UM - NYU Partnership Offers Philanthropy Program

Miami conference hosts faculty and authors from NYU's Heyman Center.

Coral Gables (February 10, 2011) — The University of Miami and New York University announce a unique partnership to bring experts from NYU’s nationally-renown philanthropy program to South Florida for a one day conference for development professionals.

Entitled, The Art Of The Ask: A Critical Component In Fundraising (http://www.miami.edu/philanthropy), the conference features faculty and authors from NYU’s Heyman Center, the foremost experts in the field. Providing a special welcome message to the attendees will be UM President Donna E. Shalala, who has led the university’s own successful advancement efforts, including the record-breaking Momentum campaign, which raised $1.4 billion.

The conference will take place on Friday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive on the Coral Gables campus. The cost of the program is $290. To get more information on the conference please log on to philanthropy conference

“The environment for fundraising is more difficult than it has been since the great depression and this conference is geared towards helping development people succeed in the new realities we are facing.” said Naomi Levine, chair and executive director of the Heyman Center. By offering a philanthropy workshop, with a focus on The Art of The Ask, the program provides information on the key drivers that compel donors to give. Even seasoned fundraisers are often reluctant to make “the ask” and such training and re-focusing is critical.

Although many of the nation’s fundraisers are optimistic about the coming year, Giving USA reports that total charitable giving dropped 3.6 percent from 2008 to 2009, the steepest decline in current-dollar terms since the organization began reporting fundraising results in 1956.

The conference is especially notable for the talent and experience of the speakers who will participate. Key speakers include: Naomi Levine, chair and executive director of NYU’s Heyman Center who led the university’s $2.5 billion campaign; Doug White, academic director of the Heyman Center and author of several books including, The Nonprofit Challenge; Marian Stern, faculty from NYU who will address “The Ask” meeting; and Laura Fredericks, author of the book, The Ask who will discuss negotiating and closing the deal.

“There is an unfortunate irony in this economy. At the time when non-profit agencies and organization are needed the most in our community, their ability to raise essential funds is harder than ever. We want to help them find a solution and this is an important opportunity for local non-profit and developmental people to re-energize their fundraising efforts,” said UM President Shalala.”We are proud to host this conference and hope that it can spark a higher level of success for these important organizations in our community.”


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