The Hub
June 2020 Volume 18 Issue 6

In This Issue...

President's Message

A Call for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Turning a Longstanding Event into a Virtual Success

Bad Words!

Advancing Ethics and Compliance Joint Webinar

COVID-19 Resources for Donor Relations Professionals

Member Spotlight

2020 Webinar Series

Write for The Hub

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Using Vanity Email Accounts for more Engaging and Efficient Acknowledgments and Senior Leadership Messaging
Thursday, July 16
10:00 AM PT

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ADRP Resources

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In Service: The Column of the ADRP President

Michal Shaw
AVP of Donor Relations
Oklahoma State University Foundation

Michal Shaw

“It is only through disruptions and confusion that we grow, jarred out of ourselves by the collision of someone else's private world with our own." - Joyce Carol Oates

I recently had the opportunity to attend a virtual seminar highlighting the theme POSITIVE DISRUPTION. Participants were reminded that in times of uncertainty and disruption, the world needs leaders. How are YOU leading through present disruptions? I loved hearing from Nicole Yarnold about how she and her team led through disruption by turning a longstanding event into a virtual success, and from Debbie Meyers and Paige Eubanks-Barrow, who challenged us to disrupt our old ways of thinking and language patterns. Be sure to read and learn from Nicole, Debbie, and Paige in this month’s issue.

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A Call for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A Message From the ADRP President

One of ADRP's core organizational values is "equity, diversity, and inclusion in all endeavors," and our values are at the heart of all we do. Like so many of you, I am heartbroken about the injustices that exist in our world. There is much work to be done and ADRP is committed to being part of the solution. 

As an international association representing thousands of members from different countries, backgrounds and preferences, we are dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect.

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Turning a Longstanding Event into a Virtual Success

Nicole Yarnold
Assistant Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Our spring celebration this year to honor undergraduate scholarship donors and recipients drew members of our community ages 18 to 92, from San Francisco to New York to Hong Kong and to Peru. We saw faces we’d never seen at our annual scholarship dinner because this particular event took place virtually. When the COVID-19 shutdown forced us to cancel the in-person event, we decided to move the celebration online and use technology to foster a sense of connection among our community across the globe during a challenging time.

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Bad Words!

Debbie Meyers
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
Chautauqua Institution

Paige Eubanks-Barrow
Eubanks-Barrow Stewardship and Donor Relations Consulting

Politically correct language and protocols offer us more inclusive ways to write, think and act in today’s world.

If we were to apply those same standards of correctness to our donor relations community, what words would we need to eliminate from our vocabulary? What words show dated thinking and stale ideas?

And worse, which words do a disservice to our donors?

Here are our top five. Feel free to add your own! 

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Advancing Ethics and Compliance – A Joint Best Practices Webinar with aasp, ADRP, & Apra

Recently, members of the ethics and compliance committees for aasp, ADRP, and Apra held a joint meeting to discuss case studies and scenarios in all areas of advancement services and how the three associations provide guidance and insight regarding ethics and compliance to their nonprofit organizations. Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions to the panel as well.

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COVID-19 Resources for Donor Relations Professionals 

In light of current events, the ADRP Board of Directors, members, and office staff have curated a handful of helpful resources for donor relations professionals available on the ADRP website. This page includes links to videos and relevant sites to help guide you and your organization during this time. 

View the ADRP COVID-19 Resource Center

Member Spotlight 

Mandie Bates
Senior Donor Relations Manager
King's College London

ADRP member for 4 years

What is the most important professional goal you are currently pursuing, i.e., attaining a degree, preparing to give a presentation, launching an initiative at work or in your community, etc.?

One of the goals for myself and my team is to promote the work of philanthropy more on campus to staff and students. We have a relatively low profile, so I’m working on increasing the knowledge and understanding of what our department does and how we positively impact the university community. 

Read Mandie's Complete Interview

Webinars to Motivate You and Your Colleagues

Our members and supporters remain top of mind during this time, and with so many events being canceled and rescheduled, we wanted to offer everyone the opportunity to continue their education and access valuable resources. With our upcoming webinars, we encourage attendees to share the post-webinar recording and materials with their colleagues. 

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View and Register for 2020 Webinars

Next Webinar:

July 16, 2020 | 10:00 AM (PT)
Using Vanity Email Accounts for more Engaging and Efficient Acknowledgments and Senior Leadership Messaging

Abigail Watson, Director of Donor Relations, University of Pennsylvania 
Issac Mason, Associate Director of Stewardship, University of Pennsylvania 

This session will provide a deep dive into the strategy and mechanics of using vanity email accounts for senior leadership to smooth out your acknowledgment and other letter processes. Two colleagues at the Wharton School will share insight into the process and partnerships needed to send out messages from audiences of one individual donor, to 200+ board members, to thousands of alumni in regions impacted by global events. They will offer step-by-step detail, in addition to an overview of the opportunities that such correspondence provides. The School knows right away if an email bounced (as opposed to waiting for weeks or months for an item to bounce back via snail mail), and recipients often respond and find opportunities to engage in deeper ways. We often stand by the tradition of paper acknowledgments on letterhead in higher ed and nonprofit organizations, which fits for some leadership styles and institutions, but your friends at Wharton are here to reassure you - donors not only get these email messages more promptly, they respond with increasing frequency and appreciate the personalization that Wharton is able to infuse into each note.

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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.

Please submit your article proposal today! We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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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