Best Practitioner in Donor Recognition

May 27th, 2009

The Inaugural Award of the “Best Practitioner in Donor Recognition” goes to Rex Whiddon of Columbus State University.

“Rex is the very best steward of donors and their legacies for his institution we have known.” This acclamation about Rex Whiddon, Director of Major Gifts and University Stewardship at Georgia’s Columbus State University, accompanied our inaugural presentation of the Best Practitioner in Donor Recognition on April 15, 2009.

Inaugural “Best Practitioner in Donor Recognition” Award goes to Rex Whiddon April 15, 2009

Dr. Timothy Mescon, President of the University shared, “I’m so very honored to work with a professional as truly gifted as Rex. This is a great acknowledgement of a ‘practitioner’ who is committed to ‘practicing what he preaches’.” Kayron Laska, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at CSU added, “I agree, there’s no one better! His work is truly remarkable!”


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Welcome to The Thanks Tank

May 27th, 2009

Welcome to our first blog. I’m new at this, at communicating directly with readers. Over the years, we’ve become used to writing what we think, having it printed, and never knowing how it was received. With this blog, with new technologies my designers have introduced to the thanking of donors, and with the recent changes in our economy, I’m learning all the time.

This new opportunity to connect with folks represents an exciting moment for me, for us. We are hopeful that readers will interact through responses, inquiry and through the sharing of real life experiences. As we become more adept here at this direct communication, you’ll come to meet others of our staff as they test the waters, finding their own voice by sharing their thinking about thanking too.

Today there is a stronger focus and commitment for donor recognition to be an integrated and vital component of donor stewardship than ever before. It hasn’t always been that way.

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