Higher Education

University of North Alabama: Securing More Philanthropic Support

Posted July 28, 2012 ·

University of North Alabama

The Challenge: Creating a Culture of Donor Engagement

The University of North Alabama Foundation in Florence Alabama has been a client of Gonser Gerber since 2009.  They have retained Gonser Gerber as counsel to provide them with the tools to strengthen the Foundation’s culture of donor engagement, implement effective systems to support the work, and secure more philanthropic support.

“Gonser Gerber has provided us with the strategic counsel and tools to help strengthen our Foundation’s culture of donor engagement.  Simply put, we are meeting with more donors, making more solicitations, and raising more money.  Thanks to Gonser Gerber, our Advancement team now has a good understanding of the planning and execution processes of the moves management system we have initiated.  In addition, we highly recommend the bi-annual institute workshops to help your team re-energize and refocus on building relationships with your constituency groups.”

Judy Jackson
Associate Vice President for Advancement Services
University of North Alabama



University of Tennessee Plans Capital Fundraising Campaign

Posted July 27, 2012 ·

University of Tennessee Knoxville

The Challenge: Engaging Constituents in Project Planning for a Targeted Campaign

The University of Tennessee worked with Gonser Gerber to plan a targeted campaign and to assist with casting a strategic vision for the project that included several important constituent groups.

“The Gonser Gerber approach of individualizing the attention given to each client served the University of Tennessee well. In helping us plan for a campaign for our Museum, they engaged our donors, volunteers, and institutional leadership in a strategic planning process that defined the strategies we need to take. Our campaign will be more successful because of the expertise and leadership Gonser Gerber provided us.”

Scott A. Rabenold
Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

AMBS Sustains Annual Fund During a Major 5-Year Campaign

Posted July 26, 2012 ·

The Challenge:  Sustaining an Annual Fund During a Major 5-Year Capital Campaign

Associated Mennonite Biblical SeminaryIn the midst of a significant economic downturn in November of 2000, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary engaged Gonser Gerber to assist with preparation for a much-needed comprehensive campaign to build their endowment, construct a new library, and sustain the annual fund. With a compelling case for support, the strong commitment of the President and development staff, a solid campaign plan, and support and counsel from Gonser Gerber, AMBS boldly launched a $20 million campaign. In January 2006, having survived an economic recession, a transition of advancement vice presidents and the death of a key development officer, AMBS exceeded its campaign goal and in 2008 they dedicated their new, state of the art library.

Throughout the entire five-year campaign, AMBS successfully sustained its annual fund on which they depend for more than 40% of the yearly operating budget. Gonser Gerber was pleased to provide counsel throughout this successful campaign and congratulates AMBS for a stellar performance in achieving and surpassing its goals and conducting the most significant campaign in its history. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary located in Elkhart, Indiana, serves the Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Church Canada.