Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D.

Consultant in Fund Development and Board Management

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I loved having the opportunity to work with you on this wonderful and exciting project. Your insight, wisdom and experience are a tremendous asset and compliment my work beautifully.

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

When Is the Time to Start an Endowment?

February 1st, 2017

Based on a workshop that Deborah conducted for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, she answers the question, “When Is the Time to Start an Endowment?” on eJewish Philanthropy.

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The Stranglehold of the Annual Campaign

September 20th, 2016

Deborah’s article, “The Stranglehold of the Annual Campaign” was posted on eJewishPhilanthropy, September 16, 2016.

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Are You and Your Donors Ready to Talk About Endowment?

September 6th, 2016

Deborah will be giving a workshop for The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven on October 19 entitled “Are You and Your Donors Ready to Talk About Endowment? Understanding Annual, Capital and Endowment Gifts“.

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A Response to ‘Six Main Reasons Fundraising Fails’ or the Travails of a Development Director

March 1st, 2016

Deborah’s article, “A Response to ‘Six Main Reasons Fundraising Fails’ or the Travails of a Development Director” on eJewish Philanthropy strongly resonated with readers. She was inundated with emails and inquiries based on the content. You might want to read it if you have not or review it again if you have.

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Speaking Engagements – Greater Miami Jewish Federation

September 10th, 2015

Deborah will be giving a speech on October 27, 2015 for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Create a Jewish Legacy Program

Where The Rubber Meets The Road: Moving Your Doors from Dec to Doc
How to Transform Declarations of Intent to Documented Gifts

Deborah has been working with the Jewish Senior Life Foundation in Rochester, New York, to help the organization design its endowment policies and procedures, to produce a terrific marketing booklet and to create a strategy for using the brochure.

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Successful Boards Depend on Good Staffing

September 10th, 2015

Read Deborah’s newest article printed on July 23, 2015 in eJewish Philanthropy:

Approval of the budget is often a rote exercise of whatever is produced by staff and/or a finance or executive committee without much explanation or input by the board…Read more

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Interview with Cause Planet

May 6th, 2015

Deborah will be interviewed by the folks at Cause Planet on May 28.

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Events and Articles for spring 2015

February 2nd, 2015

Planned Giving Today

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Workshop for NeighborWorks America

October 23rd, 2014

Deborah will lead two workshops for NeighborWorks America: “Underdeveloped: Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising” October 27 in Sacramento, California and “The Role of the Executive Director in Creating a Culture of Philanthropy” on December 10 in Washington, D.C.

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How Do You Measure Development Success?

August 15th, 2014

Polivy’s article “How Do You Measure Development Success?” appears in eJewish Philanthropy

This article about fundraising proposes a different measure of success or really a combination of them that when adopted will result in substantive development strategic planning. Continue reading…

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