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It’s the Fundraising Campaign that is Measured that Gets Managed – American Fundraising Expert, Mr John Klocke

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American professor and fundraising expert, Mr. John Klocke of St. John Paul II, North Dakota, USA, has said that it’s the fundraising campaign that is measured that gets managed. He made this known at the recent Jacksonites Professional Development series (JPDS) workshop on fundraising for higher institutions in Nigeria held virtually, recently.

Klocke who was one of the facilitators at the workshop drew from his 30 years of experience in fundraising for educational institutions and pointed out that measuring key fundraiser indicators before and after a campaign is vital in revealing to an organization the right audience to focus their campaign.

According to him, four questions that can be used to measure a campaign are: what’s the total number of donors for each year? What’s the total number of gifts? What’s the most popular fund or project donors gave to? What was the average gift size?

He further explained that the answer to these questions reveals trends that should help a fundraising team channel their energy to the 20% of donors that gave 80% of the donation.

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“Today’s donors are very selective about the charity they give to and when you identify the top 20 percent that gave the most of the donations, you should spend the most of your time with them appreciating their gift, communicating your vision, and the impact of their funds. Handwritten notes from a prominent member of your organization or community, honoring them at your special events, periodic newsletters, or a personal visit or two are ways to maintain your relationship with them. For 80% of the donors, you can use other mass media channels of reaching out to them.” Mr. Klocke said.

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In his presentation, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Prof Bartho Okolo explained that the benefit of fundraising is not just securing money; but an avenue for an institution to clearly articulate its strategic plan, get advice from their benefactors, get visibility for the institutions, and positively impact the community.

Further, he stated that fundraising should be built on the foundation of research which helps articulate strategic needs and priorities for the institution, create designs and costs for projects, create different options for donors, justify the need for the project and its potential impact on the institution’s community and surrounding environs, clarify donors expectations and needs, develop reward mechanism for donors and form strong corporate partnerships.

In his words, Prof Okolo said, “Fundraising has become a science, it’s no longer simple philanthropy. Those people you want to donate to you, have their needs. Research their needs and see if there is any way that your institution can assist them in lessening their own burdens.”

Highlighting some of his successes in fundraising such as Olympic size Myrtha swimming pool N450 Million; 5 in 1 indoor squash court N120 Million; Ibeto Medical Diagnostic & Wellness Centre, UNEC N500 Million, he emphasised that when it comes to fundraising it “depends on the approach, justification of the needs, selection of the project and impact of the project.”

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“You cannot believe how willing these men (members of the National Assembly) are ready to engage in this type of investment once they are convinced that it’s necessary, will impact the community and there won’t be an abuse of resources.” He added.

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Ahmed Bello University, Zaria Professor of Broadcasting, Professor Ladi Sandra Adamu, who discussed cases of fundraising campaigns in Nigerian higher education and secondary school, identified weak alumni networks, lack of alumni database, incomplete funding, lack of community participation, disagreement among stakeholders, and weak after-fundraiser relationship management as the challenges facing fundraising campaign for higher institutions in Nigeria.

She recommended that schools and the federal government should develop a responsive national fundraiser policy and maintain a commitment to fundraising in Nigeria education as a means of ensuring adequate funds for education funding beyond federal allocation.

In a similar development, emeritus professor of Strategic communication, North Dakota State University, Prof Charles Okigbo stated that the capital campaign is very fundamental to solving Nigeria’s higher education problem. “We can’t continue to depend on the federal government; not even on the state government it’s about time we involve alumni, philanthropists, foundations, communities, and various other groups as it’s the case in the US.”

He further explained that the key to a successful fundraising campaign is that it must be strategic, not accidental and haphazardly executed.

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He added that at the root of every fundraising campaign is the right assembly of the needed human resources that will get the work done, and the starting point of assembling the right human resources for a donor campaign is scanning the environment for potential donors. Further, he suggested that the snowball, which involves asking a donor to suggest other potential donors, the technique can be used to increase the number of donors.

Professor Kelly Sassy of the North Dakota State University, who is a grant proposal writing expert with 99% success rate, stated that proposal writers are not just fundraisers for their organization but are equally change makers.

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She emphasised the place of research in grant proposal writing saying that research should not be limited to the problem you are trying to solve but should include the best technology and approach to solving the problem you are getting funds for and highlight how your vision aligns with the donor organization. “A strategic aspect of grant proposal writing is to highlight the intersection between your organization and the donors,” she added.

In her opening Remark, The chairperson of the Steering Committee, Professor Chinedu Mba of Algonquin College who said that the workshop was inspired by the request of the participants in the March edition of the seminar.

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Tobi Amusan returns to Celestial Church of Christ for thanksgiving

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Many do not even know that Tobi Amusan, the iconic athlete whose basket of global victories and laurels, is overflowing and bursting at the seams, is a member of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide. The track queen, who was recently bestowed with the national award of Officer of the Order of Niger (O.O.N.) by President Muhammadu Buhari, is not just a member of the C.C.C. but also an active member of the choir.

Amusan’s many wins include the following: – Winner of the World Athletics Diamond League. – Gold Medalist from the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Eugene Oregon, U.S.A. – First Nigerian World Record Holder in Athletics, Eugene Oregon, U.S.A. – Triple Gold Medalist from the Commonwealth Games. – Double Gold Medalist from the African Athletics Championships.

Recently, Tobi Amusan returned to her spiritual fountain, the Celestial Church of Christ , to worship and to give thanks to God during a glorious Sunday Service

“C.C.C. Worldwide celebrates one of our own, Sister Tobi Amusan. We are very proud of you and we would not stop celebrating you. This is just the beginning. God’s glory in your life would continue to abide and multiply in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen,” SE Kayode Ajala, the head of CCC Worldwide media, wrote.

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VSE Joseph Olorunishola – Forgiven But Not Restored

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The official report of the meeting of VSE Joseph Olorunnishola and Rev. Pastor EMF Oshoffa on Thursday, September 29th, 2022.

Following a letter of apology from VSE Joseph Olorunnishola to Pastor EMF Oshoffa, a meeting was arranged for VSE Olorunnishola to apologize in person to the Spiritual Head and Pastor of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide.

The meeting took place at the New York Parish, Brooklyn before the CCC 75th Anniversary Service of the Founding of Celestial Church of Christ on September 29th.

VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was at the meeting with five of his elders and the USA diocese was also represented by total of six elders.

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Chiefly at the meeting, presided by the Pastor EMF Oshoffa, and sitting on the high table with Pastor were the Pastor’s head of Administration Worldwide, VSE S.F. Adeniyi and the Head of USA Diocese, VSE Olaitan Balogun.

Also at the meeting were the HOD deputies
VSE Solomon Yusuf and Sup. Evg. Ayo Homer-Williams. AVSE Kehinde Akano, Sup. Evg Oluwafemi Sanyaolu, and Sup. Evg. Felix Oziegbe.

Venerable Superior Evangelist Olaitan Balogun, Head of U.S.A Diocese, C.C.C. Worldwide.

Present at the meeting with VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was; Sup. Evg. Yomi Dodo Williams, Sup Evg. Victor Adewusi, MSE Sam Adebayo, Sup. Evg .Timothy Olatokun and Sup Evg Badmus.

The meeting lasted over 4 hours.

Summary:

  1. The meeting started with an opening prayer by the Pastor EMF Oshoffa
  2. The Pastor reiterated the need for peace and oneness in the diocese
  3. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola prostrated to apologize to the Pastor and everybody in the meeting also prostrated alongside VSE Olorunnishola for total forgiveness and spirit of oneness.
  4. The Pastor asked VSE Joseph Olorunnishola to explain himself.
  5. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola stated that he did not do anything wrong as he was simply carrying out the decision made by his then Executive Council members in the infamous March 5, 2021 memorandum of 7-point demand and Declaration of Independence notably from the Pastor.
  6. Superior Evangelist Homer Williams, Superior Evangelist Akande and Superior Evangelist Oziegbe all indicated their efforts at urging VSE Joseph Olorunnishola to rescind the letter as requested by the Pastor. But VSE Olorunnishola blatantly refused and responded to each of the above peace makers with a common “over my dead body”.
  7. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola requested to still be in control of the parishes under his leadership.
  8. The Pastor then requested VSE Olorunnishola to come to Nigeria for further discussions while the Pastor will consult with the elders of the church in Nigeria.
  9. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola replied that he does not have the grace to travel to Nigeria.
  10. The Pastor then asked VSE Olorunnishola to call him when the Pastor returns back to Nigeria.
  11. Superior Evangelist Sanyaolu reiterated at the meeting that for there to be true peace and truce, VSE Joseph Olorunnishola has to withdraw all his court cases with the USA diocese because VSE Olorunnishola is not the owner of Celestial Church of Christ in America. And that the Pastor is both the Spiritual and Administrative Head of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide as per the Constitution.
  12. The meeting ended with closing prayer by the HOD VSE Olaitan Balogun
  13. The grace said by Pastor EMF Oshoffa
  14. It was gathered that after the grace, VSE Joseph Olorunnishola while walking away then said the status quo remains of which the Pastor did not respond.
  15. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was asked by some representatives of the diocese to take back his false conclusion of the meeting that “the status quo remains” and a small skirmish ensued.
  16. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola, in his own mind, falsely concluded that the status quo remains, which perhaps could be his primary objective for coming to the meeting and thereby creating some form of legitimacy.
  17. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was forgiven by the pastor but not restored.
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It is our prayer that the spirit of arrogance and disobedience will be cast away in our midst. And the owner of His church will continue to uphold and strengthen His church, in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

The Publicity and Media Team of the USA Diocese stands by the veracity of this report (Zechariah 8:16-17).

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Together, we move to higher glory.

The Publicity and Media Team
CCC USA Diocese

Venerable Superior Evangelist Joseph Olorunishola.

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Terra Kulture Receives Netflix Support For Its Creative Industry Programmes

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Leading educational and recreational organisation, Terra Kulture, has received a financial donation from the global streaming platform, Netflix.

A statement on Friday by the Lagos-based firm said the donation follows the recent announcement by Netflix to extend the Creative Equity Scholarship Fund for film and television students to select West and Central African countries to study at partner universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Gabon.

The donation received will further the organisation’s effort to promote the richness and diversity of the Nigerian arts and culture sector.
“The support fund will be directed to industry and community-focused areas of engagement which include academic training, theatre, gallery, and bookstore. It is also intended to ensure cultural programming in Nigeria while promoting the various artistic and cultural projects led by Terra Kulture,” the said.

Commenting further on the philanthropic gesture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Kulture, said: “We’re delighted to receive this donation from Netflix. It would be helpful to take our ongoing projects to the next step.”

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According to her, since 2003, Terra Kulture has been at the forefront of promoting Nigeria’s art and culture through exhibitions; indigenous restaurant; and storytelling through its award-winning plays and movies. “Over these years, we have developed an in-depth understanding of arts, culture, and languages to impact the next generation most effectively. With the financial support received, Terra Kulture Academy for the Arts aims to fulfil its mission to support, upskill and inspire Nigeria’s creative youths through educational and recreational programs that will yield multiplicative benefits to themselves, their families, communities, and the overall Nigerian creative economy.”

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Terra Kulture has trained more than 2,000 youth in theatre lighting design, sound design, costume design, batik, tie and dye, makeup, hairstyling, production, acting, directing, production management, props management, and set design, animation, choreography, and motion graphics for stage plays.

In a bid to formalize the skilling efforts, the organization launched Terra Academy for the Arts (TAFTA), which is a free-to-attend training created to formally empower young creatives with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre. The programme is designed to provide training on key technical production skills for the creative industry as well as an entrepreneurial module for students to learn about the industry’s business side.

Quoting a new report on Nigeria’s creative industry, the statement said the creative industry is now positioned as Nigeria’s second-largest employer of labour and has the potential to produce 2.7 million additional jobs by 2025. Also, it is projected to contribute 5 trillion Naira to the country’s GDP, thereby making the sector a significant contributor to the economy of Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest economy.

According to the statement, the intervention is aligned with Netflix’s commitment to supporting artistic and cultural projects, and a part of their creative industry support fund in Nigeria.

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Recently, the global streaming giant extended its Creative Equity Scholarship Fund to include academic institutions in Central and West Africa. The CESF will be distributed to various initiatives over the next five years to build a strong, diverse pipeline of creatives around the world.

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