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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement: A Guide to Strengthening Engagement and Fundraising Through Inclusion

Nonprofit leaders know that they need to engage and reach more diverse constituents and hire and lead more diverse teams. But many organizations are frustrated by their lack of progress in this critical area. To meet that challenge, Angelique Grant and Ron Schiller have collaborated to write a comprehensive guide for building inclusive cultures and teams. The book offers rich strategies for achieving behavioral change and sustained success in meeting key objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including assessing your organization’s current environment for DEI, implementing a culture of DEI, recruiting, onboarding, and retaining diverse staff, and integrating DEI into fundraising campaigns. The book includes the “DEI Maturity Model for Advancement,” developed by Angelique Grant and Aspen Leadership Group, as well as numerous personal stories from advancement leaders across all sectors illustrating successes and challenges.

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The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising (Second Edition)

The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising is a guide not only to those preparing for or serving in the role of CDO but also to those charged with selecting, appointing, and supporting CDOs. It includes ten chapters, each presenting a role beyond frontline fundraising and fundraising program management in which today’s top CDOs excel: Relationship Builder in Chief; Shaper of a Culture that Embraces Philanthropic Partnership; Visible Leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Strategist and Planner; Trusted Advisor on Board Matters; Thought Partner; Visionary and Confident Sight Raiser; Resilient Optimist; Talent Magnet; and Mentor, Sponsor, and Ally to Future CDOs. Each chapter includes a description of the elements of the role, illustrations of how CDOs excel, and advice on preparing for the role.

Written by Ron Schiller, the book encourages anyone with an interest in the CDO position to take steps to prepare well ahead of stepping into the position. It also encourages mentors, supervisors, and other industry leaders to identify those with potential for success in the CDO role, provide resources such as this book, and create opportunities for them to gain experience and skill that they will need when they step into this complex, challenging, yet extremely important and deeply rewarding role.

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Raising Your Organization's Largest Gifts: A Principal Gifts Handbook

For most organizations, the giving decisions of a small number of philanthropic partners determine the organization's overall scale of accomplishment and extent of mission fulfillment. Framed another way, most organizations find that a very small number of donors provide the largest and most impactful philanthropic gifts. Accordingly, this book argues that while organizational leaders must of course fulfill varied responsibilities for engaging all donors, they should be particularly intentional about allocating time, energy and other resources in a disciplined effort focused on that small group of potential philanthropic partners who are in a position to provide transformative gifts. With full appreciation for the need to engage thousands of constituents in meaningful ways, author Ron Schiller urges that every organization create a principal gift program focused on 40 potential individual and institutional donors.

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Belief and Confidence: Donors Talk About Successful Philanthropic Partnership

Nonprofit professionals rarely ask, and donors rarely discuss, how a giving experience compared to other giving experiences, and how they come to decisions about the few organizations with which they form their deepest philanthropic partnerships. Incorporating the words of serial philanthropists and donors who have made large gifts multiple times and to a variety of organizations, author Ron Schiller compiles a book describes the factors that set donors most satisfying and, in their view, successful transformational and major giving experiences apart. Belief and Confidence is written for philanthropically minded individuals and families and for all current and emerging nonprofit leaders who want to experience the joy and satisfaction of engaging with philanthropists and supporting their work.

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