Blue Deer Center News

Posted November 5, 2011

The fundraising team at the Center has been working hard to find ways to bring in financial support to keep the Center going and enable all the people involved in the BDC to fulfill the mission to be a home for ancestral traditions.

During 2011, program revenue has brought in approximately twenty-five percent of the cost to operate the Center. The remaining amount is brought in through a variety of ways with fundraising being at the forefront of this effort.

We are looking for someone to join the fundraising team who has enthusiasm and desire to make the Center financially solvent.

If you are interested in this part-time paid position, please contact Peter Brown at peterbrown [at] bluedeer [dot] org or call him at 360-561-8772 to talk more about the possibilities.

Posted October 9, 2011

An Interview with Andi Tilmann of Tri-Unity Consulting

The Integrated Planning Committee (IPC) is a new development at the Blue Deer Center. Born out of a need for leadership expressed by the group of volunteers who authored the Dream Catcher Survey among other efforts, the IPC came together to provide that leadership in formulating a plan to bring in funds to pay for specific improvements at the Blue Deer Center. Once this small group of very committed volunteers came together, the magic began to happen and a larger vision of what might be possible through the work of the IPC came to pass. At the recent BDC business meetings, the Board of Directors, the Co-Executive Directors and Grandfather Fire endorsed the plan. Here is a brief interview with Andi Tilmann of TriUnity Consulting who has been assisting the BDC in their campaign plans.

What is the IPC?

AT: The Integrated Planning Committee is a small group of very committed volunteers -Co-Chairs Karen Fernandez, K’Anna Burton, and Jane Wollack- who are serving the Blue Deer Center in a whole new way, as they explore the possibility of an eventual capital campaign. We are working from a cutting edge model in the world of fund raising called an “integrated campaign”. An integrated approach means that the years of extraordinary work and resources that always go into a capital campaign effort can be used to address more than just financial needs. Recognizing that many factors have an effect on fundraising success, an integrated campaign actually sets some non-monetary goals for a capital campaign.

What might some of the non-monetary goals of an integrated campaign be?

AT: The IPC has set goals in the areas of leadership, volunteerism, gift planning and fundraising. Six committees are being formed: Site, Communications and Home Project to look at the facility and other financial needs over the next decade and Ambassadors, Volunteers and Gift Planning to engage more people in the Center in a sustainable way.

As one example, the IPC is recruiting Ambassadors. These are people who will receive training and who will be “in the know” about BDC functions, plans and operations and will therefore be able to speak about the BDC to anyone, anywhere about the importance of the BDC’s work as well as about the nitty gritty day to day issues that folks often wonder about.

What is the benefit of an integrated campaign over a traditional capital campaign in your view as a capital campaign fundraising consultant?

AT: In short, an integrated campaign process looks at the whole organization, how all the parts work together, and gives our supporters and our community a voice. So, in the end, whether or not the BDC actually has a capital campaign, and no matter how much money we could actually raise, there are benefits from this process that will serve the Center for many years. I have found all along in my work as a fundraising consultant that giving money is really just a side-effect of engaging people, building meaningful relationships and listening. An integrated campaign makes these factors an acknowledged focus of the fund raising process. It involves more people in meaningful ways and increases the overall success of the BDC as an organization, while building in sustainable practices and opportunities that will serve the Center and the community for years to come.

What is the main thing you want supporters of the BDC to know about the IPC at this point in time?

AT: The Integrated Planning Committee will pull together all the parts and pieces of the BDC organization - the staff, volunteers, donors and community stakeholders - in the process of identifying the key long term goals for the organization and its mission. Since we know that people give to people, not to buildings, this is very powerful indeed. And since it is so comprehensive, it injects fresh ideas and renewed energy into the staff, and greatly accelerates participation, buzz, and understanding among the supporters.

Next from the IPC, the Dream Catcher Survey results.

Posted September 6, 2011

Ustad (Professor) Ghulam Farid Nizami is of the Senia Gharana tradition and is a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Moghal Emperor Akbar the Great. He apprenticed with his father, Ustad Ishaq Nizami beginning at the age of 4 years. After his father’s death, he continued his studies with his elder brother Ustad Mohammad Akhtar Nizami as well as other esteemed Pakistani music maestros in sitar, vocals, tabla and harmonium. He received instruction in the tradition of Sufism from Khawaja Mohammad Moeen Khan Nizami and Haji Faiz Ahmed.

Ustad Nizami created and hosted several educational television shows on Pakistan TV that featured the traditional music of North Pakistan, and has made innumerable radio and television appearances. He has worked extensively with the Folklore Museum at Lok Virsa in Islamabad and performed widely for the Pakistani National Council for the Arts for over 25 years. He has performed for all Pakistani heads of State as well as for a long list of foreign dignitaries, including 3 US presidents, Saudi King Abdullah, Jordani King Hussein, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.

In over 30 years of teaching at Pakistani educational and performing arts institutions, including 14 years at the Beacon House School, Nizami has helped to create a new generation of musicians. Among his students are the first professional female tabla and sitar players in Pakistan. In 2008 he came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and taught at The University of Texas in Austin from ‘08- ‘09.

[Excerpted from]

VideoUstad Ghulam Farid Nizami
will enchant listeners with“The Music of Life”

at the Alignment Center in New York City
on Tuesday, September 20th, 7-9

Join Ustad Nizami and Melissa Clare at the Blue Deer Center this month:

VideoWatch video

September 23 – 25

The Music of Life

An Exploration of Healing in the Sufi Tradition

with Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami &
Melissa Clare

Learn more

A limited number of half scholarships have been made available for this program. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, send an email request with the subject line “Music of Life Scholarship” to Melissa Rudder at centerdirector [at] bluedeer [dot] org


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