T. Richardson Miner, Jr.; AHP Madison Institute Scholarship

The T. Richardson Miner, Jr. Scholarship Fund was established to honor Rich Miner for his long-standing and devoted service to NEAHP and his commitment to the pursuit of educational excellence for health care development professionals. The scholarship funds the full cost of tuition for one NEAHP member to attend the AHP Madison Institute each year. In addition, NEAHP will reimburse the recipient for some housing and transportation costs.  Please stay tuned for announcements with submission information and deadlines.

NEAHP Membership

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Isn't it great to have someone to turn to when you need professional advice or support? My friends and colleagues from NEAHP have filled that need for me and they can for you too.

I invite you to join over 300 development professionals in the New England area who are a part of NEAHP.

Here's just some of the benefits of NEAHP membership:

  • Invitation to the annual Education Conference. This year slated for March 9-11 at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, NH
  • Earn credit towards CFRE accreditation by attending NEAHP educational programs
  • Subscription to NEAHP Newsletter and Monthly Updates
  • Access to our online discussion list and membership database

To learn more or to download an application, please visit our membership page.

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Report from Madison

 

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Joanne Gregory is the Director of Community Affairs for the Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, and winner of the 2011 T. Richardson Miner, Jr. Scholarship.

Thanks to the NEAHP T. Richardson Miner, Jr. Scholarship Award I had the opportunity to attend the AHP Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy for the first time. Based on my experience and goals, I chose the Major Gifts Track as my course of study.

The week began with an introduction to over 250 healthcare fundraising personnel from around the US and Canada. The Major Gifts Track had over 60 people enrolled so there were two separate classes. I was in class 1 with 30 other people. I was truly amazed by the fundraising work being done at hospitals and other organizations of all sizes and budgets. It was truly inspiring just to be around people with a wealth of fundraising experience.

Initially, I found some of the coursework challenging because of the heavy focus on hospital fundraising. I learned quickly to adjust my thought process to how I could apply what I was learning to a home health care organization.  By the end of the week, I felt confident that I could apply what I learned to effectively establish a major gifts program for the Southcoast VNA.

Key components of the Major Gifts track including how to identify prospects from existing donor and patient/family databases. Grateful Patient giving utilizing hospital doctors was extensively discussed. Although Southcoast VNA does not employ physicians, most of the principles and techniques can be applied to other clinicians who provide direct care to patients. Researching prospects was interesting. The reality is even the best wealth screening software has flaws. The best research is what you can learn internally. Cultivation of prospects takes much time, patience and is very systematic. Based on my current situation and size of my organization, I learned that a prospect pool of 5 – 10 will be most effective. I was very intrigued by the process of the “double ask”, which involves a request for a major gift and planned gift at the same time. For this reason I hope to attend the Institute again to take the Planned Giving Track. I lieu of traditional role play activities, the faculty chose a different style to review major gifts cases.  Participants were chosen to play a role from a script. The entire class was able to comment and ask questions after each of the four sections of the script were read. This was a highly effective way to role play and get full engagement by the entire class. I learned a tremendous amount about how to handle major gift solicitation with just two role play sessions.

By far, one of the best learning experiences came from having an opportunity to meet face-to face with a faculty member of choice. I chose to meet with Laura Rehrmann from Group Health Foundation in Seattle, WA. Laura was the Track Dean for Major Gifts. The meeting allowed me to share information about my organization, ask specific questions about major gifts fundraising at a home care agency, and learn how to apply the course to meet the goals to actually begin a major gifts program.

Attending the Institute was both a great opportunity for me professionally and for my organization. I am confident that the major gifts program that I begin over the next year will have success because of what I have learned.

The T. Richardson Miner, Jr. Scholarship was established by NEAHP in April 1996 to honor, Rich Miner, for his long-standing and devoted service to NEAHP and his commitment to the pursuit of educational excellence for health care development professionals. The scholarship funds the full cost of tuition at the AHP Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy and reimburse the recipient up to $1000 in housing and transportation costs. For further information on the scholarship please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meet the NEAHP Board

Like most of us, the path to a career in development is rarely a straight road. Learn more about three members of the NEAHP Board of Directors.

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Martin Richman, CFRE, President Elect

 How did you get started in fundraising?

In college, I worked in both the admission and development offices, so I had some great exposure to non-profit work.  In fact, my first job in fundraising was updating addresses in the database from all of the returned maiings!  i focused my first "real" job search on non-profits and was fortunate to secure a position in independent school fundraising shortly after graduating.

 What is the biggest challenge you face at your organization?

Finding the time to do everything that we want to.  In a relatively small shop in a large organization, there are so many projects that could be beneficial to the philanthropy program-how to prioritize and allocate resources can be a challenge!

 Why did you become involved with NEAHP?

I have found that industry specific professional organizations can be very valuable for networking and professional development. Every NEAHP member has something in common and something to share.

 What was the best advice you ever received?

No matter what, be yourself.

 

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Joanne Gregory, CFRE, Vice President Communications & Secretary

How did you get started in fundraising?

I began my fundraising career at the age of ten as I accompanied my mother to collect for Catholic Charities.  She actually mademe make the "ask".  After 20 years of program development and management for the YMCA, I changed my career to fundraising in 2004.

 What is the biggest challenge you face at your organization?  

I am a one person development office that also handles all of the public relations for the agency.

 Why did you become involved with NEAHP?  

I wanted to learn more about fundraising in health care from others in the field.  I have always found NEAHP to be the best resource for information and support.

What was the best advice you ever received?

It came from a board member at the YMCA in Pittsfield, MA who told me my talents were being wasted as an executive director for a small YMCA.  He told me my niche was relationship building and that I could be an exceptional fundraiser.

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Rebecca Jamison, Vice President Outreach/Networking

 How did you get started in fundraising?  

My past career was in sales and marketing with a regional craft brewery that donates product to nonprofits supporting the performing arts.  I found those working in fundraising to be kind, passionate people with a real sense of purpose and I enjoyed working with them.  At that time, Honorcraft was looking to hire someone to lead their LegacyCurator donor recognition inventory program.  It was a good match.

 What is the biggest challenge you face at your organization?  

Guiding our clients set donor recognition standards and policies.  Our goal is to help our clients avoid inconsistencies and misplaced plaques while creating a unified look and institutional awareness of meaningful donor recognition.  This is a challenge because every institution is different and requires a unique and custom design plan.

 Why did you become involved with NEAHP?  

I joined NEAHP to gain a greateer understanding of healthcare philanthropy and the challenges and successes that our friends and colleagues experience in their professional lives.  As a member of the conference committee, I have helped recruit sponsors and exhibitors to support the annual conference as well as promote conference registration and networking through social media.  As a member of the board, I hope to expand member benefits through increased professional networking opportunities outside of the conference.

 What was the best advice you ever received?  

Never make a promise that you can't keep.  This applies in all aspects of life, especially in my profession.  When people rely on you, it is just so important to follow through and deliver expectations.

Interested in Volunteering?

We are always looking for ways to engage our members in volunteer work for the organization.  Members can serve on the annual conference committee, work on special projects and serve on the board of directors.  Members of AHP are also welcomed to serve in various roles through AHP. For more information about volunteering please contact NEAHP President; Jack Dresser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Case for Twitter, Facebook, & Social Media for Nonprofit Fundraisers

I was just on a call with fellow members of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy folks when someone asked, “Does anyone here use Twitter or Facebook?” It appeared I was the only one. Many wanted to be but their IT departments wouldn’t let them. Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn and YouTube are sites that are in the broad category of “social media.” Social media sites are sites that make it really easy for people to connect with other people. And social media sites often have made-up names or names with weird spelling like Plurk or Flickr. But the best part of all of these is: they’re free! In a time when everyone’s being cost conscious and penny-pinching, I find it hard to believe that people wouldn’t be at least experimenting with free marketing sites!  ....Click here to continue reading the full article (pdf).

Member Benefits

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Now more than ever, it’s vital for fundraising professionals to continue to sharpen their skills and network with other development professionals. Your membership to NEAHP will enable you to connect with colleagues, get inspired and perhaps spark a new idea…

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