohio Wesleyan is interviewing candidates for the position of Director of Major Gifts. I hate the title. I also hated the title when it was Director of Special Giving. Looking through the Chronicle of Philanthropy makes me think other people struggle with what to call someone who seeks "significant" gifts (and I think it means $25,000 or more). American Farmland Trust is looking for a Director of Major Gifts, the New York Botanical Garden is seeking a Director of Individual Giving as is the Culinary Institute of America. All gifts are special, but not all gifts are major, and even fewer are really BIG. Imagine being on the receiving end of a call requesting a visit from the Director of Major Gifts...

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Try a 14 pt. period to add "girth"

Do you know that if you use a 14 pt. period throughout a term paper, it has the potential to add pages to the document? Imagine what this means to those who struggle to fulfill page or word quotas?

This gem comes from a student who writes a lot of papers. It is not his discovery; nonetheless, I think he should be honored for this creative and useful brainstorm.

It comes too late for me, but it may help my children...and countless others who have something to say but not the required girth to complete the task.

There is no direct correlation to Annual Giving. Although, I will say, if you add zeros to a gift, it often amplifies the impact. Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


The Blogger is a Goner

Jason Thompson, architect of OWU's Annual Giving Web site and chief blogger (with a real following), has left the staff for a new position. Please submit your ideas on how to craft the job description as we work to replace him. And, Jason, if you read this, add your own ideas--good luck as you tackle new challenges at OSU.

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