A portion of the proceeds from our new children’s book go to charity!

The Adventures of PhilAnThropy


Order books here:
We are pleased to announce our first recipient: Kids Boost!



Happy Holidays!



A portion of the proceeds from our book will go to charity, preferably children’s charities. Help us choose our first recipient. Please tell us which nonprofit we should fund and why?
Happy holidays!

Check out our latest project!

Our children’s book is out! You can order it on Amazon.

Any chance you could share it in your network?

We want to teach philanthropy concepts to the next generation and teach the next generation of fundraisers.
Linda Mc



Another successful National Philanthropy Day! What a great group celebrating with Our Fundraising Search!

Pictured l to r: Ande Noktes, Midtown International School; Del Martin, DEL-us Consulting Group; Ailena Parramore, Our Fundraising Search; Mary Ellen Cenzalli, Atlanta Classical Academy; John Moeller, Lutheran Services of Georgia; Melissa Swindell, The Wren’s Nest; Renee Jensrud, Our Fundraising Search; John Henry Spann, Notre Dame Academy; Brandon Brown, Emory University; Linda McNay, Our Fundraising Search. NPD 2018.




Research shows that the average tenure of a development officer is 14 months. Our Fundraising Search placements stay 3 times longer or an average of 43 months!

Our Fundraising Search is seeking candidates for development officers. Apply to:



Our Fundraising Search hosted clients and friends at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center with a presentation by Christy Eckoff, Managing Director, Philanthropic Counsel, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, on how the changing tax laws are affecting nonprofits.

Key takeaways:
Solicit gifts of assets, especially IRA’s; encourage gift “bunching” (pay 5 years of pledges in a shorter span of time).






“A successful person finds the right place for himself.

But a successful leader finds the right place for others.” ― John C. Maxwell




Walk with the Consultant in July: 88 degrees and humid, but that didn’t stop us from taking the 250,000th step for nonprofit fundraising consulting! (FREE!) #MonthlyWalks4Years#KingofPops!

Our walkers are new to development, so we talked about breaking into the field. We referenced Jason Lewis’ new book, the War for Fundraising Talent. There are not enough qualified candidates to fill all the open development positions. Fundraising is a great career – all you need is some relevant experience and some practice.

Join us next time! Sunday, August 19, 3 pm, Piedmont Park.



Philanthropy in the Classrsoom, with Greater Atlanta Chapter of AFP, at Centennial Academy!







I love my clients!
Led by Doug Ammar, these caring young lawyers make special food for a family in need. Thanks GJP!





April 15, 2018: Unlock the Secrets to Increase Giving to Your Faith-Based Organization with Greg Cole and Sarah Matthews, AFP 2018 International Fundraising Conference, Ernest Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA




Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Campaign Success/A Case Study with Clayton Parrish, Headmaster, and Mary Lester, Development Officer, Briarwood Academy – GISA, Westfield School, Perry, GA




Thursday, March 22, 2018: What to Expect in Fundraising in 2018 – YNPN NEXTGEN Breakfast, The Gathering Spot, Atlanta











Monday, February 26, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mercer University, ATLANTA
2930 Flowers Road South


2018 Diversity Fellows Program




 Happy Holidays from all of us
at Our Fundraising Search!
Ailena, Linda, Renee



Love mentoring our AFP Diversity Fellows.
Thanks for organizing our meetings, Greg Cole and Christian Mitchell!
National Philanthropy Day in Atlanta 2017!
Thanks, Kent!
“Linda McNay’s years of experience raising money for schools makes her the perfect person to write Fundraising for Schools: 8 Keys to Success Every Head of School Should Know.
This is a hugely valuable resource, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
Until next time,
Kent Stroman
America’s ASKing Coach



This month we are especially grateful for our clients and friends.













Great lunch with colleagues at Kiwanis! Thanks, Scott Sikes!









Celebrating the selection of Dave Paule as the new Executive Director of Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation!

Pictured from left: Renee Jensrud, Linda McNay, Dave Paule.






Dear Colleague:

CharityChannel’s Masters of Fundraising Summit™  is an online event that takes place over a two-week period from September 25 through October 6, 2017.  In celebration of CharityChannel’s Silver Anniversary, we have covered the cost of your seat as a way of giving back to the professional community that has embraced us for 25 amazing years.

Click here to learn how to get CFRE Credits.



This multitrack online conference will consist of 30 master classes designed for experienced fundraisers. The format of each master class is a fast-paced interview ranging between a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes.

As an experienced fundraising professional, you will appreciate that this is no ordinary program. Each session features a colleague who has mastered the fundraising topic under discussion and has written a book about it for CharityChannel Press or teaches an online course as partof our CharityChannel Courses™ program.

Summit sessions are on topics that are revolutionary, evolutionary, or a powerful take on best practices in fundraising. The sessions are not the usual canned Powerpoint presentations but rather are intelligent, often-probing on-camera discussions between the featured peer and Stephen Nill, CEO of CharityChannel.

Approved for 28 CFRE Continuing Educational Points

CharityChannel is an Approved CFRE Provider for Continuing Education. Full participation in the Summit is applicable for 28 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

 Who Are the Masters? What Are the Session Topics?

Too many to list here. Take a look at the Summit registration page at

 How to Get the Most Out of the Summit

Here are a few important things you need to know:

  • Registration for the live Summit is free. Register at Seats are limited.
  • Three sessions per day will be broadcast Monday through Friday for two weeks. They’ll only air in that time slot so make sure you mark your calendar so you don’t miss any! You can find the official agenda on the registration page.
  • Throughout the Summit, you only need to know one URL to watch any session. It will be provided as soon as you register. This page will automatically redirect to the session once it starts.
  • You’ll be receiving emails with news about each upcoming session as well as the link just mentioned. Keep an eye on your email and watch for these!
  • Nervous you might miss a Summit session because work (and life) can get in the way? Don’t worry! You can optionally upgrade your free seat for the live Summit to the All-Access Pass at any time and get a full year’s access to the recorded sessions. A portion of revenue from the pass will go toward a scholarship fund for our online courses.

See you at the Summit!



Endowment Building for Schools
Every independent school should have an ample endowment to carry it through tough times. The best way to initiate an endowment is through planned giving. In an SAIS webinar on September 28 at 4 PM, Linda McNay, Ph.D. of Our Fundraising Search, will share simple steps to begin a successful planned giving program and will offer suggestions on how to enhance current planned giving efforts. Register at


Our future is in good hands with these young people!











Our Fundraising Search congratulates CBF on the successful completion of their $12M Endowment Campaign!













We did it! 200,000 steps for nonprofit fundraising!





Pictured here: Kate Stanton, Michael C. Carlos Museum; Linda McNay, OFS; Sarah Bartlett, Georgia Organics.





Once a month for three years, Linda Wise McNay, Ph.D., of Our Fundraising Search, has been walking Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and the Beltline offering free fundraising counsel to nonprofit leaders and AFP members.






Another great GISA meeting, St. Simon’s Island, 2017!



Our Fundraising Search congratulates Greenlaw on their 25th anniversary!
GreenLaw is dedicated to preventing air and water pollution that endangers human health and degrades Georgia’s natural resources. GreenLaw achieves these goals by providing free high quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia.



We at Our Fundraising Search wish to express our sincere appreciation to our clients and colleagues as we begin our 5th year in business.

Thank you for your friendship and support!



April 3, 2017

By CBF Communications

DECATUR, Ga. — Cooperative Baptist Fellowship staff members were recognized for excellence in faith-based communications at the 2017 convention of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) held last week in Chicago, receiving nine awards including a top honor of “Best of Class.”

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to members of the RCC, a 78-year-old interfaith national organization of religion communicators who demonstrate excellence in faith-based communications, marketing and public relations. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.

The CBF Advancement team of Jeff Huett (Associate Coordinator of Communications and Advancement), Carrie McGuffin (Communications Specialist), Travis Peterson (former Graphic Design Specialist), Aaron Weaver (Communications Director) and Candice Young (Marketing Manager) won “Best in Class” in the Public Relations/Advertising Campaign category for their work on the CBF 25th Anniversary Campaign titled Christ’s Love Compels Us. The team was also honored with an Award of Merit for its work creating print collateral for the 2016-2017 CBF Offering for Global Missions campaignBearing Witness to Jesus Christ.

In the Public Relations Materials category, McGuffin, Weaver and Young were recognized with an Award of Merit for the 2016 CBF General Assembly Guidebook. Young and McGuffin were both honored for their individual work. Young received an Award of Merit for branding of CBF’s Student Dot initiatives — Student.Church and Student.Go. McGuffin won the Award of Excellence in the Illustration category for her Student Dot coloring pages as well as an Award of Merit in the Social Media Campaign category for her leadership of the CBF Celebration Week campaign in October 2016.

Weaver received three individual honors including an Award of Merit for both the CBFblog ( and the 15-part Illuminations blog series. Weaver also received an award in the Specialized Writing category for his article “Story of a Name”which is a narrative history of how the name “Cooperative Baptist Fellowship” was adopted in 1990-1991. “Story of a Name” was first published as the Preface to Weaver’s 2016 edited volume in celebration of the Fellowship’s 25th anniversary titled CBF at 25: Stories of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the work of CBF staff has been recognized by the RCC. In 2015, the team received an Award of Excellence for its rollout campaign of the new CBF brand as well as awards in the fundraising, logo/branding development and public relations materials categories.

Other DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award winners in 2017 included communications and marketing professionals from faith-based organizations such as the Presbyterian Church USA, Baha’i National Center, United Methodist Church, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Bread for the World, Alabama Baptist Convention, Samford University, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Word & Way, National Catholic Reporter, American Baptist Home Mission Societies and the National Council of Churches.



Want to learn about careers in the valuable field of fundraising? Join us tomorrow, Thursday, March 23 to learn from Linda Wise McNay of Our Fundraising Search – she has decades of experience raising millions for schools and art museums. Sign up on Handshake!

Wonderful Dean’s Society Reception tonight! At Center for Puppetry Arts.
 Visiting career services at the alma mater today. #GSU, #Futurenonprofitfundraisers!
 Just hanging out with my friends at their CCAR Rabbinic Convention! With Lou Feldstein and Dan Moskovitz.
Attending Head of Schools meeting/Callaway Gardens, Spring 2017
Congratulations to UUCA on the completion of their fundraising assessment and plan!
Very successful book signing event. Thanks San Francisco Coffee Shop!
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Fundraising for Churches may now be ordered here:


Spectacular visit to Washington DC with Peggy Still Johnson, Executive Director, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. We spoke at the Building Museums Symposium and had a behind the scenes tour of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture!

Congratulations to Briarwood Academy on the successful completion of their $1.7 million capital campaign for additional classrooms, a full-sized practice gym and a new kitchen!


Great kickoff to the 2017 Diversity Fellows Program of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of AFP!
Pleased to mentor this fine young man, Jeffrey Brown, of The Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
National Philanthropy Day 2016!
Another fabulous SEMC Conference, Charlotte, NC, October 2016!
Philanthropy in the classroom! Love AFP activities! At Drew Charter School, 10/4/16.
Fabulous evening at Callanwolde!
Meet the Young Professionals of Greater Atlanta AFP!

The AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter’s Young Professionals Program Presents:

Walk with the Consultant
Saturday, August 20
10:00 – 11:30 amMeet at the Monroe Drive entrance at Cumberland, Piedmont Commons, Piedmont Park.
Come with any pressing fundraising questions you may have to ask or issues you want to share.
Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and share with your colleagues what’s going on with you and your organization’s development program.
This FUN + FREE event is open to all Young Professionals ages 35 and under. Sign up today!
The AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter’s Young Professionals Program provides educational, social and scholarship opportunities.

This program is made possible by the generosity of The Marcus Foundation.

Fun with former client, Staci Catron, Cherokee Garden Library. With Erin Dominquez at Atlanta History Center-
Many of you have seen my office at San Francisco Coffee on North Highland. This week we have a special art exhibit of Del Martin‘s work. Lovely!
 So proud of our CBF colleagues at the Assembly in Greensboro this week!
 Jun 15 5:10AM

Stephen Nill wrote a new message

Linda, I’m pleased to let you know that CASE will be carrying Fundraising for Schools in the new CASE catalog, which should drop in the mail within the next two weeks. It’s ordered an initial shipment of 25 books.

This is quite an endorsement. Congratulations!





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Congratulations to Callanwolde on the successful completion of their $2.1M capital campaign and their new partnership with the GreenHouse Foundation!

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North Cobb Christian School still rocking their fundraising numbers! Their annual fund hit $300,405, 73% parent giving compared to $268,000 (68%) last year.
Their benefit dinner and auction (Versailles Masquerade Ball) brought in $193,000, a 42% increase over last year. They used the final plea to complete their major gifts campaign to claim a significant anonymous grant for debt reduction. Great work!


Congratulations to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for receiving a 2016 Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from The Georgia Trust, for the renovation of the historic Callanwolde Barn into state of the art recording school, Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording!









Our Fundraising Search congratulates this great leadership team at Atlanta Classical Academy for raising $2.2M in less than 6 months! Way to go, team!



Congratulations to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship team for being recognized for excellence in religion communications and fundraising! (Religion Communicators Council: Derose/Hinkhouse Memorial Communication Awards)



Jeff Huett, CBF Marketing guru, pictured here.



Having fun with Interfaith Outreach Home board members. Learning How to Ask for the Gift, at Our Lady of the Assumption.




Making plans for CBF’s 25th anniversary!







Pleased to be mentoring this young woman: Kerry Ayres-Smith, Marketing and Development Coordinator at Piedmont Park Conservancy Decatur, Georgia; as part of this year’s Diversity Fellows Class, Greater Atlanta AFP Chapter.




Our Fundraising Search welcomes Renee H. Jensrud as a consultant and recruiter!



Setting up the new Development Office at Briarwood Academy! with Mary Lester (Director of Development).


Also pictured: Clayton Parrish, Briarwood Academy Headmaster; and Scott Johnson, Board Chair.


Found a masterpiece! This may be the way we fund the next capital project!


2015 has been a record year for Our Fundraising Search. We are grateful for our clients and the wonderful work they do.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



Callanwolde Arts Festival, January 2016!
















Baugh Foundation announces $1 million gift in support of CBF ministry

DECATUR, Ga. — The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has announced a $1 million gift to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to support the Fellowship’s ministries to nurture young Baptists, help form healthy congregations and sustain long-term field personnel presence in Global Missions.
Babs Baugh (right) with her daughters, Julie Baugh Cloud (left) and Jackie Baugh Moore (center).



Love this Callanwolde Campaign Committee! Great job, team!








Don’t miss Christmas at Callanwolde!



















Linda Wise McNay was pleased to serve on the host committee of AFP to honor Del Martin and John O’Kane on their service to the Atlanta nonprofit community, December 2015.



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Speaking at SAES in Texas!


More fall phoning! North Cobb Christian School middle schoolers thanking donors!







Tis the season for phoning! Pictured here: Callanwolde Board and staff members. Great job!





Twas the night before Christmas (I mean NPD!)















Creative volunteer appreciation effort by Phil Tan, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center campaign.

Best foodtruck food ever!
















AFP friends and colleagues teaching Philanthropy in the Classroom at Whitefoord Elementary!




More client good news!

North Cobb Christian School‘s annual fund has reached 73% parent participation in 30 days (compared to 65% last year). They have raised $263,000 year to date compared to $237,000 last year. That is an 11% increase! And they do it while having loads of fun! Pictured here: the Development team, aka the scuba diving team,  during spirit week.



Great things happening at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center!

Callanwolde Capital Campaign




Linda McNay presented a Crash Course in Major Gifts Fundraising with Paula Gillispie, Oak Mountain Academy Head of School; and Jack Hall, Head of Walker School; at SAIS in Atlanta.






Our Fundraising Search congratulates Cherokee Garden Library on the successful completion of their $2.5 million endowment campaign in honor of their 40th anniversary. Pictured l to r: Linda McNay (Our Fundraising Search), Carter Morris, Staci Catron (Executive Director), Claire Schwahn, Kinsey Harper; front row: Libby Prickett, Erin Dominquez (Our Fundraising Search). Not pictured: Boyce Ansley.












Fabulous SEMC conference, Jacksonville, October 11-14, 2015.

Linda McNay of Our Fundraising Search, Aaron Berger of The Breman Museum, and David Moore of the Historic Oakland Foundation presented Museum Fundraising for Today and Tomorrow.






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Kentucky Main Street Program directors from across the state are meeting today (9/23/15) at the Urban Design Studio in downtown Louisville. Currently presenting is Dr. Linda McNay, an independent fundraising consultant with Our Fundraising Search in Atlanta. We look forward to having many professionals and volunteers with local Main Street programs also participating in the KHC Strong Towns Conference tomorrow and Friday!‪#‎MyOldKyHome‬







It is a great day to catch up with Maritza Morelli, and former client, Los Ninos Primero!






Final Jazz summer concert at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Our Fundraising Search hosts Kent Stroman, CPA, CFRE, of Stroman & Associates, Oklahoma and author of Asking about Asking from the Institute of Conversational Fundraising; and William Stohlmann, CFRE, Chattanooga.



Our Fundraising Search welcomes William Stohlmann, CFRE, Chattanooga; and Kent Stroman, CPA, CFRE, of Stroman and Associates, Oklahoma, and author of Asking about Asking from the Institute for Conversational Fundraising. (Kent pictured here with Linda McNay)









Celebrating with ribbon cutting for the opening of Eagle Drive, the new campus entrance, and successful completion of the Paving the Way Campaign!




Theresa Hightower and Gary Motley and crew perform at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Jazz on the Lawn, July, 2015.





Thrilled to be invited to join Director’s Counsel at my alma mater’s University of Kentucky Art Museum.



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Great summer concert at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: Richard Smith Band, Jazz on the Lawn 2015.


Pleased to serve as mentor to this fine young woman through AFP’s Diversity Fellows Program 2015.


 Anita C. Foster, MA    Development Executive at The Center for Working Families, Inc.


So proud of our association with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits!






Certificate of Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials – Part 1

“The instructor was phenomenal and a great knowledge base. I also had an opportunity to engage in productive networking with some of my classmates. It was an effective use of my time, and I am eager to attend more NU classes in the future.”
—Sonya, Major Gifts Manager, The Salvation Army



A big thank-you to Erin Dominguez for her masterful work as an associate of Our Fundraising Search. For the past year she has been working with the YWCA and Cherokee Garden Library. We will miss you, Erin! Shown here with Staci Catron, Executive Director of the Cherokee Garden Library, on the left; Erin Dominguez on the right.




Congratulations to this all-star team! The Cherokee Garden Library Endowment Committee has raised 73% of their goal in 9 months! l to r: Linda McNay (Our Fundraising Search), Carter Morris, Staci Catron (Executive Director), Claire Schwahn, Kinsey Harper; front row: Libby Prickett, Erin Dominquez (Our Fundraising Search). Not pictured: Boyce Ansley.



Our Fundraising Search welcomes Briarwood Academy as a new client!

And Linda McNay celebrates her 100th client fundraising engagement in 10 years of consulting!



Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is such a great resource for our community. l to r: Allison McDermott, Executive Assistant;  Christina Bray, Director of Development;  Jessica Miller, Marketing and Publicity Director. Don’t miss the Behind the Scenes Tours this summer!



The North Cobb Christian School Development team is exceeding all fundraising goals!  Annual Giving is up 38%. Parent percentage giving is up 36% over last year. Their benefit auction sold out this year and increased revenue 85%.  l to r: Tara Dorsey, Development & Marketing Assistant; Krys West, Development Assistant; Kim Pool, Event & Volunteer Coordinator; Ailena Parramore, Director of Development.



So proud of this Development team at Gatewood Schools on successful completion of their development assessment and annual fund plan for 2015!  l to r:  Tara Rocker, 2015 Annual Fund Chair and Libby Rainey, Director of Development.