Monday, May 10, 2010

Interested in making $$$ for your AFP Chapter??

So last you saw this blog, you heard from Merritt Engle, our first faculty hire for AFPTeaches. Since then, the full slate has been established and they are:

Fall Semester:
  • Foundations of Fundraising & Develompent - Diane Marty, CFRE, United Way of Greater Kansas City
  • Annual Sustainability - Stuart Hoffman, CFRE, Goodwill Industries of Kansas City
  • Major Gifts & Capital Campaigns - Steve Byers, CFRE, Steven J. Byers Consulting
Spring Semester:
  • Foundations of Fundraising & Development - Beth Dollase, CFRE, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
  • Technology & Marketing Trends in Fundraising - Merritt Engel, Merrigan & Company
  • Prospect Research & Propsoal Writing - David Hanzlick, CFRE, Omnipro Consulting

And here's the other REALLY COOL part about this new initiative for our Chapter: because we've hired 6 instructors (by sharing the teaching of the foundation class by semester) AND because our committee agreed to devote the entire grant stipend for curriculum develompent back to AFP Mid America Chapter, this endeavor has already NETTED $3100 for our Chapter!

Not bad, eh? Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to explore this as a win-win option for your own Chapter...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Well Hello There!

Greetings! I’m Merritt Engel, one of the newly selected instructors for this program—Marketing and Technology in the Spring 2011.

I’m thrilled … and not just because Rockhurst is my alma mater.

I’ve taught at Rockhurst before (Communications and Journalism), but this class has special meaning because of what I do by day. I’m Vice President of Merrigan & Co., a marketing firm specializing in communications for non-profits. I develop campaigns and write copy for all media, so I get a chance to see what’s working (and what’s not) for organizations large and small. I’m also fortunate to have a curriculum development committee that is bursting with energy and ideas. Work is already underway.

I hope to bring the most current thinking and best practices to the classroom … along with an all-star lineup of guest speakers (from front line fundraisers to leading direct marketers to dynamo social media mavens).

Most of all, I’m excited to inspire and prepare future non-profit professionals for successful careers. As someone who hires from this pool and works in this world, I know there are great opportunities out there … and great futures for the students who choose them.