2018 August Focus Print

NEAHP's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Martin Richman, Immediate Past President

Dear NEAHP members:

Can it really be August? The days are getting shorter and the heat and humidity have arrived. But don’t despair, the kids will be back in school soon and the days will cool before too long. More importantly, however, it’s time to celebrate like its 1968!

Plans are coming together for our state celebrations in September and October as well as the March conference in Newport that will provide great educational sessions for all, opportunities to network with colleagues, and a Monday evening gathering to recognize NEAHP’s 50th anniversary.

Many thanks to our organizers for putting together a great lineup representing all the New England states! From a beer and wine tasting in CT, bowling (definitely not like in 1968) in MA, a royal luncheon in ME, a whiskey mix and mingle in NH, fine dining in VT, and a vineyard gathering in RI, we hope to bring together myriad healthcare philanthropy professionals and hope you will join us!

So, please take a moment to review the list of gatherings and mark your calendar for one or more. We’re inviting current, past, and prospective members as well as friends of NEAHP to gather state by state to kick things off for what will be a great season.

And, if you don’t have March 3 – 5 saved for the conference, now is the time!

Martin S. Richman
Immediate Past President

PS - Have an NEAHP story to share from an earlier time? Or, what has changed for you or your shop over the years? We’d like to hear. Can you believe, for example, that when I started in fundraising we used Blackbaud for DOS? The Windows version wasn’t launched until 1994. And we only had one terminal for data entry. The others were just for lookup! Around that time, email was just coming to be standard and cell phones – when I finally had one – mostly stayed in the car! How about you? Send me an email at martin.richman@umassmed.edu.

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Sponsor Spotlight

Accordant Philanthropy - August 2018

Nancy Simpson-Banker, FAHP

John Donovan, CFRE

Keeping Top Talent

The Non-Profit Times reports that half of all Chief Development Officers (CDO) leave within two years. Of those departing, 28% cite the organization’s lack of understanding of philanthropy as the primary reason.

CDO turnover is both harmful AND expensive for an organization. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the average turnover rate for development professionals is sixteen months. In a national survey of 2,700 development directors, 38% anticipated leaving their jobs within 2 years. According to industry research, the direct and indirect cost of finding a replacement is $127,650, and beyond these costs, the departure of a top-performer places approximately $2.7M of philanthropic revenue at risk.

Many people attribute CDO turnover to a desire for increased income, but it often stems from lack of support from senior management and the board. If the CEO and board are not willing to embrace and endorse a culture of philanthropy, the CDO cannot be successful. Goal setting and achievement must be a partnership between organizational leaders and the philanthropy office. To attract and retain a top-notch CDO, the organization must do the following:

  • Invest in the Philanthropy Program
  • Create a Culture of Philanthropy
  • Create a plan with metrics and goals
  • Align the case for support with the strategic plan
  • Be patient
  • Keep Your Promises

Good things will come if the CDO is treated as a valued partner. Accordant Philanthropy is ready to partner with you in your search for your next CDO. To learn more about our executive search service line, click here.

Accordant Philanthropy was honored to serve as a silver sponsor of the 2018 NEAHP conference. John Donovan, CFRE and Nancy Simpson-Banker, FAHP would love to hear from you if you have questions about Accordant Philanthropy’s many service lines. john@accordantphilanthropy.com and nancy@accordantphilanthropy.com

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Calendar of Events

Save the Dates for These Opportunities to Celebrate 50 Years of NEAHP!

Look for your invitation and online registration soon…Complimentary for Current, Past, and Future Members!

New Hampshire, September 20, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Whiskey Tasting
Martignetti Companies, Manchester, NH
Kick off NEAHP's 50th Anniversary celebration and enjoy camaraderie of fellow members as you Mix and Mingle Thursday, September 20th from 5:30 - 7:00PM at Martignetti Companies, Northern New England's premier broker of fine wine and spirits, 540 North Commercial Street, #311, Manchester, NH. Enjoy an evening of fun and education with Joe Swanson, Martignetti's National Whiskey Ambassador. Joe is an expert in scotch and other whiskeys and brings his knowledge to you in an entertaining and engaging whiskey tasting complete with culinary delights to snack on.

Pamela Puleo

Vermont, September 25, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Dinner Gathering
Gather together for an informal dinner with Vermont colleagues at the Parker House Inn & Bistro, 1792 Quechee Main St. in Quechee, VT– a warm, unassuming venue with a modern, light-hearted approach to the quintessential Vermont dining experience. Offering signature cocktails, unique wines and a dinner menu consisting of seasonally inspired dishes from their kitchen garden and nearby farms, you won’t be disappointed.  

Martin Richman

Massachusetts, September 27, 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Bowling and More!
King’s Dining and Entertainment, Dedham, MA
Kick off NEAHP's 50th Anniversary celebration and enjoy camaraderie of fellow members Thursday, September 27th from 4:40PM-6:30PM at Kings Dining and Entertainment at Legacy Place in Dedham, MA.  Appetizers, one complimentary drink and bowling (with shoes) are included.  

Nancy Simpson-Banker

Betsy Cross

Connecticut: October 3, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Beer & Wine Tasting Party!
Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT
Celebrate NEAHP's 50th in a beautiful brewery with five beers and four wines on tap on Wednesday, October 3rd. With Long Island Sound in view, share camaraderie, memories, successes and plans. Less than two blocks from the East Shore Line's Branford, CT train station, easily accessible from I-95, I-91 and public transportation. Celebrate like it's 1968!

Dave Garamella

John Modzelewski

Rhode Island, October 16, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Cocktail Party
Newport Vineyards, Middletown, RI
Enjoy the warmth of friendship and the bounty of the harvest as we celebrate NEAHP's 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 16 from 6 to 8pm at beautiful Newport Vineyards, conveniently located - with plenty of free parking! - on Route 138 at 909 East Main Road in Middletown, RI. Wine, cash bar, and appetizers. Apres-event Dutch treat dinner available at Newport Vineyards' on-site restaurant, Brix. (RSVP required.)

Eileen O'Gara-Kurtis

Nick Stahl

Maine, October 24, 3:00PM

Royal River Grill House, Yarmouth, ME.
Join your Maine colleagues for an informal lunch gathering at the Royal River Grill House where generous portions of the freshest seafood, meats and hand-cut steaks combined with the highest quality local ingredients are cooked to order in an open kitchen.

Sue Doliner

Ashley DiPietro

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