News & Information

Freeman Philanthropic Services Congratulates Robin Merle at Hospital for Special Surgery
Women in Development 2017 Woman of Achievement Award Recipient Robin Merle, CFRE
Congratulations to our Client, Robin Merle, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Hospital for Special Surgery for being honored at the 2017 Woman of Achievement Award Luncheon

The Relentless Focus of the Hospital for Special Surgery
Complex surgeries and everyday procedures are commonplace at this award-winning New York City hospital.

U.S. charitable giving projected to grow 4.1 percent in 2016, 4.3 percent in 2017, research from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Marts & Lundy finds
The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 also predicts 6 percent rise in giving to education
INDIANAPOLIS—Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.1 percent in 2016 and by an additional 4.3 percent in 2017, according to The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The report is presented by Marts & Lundy, a leading fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm. Projected rates of change are in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars.
“In light of the recent volatility of the U.S. economic environment, this is a positive sign for philanthropy,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “The prospects are good for solid growth in overall giving to nonprofits both this year and next.”
Attachment:  Phil Outlook-final.pdf

Human Interaction Project (HIP) Scholarship competition
Gail L. Freeman among Board of Visitors at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University presenting Ian Ermatinger-Salas with $7,500 scholarship to allow a him to serve abroad through UBELONG, an international volunteer agency.
About Human Interaction Project and its founder Leon Logothetis:
HIP stands for Human Interaction Project, which was founded in 2014 by world traveler, Leon Logothetis. HIP aims to educate others through real life experiences that impact change on an individual and global level. Through interaction and kindness Logothetis witnessed the power of change firsthand while sleeping on the streets of Philadelphia, traveling across the United Kingdom on $5 a day and nearly dying while attempting a 10,000 mile drive across Europe. The Human Interaction Project is committed to connecting people with each other—face to face. Leon has provided our students with this scholarship opportunity to travel and to give back. The $7500 scholarship will allow a student to serve abroad through UBELONG, an international volunteer agency.

Student Contestants:
Molly Braden, Dallas Hutchinson, Victoria Goodwin, Reiya Davis, Sean FitzGerald, and Ian Ermatinger-Salas. Each student had five minutes and five slides to talk about places and/or causes that are meaningful to them.

About the Winner: Ian Ermatinger-Salas
The recipient of the scholarship is Ian Ermatinger-Salas, a second year Master of Arts student at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is a graduate of IU Bloomington, where he received a degree in History and Political Science. With a focus on philanthropy and fundraising in higher education, Ian has worked at both universities and nonprofits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Ian currently serves as Graduate Assistant to Dean Amir Pasic of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and as Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Mentoring Center and Graduate Office, where he leads workshops on effective grant proposal writing and offers private consultations. He is also engaged in research covering the role of international NGOs in areas of conflict and insurgency.

About Ian’s presentation:
Ian’s presentation for the competition focused on his passion for providing English language education to vulnerable populations, including refugees and migrants, and his passion for refugee assistance and aid. Focusing on the plight of many refugees and migrants, his presentation examined the impact that an English education can have on someone living in a refugee camp, immigrating to a Western country, or living in poverty internationally. Ian notes that while his presentation focused on the current refugee crisis in Syria, there are numerous, similar crises occurring around the world. These can be the result of war and terror like in Syria, or natural disasters like in drought-stricken North Africa, or simply due to desperate levels of wealth inequality. In all of these cases, and many others, English language education can help give the desperate and displaced new opportunities to succeed and start new lives in the West.

About Ian’s plans for the scholarship funds:
The destination for Ian’s international experience must still be determined based on the availability of volunteer opportunities, but he says he selected his topic for two reasons. “First, I saw first-hand the impact of English language education at various organizations, including the International Institute of St. Louis, where I once volunteered as a high school student. Second, my research on the ongoing civil war and insurgency in Syria reminded me of how desperate the situation was for so many around the world and how a hand up can make a real difference in the lives of so many. That is what philanthropy is all about.”

Academy film museum's managing director to step down for post at design school.
Freeman Philanthropic Services Recruits Bill Kramer as the Vice President for Institutional Engagement for Rhode Island School of Design.

Updates at Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC
Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) would like to announce that beginning late-August, Tara Reese will no longer be associated with our firm as a consultant and independent contractor. We are excited for her as she begins a new chapter in her professional career and wish her the best in her future endeavors. Tara, as well as our over a dozen exemplary staff and consultants, has significantly contributed to our track record of providing in-depth expertise for numerous FPS clients across the nation and around the world.

Taking Women’s Health to Heart
Op-Ed by Ronald O. Perelman, chairman and chief executive officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated and co-founder of FPS’ client, Women’s Heart Alliance.
Here’s a fact that should make your blood pressure rise: Heart disease and stroke cost the United States almost a billion dollars a day. A billion dollars.

That's more than the annual budget of the Small Business Administration; more than twice the annual funding for the Peace Corps. In one month, heart disease and stroke cost this country more than the annual budget for New York City’s Department of Education.

And the toll is only growing.

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Join Us in Celebrating Selby Gardens 40th Anniversary!!
Video by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens President and CEO Jennifer Rominiecki
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens President and CEO Jennifer Rominiecki marks the 40th anniversary by sharing her favorite part of the gardens. Please follow the link below to watch the video.

International Consultant Visits Santa Casa Hospital
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerias Brasil
Freeman Philanthropic Services Consultant, Gail Freeman visited Santa Casa Hospital and met with President and CEO, Dr. Porfírio Andrade, Executive Secretary, Dr. Carlos Renato Couto (representative for Chairman, Dr. Saulo Coelho), and Board Member, Dr. Cláudio Moretzhon.
Freeman Philanthropic Services is headquartered in New York City and specialized in raising funds for organizations around the world. On January 8, 2015, Ms. Freeman met with Dr. Erlon Campelo, Director Institutional Education to discuss raising funds to support international research conducted at Santa Casa. Also participating in the meetings was Research Department Chairman, Dr. Francisco das Chagas, Lima e Silva, and coordinator of Post-Doctoral Education, Dr. José Augusto Machado, Professor of Clinical Research and Director of Urology, Dr. Graldo Magela Cruz.
Attachment:  Brazillian Magazine with FPS.pdf

Retired Air Force general to pilot Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront (a FPS client) announces the successful recruitment of its new CEO.

FPS congratulates Operation Homefront on the appointment of its new CEO, General John I. Pray, Jr.

FPS was pleased to work with Operation Homefront leadership on this successful recruitment. General Pray is looking forward to getting to work on behalf of the Operation Homefront team and those you serve – our troops and their families.

Selby Gardens names new president and CEO

SARASOTA - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has tapped the New York Botanical Garden's vice president for institutional advancement as the local organization's new CEO.

Kimmel Foundation donates $110M to Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is renaming its medical school in honor of Sidney Kimmel in recognition of a $110 million donation from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.

Benioffs donate another $100 million to children's hospitals

San Francisco power couple Marc and Lynne Benioff have doubled down on their already sizable support of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, writing a second $100 million check to further fund new facilities as well as world-class doctors and researchers.

Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC Client, Geoffrey Canada, CEO, Harlem Children's Zone makes The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders List
CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
Dissatisfied with the results of most organizations helping the urban poor in the mid-1990s, Canada launched an experiment, an effort to reach all the kids in a 24-block zone of New York City -- he called it the Harlem Children's Zone -- and give them education, social, and medical help starting at birth. The idea was to make success a self-reinforcing phenomenon, as children and their families saw it all around them and recalibrated their expectations. The experiment has worked spectacularly. The zone now covers over 100 blocks and serves more than 12,000 children, with 95% of high school seniors going off to college. Canada plans to step down as CEO later this year, but his idea -- and leadership here -- will no doubt endure.

WID eNEWS - February 2014
The Great Match-Up Game: Strategic Tips for Job Seekers
Another winter storm notwithstanding, WiD’s February 2 luncheon was not one to be missed. The topic was timely: “Working with Recruiters-An Insiders’ View.” The speakers -- Gail L. Freeman, President, Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC, and Esther Rosenberg, Co-Owner, Home-Lewis International in a moderated discussion with Renee Greene, long-time WiD Luncheons Committee member – packed the hour with a wealth of information and advice about how to work most effectively with recruiters, whether candidate or client.
Generously sponsored by Columbia University Master of Science in Fundraising Management, the lively program was wide-ranging in its coverage of what recruiters look for in the match-up process between employer and prospective employee and how that process works, what skills nonprofits are seeking, how to get noticed and how to make a career change into the development field. Here are some “tell it like it is” pointers from both women, who each have more than 25 years’ experience conducting searches for key development roles in nonprofit organizations.
“If a recruiter calls, it’s strategic to respond.” Gail Freeman
Maybe you think that you aren’t interested if you get that seemingly random call from a recruiter, but you certainly might be at some point in your career. Never close the door. If you want to contact a recruiter on your own, look at their website and focus on a particular position for which you feel suited. Don’t send random “broadcast” emails. They are likely to get put aside when one with specificity will get attention.
“There’s no magic about a resume,” Esther added. “It’s really a tool, an introduction.” But be mindful of your timeline when discussing it. “Be honest about what you were doing during lapses in time,” Gail advised. “Where were you? What did you do? I recommend you be fully transparent.” Similarly, they both note, clients need to be honest and transparent in assisting them in finding the right candidates.
Once your foot is in that door, treat this first opportunity as seriously as what you hope will follow. “I’m shocked that people don’t present themselves well for the recruiter interview,” Gail added. “They think it is not the same as the employer interview. It is. Be prepared, look good.”
“Educate yourself. Know the mission of an organization. Ask yourself, Why this? Why now? Why me?” Esther Rosenberg
The recruiter has to make a case for why you are a good match. “The best, most important thing to remember is that we are looking for someone who knows about the client organization,” Esther said. Then it is on to other important recruiter assessments. Do you have the required technical skills? Will you have chemistry with the chief supervisor? What must be in place to ensure your success? How do the trajectories of both the candidate and the client intersect?
“If a career in fundraising is so easy, why is there so much turnover?” Gail Freeman
In making a career change into fundraising, both women strongly endorsed educating yourself and pursuing relevant volunteer opportunities along with networking and attending workshops and presentations about the field. Calling fundraising an “accidental profession” for many who enter it and one that is very underestimated and not codified, both pointed out that many skill sets are attractive to nonprofits for their fundraising divisions and interviewers will ask tough questions to tease out how these skills can transfer to fill their needs. Smaller nonprofits, under $10 million, are often looking for generalists with a breadth and depth of knowledge and they are hard to find, Gail noted.
“We are not looking for someone who is a ‘slam dunk,’ but the best possible candidates so we can give clients the opportunity to contrast and compare.” Esther Rosenberg
When a match is made, the salary negotiations begin, and Gail and Esther both advise being thoughtful while evaluating the complete compensation package. “Look at the big picture, the opportunity,” Gail said. “This is your first relationship as employer and employee. Be honest. Let the employer know your goals, where you want to go, what your requirements are.” Esther said, “There’s more to think of than salary. We can be your agents. We can depersonalize the process and effectively negotiate on your behalf.”
“Every search is different,” Gail said. “Organizations have different cultures. It’s hard to deal with the ambiguity and unpredictability but it’s a partnership to benefit all parties.” They both note that ultimately, they answer to the client and are accountable to the client.

First Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Graduates
This past Sunday we had the true pleasure of witnessing our first Lilly Family School of Philanthropy graduates walking across the stage at IUPUI’s commencement ceremonies to receive their diplomas. Commencement marked yet another significant milestone for us as a school.
Dear Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors,

This past Sunday we had the true pleasure of witnessing our first Lilly Family School of Philanthropy graduates walking across the stage at IUPUI’s commencement ceremonies to receive their diplomas. Commencement marked yet another significant milestone for us as a school.

As we ramp up our marketing and branding efforts for the school, it will be our graduates who really “sell” us to the world. It will be their stories that are essential to telling our story. Who are the students and professionals who choose to further their education in Philanthropic Studies? Where do they come from and why did they choose to study here? How do they contribute to the school being the hub for philanthropic thought and research? How are they planning on improving philanthropy to improve the world with their degrees after they graduate?

We have spotlighted our graduates and their post-graduation plans in a 2012-2013 Graduate Brochure, and I’d like to share it with you today. Hard copies were printed and distributed to students, friends and family at our commencement festivities, and the PDF version is attached above for your viewing pleasure. We have also recreated this information on our website in order to share their stories with a much wider audience. We will also be utilizing the website version to link to our social media profiles and upcoming issue of Philanthropy Matters e-newsletter (coming out next week). Individual student profiles will be the foundation for future marketing pieces to highlight our degree programs.

We are pleased to introduce and congratulate the first graduates of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. You’ll meet many of these exceptional people, who are the next generation of philanthropy professionals, scholars and philanthropists, in these pages and we invite you to learn about more of them at:

Please feel free to forward this electronic brochure to others you think might be interested or tweet about it, comment about it on Facebook, or otherwise help us tell the story about our work.



Gene Tempel

Founding Dean

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Freeman Philanthropic Services Recruits Michael Griffin for Fordham University

Congratulations to Michael Griffin, who has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations.

Freeman Philanthropic Services Recruits Mary Ann Routledge for Fordham University

Congratulations to Mary Ann Routledge, who has accepted the position of Senior Director of Development, Schools of Business at Fordham University.

Gail Freeman attended the 66th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on October 20, 2011.

Gail Freeman attended the 66th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on October 20, 2011.

About the Foundation: Founded by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman in 1946, to honor the memory of Alfred Emanuel Smith, New York's renowned Governor and patron of the "Little People", the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation brings hope to the neediest children of the Archdiocese of New York, regardless of race, creed, or color.

Gail Freeman attends 2011 Legends in Hospitality Award

Gary D. Jaworski, Ph.D. with Gail Freeman on October 18, 2011 at the 2011 Legends in Hospitality Award Recipients honoring Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder, Co-Managing Partners, The Four Seasons. Freeman Philanthropic Services, L.L.C. placed Mr. Jaworski as the Executive Director of American Hospital of Paris Foundation in 2006.

Image provided by Patrick McMullan ©
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Freeman Philanthropic Services Recruited Valerie DeFillipo as President of Americans for UNFPA
Americans for UNFPA
Valerie DeFillipo, lifelong activist for the health and rights of women, appointed as President of Americans for UNFPA, the U.S. National Committee for the United Nations Population Fund.

Great News about the Beyond Boundaries Campaign

Dear Members of the Tufts Community:

I write with exciting news. As of yesterday, we have raised $1.208 billion in the Beyond Boundaries campaign that we launched publicly in 2006, exceeding our campaign goal of $1.2 billion by $8 million.

I want to thank the nearly 140,000 people—including half of all of our alumni—who supported our faculty and students and made this campaign the success that it is.

The campaign goals, developed by the deans during a strategic planning process led by the Provost, were focused on supporting our faculty and students.

I am delighted to report that because of the generosity of so many, we have been able to direct $386 million to support faculty. As a result, we have been able to strengthen competitive hiring packages for new faculty, create 23 new named professorships and improve research facilities.

Alumni, parents and friends also invested $434 million in our students, creating more than 630 new endowed and term scholarships and allowing us to grow financial aid across all of our schools. At The Fletcher School, for example, $20 million in gifts from members of the school’s Board of Overseers created scholarships to benefit outstanding students in the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy program. Now more than ever before, we are accessible to students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds who also have the strongest academic qualifications in the history of Tufts.

We have dramatically improved the student experience and teaching, research and clinical capacities on our three Massachusetts campuses. In Boston, we have a new state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation center at the School of Medicine. Also downtown, five new floors sit atop the dental tower, providing—among other things—new space to care for 20,000 patients a year, many of whom have limited or no dental insurance. In Grafton, we have a new regional biosafety laboratory and an equine isolation unit at the Cummings School.

We have also been able to make significant investments to nurture well-rounded students. On the Medford/Somerville campus, we have revitalized facilities for fitness and athletics, built one of the university’s most active and beautiful buildings—the Granoff Music Center—and created a new humanities center. Both the School of Medicine and Cummings School have new student campus centers, the one in Grafton provided by our wonderful Cummings benefactor Agnes Varis. Together, these spaces raise the student experience to a whole new level.

Two of our schools have new stability and promise thanks to naming gifts: the gift from the Cummings Foundation, led by alumnus Bill Cummings, to name the veterinary school, and Jonathan Tisch’s gift to endow the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. These commitments reinforced Tufts’ place as a leader in higher education and an institution that sees how learning can and should be enriched by service to the greater good.

This campaign would not have been a success without you, who together make Tufts a leader in higher education. And we would never have exceeded our goal were it not for the extraordinary leadership of our Board Chair, Jim Stern, and our campaign co-chair, Jon Tisch. Superbly talented and deeply committed to our faculty and students, they were instrumental in the success of this campaign. I would also like to give special recognition to our other campaign co-chairs, Pierre and Pam Omidyar, as well as to our Campaign Steering Committee, our deans and Provost Jamshed Bharucha for their enthusiasm and commitment to our common goals.

So, I would like to thank you all. The Light on the Hill now shines brightly and will continue to do so for years to come. The best is yet to come for Tufts.


Larry Bacow

Jeffrey Lamie Accepts Position of Executive Director & Chief Development Officer at the Saint Clare’s Foundation
Saint Clare’s Health System
Jeffrey Lamie accepts new position at Saint Clare’s Health System with a start date of July 2011.

Is It Time for a Search-Committee Code of Conduct?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
An article addressing behavior patterns of search committees or hiring authorities.

Jenny Coldiron Accepts Position of Vice President of Development, GBMC HealthCare & President of the GBMC Foundation
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Jenny Coldiron accepts new position at Greater Baltimore Medical Center with a start date of May 2011.

Gail Freeman Shares Expert Advice on Women in Philanthropy
First Business News
At the Women World Wide: Leading Through Philanthropy Conference on March 10, 2011 in Chicago, IL, Gail Freeman was interviewed about her expertise on how the role of women in philanthropy is changing. The interview aired on March 21, 2011 on

Special AFP News Alert
Association of Fundraising Professionals
On March 23, 2011, Andrew Watt will become president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Andrew has served as AFP’s chief programs officer since October 2007 and before that was vice president of international development. Prior to joining AFP in 2006, Andrew worked for nearly 10 years at the Institute of Fundraising in the United Kingdom, ultimately serving as deputy chief executive.

Philanthropy Matters Magazine
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Gail Freeman and Flavio Furtado are interviewed on their experience and knowledge of philanthropy as it relates to women in less developed countries.

The Maddening Wait
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Interesting article about the sometimes maddening wait of the search process, particularly with search committees.

$1b puts MGH in robust fund-raising health
The Boston Globe
Article about hospital on pace to set NE record in drive.

Too Much Sunshine Can Complicate Presidential Searches
The Chronicle of Higher Education
An article concerning the importance of confidentiality in a search and how - when it's breached - someone can lose their job.

Freeman Philanthropic Services participation with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in 2009
Association of Fund Raising Professionals
View a PDF of the Annual Report.
Attachment:  AFPAnnualReport2009.pdf

Big Ideas, Big Gifts, Big Impact: A Conversation with Today's Philanthropists
Milano The New School - Event Transcripts
Gail L. Freeman, President of Freeman Philanthropic Services, New York introduces this program at Milano The New School for Management & Urban Policy.

"Welcome. My name is Gail Freeman and I am an alumna of Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. The Milano Nonprofit Management Program is among the first programs in not-for-profit management in the United States, and is one of the few academic programs specializing in the preparation of leaders for the not-for-profit sector."
Attachment:  SP08_BK_BigIdeas_091508.pdf