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New Book: Zen and the Art of Fundraising

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success, by Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success, by Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM

It's Friday, the perfect day to let you know about our newest book released today, Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success. Available on Amazon ]

At just 84 pages, you could easily read it on a weekend, though its profound lessons may well take a lifetime to perfect.

It's by Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM, a true master not just of fundraising but of Shotokan karate, for which she holds a black belt.

No matter what our current level of accomplishment as practitioners, Alex wants us to continue on the path to excellence well beyond what we're likely to achieve without looking inward to develop the personal traits she describes as 8 pillars of success. They are:

  1. Being in the Moment
  2. Listening
  3. Compassion
  4. Curiosity
  5. Humility
  6. Patience
  7. A Sense of Humor
  8. Being a Mentor

Though Alex places these pillars in the context of fundraising, the lessons apply well beyond our professional activities. Since reading this book, I've been working on being in the moment, something that's always been hard for me. You know what? I'm learning to do that, finally!

In case you don't know Alex, a CharityChannel colleague of ours, here is her bio:

About Alex

Alexandra Pia Brovey

Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM

Alexandra Pia Brovey has been a full-time fundraiser and charitable gift planner for almost two decades and an estate planning attorney for twenty-five years. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Georgetown University Law Center in 1993 with a JD; and University of Miami School of Law in 1995 with an LLM in Estate Planning.


After practicing law full-time for six years, Alex joined Penn State as a planned giving officer where she worked for five years, visiting with alumni and friends around the country. After relocating to New York, Alex worked as Senior Director, Planned and Major Gifts at Pace University and later as Senior Director, Planned Giving at Stony Brook Foundation, before joining Northwell Health Foundation in 2008 as Senior Director, Gift Planning. She currently leads a team that supports twenty-three hospitals, a world-renown research institute and a medical school in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

Alex is a leader in the gift planning community. She joined the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council before cofounding the Central Pennsylvania Planned Giving Council and serving as Vice President. Upon relocating to New York, Alex joined the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, serving in a multitude of leadership roles, culminating in her current roles as President Emeritus and mentor. She is a member of the Charitable Estate Planning Council (Long Island, NY) and a member of the Nassau County (New York) Estate Planning Council.

At the national level, Alex served as a cotrustee of the Legal Advocacy Fund of the American Association of University Women, after serving as Vice President, Membership for the State College, Pennsylvania branch. She served as a board member and treasurer of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and is currently serving a two-year term as chair of the Leadership Institute.

Alex enjoys speaking around the country on a variety of legal and philanthropic topics. She has had articles published in Trusts and Estates, Planned Giving Today, Charitable Gift Planning News, Fundraising Success Advisor, and the Journal of Gift Planning.

Alex earned a black belt in Shotokan karate in 2015. She is a proud Penn State Lifetime Alumni Association Member and serves as a career coach. Alex has interviewed prospective law students for Georgetown Law for over a decade. She coached junior soccer for five seasons, and enjoys visiting national parks, reading, and solving puzzles.at Stony Brook Foundation, before joining Northwell Health Foundation in 2008 as Senior Director, Gift Planning. She currently leads a team that supports twenty-three hospitals, a world-renown research institute and a medical school in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

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