May 2010
AAI E-News  
A quarterly e-newsletter from Advancement Associates, Inc.
In This Issue
Ground blessing set for Elkhart offices project
How one CCRC is coping with recession
The board's role in advancement
New AAI addresses in effect
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Client at a Glance
Who: Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio 
What: Continuing care retirement community
Where: Bluffton, OH
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Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Our Team
Richard L. Gerig, MEd, Principal
Rebecca S. Drumm, CFRE,  Principal
Sherilyn R. Ortman, BA, Associate

J. Daniel Hess, PhD, Associate

Michael D. Wiese, PhD, Associate
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Ground blessing set for Elkhart offices project

Elkhart office buildingMembers of the Mennonite Church USA executive board, the Mennonite Education Agency board, and the Mennonite Mission Network board recently affirmed a recommendation to proceed with construction of a new office facility adjacent to the campus of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, IN.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June. Read more.
In Theory & In Practice
Glencroft: How one CCRC is coping with recession
residents play dominoes Jay Shetler knows the value of a sizeable, committed donor base. As CEO of Glencroft, a large continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Arizona, Shetler is helping his board think creatively about continuing to develop relationships with donors at a time when every thought, every action and every decision seems colored by one word: recession.
Read more.

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What is the board's role in advancement?
Board members carry an important role in organizational advancement efforts. In an ongoing way, board members should expect to:
  • Designate adequate resources for the advancement program, including personnel and budget, and review results annually.
  • Consider potential board members who are experienced in fundraising or well-connected to possible funding sources.
  • Partner with the CEO and staff to maintain strong, healthy relationships with all key constituencies.
  • Host and/or be enthusiastic presence at special events.
  • As appropriate and comfortable, identify prospective donors, personally solicit gifts and thank individual donors.
  • Be regular, generous contributors to the organization.
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New staff, company addresses in effect

Last quarter we made readers aware of new website and email addresses for AAI. Those are now fully operational and, while our current addresses will continue to work until sometime in 2011, you are encouraged to make note of the switch and begin using the addresses below:

Rich Gerig:
Sherilyn Ortman:
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