Reach for the Stars: The 2014 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards Winners
"Marcy has been a true joy to work with and has gone above and beyond our expectations in terms of diversifying our funding and deepening and building relationships," says organization CEO and co-founder Kathy Lambert. "What I just love is that she does it all out of her heart for the underserved. We know that Marcy's value to the organization has only just begun, and we are excited for all the growth we will see in the years together!"
general surgeon and fundraising volunteer
director, office of communications and development
Laura Nelson Lof,
fundraising coordinator, office of communications and development
This fundraising team is being honored for its success in creating a culture of philanthropy within its organization to sustain employee giving during tough financial times.
Jeanette Budding, assistant director of communications and development at GRMC, explains that to encourage staff to help the hospital's Moving at the Speed of Life campaign reach its $7.5 million goal for six capital projects and an endowment for mental health services, Nicholas Kuiper, Denise Lamphier and Laura Nelson Lof worked to foster a feeling of fun among the employees and give them more reasons to give.
Some of the incentives were as simple as being entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini, while others were as creative as being invited to a barbecue at Kuiper's home. The doctor challenged Grinnell staff members to encourage giving in the departments they worked with the most. Twenty-five of GRMC's 49 medical staff providers took the Kuiper Challenge and offered incentives.
The whole effort was bolstered by a continuing sense of camaraderie and friendly competition. In all, 67 percent of staff made an outright gift or pledge. When counting honorariums, the medical center reached a 90 percent participation rate. Employee gifts ranged from $5 to $15,000.