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Biography

Steven L. Meyers, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Center for Personalized Philanthropy at the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Steve is a primary developer of personalized philanthropy, based on the mantra of “the right gift, for the right purpose, for the right donor.” Steve’s innovative donor-focused gift designs, especially a series of arrangements he calls “killer apps,” combine the full spectrum of current and future gifts so that donors can create a lasting legacy where impact and recognition are able to start up right away.

Steve joined the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1995 and now serves as Vice President of its Center of Personalized Philanthropy, as well as a member of its management team and total financial resource development strategy group. He holds a Masters Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University and a Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.

Steve is a contributing author for the Planned Giving Design Center, CEG International Elite Advisor Reports and The Journal of Gift Planning and speaks frequently at national and regional conferences. He is the author of the book, Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix, and its companion monograph for donors, Personalized Philanthropy and the Four Donors: Parables for Radically Rethinking Your Philanthropy: A New Conversation for donors, gift officers, and advisors.

Commentary

Field Guide to Donor-Centered Giving: New Rules, New Tools, New Culture

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Planners like to see what happens when you implement a new idea in the field - Does it just look good on paper or does it really get results? They need more information to be emboldened to advance donor-centered giving in their own shop. This article discusses challenges faced from more than a year of implementation of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning's Guidelines for Reporting and Counting Charitable Gifts. They also suggest how general lessons drawn may apply to other charitable organizations, including making a more compelling case for donor-centered fundraising, using new gift strategies with donors, and building a more collaborative fundraising culture.