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The Philanthropy212 Podcast

May 7, 2020

Andrea Davidson is the Vice President of Philanthropy at Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) Medical Discovery Institute. She's responsible for providing overall direction for advancing the institute's philanthropy goals and initiatives. 

Andrea joined SBP in 2017 from the University of California (UC), San Diego, where she served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of University Development and worked with a fundraising team that spanned the general campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She led the development team to the most successful fundraising year in its history.

Andrea’s first career was in medical surgical sales before making the transition in development. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and her MBA from Loyola Marymount.

In this episode…

Philanthropy professionals often depend on their leaders to interface and interact with donors as they pursue their fundraising efforts. This interaction helps donors feel included in the process and have some investment into the strategy and vision of the fundraiser. But what happens when a philanthropic organization is suddenly without a CEO? Is it possible for philanthropic professionals to continue raising funds while undergoing internal transition in leadership?

According to Andrea Davidson, the key to getting continuous donor support despite facing leadership transition is having a sound and genuine relationship with donors as an organization. She says that while leaders serve as the face of the organization, donors can rest easy if they know that they can rely on other members of the team to get things done.

In this episode of Philanthropy212, Penny Cowden interviews Andrea Davidson, Vice President of Philanthropy at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, about the process and challenges of fundraising of raising money when there’s a leadership gap in the organization, how to best address donor concerns in the face of the transition, and why it’s crucial for fundraisers to build relationships not for themselves but for the organization. Stay tuned.