In Memoriam: Ted Kloss

April 18th, 2014
Ted Kloss, Designer

BEST FRIEND • MENTOR • MUSE

On April 11, 2014, I lost my best friend, my mentor and creative muse, Ted Kloss.

Although I first met him in 1978, when I was representing architectural graphics manufacturers, I really came to love him after deciding to start my own firm in 1985. He could not have been more helpful or totally supportive of me, my ideas and the talents he saw in me. He never wavered from his special, whole-hearted, loving friendship and guidance.

And, happily for me over the years, I slowly began to believe him. That sort of confidence-in-one’s-self is a gift that no one else in my business life ever offered and maintained; it set me on a course for creative problem-solving and consultation to others utilizing my own unique interests and skills. It serves me still.

An interior designer throughout his professional life, Ted viewed all of life as an interesting and creative challenge. Full of energy, music, playfulness and impeccable taste, he just innately knew how best we humans should experience our visual and physical environments…..in comfort. I’ve known and worked with literally 100′s of designers. None were ever as comprehensive in thought about the client as he.

So, when you ever consider the quality, ease of functionality and perfect appropriateness of our work over these years, see it all as a total reflection of him, his point of view, his design direction.  I take him, his lessons, and his love everywhere with me now. Thank you, Ted.

Written by Robin E. Williams

ADRP Conference and Providence, RI

October 3rd, 2013
Waterfire, Providence

Waterfire, Providence

ADRP Conference chose Providence this year for the annual meeting of Donor Relations Professionals. Both the conference program and the city of Providence exceeded my expectations. Continue reading »

Crowdfunding and Donor Recognition

September 26th, 2013

crowdfundingCrowdfunding is a practice just like crowdsourcing but applied specifically to the raising of small, individual amounts of money by non profits via the internet. It has now begun to take a firm  hold  on the fundraising marketplace. And that’s because it works! We’ve all  seen  online giving  become increasingly successful via the Red Cross and others. Texting of donations in athletic events, too,  is becoming ubiquitous. With the  growing focus by organizations to define a need, present a compelling campaign solicitation, and then ask the “crowd” for support the cause online, goals are met and often surpassed . Continue reading »

40 Years of Giving in the USA: 3 Trends Identified

August 21st, 2013

If you aren’t subscribed to “RISE“, the independent Schools newsletter issued by Alexander•Haas, then chances are you missed Continue reading »

Churches Act to Motivate Planned Giving thru Donor Recognition

May 23rd, 2013

Churches are choosing more and more to thank donors publicly. They have come to understand the need to approach fundraising  in more focused and assertive ways. Experience has proven that the commemoration and celebration of neighbors and friends who give, like you see here, really do energize viewers to action.

Planned Giving Display

First Presbyterian Church Atlanta

Digitally-printed canvas title panel

Digitally-printed canvas title panel

Legend plaque showing what the symbols represent

Legend plaque showing what the symbols represent

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