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About dknotek2015

I am a Development Director for the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Having worked in the Development and Alumni Relations Department for the past eight years, I have a unique background in development, philanthropy, and relationship building. I am a University of Nevada, Reno alum as well as a current MBA candidate. You could say I am silver and blue through and through! I am passionate about helping others. I understand how important education is to our local community, the nation, and the world. I remember struggling as a student to finish my own education, and how grateful I was when I received support through the generosity of others. As a professional, I excel at securing private donations which support the students, faculty, programs, and research of the College of Science. I am uniquely qualified to bring potential donors together with areas about which they are passionate and feel compelled to support.

Development: It’s a team sport!

Let’s face it, there is a lot that goes into each and every gift that comes in to our organizations.  It takes a multitude of moving pieces to put the development puzzle together.  At least if you’re going to be … Continue reading

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This week’s post that made me stop and think

I read a lot of blog posts each week.  And, the more I read, the more difficult it seems to be for me to be truly impressed and intrigued with a post. This week, however, I read “The Surprisingly Simple … Continue reading

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Summer is the perfect time to analyze your development efforts

For me, and for all of you who work in an educational non-profit, summer is a time when things slow down just a bit.  The semester is over, commencement was a success, and campus becomes a little quieter. Even if … Continue reading

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Making the ask: Is your prospect ready?

Making the ask is the ultimate goal for every development director.  We spend countless days and weeks (sometimes even months or years) getting to this point.  So, making sure your prospect is ready is crucial to getting the “yes” that … Continue reading

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How your board members can help fundraise without “Asking”

Do your board members embrace the opportunity to assist in the fundraising effort of your organization?  If the answer is yes, then you should be commended!  It was probably you who made the case for their assistance and put together … Continue reading

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Current students are our future donors!

As the busy development professionals that we all are, I know how hard it is to get everything done every day.  There are new prospects to meet, current donors to steward, and events to plan…..just to name a few of … Continue reading

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This week’s post that made me stop and think

I almost passed right by this post.  It was Ann Green’s post titled “Why You Shouldn’t Give Up on Direct Mail”. I subscribe to Ann’s blog because she gives no-nonsense, useful, and timely advice.  So when I saw this piece … Continue reading

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