In this Issue of AASPiration:
- President's Message
- Member Spotlight
- Upcoming Events
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Best Practice Update
- Ethics Corner
- News You Can Use
- Members on the Move
- New Members List
Message from the President
We’re Off and
Running in 2014! Before I say another word I want to extend a heartfelt
thank you to each of our wonderful AASP members. We accomplished some
terrific things in 2013 and they wouldn’t have been realized without
members’ support. I’m extremely proud of and grateful for the work
undertaken by my predecessor Vicky Medlock and our talented group of
Board and Committee members. I mentioned that we accomplished some
great things in 2013: if you haven’t done so already, please go review
them for yourself in our online annual report. Trust
me, this is not the usual bullet point and pie chart report. It’s a
very visual and light-hearted look at AASP’s serious accomplishments of
the past year. And there are loads of pictures! Take a look – you might
see yourself or someone you know!
happy to say that we’re poised to take on and achieve even more in
2014. Our Board recently held a retreat in Chicago where we took off
the tactical hat many of us wear day to day and donned our strategic
and creative thinking caps. With staff, we worked through our
collective vision of the future of AASP. Along the way we asked tough
questions about AASP’s membership, marketing and partnership goals and
generated excellent ideas. We will be sending these ideas to the
Strategic Planning Advisory Group and asking them to develop more
specificity around these ideas.
issue of AASPiration marks the first of four quarterly newsletters your
will receive in 2014. Our goal is to bring you content that is relevant
to your daily routine. For example, I highly recommend the webinar and
education opportunities. If it’s on our radar it’ll be on the AASP
calendar. Whether it’s an AASP session or a joint session
with one of our partners like CASE or RICE, I know you and
your staff will find value.
to think of value to your daily work, is there a better bang for your
buck than the approved AASP Best Practices? The broad range of approved Best
Practices available to members only on our site are
the result – to date – of the first coordinated effort to address
practices across the range of advancement services disciplines. Our
Best Practices Committee is constantly developing new material, so be
sure to check back often. Remember to use your member login so that you
can access the approved practices!
receive plenty of reminders in other venues, but I also want to mention
here that Summit
2014 will be held in Chicago October 20-22. In fact, if
you’re thinking of submitting a proposal, the call for proposals is
now open. Last year we broke attendance records and our committees are
hard at work to surpass even those expectations. Our program committee
has developed some exciting new educational tracks in response to
member feedback and in keeping with industry trends. So mark those
20-22, 2014 in Chicago! Registration and program information
will be sent as soon as it is available.
I wrap up I want to be sure to mention all of the timely conversation
and helpful thought leadership that is provided on the FundSvcs.Org
ListServ. FundSvcs became the official listserv of AASP last
October and it has continued to be a repository of valuable information
and insight into the questions an Advancement Services Professional
faces on a day to day basis. I encourage you to subscribe
to FundSvcs and be a part of the conversation.
last member resource I want note is the AASP Career Center. Whether
you’re an AASP member seeking a job or a member with job openings this
calendar year, this members-only section of the AASP website offers an
avenue to connect with people in the advancement services industry. So
find your next great staff member or get the attention of those
employers. There is no cost and no limit on your participation.
been a pleasure to serve on AASP’s Board over the past five years and I
am honored to serve as your President in 2014. Again, thank you for
choosing to belong to AASP.
Winter, AASP President
McBeth, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Tammy Armstrong, Oregon
Episcopal School, make up a dynamic mother-daughter team of AASP
to create a close community of Advancement Services professionals, but
for Melody Allen McBeth and Tammy Armstrong, the industry truly is a
family affair. Melody, Director of Development Information Systems and
Services and Interim Director of Gift Administration at The Children’s
Hospital Foundation, and her daughter Tammy, Director of Analytics at
Oregon Episcopal School, share a passion for analytics and child
welfare. Though their unique career paths brought them to different
areas of the nonprofit sector, the two never run out of stories to
share. Whether it’s working out puzzling Crystal Reports over the phone
or recapping sessions from the latest annual Summit, Melody and Tammy
always find a resource in each other’s encouragement and expertise.
Melody comes from a long background
in philanthropy and obtained her first advancement position because of
her knack for databases and Excel. She has since worked in everything
from sales to volunteer management, not to mention the skills gained
from homeschooling, running a karate studio and serving in the Army.
Melody describes her broad career experience as "the parts that sum up
how I think and approach challenges today. I’ve never been afraid to
roll my sleeves up and dive in.” She currently serves as the Chair of
AASP’s Membership Committee and is always looking for volunteers to
assist her in diversifying the association’s membership. When she first
came to AASP, Melody says she was seeking a sounding board for her
"crazy data ideas. Little did I know how at home I would truly feel.”
Tammy seems to
have inherited the same knack for information services that brought her
mother through a long advancement career. What started as a summer data
entry position in her mother’s office has turned into the commotion of
responsibility for a database currently supporting a capital campaign.
"I definitely wouldn’t be in this role without my mother,” says Tammy.
"She taught me everything I know about Raiser’s Edge, introduced me to
Crystal Reports and certainly helped me break into the industry.” Tammy
serves on the AASP Membership Committee and recently experienced a
professional milestone when she presented at Summit 2013. "I know that
my experience and knowledge go beyond four years of work at two
independent schools because of my experiences at Summit and my
relationships with colleagues.”
and Tammy navigate two diverse organizations in terms of scale – and
two opposite coasts – their mutual passion for data keeps them on beat
with each other’s latest projects and challenges. "As the men in our
family can tell you,” says Melody, "we almost constantly talk shop!”
Melody compares managing a database alternately to a tactical battle,
organizing a closet and peeling back the layers on an onion of personal
stories, while Tammy studied econometrics and wrote an award-winning
quantitative thesis as an undergraduate. Their joint small shop/large
shop perspective allows them to look at the big picture. "Our biggest
internal challenge is in waiting for the software manufacturers to
provide solutions that even small shops can afford,” says Melody,
citing the vital impact of smaller scale organizations such as her
future of software may be full of challenges, but Melody and Tammy have
their own opportunities in the present. Melody currently serves as
campaign counsel for the Foundation’s CORE (Creating Optimal Records
Everywhere) Campaign, working closely with AASP Board member Shomari
White. Tammy will soon be taking a break from the industry to earn her
Master’s in Analytics at North Carolina State University. Big steps in
the information industry, but whatever data puzzles their positions
throw at them, these two women know help is just a phone call away.
By: Lauren Clem
Currently studying atTrinity College in Dublin, Ireland
AASP Summit 2014 Call for Presentations Now Open!
AASP is requesting presentation proposals for the upcoming 2014 Summit
to be held in Chicago, IL on October 20-22 at Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.
"Bringing It All Together” is not only a theme for this meeting in
branding and location, but a trait that will transcend into the
educational sessions. Visit the Summit Call For Presentations page to
submit your proposal today.
are looking for you to share cutting edge technology and business
methods in the form of case studies and demonstrations that can be
applied to any non-profit advancement organization. The following
program tracks are open for submission and consideration:
call for presentations will close on Monday, April 7, 2014.
proud to partner with and support CASE in offering advancement services
educational opportunities at discounted pricing for AASP members!
Here's the 2014 current slate of programs:
Changing World of Analytics and Research
Processing Workshop: Spring Session
IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Alumni
and Donor Records Workshop: Spring Session
Market Research and Data Analysis
for Senior Advancement Services Professionals
Conference for Donor Relations Professionals
CONJUNCTION WITH: Newcomers
to Donor Relations Workshop
Institute in Advancement Services
also sign up today through the AASP Education Page
** If you are a member of AASP but not CASE, please enter AASP14
(all caps) in
the "Promotion Code” box to receive
the applicable CASE member registration discount.
We are excited to offer sponsorship opportunities at Summit 2014.
AASP's Summit is the prime opportunity to reach hundreds of key
Advancement Services professionals. To learn more about Summit and
review all of our sponsorship levels, please download our comprehensive
also complete an online application!
For more information, please contact AASP at 312.981.6798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Practice Update
No time or budget to travel for education? No problem! Our AASP
Webinars allow you to enjoy education at your convenience. Our webinars
provide real-time access to experts on current best practices and
today's hottest topics. All AASP members are entitled to reduced
registration rates. Read below to learn about our next webinars.
Upcoming AASP Best Practice Webinars – Register Today!
19, 2014 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Development for Advancement Services
Presenter: Jon Thorsen
Professional development is an essential aspect of building and
maintaining an effective advancement services operation. Staying
current with the technology we employ, the management models we utilize
and the trends of the philanthropic sector allow us to interact with
clients in meaningful ways. We will discuss strategies for creating
effective professional development plans for all advancement services
staff members, And how to tie these plans to both personal and team
2014 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Your Data Isn't Telling You: Using Predictive Analytics to Turn Data
Are you realizing the full potential of one of your most important
assets – your data? Learn the strategies you can use to move from
operating on instincts and assumptions to making fact-based decisions
and uncovering hidden value. You will learn how to use business
intelligence and predictive modeling to dissect and improve your annual
fund, membership, and major giving programs; strengthen donor
relationships and increase their levels of support; and make an impact
on bottom-line performance.
As we were searching for a good article for this edition of Ethics
Corner, we found this list below. Primarily written for profit
organizations, the concepts apply to non-profit management as well.
Following our Code of Ethics has to be ingrained in each practitioner,
and the best way to achieve that level of awareness is to apply ethics
to all our everyday tasks. Read on:
Key Roles and Responsibilities in Ethics Management
on the size of the organization, certain roles may prove useful in
managing ethics in the workplace. These can be full-time roles or
part-time functions assumed by someone already in the organization.
Small organizations certainly will not have the resources to implement
each the following roles using different people in the organization.
However, the following functions points out responsibilities that
should be included somewhere in the organization
1. The organization's
leadership, especially the chief executive, must fully support the
chief executive isn't fully behind the program, employees will
certainly notice -- and this apparent hypocrisy may cause such cynicism
that the organization may be worse off than having no formal ethics
program at all. Therefore, the chief executive should announce the
program, and champion its development and implementation. Most
important, the chief executive should consistently aspire to lead in an
ethical manner. If a mistake is made, admit it.
2. Consider establishing an ethics
committee at the board level.
committee would be charged to oversee development and operation of the
ethics management program.
3. Consider establishing an ethics
would be charged with implementing and administrating an ethics
management program, including administrating and training about
policies and procedures, and resolving ethical dilemmas. The committee
should be comprised of senior officers.
4. Consider assigning/developing an
This role is becoming more
common, particularly in larger and more progressive organizations. The
ethics officer is usually trained about matters of ethics in the
workplace, particularly about resolving ethical dilemmas.
5. Consider establishing
ombudsperson is responsible to help coordinate development of the
policies and procedures to institutionalize moral values in the
workplace. This position usually is directly responsible for resolving
ethical dilemmas by interpreting policies and procedures.
6. Note that one person must
ultimately be responsible for managing the ethics management program.
Source: Found in AFPNET.ORG Resource Library: Developed by Carter
McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, LLC. (Management Library)
News You Can Use
The 3rd annual Data Reporting Information Visualization Exchange, or DRIVE
Conference was held March 4 & 5, 2014 in Bellevue,
WA. AASP’s Vice President Tom Chaves was in attendance. "This was a
great strategic conference on how information can be an asset to your
organization,” said Chaves. He continued, "Participants and presenters
from multiple industries illustrated how they are using information
more strategically to share with stakeholders to help manage and
'drive' their business.”
Started in 2011 by the University of Washington, DRIVE has become a
premier gathering destination for the community of professionals in
data, information, data analytics, modeling reporting, and
visualization and beyond. Since 2011 attendance has jumped 83%.
At this year’s conference, a variety of speakers led discussions on
topics such as best practices, emerging technologies and techniques and
trends. Session also covered the "technical deep dive” and strategic
Asked to relate the a few key takeaways, Chaves listed the following,
"From how analytics can be used to the cultural shift it presents to an
organization. From the spectrum of the value and challenge that
information provides to an organization is discussed and presented.”
DRIVE is a conference for the passionate community of professionals
seeking excellence in the art & science of data and how it
benefits us both personally and professionally.
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Members on the Move
See what your fellow AASP members are up to! Are you changing positions
or do you know someone that is? Be sure to tell us! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos are encouraged!
Thank you and welcome to our newest AASP members*!
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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
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Kellogg School of Management
Methodist Health Foundation
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Points of Light
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STEP: Success Through Education Program
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The Governor's Academy
The School of
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of March 13, 2014