When Transitions Meet Traditions

Posted by Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF on 2/1/17 10:26 AM

On January 20, 2017, the United States experienced a transition in leadership as Barack Obama completed his second term as President of the United States and Donald Trump took the oath of office as our forty-fifth president. The transition process began when the two men met at the White House on November 10, 2016, and even though the actual transfer of leadership has happened, the transition will continue for some time.

The reality is that transition takes lots of time, energy, and patience, and ironically, it is often steeped in tradition. The Presidential Inauguration was a perfect example of an entire day carefully orchestrated but almost entirely prescribed by tradition. This is because change doesn’t take place in a vacuum. Transition is informed by the past, happens in the context of the present, and impacts the future. Transition challenges us to recognize that a decision has been made, a direction has been set, and the “point of no return” has been reached. Thus, a new context and framework has been created. 

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Topics: Donor Development, Donor Relationships

Striving to Become NoVA-Like Fundraisers

Posted by Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF on 5/2/16 8:30 AM

Recently we relocated our National Catholic Development Conference offices from New York to Washington, DC. This meant a move for me personally from Long Island to Arlington in Northern Virginia. Soon after moving to this new location I learned that Northern Virginians are referred to as “NoVAS” — pretty cool! After all, I know a “nova” is a very bright star. Later I learned that for those Virginians who live further south and who speak with a charming southern drawl, “NoVA” means “not really from Virginia.” Many of us in Northern Virginia aren’t natives and probably won’t remain in Virginia for the rest of our lives.

But being a “NoVa” was such an intriguing thought that I looked up more about them.  I was right; they are very bright stars. (However I also thought they were new stars, which isn’t true.) More specifically,

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Topics: Donor Development


About The Fundraiser's Outlook

The Fundraiser's Outlook is a blog written by Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, President of the National Catholic Development Conference.  Her blog always emphasizes the ministry of fundraising and the importance of your work for your organization’s mission. Applying her decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, she often reflects on current events, pop culture, and travel and how our world impacts Catholic nonprofits.

About Sr. Georgette Lehmuth

Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF has been President/CEO of NCDC since 2001.

She is a noted speaker on the ministry of fundraising and has spoken at the conferences of: the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes (NATRI), the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Independent Sector. She has also presented at the Ascension HealthCare Council on Philanthropy, Catholic Charities USA Ministry Conference and at the Caritas gathering of charitable fundraisers in Lima, Peru, which represented 24 countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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