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Advancement Moving Forward: Perspectives on the challenges to philanthropy due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Survey Reveals Education Advancement Leaders Highly Confident in Reaching Their Fundraising Goals May 2021 Survey of Advancement Professionals The WASHBURN & McGOLDRICK May 2021 survey of advancement professionals is…

Lisa Vaccarelli joins the team at Washburn & McGoldrick

Lisa brings 15 years of advancement experience to her role as Senior Consultant. A strategic and innovative leader, she has a track record of building and managing teams to optimize…

Women in Philanthropy

Last month, as we celebrated Women’s History Month and commemorated a full year of the COVID-19 crisis, I wondered about the pandemic’s effect on women donors as they make their…

Advancement Moving Forward: Perspectives on the challenges to philanthropy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 2021 Survey of Advancement Professionals The WASHBURN & MCGOLDRICK January 2021 survey of advancement professionals is the fourth in our Advancement Moving Forward series on the ongoing impact of…

Being in the (Virtual) Room Where it Happened: Client Conference Highlights (with apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda)

For the past 14 years, the Washburn & McGoldrick consulting team headed to New York City every January for our annual client conference. We eagerly anticipate this annual event to…

2021 Spring Intensives: Creating Major Gift Success

Spring Intensive, Feb 22 – Mar 5: Creating Major Gift Success challenges gift officers to work collaboratively, think strategically, shorten their time horizons for productivity, and practice the language of…

Begin and End with Thanks and Praise

We began 2020 with great anticipation. We had big plans to celebrate Washburn & McGoldrick’s 25th anniversary year…. 25 years serving colleges, universities, independent schools, museums and other educationally related…

Where is my Advancement Leader Playbook? I think I need it now!

I am an advancement leader with years of experience and a very large network of colleagues. For years, I have been exchanging ideas with colleagues and journaling about my advancement…

Advancement Moving Forward: Perspectives on the challenges to philanthropy due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 2020 Survey of Advancement Professionals The WASHBURN & MCGOLDRICK September 2020 survey of advancement professionals is the third in our Advancement Moving Forward series on the ongoing impact of…

How a Day of Giving Can Change Everything

I clearly remember the day we reluctantly postponed our second annual Day of Giving, scheduled for March 25, 2020. So much effort and energy had been expended planning for the…

Recruiting, Onboarding, and Retaining Major Gift Officers

Since mid-March, the philanthropic world has endured dramatic changes to “business as usual.”  Major gift officers have become proficient in the use of Zoom, Skype, TEAMS, and, yes, even landline…

Five Ingredients for a Successful Pivot to Digital Alumni Engagement

As we continue at Washburn & McGoldrick to help our clients navigate the new realities of engagement and philanthropy strategy, our blog this month focuses on enriching alumni engagement through…

Absorb, Do, Connect: Reimagining How We Build Relationships to Advance Education & Philanthropy

The past three months have been a journey for all of us with a passion for education and philanthropy. At WASHBURN & McGOLDRICK we work with our clients to develop…

2020 Summer Intensives: Creating Major Gift Success

How can I… inspire donors to make their best gifts? tighten the time between solicitations? prepare campus leaders to get involved? and do all of this in a time of…

Advancement Moving Forward: Perspectives on the challenges to philanthropy due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The June 2020 survey is the second in our series on the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first survey was conducted in early April 2020.

Statement from Bonnie Noel Devlin & Karin Lee George

As daughters of educators, we were taught by our parents about the power of education to change lives. The Noels and the Lees were first-generation college students whose inspired teaching…

New Survey Finds Majority of Educational Advancement Officers Believe Fundraising Goals Are at Risk in Face of Covid-19 Health Crisis

As COVID-19 upended life on campuses across the nation, forcing them to close dormitories, move classes online, and cancel activities from sports to graduation, a new survey reveals that in…

The CARES Act and Strategies for Philanthropic Success

Each member of our WASHBURN & McGOLDRICK team is working with clients on a daily basis to help them navigate the many challenges they face as a result of the…

Coronavirus Update

At Washburn & McGoldrick we understand how tremendously difficult it is for our clients to operate their institutions during this unprecedented time in our lives. We know that now, more…

Leading in Times without Precedent

Leaders in higher education are being called upon to lead as never before. Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, currently President of Prairie View A&M University, offers the following for all leaders:…

Gift Planning Ideas to Focus on this Year & Beyond

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs): Impact of new tax law changes As of January 1, 2020, the new Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act could alter the way…

We are celebrating 25 years all throughout 2020!

The WASHBURN & McGOLDRICK consulting team will commemorate our silver anniversary in numerous ways, including a series of monthly blog posts, which we happily kick off today. Step back 25…

Chris Biehn joins the team at Washburn & McGoldrick

Chris has over 32 years of experience as a leader in higher and secondary education. His primary areas of focus are engagement, philanthropy, external relations, board development, and planning. He…

Please join us in welcoming new colleagues and partners to the Washburn & McGoldrick team

We are thrilled to add their expertise as we continue Building Relationships to Advance Education and Philanthropy. Eileen Bertsch Donahue, Senior Consultant Carla Willis, Senior Consultant Chris Marshall, Consulting Partner

How to Run your Fundraising Campaign like a Marathon (but not like I ran the 2019 Boston Marathon)!

It’s been many weeks now since the 2019 Boston Marathon and I am still licking my wounds and analyzing what went so wrong. I’ve been a runner since I was…

Founding Principal, Sue Washburn receives the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement award at the 2018 CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement

The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of institutional advancement.