Although it's natural for development officers to feel concerned about the outlook for giving during economic downturns, four decades of history suggest that the nation's commitment to philanthropy will weather the latest storm. Nelson Lees, senior consultant for Marts & Lundy, recently reached this conclusion after reviewing economic and financial trends and how they affected giving to education, health and arts, culture and the humanities over nearly 40 years.
Marts & Lundy is expanding its business in Canada and continuing to add an international flavor to its clientele. The partnership also provides new growth opportunities for The Offord Group, whose research-based approach is in synch with Marts & Lundy's long history of applying analytics to philanthropy - Blending the Art & Science of Philanthropy.
When Nicholas Offord and Michael Sinkus met at a health care conference three years ago, they sensed an opportunity for cross-border cooperation.
Marts & Lundy invited 345 institutions and organizations, which represent a broad range of philanthropic segments, to participate in the second M&L Minute. The objective of the survey was to examine trends in board fundraising involvement, expectations for board contributions, and board giving patterns, specifically during campaigns.
Marts & Lundy named two senior consultants who are noted experts in school and university advancement.
Kathleen Hanson, who brings more than 25 years of experience in independent schools, joins the firm's Schools Practice Group as a senior consultant based in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Bank of America has recently sponsored a study of high net-worth donors, researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Almost simultaneously, the Institute for Jewish & Community Research located in San Francisco issued a report on Mega-Gifts in American Philanthropy.
My purpose in this article is not to compare the specific findings, but to glean nuggets of information that I believe should be of particular interest to those of us who are practitioners in the field.
John S. Wilson is part of Marts & Lundy's Of Counsel team. He is an associate professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He is writing a book about the education gap at historically black colleges and universities - a gap he has seen widen in recent years. While it's too soon to release his findings, Wilson recently discussed its broad themes and his life experiences that shaped his thinking.