education sessions

More than 100 total educational sessions* are waiting for you at AFP ICON Virtual 2021. Whether you want to master leadership, relationship building, securing the gift, trends and innovation, or all of the above, AFP has the latest and greatest information to unlock your fundraising potential.

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Leadership And Management

June 28

11:15am - 12:30pm

Virtual P2P is here to stay – best practices and creative examples

(Session Run Time 63-minutes) “This is a sponsored education session. By participating in this session, you allow AFP to provide your contact information to the sponsoring organization.” After a year of reassessing, pivoting, and reimagining peer-to-peer fundraising, two industry experts share why virtual P2P fundraising has earned a permanent spot in your fundraising portfolio. They’ll share best practices and the most creative virtual P2P examples to help you improve an existing campaign or create a new one. As virtual P2P becomes a mainstay, position your organization as a trailblazer by attending this session.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Jennifer Cobb
Jen Cobb is a 15-year veteran of the nonprofit industry, serving in P2P fundraising leadership roles at organizations such as Arthritis Foundation and AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer. Jen joined Blackbaud in 2017 is currently a Solutions Engineer supporting Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising® powered by JustGiving®. Jen holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from Georgia State University. Find her on LinkedIn.

Shana Masterson
Shana has been a fundraiser since 2001. Her unique skill set as both a peer-to-peer fundraiser and a technologist allows her to focus on maximizing peer to peer campaign revenue in relatable and innovative ways. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Shana led the American Diabetes Association’s online P2P fundraising and communication strategy. She also smashed P2P fundraising goals during her time with the National Brain Tumor Society, the American Cancer Society, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 28

11:15am - 12:30pm

A Conversation on being an Equitable, Inclusive, Diverse Leader

(Session Run Time 76-minutes)  (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Leadership or Management) To take on the biggest problems, all need to lead in an inclusive, diverse and equitable manner. This session will focus on the leadership skills you need for personal and professional success. These diverse leaders on the panel live their lives with IDEA everyday. Learn how you can as well!

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Ana Luisa Ramirez

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Ana Luisa has served the non-profit sector for 21 years, she´s CEO of Gestión FIlantrópica, a mexican consulting firm, and has held various positions including the Director of fundraising at Ministry of Culture of the state, and the children´s museum. She´s an active member of AFP, served on the International Board, Co-founder of the AFP México Foundation, Past-President of her local chapter, and a master trainer,. Ana Luisa loves teaching at the Jesuit University ITESO

Meghan Cummings

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Meghan Cummings is the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Her experience spans non-profit organizations, a corporate charity and a community foundation. She is passionate about addressing equity issues at a systems level. She serves on the board of Philanthropy Ohio and Queen City Certified.

Michael Baker

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Michael J. Baker, CFRE, is founder and partner of m3 Development, a full-service consulting firm. Michael has over 25-years of experience, is an AFP Master Trainer, serves on the Board of the Marlboro Educational Foundation, Ambassador for CFRE International, and the AFP U.S. Government Relations and Finance Committees. Michael served on the AFP Global Board, is Past-President of the AFP–NJ Chapter, has a BA from the University at Albany, SUNY, and’s an Eagle Scout.

Jason Huff

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Jason serves as VP of Development at Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis and teaches graduate-level courses on fundraising and marketing at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University. He is past president of AFP St. Louis, and has served on various committees for AFP International. He earned his distinction as an AFP Master Trainer in 2014 and was named to the inaugural class of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40.

Don Baker

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For 20 years, Don has invested his time to serve people in and around Delaware. Before becoming CEO of FAME, Inc., Don built a reputation for tackling the root causes of social issues including hunger, poverty, social/racial justice, and education. Don received his formal training at Morehouse College as a Political Science Pre-law major. Don was one of the Delaware Valley’s first Standards for Excellence ® Licensed Consultants and AFP Certified Master Trainers.

June 28

1:20pm - 2:35pm

How to Create an IDEA Fellowship Program at Your Chapter and center BIPOC fundraisers in your community

(Session Run Time 75-minutes) Ever wondered why your chapter is so white? Not a member because you don’t see other BIPOC? Are you a leader hearing membership isn’t welcoming? Learn about Minnesota’s Fellowship exclusively for fundraisers of color and unpack the structures in your own chapter that can be shifted to center anti-racist values.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Cecelia Caspram
Cecelia Caspram, Founder/Principal of Mission Growth Partners, is a social worker who has helped nonprofits fundraise for a decade-plus – which amounts to millions of dollars collaboratively raised. She is a generalist with broad experience and expertise, having worked with both small and large organizations, always with an entrepreneurial mindset that seeks to maximize resources. Her MSW is from UW-Milwaukee and her BA in English is from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.

Mina Kobayashi

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Mina Kobayashi is the Development Manager at Genesys Works Twin Cities. She has worked in education and arts spaces locally as a fundraiser, and a board member. Mina was born and raised in New York City, attended college in Maine, and has called St. Paul home for five years.

Georgina Chinchilla Gonzalez
Georgina Chinchilla Gonzalez is the Grants and Institutional Support Manager at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. With an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and graduate degree in Musicology, her role at the SPCO combines her love of and experience with music and her interest in serving her community. Prior to joining the SPCO, she worked primarily as a youth work professional.

Sarah Staiger

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Sarah is the Director of Advancement for Beacon, an organization working to advance equitable housing in MN. She especially values the organizing and advocacy work happening within the Beacon collaborative and in the MSP community. Sarah holds a Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) and crafts relational fundraising strategy that engages people in social change. Sarah is the Chair of AFP-MN’s education committee.

June 28

1:20pm - 2:35pm

Your Fundraising Personality: The Secret of Fundraising Career Fit You’ve Been Missing

(Session Run Time 74-minutes) Why not go deeper into our shadows & gifts to come up with a career path that fits our uniqueness? Goes beyond the usual myers briggs personality typing into deeper ways of knowing yourself. We will help fundraisers understand their own shadows, motivations, goals, and strengths.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Mazarine Treyz

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Mazarine Treyz is the founder of WildWomanFundraising.com, with 50,000 monthly readers. Ms. Treyz co-founded a nonprofit and worked in fundraising roles for 10 years. She’s trained over 12,000 people from 2011-2017 and helped nonprofits raise millions more. She wrote The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, and the 5-star rated Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide. She specializes in fundraising careers, leadership, fundraising plans, direct mail, e-newsletters, and copy for online fundraising.

June 28

1:20pm - 2:35pm

Plan, Commit, Succeed: Reimagine Your Fundraising Roadmap through an Effective Development Plan

(Session Run Time 76-minutes) Whether you're at a small development shop or at a large nonprofit, you've got to have a roadmap to guide fundraising activities. Learn how to create a development plan using a proven template; determine effective tactics for different revenue streams; and identify opportunities for increasing support via internal/external engagement.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Jennifer Broome

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Jennifer N. Broome, CFRE, currently serves as VP, Philanthropy at American Forests, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring forests. Jennifer leads the development department, and raises funds from individuals, corporate and foundation partners. Jennifer is a past board member of AFP DC and served as Chapter President in 2017. She received her MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Nadine Gabai-Botero

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For over 25 years, Nadine has shared her major gift and development expertise with clients and organizations advocating for change and building community. Currently, she is president of DC-based Focus Fundraising. Previously, Nadine led two capital campaigns for CulturalDC and managed fundraising at the Corcoran and Smithsonian. She was president of AFP's DC chapter in 2018. Originally from Lima, Peru, she earned degrees from GWU and the University of Florida, and speaks fluent Spanish.

June 28

1:20pm - 2:35pm

Perspectives from the Experienced Black Male Fundraiser

(Session Run Time 75-minutes) Consisting of past and present AFP Global Black male board members with over 100 years of fundraising experience, this panel talks frankly and in depth about their experiences and thoughts on the sector, diversity, and the journey of the Black male development professional.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Ken Miller
Ken Miller, CFRE is the president of Denali Fundraising Consultants, a nonprofit fundraising consultancy. Ken earned his Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2016 and received his AFP Master Trainer certificate in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy by the AFP Alaska Chapter. Ken is presently a member of the of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global board of directors and is also past president of AFP Alaska Chapter.

Alphonce Brown Jr.
Alphonce J. Brown, Jr. has worked with large established nonprofits, as well as small grassroots organizations for almost thirty-four years. He has consulted with governmental agencies and international NGOs. He currently serves as the director of development and alumni relations at the Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL. Brown is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), and an AFP Master Trainer. He is a past chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Richard Martin

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Experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy industry. Skilled in Philanthropy, Moves Management, Stewardship, Annual Giving, and Grant Writing. Strong education professional graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Shereitte Stokes

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With over 25 years of experience as an advancement professional, Mr. Stokes has been instrumental in leading higher education institutions in translating their advancement efforts into successful revenue-generating campaigns. He has a comprehensive advancement background that includes leading capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving programs, and special events. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Education and has earned the fundraising industry’s highest professional designation: Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

Don Baker

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For 20 years Don, has invested his time and energy to serve people whether as a volunteer or a diligent leader. Before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering, Inc., FAME Inc., Don built a reputation for tackling the root causes of social issues including hunger, poverty, social/racial justice, and education. Don has served as an AFP Certified Master Trainers and an AFP International Board Member.

June 28

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Introverts, Extroverts, and Collaboration

(Session Run Time 58-minutes) Whether extrovert or introvert, when we understand each other, we can work together better. For introverts, it can be exhausting in the workplace when we feel extroverted colleagues don’t understand us, but understanding works both ways. Let’s dispel the myths and learn how we can collaborate to support our mission.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Ann-Marie Meacham

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Ann-Marie, with more than 20 years of executive experience in the non-profit sector, has raised more than $20M for causes near and dear to her heart. She currently serves as Executive Director at Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation for the Future in Atherton, California. Ann-Marie also has a long history of volunteer management and is a past President of the Junior League of San Jose and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Matthew Siegel

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Matthew Siegel has 20 years of experience in fundraising and has been the director of development for the College of Humanities and the Arts at San José State University since 2015. He is the president of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AFP. As a father to twin toddlers, he rarely gets time alone, but wouldn't have it any other way.

Vinney Arora

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Vinney Arora is the principal consultant at The Arora Collective, where he and his team help organizations realize their growth opportunities by increasing efficiency, visibility, and supporter engagement. He attends and hosts countless events and has built a tolerance for large groups although all he really wants is to be home alone in the dark.

June 28

3:45pm - 5:00pm

The New World Economy - Collaborating and Merging Nonprofits to Secure More Donor Dollars

(Session Run Time 75-minutes) (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Management) The session helps nonprofit leaders whose organizations are struggling to continue serving their communities because of the down turn in the economy. It can them to create and implement strategies for greater service delivery and increase support from a broader range of donors.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Delphia Ridley

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Delphia York Ridley is a senior nonprofit executive with 30 years of expertise in using leadership skills and cutting edge fundraising and management strategies to successfully support organizations’ goals. A director of advancement and associate director of external affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, she led efforts to raise $250 million to build the African American museum. While at national Girl Scouts in NYC she helped merge 300 offices into 109 and maintained donors.

June 28

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Confronting Systemic Racism: A Wholistic View with a Fundraising Lens (AFP ICON IDEA Workshop, sponsored by The Alford Group)

(Session Run Time 75-minutes) How do we become aware of racism within our sector, our organizations, teams, and ourselves? Once discovered, what steps can fundraisers take to eliminate racism and realize new realities for their organizations? The AFP IDEA Committee has curated timely content for fundraisers who are working to end racism in the nonprofit sector on a deeper and tactical level, with specific focus for those on the front line of fundraising. Join our AFPICONTalk speakers as they discuss the social science of organizations, becoming an anti-racist organization, becoming a fundraising ally to BIPOC communities, and maintaining our personal well-being and resilience as we do this work. With action steps and plenty of time for Q&A, this workshop will be part of our personal and organizational journeys to greater equity.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Karen A. Johnson
Dr. Karen A. Johnson, (she/her pronouns), goes by Dr. J, is the inaugural Director for the newly created Washington State Office of Equity, established by the legislature and signed into law in April 2020. The office will work with agencies to increase access to equitable opportunities in order to bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities. The office will also work with communities to develop the state’s five-year equity plan.

John Huebler
John is Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In his 20+ years of professional fundraising and AFP membership, he has become increasingly aware of, and committed to changing, the impact of systemic racism on non-profit organizations and the careers of the professional fundraisers who develop organizational resources.

Tesse Akpeki
Tesse is one of England’s leading nonprofit governance consultants and an enthusiastic podcaster. She is lead consultant for Bates Well London LLP (a law firm in the City of London, England), Senior Consultant to the National Council for Voluntary Organization (NCVO), Associate for Director of Social Change, A Fellow and Mentor for members of the Chartered Governance Institute and Advisor to Pyro Talks CIC. In 2020, she established the Wellbeing and Resilience Leadership Initiative.

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers serves as Hyde Park Art Center’s Director of Development, joining the organization in 2014. Previous to the Art Center, Aaron worked in Special Events at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. Aaron co-chairs the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago chapter. He co-founded and co-leads the chapter’s White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity group.

June 29

10:25am - 11:40am

Wait Don’t Go: Retaining Young Professionals and Building Your Organization’s Future

(Session Run Time 69-minutes) The loss of a Millennial employee could cost up to $25,000. A panel of Millennials will give managers practical ways to attract, encourage, and retain loyal Millennial fundraisers. For young professionals, we will give you practical advice on considerations you should make before deciding to jumpstart your job search.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Sarah Willey

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Sarah Willey is the Associate Director of Annual Giving at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and serves on the Board of Directors of the AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter and chairs the AFP Global Chapter Support Committee. Sarah has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing a DBA at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier

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Dr. Quintanilla Plattsmier has eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, has worked with 50+ organizations, and raised approximately $4 million. She currently runs her own nonprofit consulting firm, AQP Consulting. She was the youngest recipient of AFP's Outstanding Young Professional in 2018 and recently completed AFP's Women's Impact Initiative Leadership Development Program. She currently chairs the AFP LEAD Host Committee and serves on AFP’s Emerging Leaders Initiative Task Force and Women’s Impact Committee.

Chessie Biggam

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Chessie Biggam, CFRE, Development Director for Meritan, has been an active member of the fundraising community and creates and implements thoughtful, strategic plans to enhance donor engagement. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis. She received the award for AFP International Outstanding Young Professionals and Memphis’ Top 20 Under 30. She serves as the Membership Chair for AFP Memphis and on the Emerging Leaders Initiative and the Membership Division for AFP Global.

Cherrelle Duncan

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As the founder of Duncan Impact Solutions, Cherrelle Duncan is responsible for providing clients with resources to implement effective strategies to build their organizations, mobilize fundraising efforts, and increase visibility within their communities. She received her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from Texas A&M University and B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Duncan was chosen as a 2016 AFP Diverse Communities International Conference Scholar and a 2017 Outstanding Young Professional.

Nicholas Kulik

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Nick Kulik, CFRE is a dynamic leader focused on the growth of young professional fundraisers and has presented at a variety of fundraising conferences. He is the former chair of AFP Global’s Next Generation Committee and member of the Emerging Leaders Initiative task force. He is the Chief Donor Engagement Officer for the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, recipient of the AFP International Outstanding Young Professional Award, and serves on the AFP Global Board of Directors

June 29

10:25am - 11:40am

Fundraising for Nonprofit Board Members - Getting them on-board to reach fundraising goals

(Session Run Time 70-minutes) Almost every organization expects its board members to fundraise, but almost as many say they have trouble getting their board members to do it. This session show you how to motivate your board members to fundraise and give you and them practical tools to do it more effectively and fruitfully.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Wayne Olson

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Wayne heads gift planning for Intermountain Foundation which supports 22 hospitals and dozens of clinics. He is the author of five books, including the brand new book, Fundraising for Nonprofit Board Members. He is a frequent writer and speaker to nonprofit audiences including numerous AFP ICONs, National Philanthropy Days and local and regional fundraising training events. He has worked with boards for more than two decades. He also writes for several publications including Advancing Philanthropy.

June 29

10:25am - 11:40am

Designing, Running and Participating in Inclusive, Interactive Meetings--Virtual and In-Person

(Session Run Time 76-minutes) We spend hundreds of hours in meetings yearly. Yet most meetings hardly live up to their potential of deepening staff and board engagement and helping our organizations to do more thoughtful work. How can we do better? This presentation will give you concrete ideas to take back to your organization.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Renee Rubin Ross

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Dr. Renee Rubin Ross is the founder of The Ross Collective, a consulting firm that designs and leads inclusive, participatory processes for social sector boards and staff. Committed to nonprofit racial equity, Dr. Ross supports organizations in practices that celebrate and amplify diverse voices and perspectives. Dr. Ross directs the CSUEB Nonprofit Management Certificate program and teaches for the program. She is a Board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

June 29

11:45am - 1:00pm

Leadership during Tumultuous Times: The Value of the After-Action Review

(Session Run Time 60-minutes) (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Leadership or Management)   Using techniques learned from years in the army and the philanthropic sector, Russ Hodge of The Hodge Group and Colonel David Fivecoat of The Fivecoat Consulting Group will offer suggestions for risk management in the name of increasing operational efficiency and mitigating the impact of a crisis like COVID-19.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

David Fivecoat

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For the past three years David has helped enhance the leadership of hundreds of individuals and improve the alignment of dozens of companies as the managing partner for TFCG. Previously, David served twenty-four years as an infantry officer, leading men and women during contingency operations in Kosovo and Bosnia, three tours in Iraq, and a tour commanding a battalion in Afghanistan. In his free time, he skis, competes in triathlons, and is an avid bicyclist.

Russ Hodge

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Russ Hodge has over thirty-five years of fundraising experience and has raised more than $500 million for organizations across the country. He’s often sought out as a key speaker at fundraising conferences, and is a member of the the Giving Institute. In 2019, Russ presented at Candid and the CASE Center for Community College Advancement. He is the past recipient of AFP’s Fundraiser of the Year for Central Ohio and is an AFP Master Trainer.

June 29

11:45am - 1:00pm

Diversifying Fundraising Efforts to Build Resilience in the Months Ahead

(Session Run Time 70-minutes) “This is a sponsored education session. By participating in this session, you allow AFP to provide your contact information to the sponsoring organization.” Nonprofits looking to go “back to normal” after the pandemic may leave themselves vulnerable. To minimize the impact of future disruption, Ariana Younai, Head of LinkedIn for Nonprofits, and Grace Rochford Everitt, LinkedIn for Nonprofits’ East Coast Manager, will discuss opportunities for organizations to build resilience by diversifying fundraising revenue.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Ariana Younai

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Ariana Younai is the Head of LinkedIn for Nonprofits, the organization responsible for providing discounted talent, campaigning, fundraising, and learning solutions from LinkedIn to the nonprofit sector—an effort she helped build from the ground up. Ariana directs the strategy behind LinkedIn for Nonprofit’s vision to drive nonprofit capacity in order to accelerate global social impact. She hails from NYC and holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, where she majored in Political Economy.

June 29

3:50pm - 5:05pm

Managing Up – How to get your boss, or anyone!, excited about fundraising

(Session Run Time 60-minutes) Poor relationships between the CEO and the development office are cited as a top reason for development office turnover. How can you create a stronger, trust-based relationship with your CEO? This session will offer easy tools to create a collaborative partnership between the corner office and the development office.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Virginia Thumm

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Virginia Thumm has held leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years. A veteran of scores of highly-successful fundraising campaigns, she has personally solicited hundreds of millions of dollars through the conception and development of new donor engagement opportunities. Virginia is a sought-after coach and presenter and helped to develop the curriculum for the Major Gift Officer Certificate program for public media development professionals.

June 29

3:50pm - 5:05pm

Revenue scenario planning to navigate unpredictable times

(Session Run Time 73-minutes) Your old way of budgeting may need to go out the window. Predicting future revenue is now even harder in a post-covid world. Instead, use a scenario planning approach to make better budgets. This session will explore case studies and best practices for developing revenue scenarios in a new world.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Laura MacDonald

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Laura MacDonald, President of Benefactor Group, is a certified fundraising executive with more than 30 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and philanthropy. She has served as the vice president and creative director of a national fundraising firm, chief development officer in arts and higher education, and as a key volunteer for community organizations. Prior to establishing Benefactor Group, Laura was chief development officer at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

June 29

3:50pm - 5:05pm

How to lead your organization to get the internal support you need for fundraising success

(Session Run Time 76-minutes) "How to lead your organization when you're not the boss" is for fundraisers who are not getting the internal support they need for fundraising success. All staff are responsible to make an organization donor-attractive. I'll show you step by step how to lead your colleagues to do what you need.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Ken Phillips

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Ken Phillips has worked in the nonprofit sector for 55 years as fundraiser, manager, executive director, board member, chairman, trainer, consultant, facilitator, mentor, and author. His fundraising increased revenues substantially for many organizations. His consulting and training helped hundreds of nonprofits and thousands of fundraisers and executives. His book "Make a Better World" describes leadership when you are not 'the boss' and key fundraising fundamentals. Books on planning, culture, and strategy are expected this year!

Gayle Gifford

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For 30+ years, I have been helping fundraisers convince their CEOs and boards to invest in the conditions for fundraising success. I bring a holistic mindset to my work with clients, grounded in research-based and practical expertise in program, governance, strategy, business and fund development. I’m co-author of The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits, have a decade of university teaching experience, and served in the trenches as a development director, volunteer and board member.

June 30

10:25am - 11:40am

Strengthening your Mental Fitness to Manage Stress and Thrive in Uncertain Times

(Session Run Time 68-minutes) Join your peers in an exploration of mental fitness and how it can transform your personal and professional life. In this session, participants will be introduced to tools and resources to improve their mental fitness and develop their own mental “workout” plan to alleviate burn-out, distraction, and loss of productivity.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Melissa Dulin

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Traci Weller

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Traci Weller has 28 years of nonprofit experience spanning annual and major gift fundraising; corporate and foundation relations, event planning, planned giving and non-profit management. She is a member of AFP, is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 2015, she earned the designation as a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving, and in 2019, was recognized as Montana’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the AFP Montana Chapter and the MT Nonprofit Association.

June 30

10:25am - 11:40am

How to Ensure a Smooth Executive Transition for Your Nonprofit

(Session Run Time 70-minutes) Did you know that only 27% of nonprofits have a succession plan in place? Whether a transition occurs due to an unexpected vacancy or an anticipated transition of a long-tenured leader, this session will help your nonprofit weather the inevitable challenges of leadership transition.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Michelle Turman

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Michelle Turman, M.A., CFRE is the CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services whose mission is to facilitate positive change in the areas of executive searches, governance and fundraising coaching, organizational management, and strategic planning. Turman has over 27 years of nonprofit experience and has raised over $72 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts.

June 30

10:25am - 11:40am

What we learned from 2020: Philanthropy Trends & AI

“This is a sponsored education session. By participating in this session, you allow AFP to provide your contact information to the sponsoring organization.”   This session will talk about the challenges of 2020 and the philanthropy trends reported in Giving USA. We will discuss the emerging technology, including AI that is most effective for analyzing this new data, so that fundraisers are focused on the right donors. Attendees will walk away with new insights on philanthropy from 2020, an understanding of how AI works for fundraising strategies, and how to effectively implement it.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Sarah TeDesco

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Cecelia Poplin

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Cecelia is the Vice President of Client Success at DonorSearch and has served nonprofits through the efficient use of data and technology for over 20 years. During her time in this industry, spanning Blackbaud, WealthEngine, and now DonorSearch, she has seen technology rapidly advance, and accessibility of tech spread to more organizations. From wealth screenings, prospect research, and management to analytics, AI, and CRMs, Cecelia has collaborated with organizations to improve processes and achieve goals.

June 30

11:45am - 1:00pm

Developing your Development Career: How to F.U.N.D. your Goals and Plan with Purpose

(Session Run Time 62-minutes) Learn how to "F.U.N.D." your career path by examining your Financial goals, Unique strengths, Network building and Development planning through “bootstrapping” your professional development and planning your own growth. You will leave with a Professional Development Plan for a career in philanthropy that is actionable and ready to execute.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Katie Lord

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Katie Lord, VP of Nonprofit Development at Proof has an extensive background in fundraising and marketing. She has spent her career in the social sector, first in development with three national nonprofit organizations and then transferred her skills to nonprofit consulting. Katie’s strength is working with nonprofit organizations to increase their fundraising , development and marketing success through strategic, donor-based communications. Katie is a BoardSource Certified Consultant and a graduate of the University of Kansas.

June 30

11:45am - 1:00pm

Change Ahoy! How to steer your organization through turbulent waters

(Session Run Time 72-minutes) Rachel Hunnybun and Maeve Strathy from Blakely will cover change from the fundraiser’s point of view – how to influence and move along decision-making in your non-profit organization, how to build trust, how to maximize productivity to enable the hard work behind change, and how to avoid burning while navigating it.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Rachel Hunnybun

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Rachel is a fundraising professional with over a decade of experience working for UK charities in Individual Giving & Supporter Experience. More recently, she has worked as a consultant with European, US and Canadian charities. She speaks internationally and served as a commissioner for the UK’s Commission on Donor Experience.

Maeve Strathy

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Maeve Strathy is a passionate and driven Fundraising Strategist at Blakely Inc. Every day, Strathy works with her clients on meeting and exceeding their fundraising goals, through a focus on insights-driven strategy, high-value donor relationships, integrated multi-channel fundraising, and the best possible donor experience.

June 30

2:20pm - 3:35pm

Uncovering Your Authentic Leadership

(Session Run Time 77-minutes) (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Leadership) Transformation is underway in the nonprofit sector. Millions of baby baby boomers are exiting and you are up! Come uncover who you are as an authentic leader through this interactive session that will help you define your leadership style and goals.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Bret Heinrich

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Bret Heinrich is President/CEO of Wings of Hope, a humanitarian organization nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Bret is a Past-President of AFP St. Louis and a member of the AFP Global Board of Directors. He teaches at Washington University, Webster University and Southern University and serves on several boards. He is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and an ordained minister. Bret and his family reside in Missouri.

June 30

2:20pm - 3:35pm

Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Guide to Building the Optimal Development Team

(Session Run Time 83-minutes) People are one of an organization’s greatest strengths and also a source of meaningful challenge. Many non-profit leaders struggle in building cohesive, capable and coordinated teams. In this session, we will review key human resources concepts, including lawful hiring, remote positions post-pandemic, and maintaining a vibrant and diverse workplace culture.

Education Track
Leadership and Management
Speakers

Amy Wolfe

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Amy Wolfe, MPPA, CFRE, is a partner in Mujeres Poderosas, a collaboration of hard-working, determined and passionate women sharing their collective wisdom for the betterment of non-profit organizations. She has over fifteen years of non-profit development experience. Amy serves on the boards of directors for Protected Harvest, The Salas Foundation and the Modesto Rotary Club Foundation. She, her husband, their daughter and their Great Dane enjoy country life in California.

Natalie Gupton

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Natalie Gupton, MPA, CFRE, is the Director of Business Services and Industry Relations for AgSafe, the educational leader for the food and farming industries in supporting their commitment to a healthy and safe workforce. Previously, she was a development coordinator for Norton Children’s Hospital and also the United Way of the Bluegrass. She and her husband enjoy their country life in the heart of Kentucky’s largest city with their daughter and rescue dog, Cutie Pie.