America's Top 25 Fundraising Experts

I was agonizing how I should handle this without appearing overly boastful or pompous.
Well . . . what the heck. I decided I would just let folks know.
Philanthropy Media just announced their list of, "America's Top 25 Fundraising Experts."
They . . . well, they ranked me number one. (Please forgive the shameless pride!)
Something else. They ranked Jay Frost, a member of our firm's team, as number nine.
A part of their announcement said: "As competition for the charitable dollar continues to heat up, nonprofits are asking some very fundamental questions about new ways to raise funds to support their missions. Our 2016 top 25 fundraising experts helped nonprofits get past, 'We've always done it this way, we've tried that before, and fundraising is difficult.' "
Click here to see the full list.

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Webinar with Jerry Panas!
Learn lessons from a 40-year leader in fundraising


Jerry Panas, author of the bestselling fundraising book in history was featured on the Asking Matters website in a webinar as part of the Fundraising Masters series. He answered fundraising questions and discussed his new book, The Lost Manuscript.

"It was magnificent fun being on Brian Saber’s Asking Matters Webinar. I wish I had an opportunity to greet each of the participants personally. I promised I would send out the eight elements that are essential for the making of the case," Jerry says. "They almost certainly will not be distinct sections in the material. But don’t worry if they are. Some may overlap. That’s okay. Some may be repeated. Don’t worry. Some will be in a different order than what I gave you that follows. Don’t fuss."

It’s okay. Just start writing. And make certain you cover each one. Here’s the order I think of when I start writing.

Download the "8 Key Elements for Writing the Case" here.

Read Jerry's Bio >>   Jerry's Presentation Topics >>

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NEW BOOK! The Lost Manuscript


Manuscript by Si Seymour, with Observations & Comments by Jerold Panas

Binder, 153 pages, $59.00.

Jerry Panas discovered this tome of knowledge from one of the great fundraisers of our field, Si Seymour.

Back in the day, Si gave Jerry a book he thought Jery might be interested in reading.  He read it and reread it, and kept it for safekeeping. That was the problem. Over the years it got lost in the shuffle of several family moves.

Seymour’s notebook ended up in one of the moving boxes that was put in storage. Recently, going through an old box from the first move Jerry found the treasure, still in its original three-ring binder.

Here are a dozen reasons to own a copy of The Lost Manuscript.



Jay Frost, Senior Partner at Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a nationally known fundraising consultant with deep ties to Japan and familiarity with JAS will be the featured speaker and workshop leader on fundraising for the Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI), and the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP).

It will be a great opportunity for JAS Executive Directors and Board members to attend a regional workshop. The event will take place in downtown Indianapolis at Barnes & Thornburg on the morning of February 26, 2015.

Jay with over twenty-five years experience in discovering and exploring major fundraising opportunities for thousands of nonprofits is an active industry leader, educator, and author. He speaks frequently at local, national, and international conferences on wealth and philanthropy, fundraising research, social media, and transnational giving.

To view one of Jays presentations, click here.

Read Jay's Bio >>   Jay's Presentation Topics >>

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Latest news from Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners

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doug-dillon-300Douglas Dillon returns to Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners as Senior Managing Partner.

He has been actively involved in the management of nonprofit institutions since 1988. He returned to the firm after serving as President of the Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation. He was responsible for the leadership and fundraising of eight hospitals.

Doug has personally directed and now provides oversight to numerous capital campaigns for institutions in North America. In each case, he has exceeded the established goal.


joe-ellsworth-phJoe Ellsworth serves as Principal of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners. He heads the Division in the firm that serves clients with their branding strategy.

In 1981, he founded a start-up company. Its initial work included branding activities, product launches, training, and education programs. The company gained expertise in the creation of strategic communication plans, development of creative platforms, and the production of messaging tools. In 2012, Ellsworth sold his company, Fire & Rain.


r-braggaJerold Panas, Linzy & Partners welcomes Senior Principal, Rick Bragga as a new member to the firm. Rick has over thirty years of fund development and communications experience for nonprofits. During his career, he has worked for or represented institutions in healthcare, education, arts, and youth-serving agencies. He has been directly responsible for the development and fundraising for over 100 organizations that has provided over $350 million. This includes institutions of all sizes.

Rick is a broadly experienced, creative professional. His unique perspective and enthusiasm are invaluable resources for the clients he serves. He is an extraordinary strategist and known for his ability to motivate volunteers. Read Rick's Bio >>

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melanie-sabelhausJerold Panas, Linzy & Partners would like to ask you to join us in welcoming Senior Principal, Melanie R. Sabelhaus. She has more than 30 years of successful small business, corporate, and nonprofit experience. She founded and served as chief executive officer of Exclusive Interim Properties. The company, after a merger, did an IPO and went public on the NASDAQ. It is one of the largest interim housing companies in the world. For 15 years prior to starting her own business, she served in a variety of management positions with the IBM Corporation.

Melanie brings an extraordinary background to the firm’s clients. There is a synergistic blend of her corporate work with her volunteer leadership. Her organizations will tell you of her energy, know how, and strategic planning. Best of all is her ability to motivate volunteers and staff. Read Melanie's Bio >>

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