Friday, April 4, 2014

SOLAR session 6

Participation: 9 Student Leaders
Dates: February 18th, 2014
Location: Student Center 

Dr. Donald Ritzenhein a professor in the Communication department presented to 9 student leaders regarding effective fundraising topics. Dr. Ritzenhein was excited to present about this topic as he has run several successful fundraisers most recently a 1 million dollar campaign at Wayne State. 

Dr. Ritzenhein's presentation focused on fundraising through creating relationships. Establishing and keeping relationships with alumni both recent and older. Dr. Ritzenhein stressed the importance of being unique when it comes to fundraising, and target audiences for each fundraiser. Dr. Ritzenhein also went on to talk about finding donors for the organization and hosting events in that donors name. However, a large portion of this event went on to talk about how to create relationships with individuals who could be donors. 

Finally, towards the end of the session Dr. Ritzenhein discussed basics on grant writing.

The students who attended this session were very inquisitive about Dr. Ritzenhein's strategies, and almost all of them asked for him to give another more detailed presentation about grant writing.

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