Seven Pillars

It seems so simple, yet we've found it to be profoundly helpful: follow your vision, use your special skills in a non-duplicative way, work in partnership, share the credit, measure results, and stay the course.

"I work in academic fundraising. The 7 pillars work very well for one on one conversations about philanthropy. If you use each pillar during your conversation you will cover all of the necessary areas: stewardship, buy-in, leadership, listening, feedback, relationship, and most importantly saying 'thank you' in a meaningful way. A donor's time is valuable. The 7 pillars ensure that value is given and received. This is a wonderful checklist for engaging synergistic relationships. Don't make a phone call or schedule a visit without the 7 pillars list."

- Ron Turner, St. Mary's College.

Learning/Teaching Tools

White Paper - CSUMB Professor Lisa Watson explains how the methodology is used at California State University, Monterey Bay, the effects that it has had, with her students, and suggestions for success.  You may wish to base your term project requirements on hers, or branch out with your own.

Student Assignments - An exercise on "Expanding on the Pillars - An 8th Pillar?" and another on "Representing the Pillars in Other Ways" with actual student results.

Be the Change" Worksheet - A helpful worksheet, to start using the Seven Pillars right away.

Inspiring Examples - Social Entrepreneurs - Example social entrepreneurs in relation to the Seven Pillars.

Crossword Puzzle - Simple – A crossword puzzle to help solidify learning.

Crossword Puzzle - Complex – Another crossword puzzle to help solidify learning.

Word Scramble – A fun way to help you retain your knowledge.

Quiz (Very Simple & Basic) – Ensure you have the basics (hosted on Quizlet).


We're excited to spread the word. All our team know the methodology and are explaining it in their own circles of influence. In addition, Our CEO has brought it in person to audiences worldwide, including:

2020 and prior - California State University at Monterey Bay, at least once a year and often multiple times in a quarter, by request of CSUMB Professor Lisa Watson. 2015 - Jordan - World Affairs Council in Amman, and University of Jordan, by invitation of Professor Dr. Rula Quawas. 2014 - University of San Francisco, by request of USF Professor Kathleen Kane. 2013 - India - YWAM School of Urban Mission, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, by request of  YWAM Trichy Director Rev. A. Marimuthu. 2012 - Australia - Australian National University, by invitation of ANU Professor Dr. Christopher Vas. 2010 - Saint Mary's College of California, by request of SMC Professor Dr. Barbara McGraw. Also - Mills College, guest lecturer annually by request of Professor Nancy Williams and Dean Nancy Thornborrow. Also - Carter Center, Port St. Lucy FL, at Winter Weekend event, by invitation of The Carter Center.