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The FourBlock Podcast

May 22, 2020

How do you learn to become a successful fundraiser on behalf of a nonprofit organization or cause? Is philanthropy going up or down in response to COVID-19? Is it harder to raise money during this time? President of Averill Fundraising Solutions Robert C. Happy, Jr. joins host Mike Abrams to discuss strategies and tactics for successful fundraising amid COVID-19 and what skills and attributes make for an effective fundraiser and salesperson. 

Bob Happy has 35 years of experience providing expert leadership and direction to clients across the not-for-profit sector. During his career, Bob has served more than 2,000 clients and has guided them to raise more than $3,250,000,000. 

Before forming Averill Solutions, Bob served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the nation’s largest fundraising firm. He a recognized industry leader, sought after speaker, and trainer and instructor. He has mentored hundreds of professional fundraising practitioners and many have joined him at Averill Fundraising Solutions. Bob graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.


Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 

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