Anyone who has responsibility for fundraising has struggled with trying to understand what drives philanthropy at any given time. just as nonprofits don’t operate in a vacuum, most donors don’t give in a vacuum. Organizations that fail to observe the philanthropic landscape and respond to what is going on in their community and in society-at-large, undermine their own fundraising prospects. campaigns that don’t mesh with reality, that fail to address trending concerns, that don’t respond to the ebbs and flows of cultural and societal influences, limit the odds of meeting fundraising goals.
As we face the next emerging generation of philanthropists, how can we prepare to position ourselves to respond to future shifts? This Keynote presentation looks at the current status of the sector in the context of how reality, whether real or perceived, is influencing funding decisions and how you can up your philanthropic radar to find the best matches, and make connections and position your organization for the future.
About Laura Otten
Laura Otten, Ph.D., has been Executive Director of The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business, a management support organization that enhances the management and governance capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout the Delaware Valley, since 2001. She has been associated with The Center since 1985, as a consultant and instructor and director of evaluation and research. In 2013, she added to her responsibilities by developing and becoming the first director of La Salle University’s new Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership.
She has led The Nonprofit Center in developing innovative and expanded programs to meet changing community needs, raising quality standards, and fostering the development of applied research on nonprofit management issues. Laura also continues to work directly with clients, primarily in the areas of board development, succession planning, and coaching directly with clients. Her weekly blog, Nonprofit University (nonprofituniversityblog.org), is read in over 155 countries.
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