Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D.

Consultant in Fund Development and Board Management

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— Maxine Stein, Director of Development, National Yiddish Book Center

Ensuring financial sustainability is more important than ever before

June 18th, 2021

The Time for Endowment Building Is Now: Why and How to Secure Your Organization’s Future by Deborah Kaplan Polivy was recently reviewed by Stephen G. Donshik.

Dr. Deborah Kaplan Polivy has written a very important book that should be read by anyone involved in financial resource development in nonprofit organizations…

You can read the full review here.

Stephen G. Donshik, D.S.W. is a retired member of the faculty of Hebrew University’s School of Social Work’s program in Management of Non-Profit Organizations.

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New Book Contract and Other News

September 5th, 2019

  • Rowman & Littlefield will be publishing Deborah’s next book, “Building a Successful Endowment: Why and How to Secure Your Organization’s Future” – expected to be released in 2020.
  • New faculty appointment – Lecturer in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program for the fall semester – Skills and Techniques in Jewish Philanthropy and Fundraising
  • A new article entitled “Endowment Development: Call It What It Is” was published by Planned Giving Today in July, 2019
  • Deborah will speak at the February 11 meeting of Women in Philanthropy. Her topic is “How to Analyze Your End of Year Giving Using the Donor Lifecycle Map.”

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Recent Article and Upcoming Workshop

February 8th, 2019

Deborah’s latest article, “Some Thoughts on Improving the Annual Fundraising Letter“, was published by

Her next workshop will be held in Silicon Valley on March 14, 2009:

In partnership with
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley and Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University

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2018 International Fundraising Conference

April 26th, 2018

Deborah will be speaking at the International Fundraising Conference in New Orleans on April 16, 2018

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Webinar on Donor Retention

December 20th, 2017

Do you want to know about Deborah’s ideas on donor retention?  Take a look at this webinar about her recently published Charity Channel book on the Donor Lifecycle Map.

Recently published articles:

All Signs Point to Donor Retention

Someone Has Been Reading My Articles – or Maybe Not!

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Interview from Shalom Hartford

November 20th, 2017

If you want to know more about Deborah, take a look at this interview from Shalom Hartford.

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CharityChannel’s Masters of Fundraising Summit

September 18th, 2017

I am participating in the CharityChannel’s Masters of Fundraising Summit, an online event from September 25 through October 6, 2017. Obtain CFRE credit as well as terrific content.

30 Master Classes.
10 Amazing Days. Online.
And we’ve paid for your seat.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

September 18th, 2017

Grinspoon Foundation JCamp 180 Annual Conference – October, 2017

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leave a Legacy Program – November, 2018

International Fundraising Conference – April, 2018

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Watch Deborah Polivy’s presentation at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

May 23rd, 2017

Watch a short video about Deborah Polivy’s presentation at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy in Oakland, California in May, 2017, and contact her if you are interested in a similar workshop.

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How to Transform a Declaration of Intent to a Documented Legacy Commitment

May 23rd, 2017

Read my newest article on eJewish Philanthropy, “How to Transform a Declaration of Intent to a Documented Legacy Commitment“.

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