Past Piper Academies 2009
Kay Sprinkel Grace: Getting Ready for the Next Decade
National fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace reprised her 2007 Piper Academy with a presentation on getting fundraising capabilities ready for a new decade. The academy covered end-of-year messaging and stewardship strategies, individual donor planning and ideas for fundraising during economic crisis. Working with ASU Lodestar Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, the Trust then offered a six-month webinar program with Kay Sprinkel Grace and local consultants for a group of nonprofit agencies.
Craig Coppola: What Nonprofits Should Know about Real Estate
Victor d’Allant: Web 2.0, Social Media & Storytelling for Nonprofits
Victor d’Allant, executive director of Skoll Foundation’s worldwide online community Social Edge, suggested how nonprofits can use the web 2.0 toolkit to tell their stories even better. His advice:
- Use social media for its intended use, building relationships, not PR.
- Decide what you want to achieve first because social media is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
- Connect with your audiences by telling great stories.
- Talk about the challenges in your work–it builds trust.
Reynold Levy: Nonprofit Leadership in Good Times and Bad
Dr. Reynold Levy, a distinguished nonprofit leader and president of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York, gave an upbeat presentation to nonprofit leaders. He began: “Today is an unusual day; it is 9:30 in the morning, and I haven’t asked anyone for money!” Dr. Levy gave tips on fundraising and working with boards of directors. Each participant received his book, Yours for the Asking: An Indispensable Guide to Fundraising and Management. Piper Trust distributed RFPs to attendees to apply for $10,000 grants to implement some aspect of Levy’s concepts.