March 21, 2012 by jbjerke

Last week, four events occurred that lead me to write a follow up to my earlier post Social Media: Essential or a Distraction?: U.S. News and World Report added a questionnaire about technology to their rating process, including a question about whether “administrators personally post news and information” on the World Wide Web. Our Public … Read More

November 30, 2011 by jbjerke

Questions, comments, and suggestions about fund raising are always interesting to me. They range from questions like the one President Emeritus Steve Morgan says he was once asked in a faculty meeting, “Have you ever thought of asking alumni for money?” to the suggestion we “fund raise” instead of raising tuition, and “look for real … Read More

August 29, 2011 by jbjerke

The editor of the Campus Times first learns the identity of the next president of La Verne on Twitter. Two thousand alumni are friends or fans of Leo La Verne or University of La Verne Alumni on Facebook. Administrators skim headlines from national education organizations on Twitter. Several alumni groups connect on LinkedIn. Students, faculty, administrators, and trustees … Read More

May 16, 2011 by jbjerke

Members of the campus community have asked, “Why was additional budget allocated to Advancement for next fiscal year?” “What will the money be used for?” “What results can we expect?” The Trustees have acknowledged that La Verne has historically underinvested in Advancement, and at their meeting April 15th, they approved a university budget that includes $750,000 … Read More

April 19, 2011 by jbjerke

The audience erupted in laughter when leadership expert Warren Bennis said in a public lecture at La Verne that he used to think fund raising was an unnatural act. Then he spoke with admiration about how he eventually learned to appreciate the fund raising skill of former USC President Steven Sample, and what he did to … Read More

March 4, 2011 by jbjerke

Fund Raising Outlook for 2011 Nationally, there are indicators that the outlook for private gifts to higher education looks more promising in 2011 than in 2010. Yet commentaries and predictions are still somewhat mixed, and there are also signs of a possible generational shift, at least among mega-donors, away from higher education to other causes.  … Read More

January 26, 2011 by jbjerke

So much has been written on Haiti’s tragic history, and on the catastrophic magnitude 7 earthquake that struck January 12 of 2010, that it is daunting to consider additional comments when I am not an expert on Haiti. Like many others, I was shocked, horrified, and desired to help after the 2010 earthquake. Faculty, staff, … Read More

December 15, 2010 by jbjerke

On November 1st, I blogged about “What do Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have to say to me?”  These two phenomenally wealthy philanthropists had announced last summer their plan to ask all the billionaires in America to pledge to donate half their wealth to charity, either during their lifetimes or at their death. Last Friday … Read More

December 8, 2010 by jbjerke

In recent years, foundation grants to La Verne have funded science equipment, labs, technology for the Campus Center, construction of the Campus Center, renovation of the Pavilion and Auditorium, scholarships, the Literacy Center, the Afghanistan Symposium of the College of Law, a new field research vehicle for the Natural Sciences, the REACH and STEM summer programs, … Read More