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Advancing Innovation

Innovation is something everyone seems to be discussing right now. When it comes to innovation in theological education, I believe the advancement/development office is uniquely positioned to play an important role. This presentation was part of a workshop that invited senior development officers to think about why innovation is important, why they should be part…

Learn Quickly, Move Often

We are facing unprecedented change in theological education. Enrollment is declining, financial models are being challenged, and longtime assumptions are no longer true. Students, accreditors, the federal government, and local ministries are all demanding more from seminaries and the system of theological education. What are we to do? I say it is time to learn…

Stop thinking about your donor base!

The donor base of your institution is very important. However, the “constituency base” is what we should be thinking about. Our constituency base includes financial supporters, prospective students, current students, alumni, supportive churches, partner organizations, and general “friends” of your institution. We usually have multiple departments developing isolated methods for communicating with the different subgroups…