Schedule

Conference Schedule

7:30- 8:30   Registration & Networking Breakfast
     
8:30   Keynote

 

 

How Creative Thank Yous and Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude Can Boost Fundraising

  • Lynne Wester  -  Founder and Principal, Donor Relations Guru
9:50 - 10:50   Session 1

 

 

Donor Retention Isn’t Speed Dating

  • Lynne Wester  -  Founder and Principal, Donor Relations Guru

Mapping a Planned Giving Course Under the New GOP Administration

  • Jack Owen, Esq - Founding Member, Owen & Conley, LLC
  • Susan Alexander Ott, Esq - Attorney of Counsel, Owen & Conley, LLC

Your Grantseeking Program: How to Get In the Driver’s Seat

  • Laurie Anderson - Grants & Special Projects Coordinator, Allegheny County Library Association

Create a Development Plan that Hits the Target

  • Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE - President, St. Margaret Foundation

Learning To Drive: Engaging Millennials With Philanthropy

  • Sara Spiegel - Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Relations, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Other presenters to be announced
11:10- 12:10       Session 2

 

 

Fundraising During a Crisis

  • Jodi Weisfield - Vice President of Development, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Elliott Oshry - Fundraising Consultant

Major Gifts Magic: Navigating Data and Donors

  • Emma Kieran - Principal, Pilot Peak Consulting

Have You Considered a Rental Car? Working With a Consultant

  • Janet Barlett - Consultant, Advancement Advisors
  • Summer Dean - Consultant, Advancement Advisors

Be Brave! Having Conversations that Count

  • Jill Simmons - Director of Development, University Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Deborah Desjardins - Executive Director, University Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University

Driver’s Ed: Practicing Your Planned Giving Pitch

  • Lisa Sciullo, JD - Director of Planned Giving, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation
  • James Olsen, MBA, CFRE - Major Gifts Officer, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation
  • Jane Binley - Director of Development, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation
12:15   Lunch & Networking Tables
     
1:30 - 2:30   Session 3

 

 

Not Every Donor Needs to Be a Ferrari: Engaging the Everyday Donor

  • Nancy Angus - Executive Director, Mario Lemieux Foundation

Designing an Estate Plan Roadmap for Your Donor

  • Shannon Christof - Senior Associate Director, Gift Planning, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Theresa Schroeder - Senior Associate Director, Gift Planning, Carnegie Mellon University

Capital Campaigns: Navigating From Readiness to Implementation

  • Emma Kieran - Principal, Pilot Peak Consulting

Survey Q & A – Developing Surveys From Questions to Analysis

  • Maria Zeglen Townsend, Ph.D - President, Townsend Associates, LLC
  • Michele Puzzanchera - Owner and Managing Member, Puzzanchera & Associates, LLC
2:50 - 3:50   Session 4

 

 

Driving Millennials and Gen Xers to Planned Gifts

  • David Tinker, CFRE, FAFP - Vice President of Advancement, Achieva
  • Daniel Blakemore, CFRE - Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

What’s a SHIM? Building A Movement

  • Ilene Cohen - Director of Philanthropic Engagement, South Hills Interfaith Movement
  • Chris Hays - Vice President, Director of Strategy, Blender, Inc.
  • Kris Knieriem - President and Chief Creative Officer, Blender, Inc.

Get on Board (of Directors)! Putting the Fun Back in Fundraising

  • Christina Farmartino - Executive Director, The Open Door, Inc.
  • Melissa Knorr - Operations Manager, The Open Door, Inc.

The Widening Lens of Fundraising: A New Landscape with a New President

  • Bill Crouch - CEO, Crouch & Associates
  • Scott Koskoski - Crouch & Associates

Is Your CGA Program a Vital Planning Tool or an Albatross?

  • Christopher Kelly  - Vice President – Planned Giving Specialist, PNC Institutional Asset Management
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