The Fundamentals of Fundraising

 

Presented by:

William F. Meehan III, Lafayette Partners lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Kim Starkey Jonker, advisor to nonprofits and philanthropists; executive director, Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership
Ernie Iseminger, vice president for development and external relations, Claremont McKenna College
Johann Koss, founder and CEO, Right to Play

 

Moderated by: 

Michael Slind, senior editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 
11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PDT, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT

 


 

Nonprofits need money—to expand their reach, to increase their impact. And they never have enough of it. At many boldly ambitious nonprofit organizations, however, leaders cease to be bold when the topic of fundraising comes up. Most nonprofit leaders, in fact, are uncomfortable with asking people for money. For that reason, it pays to learn the tried-and-true principles that guide and inspire the most effective fundraisers in the nonprofit sector.

In this webinar William F. Meehan III, Kim Starkey Jonker, and Ernie Iseminger will explain and explore those principles. Building on their SSIR Online article “Fundraising Is Fundamental (If Not Always Fun),” they will provide actionable insight on how to overcome the challenges that cause otherwise high-performing nonprofits to stumble when it comes to raising money. They will also draw on the practical experiences of fundraising professionals—including those of Iseminger, vice president of development and external relations at Claremont McKenna College. Joining them will be Johann Koss, founder and CEO of Right to Play (and recipient of the 2013 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership), who will discuss his organization’s approach to fundraising.

“The Fundamentals of Fundraising” will be of interest to all nonprofit practitioners—executive directors and board members, directors of development and development staff members—who have a stake in boosting their organization’s capacity to generate resources in order to create sustainable impact. During a the latter half of the webinar, registrants will be able to direct questions to Meehan, Jonker, Iseminger, and Koss. Michael Slind of Stanford Social Innovation Review will moderate the webinar.

Price: $49, which includes access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months; and downloadable slides. To view previous and upcoming webinars in the SSIR Live! webinar series, go to www.ssireview.org/webinars.

 


 


Speaker Bios

 

William F. Meehan III, Lafayette Partners lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

William F. Meehan III is a regular writer and speaker on nonprofit strategy, governance, performance measurement, philanthropy, and the role of the Internet and impact investing. He is Lafayette Partners lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he has taught Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Ventures for the past sixteen years. At Stanford, he is also a founding member of the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and a member of the Arts Initiative Council. He is currently leading an initiative and working group on frontier markets private equity as part of the recently launched Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). He is chairman emeritus of Guidestar, a long-time board member of the San Francisco Symphony, a member of the GiveDirectly Board, a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment Board, a member of the North American Council of Ashoka, and a member of Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Board. Meehan retired in December 2008 after over 30 years at McKinsey & Company, where his focus was working with chief executives and senior leaders in technology, private equity, retail, financial services, and media on topics of top management strategy, organization, and leadership, including mentoring more than a dozen new CEOs in shaping their agendas. 

Kim Starkey Jonker, advisor to nonprofits and philanthropists; executive director, Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership

Kim Starkey Jonker is the executive director of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership and a consultant to nonprofits, philanthropists, and foundations on topics of strategy, board governance, evaluation, fundraising, and organizational effectiveness. As an advisor to philanthropists, Jonker has overseen more than $180 million in grants to organizations focused on poverty alleviation, education, and public health. She is a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and serves on the board of the Thrive Foundation for Youth. Previously, Jonker was a consultant for McKinsey & Company and a Farber Fellow with The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF). A Harry S. Truman scholar, Jonker earned a master's in business administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, a master’s degree in economics for development from University of Oxford, and a master’s degree in international relations from London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Ernie Iseminger, vice president for development and external relations, Claremont McKenna College

Ernie Iseminger is the vice president for development and external relations at Claremont McKenna College, where he spearheaded the largest fundraising campaign in U.S. liberal arts college history: $635 million. Iseminger is now heading up the $100 million Student Imperative to support scholarships. Prior to joining CMC in 2010, Iseminger was the senior associate vice president for development and alumni relations at The George Washington University. Before his appointment at GWU, Iseminger served as the vice president for development and alumni affairs at Oberlin College. He has more than two decades of experience in advancement activities in higher education. Iseminger hails from the state of Washington, and received his bachelor’s degree in education from Washington State University. There he became the university’s rowing coach, for men’s crew, for eight years. He was also the development director for the men’s crew, which led him into a career in development. 

Johann Koss, founder and CEO, Right to Play

Johann Koss is the founder of Right to Play and a four-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating. Through playing sports and games, Right to Play builds programs that teach children essential life skills that will help them overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease. Koss holds an undergraduate degree in medical training from the University of Queensland, an executive master's in business administration from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, doctor of laws honorary degrees from Brock University and the University of Calgary, and an honorary doctorate from the Vrje Universiteit Brussel, in Belgium.

Michael Slind, senior editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Michael Slind is senior editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has extensive experience as a writer, editor, and publishing professional. Slind is coauthor, with Boris Groysberg, of Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Previously, he worked at Harvard Business School, where he wrote widely used case studies on corporate strategy and entrepreneurial management. Earlier in his career, he served as managing editor and as a senior editor at Fast Company magazine.