CUNY alum Karen Osborne Senior Strategist with the Osborne Group, delivered one of the highest rated workshops in the five year history of the CUNY Philanthropy Forum, Stewardship – Your Secret Strategy for Raising a Lot More Money! In a dynamic, highly interactive setting, Karen exhorted the attendees to “sell the vision, not the equipment,” put their institutional “values” out front and “don’t let a donor become just a name on a plaque on the wall.”
- “Karen Osborne was fantastic. Such enthusiasm! She made us see things from the donors’ perspective, and as a result we each came up with ideas that will be useful to employ. Brava!!”
- “Karen Osborne was exceptional in her delivery of information about how to develop a successful stewardship plan. I enjoyed the workshop because not only was it informative it provided the chance for workshop participants to interact with one another. I came away from the workshop with concrete action steps that I know will allow me to increase giving at the college.”
- “An amazing speaker who helped me to think about engagement in a new way.”
Kristine Louis Reynal led a team from U.S. Trust in providing an in-depth account of the results from the bank’s Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. The study examined giving behaviors and attitudes among wealthy American households. Supported by a wealth of data and insight, the U.S. Trust team reported that giving levels are up, volunteers are giving more and education is receiving the largest share of philanthropic dollars.
- “I really liked there were two teams of presenters, U.S. Trust an external organization handling private wealth individuals and then the CUNY side informing us what others do, have done and what their plans are for growth.”
- “Excellent speakers and topic very relevant to our college goals.”
Jeff Martin, of the Education Advisory Board, walked participants through the new world of data driven philanthropy and how to use data to prime the giving pump. Drawing on the Education Advisory Board’s extensive research in this area, he emphasized the importance of “middle” level donors and what it takes to draw those with the capacity into the realm of major gifts. A panel of CUNY professionals brought the lessons home with a discussion of some in-house data driven strategies and techniques.
- “This session provided concrete examples and was conducted in an engaging way.”
- “Smart people presenting interesting work.”
- “It helped to spur some ideas about how we can push our Annual Fund to the next level by focusing a little more on mid-level donors.”
- “It was amazing to share experiences with the other campuses and compare their resources with ours!”
This year’s institutional grantmaker panel featured representatives from three major foundations that have each made significant contributions to CUNY: The New York Community Trust, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Jessica Chao, philanthropic advisor and COO of the Foundation for Child Development, led a discussion on topics including initiatives to support under-represented populations in STEM fields and consortial initiatives across multiple colleges. A highlight of every Philanthropy Forum, this year’s panel was well received.
“The grantmaker panel was extremely informative and provided excellent information about the current funding priorities and prospects for partnerships with their foundations. I was especially pleased with the discussion about how their foundations decide to fund CUNY and what they are looking for in a CUNY partner.”
“Jessica Chao did an amazing job leading the panelists on the discussion. I was impressed with the level of detail that was discussed, i.e. trends for foundations, how each foundation works and examples of past successes.”
“So beneficial and informative. It was my favorite session of the day.”
“This was the best fundraising conference I have attended in a long time….The opening panel was awesome and I would advise keeping something like this in the future.”
“Very good speakers that held my interest for both the topic and the delivery. Continue to have a session on scholarships as this is an evolving area with many rules to understand and implement.”
“The afternoon plenary was exciting, informative and provided practical insights about private philanthropy and the key role it can play in enhancing public higher education. President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez was an excellent moderator.”
“Thank you for the invitation to this great, well organized, and informative event. The CUNY Philanthropy Forum 2015 gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in many different areas. I am looking forward to next year’s Forum.”
“The structure of the “Morning Plenary: Transformative Partners” facilitated very useful interaction between the presidents and their respective donors that provided valuable insight into donor recruitment, engagement and development.”
Last week, Toby and Leon G. Cooperman committed $25 million to Hunter College, part of the City University of New York.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Hunter trustee Patty Baker ’82 and her husband, Jay, Hunter’s Department of Theatre will soon have a beautiful new home. and
The Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation is giving $15 million to the school now known as New Community College, which the Council for Aid to Education, a nonprofit group based in New York, said was one of the largest donations ever for a public two-year college. The foundation is giving an additional $10 million to increase graduation rates at all seven community colleges of the City University of New York.