Association of Independent Michigan Schools

Creating A Culture Of Philanthropy

Understanding Transformational Generosity

“Understand the difference between Fundraising and Philanthropy and how ‘Transformational Generosity’ can take your school to the next level”

Creating a Culture of Philanthropy is about more than just getting the next gift in the door. It’s about walking hand in hand with your donors. It’s about changing the way that you approach fundraising to fully engage the entire school community. It’s about transformation.

“Transformational Generosity” to be exact—both for the donor as well as for the schools.

This presentation will help you determine whether you are operating in a two dimensional Fundraising environment or within a multidimensional Culture of Philanthropy. You will learn how to identify the differences and signs between the two.

Then it’s onto truly understanding what holds donors back from simply making transactional gifts to giving from a place of transformational generosity.

Once we have identified how to move school communities into a Culture of Philanthropy and understand what holds donors back from making transformational gifts, we will suggest what you could be doing to facilitate giving from a place of transformational generosity.


Sam J Kennedy, CFRE, Executive Director, AIMS
Judy M Wernette, CFRE, Director of Annual Giving, University of Detroit Mercy

Sam and Judy have a combined over 84 years of experience in the development field, managing fund development campaigns ranging from $1 million to $650 million. Their experience includes human service, education, health care and faith-based organizations across the country.

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Feb 21 2020


8:30 am - 4:30 pm



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