RAISE Podcast: Curt Simic, Indiana University

On this episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent chats with Curt Simic, President Emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation. These two have lots to discuss – including how to build trust with donors, Brent’s coincidental trip through Curt’s hometown, and an advancement leader’s responsibility to ensuring and empowering board diversity. Oh, and, the Four I’s: […]

How to personalize donor outreach at scale

Last month, Brent Grinna took to the (real, live, in-person!) conference stage for the first time in two years.  He joined Brian Hastings, Nick Linde, and Leah Sveen on the AGB stage to tell the story of innovation, collaboration, and excellence at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Last year, the UNF team launched one of the country’s first Donor Experience […]

RAISE podcast: Jay Kahn, Georgia State University

On this episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent chats with Jay Kahn, Vice President for Advancement at Georgia State University. They talk about mentorship, polite persistence, boosting grad rates for underrepresented students, and some cool gift stories. Listen to the full episode and catch the highlights here.     Highlights from the episode… “Our student […]

RAISE podcast: Dexter Bailey, Caltech

On this episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent chats with Dexter Bailey, Jr., Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations at Caltech.  Dexter reflects on his family’s emigration from Jamaica to Ohio, his full-ride photojournalism scholarship to Ohio University, his early career in politics, and how his drive for excellence led him to join a […]

RAISE Podcast: Blaire Atkinson, Oklahoma State University Foundation

On this episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent breaks it down with Blaire Atkinson, President of the Oklahoma State University Foundation. They reflect on Blaire’s journey from delivering cows at 2am on the family farm to being an entry-level HR professional to heading up the OSU Alumni Association and now running the OSU Foundation. Catch […]

The Advancement Mentorship Tree

There are pivotal moments in life when a mentor steps in and makes all the difference. We’ve memorialized a few of them on the RAISE podcast. Like, when Dr. Jenifer Ward’s eighth grade German teacher insisted she attend a conference for young German scholars (and drove her there on the way to her honeymoon). Or […]

RAISE Podcast: the 100th!

Today marks the 100th episode of the RAISE podcast.  Wowzas. That mean that Brent has been “comin’ in live” for 100 weeks with advancement’s top voices and most innovative leaders. These conversations have taken place in Alumni Centers, on the RAISE live stage, in basement home offices, and from the Grinnebago as it journeyed across […]

EverTrue Studios: Advancement’s first media channel

Engaging stories, whitty hosts, 1:1 conversations… it’s the Advancement version of our favorite shows. You all have some amazing stories to tell – you should be shouting them from the rooftops. But, where do you share them? And where do you go in search of inspiration? Well, we’ve been busy working on something prettttttty exciting…. […]

RAISE Podcast: Jason Patenaude, Schuler Foundation

Jason Patenaude

On this episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent chats with Jason Patenaude, Executive Director at Schuler Education Foundation & the Schuler Scholar Program. On the day Brent and Jason recorded this conversation, we had just announced our EverTrue-ThankView merger. Jason had just launched the new Schuler Access Initiative. Needless to say, this episode will get […]

Tips for gift officers: lean into the breakup

breakup email

We recently sat down with Anne Murphy at the Oregon State University Foundation about 100% portfolio coverage: why it’s elusive, why it matters, and how to get there by the end of the year. Anne gave us ten easy, effective ways to deepen relationships with every single prospect in your portfolio: the super-engaged ones, the […]

RAISE Podcast: Jenifer Ward, Luther College

On this special episode of the RAISE podcast, Brent chats with Dr. Jenifer Ward, President of Luther College. Dr. Ward is a classmate and friend of Martin Shell, VP of Development at Stanford University, who we featured on an earlier episode of the pod. We love connecting the podcast dots! Dr. Ward shares about her […]

Tips for gift officers: Deliver value. Every time.

Portfolio coverage - tip 4

We recently sat down with Anne Murphy at the Oregon State University Foundation about 100% portfolio coverage: why it’s elusive, why it matters, and how to get there by the end of the year. Anne gave us ten easy, effective ways to deepen relationships with every single prospect in your portfolio: the super-engaged ones, the hard-to-reach […]