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April 2019 Volume 17 Issue 4

In This Issue...

President's Message
My Volunteer Story
Volunteer Management
Board Nominations
Volunteer Spotlights
Write for The Hub

ADRP Officer and Director Nominations Now Open

Submit a Nomination Today

We are also recruiting volunteers for the conference committees to help shape the 16th Annual ADRP International Conference in Miami! If you’re interested, check out our website to sign up!

Upcoming Webinars

Incremental Change as a Strategy to Vastly Improving Endowment Reports
Tuesday, April 16

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When an Outdated Donor Wall No Longer Works for Your Donors or Organization
Tuesday, May 7

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2019 Regional Events

5th Annual Midwest Regional Forum
Thursday, July 25
Evanston, Illinois

Online registration will open soon.

Help us plan a regional event!
Contact the ADRP Office if you'd like to help plan a Regional Event in your area in 2019 or to learn more.

ADRP 2019 Conference:
Call for Proposals

We are very excited to share the Request for Presentations for ADRP’s 2019 International Conference, September 25–27 in Miami, FL. We are pleased to bring speakers who have vast experience working with donors from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, and who will share a diverse array of viewpoints and expectations about philanthropy and the institutions with which they are engaged.

Submit a Proposal

*New deadline: April 15!

ADRP Resources

Network: Take advantage of the Member Directory in the Member Center

Support ADRP: Explore Sponsorship Opportunities

Job Search: Visit the ADRP Career Center

Learn: Register for a Webinar


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In Service: The Column of the ADRP President

Jen McGrath
Senior Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship
MIT Resource Development

Do you have ideas or reflections of your own to share? As always, I'd love to hear from you directly on LinkedIn or Twitter @JenNesbit. Please also engage with ADRP on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @ADRPtweets.

My Volunteer Story

Megan McAndrews
ADRP Volunteer Coordinator
Executive Director of Donor Relations
Syracuse University

My career is one built on meaningful connections – connections built through ADRP volunteer service.

Thirteen years ago, I was a young professional in a new position, still trying to find the right fit into the organizational culture. I was ready to give up, walk away to something I thought would be easier. A consulting firm working with my organization connected me to a donor relations professional who was a master of evaluating situations and providing advice. This conversation gave me the strength to push forward in my role, but more importantly, showed me the benefit of connecting to others in the field. When asked about how I chose this profession, I point to this conversation.

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Volunteer Management: Two Sides of the Story

Suzanne Bellanger
Account Director
Faircom New York

At most (if not all) non-profits, volunteers are a vital part of the operation. Volunteers dedicate their own time and resources to accomplish critical tasks that would otherwise not get done or be a burden to staff. In some cases they also actively engage in fundraising, broadening the non-profit’s reach by engaging their own network of friends and colleagues and encouraging them to support the organization financially and otherwise. Many non-profits would simply not be able to achieve their missions without the critical support their volunteers provide.

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Board Member Nominations

This year, ADRP is seeking nominations for president-elect and two directors for the September 2019–2022 term. Directors and officers advance our profession and gain valuable leadership experience while serving ADRP's members and volunteers. All nominees must be members in good standing for the 12-month period preceding the nomination, and nominees for president-elect must have served at least a full year on the ADRP Board of Directors.

You may self-nominate or nominate a colleague with demonstrated excellence in donor relations and stewardship, leadership qualities and a collaborative spirit via the online nominations portal. Nominations are due by Friday, April 26.

Questions about the nomination process? Contact Eliza McNulty, ADRP Immediate Past President, Chair, Nominating Committee, or the ADRP office.

Submit a Nomination

You must be an ADRP member in order to submit a nomination.

Volunteer Spotlights

Dianne Dyslin
Associate Director of Stewardship
Clark University

What inspired you to volunteer with ADRP?

I began volunteering with ADRP almost nine years ago when I was asked to serve on its Public Relations committee. This gave me an opportunity to use my previous work experience in communications and publications, which I was delighted to share with our organization. I quickly discovered how much I liked working with other members of ADRP and was eager to stay involved as more opportunities arose, including the chance to serve on the Member Experience Committee for almost 2 and a half years.

Learn More about Dianne

Stephanie Murphy
Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

What inspired you to volunteer with ADRP?

It’s really a combination of things. Having attended several international conferences, I have been inspired by how much work our colleagues on the planning committees put into curating the educational content and attendee experience. When I see others stepping up to serve, my own personal sense of service and desire to pay it forward start to kick in. ADRP hosted a breakfast gathering in Boston last spring, and when folks started expressing an interest in getting regional programming going, I couldn’t resist raising my hand to get involved. And on a more practical note, my institution can’t always send everyone on my team to the international conference every year, so I had a personal interest in creating some accessible educational programming for my own team to experience.

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Lauren Shoor
Currently: Director, Philanthropic Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
As of May 6, 2019: Managing Director, Development Communications, National Audubon Society

What inspired you to volunteer with ADRP?

I was inspired to volunteer with ADRP because I was delighted to be asked! Also as a donor relations professional who is not working in higher education or big medicine, I felt I could contribute a unique – and less often heard – perspective to the broader membership, which was missing.

Learn More About Lauren

Write for The Hub: We Want to Hear from You!

The Hub is seeking article proposals for new monthly issues!

Do you have a success story you would like to share? How did you handle a particular problem or project that seemed insurmountable? Have you discovered effective tactics that help gain a seat at the table? What are your thoughts on best practices or new, emerging ideas that take a donor relations/stewardship program to the next level?

We want to encourage our members—new and experienced—to share their insights, best practices, and what works (or doesn’t work!) when planning their shop’s programming and responsibilities.

We welcome all submissions related to donor relations and stewardship, but we especially encourage ADRP members to step forward and share their expertise and experiences in the profession.

The submission form is available any time you have an article proposal to submit. We have included the webinar topics for each month, in case you would like to tie your article to a specific webinar topic.

Submit your article

The Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) is a nonprofit business league organized under the laws of the State of New Hampshire. Its goals are to offer professional development opportunities, to promote the donor relations and stewardship professions, and to foster networking. ADRP is an international organization with members from all sectors of the non-profit world: education, health care, arts, and community organizations.

Our core organizational values are:
Visionary leadership • Absolute integrity • Member empowerment and connection
Service and program excellence • Responsible philanthropy

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