Reach for the Stars: The 2014 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards Winners
Veritus Group partners Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels offer consistently thoughtful commentary, mostly around major-gifts fundraising. But their posts also offer insights into the bigger picture of fundraising, stressing the importance of helping donors find joy in giving. Their posts are informative, often funny, sometimes quirky — but always passionate and very graciously written.
MOST INSPIRING SPEAKER
director of planned giving
We have to admit that we've not yet heard Wayne Olson speak at a fundraising conference, but now we're sure looking forward to it. (And maybe we can snag him for an FS webinar or other event!)
Prior to his position at Sewanee, Olson was associate director of planned giving at the University of Richmond and a planned-giving officer at the American Cancer Society, and he brings years of development experience to his presentations. Colleagues enthusiastically describe him as an elegant, engaging and inspiring speaker who winnows down complex or technical subjects into easy-to-digest terms and creates a comfort zone of learning within his sessions.
"I have served as chair of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia council's annual conference over the last several years and have been responsible for booking speakers," says Joe Tumolo, vice president of sales, Planned Giving Marketing. "Of all the ones we have had over the years, Wayne remains the one who most people comment about (in a very positive way). He speaks from the heart, is truly passionate about philanthropy, and cuts through all the technical clutter to remind us that it's about the donor and helping the donor accomplish what they want."