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Tom Ahern is recognized as one of North America’s top authorities on nonprofit communications. He began presenting his top-rated Love Thy Reader workshops at fundraising conferences in 1999. Since then he has introduced thousands of fundraisers in the U.S., Canada and Europe to the principles of reader psychology, writing, and graphic design that make donor communications highly engaging and successful. He founded his consulting practice in 1990 (www.aherncomm.com). His firm specializes in capital campaign case statements, nonprofit communications audits, direct mail, and donor newsletters. His efforts have won three prestigious IABC Gold Quill awards, given each year to the best communications work worldwide. Ahern is also an award-winning magazine journalist, for articles on health and social justice issues. He has his MA and BA in English from Brown University, and a Certificate in Advertising Art from the RI School of Design. His offices are in Rhode Island and France.
Robert Baird, as an organizer, volunteer, and board member, has been intimately involved with fundraising charity auctions for the past three decades.
Raising Money Through Bequests (with David Valinsky)
Melanie shares the same circuitous route to her chosen field shared by many of her colleagues. Following eight years as a college instructor of composition, public speaking, and literature, she took her first development position at a community corrections agency. After many years in the profession, she still wakes up with a smile, secure in the knowledge that she’ll face a variety of challenges and opportunities working alongside dedicated development professionals, tireless volunteers, and incredible donors. Melanie holds degrees from Ohio University and the The Ohio State University. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with Farley, the best dog in the world.
Jeff Brooks, creative director at TrueSense Marketing, has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 20 years, working as a copywriter and creative director on behalf of some of the best nonprofits of North America and Europe. His clients have included St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, CARE, The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, World Vision, Feeding America, the American Cancer Society, and many more. He is deeply grateful to be part of an industry that makes the world a better place. A leading advocate of donor-focused fundraising, Brooks champions that cause on his popular Future Fundraising Now blog (www.futurefundraisingnow.com) and the Fundraising Is Beautiful podcast (www.fundraisingisbeautiful.com), as a frequent contributor to FundRaising Success magazine, and as a frequent speaker at fundraising industry events.
The Wall Street Journal described him as “an assassin of all things right-wing.” The American Association of Political Consultants placed him in their Hall of Fame, and the Direct Marketing Association gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Craver is, in fact, a disruptor and challenger of the status quo. A pioneer in direct response fundraising in the 60’s, telemarketing in the ’70s, online information services in the ’80s, multi-channel fundraising and communication in the ’90s, and donor-designed strategies today, he brings an experienced and critical eye to the greatest problem faced by today’s nonprofits: donor retention. Roger helped launch some of the household names in the nonprofit advocacy sector: Common Cause, Greenpeace, the National Organization for Women, World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and Amnesty International. He helped revitalize and grow older organizations—the ACLU, the NAACP, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, League of Women Voters, Heifer Project International, and Planned Parenthood.
Gayle Gifford brings over 30 years of experience to her work with nonprofits – from her personal activism for peace, disarmament, environmental, human and civil rights, to her professional work as a consultant and former director of development and senior nonprofit manager. She is one of fewer than 100 individuals in the U.S. with the advanced fundraising credential, ACFRE, issued by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Gifford learned her craft as Director of Development and Communications at PLAN USA, as Deputy Director/Director of Development and Marketing at Save The Bay, and as Director of Development at CityYear RI. Gayle holds an M.S. in organization and management from Antioch University New England and is an in-demand trainer and provocative writer on nonprofit management and fundraising. She teaches graduate-level courses as an adjunct at Brown University and Simmons College. Visit her Web site or blog, The Butterfly Effect, at www.ceffect.com. Or connect on Twitter @gaylegifford.
Grace, Kay Sprinkel
Kay is a prolific writer, creative thinker, inspiring speaker, and reflective practitioner. Her passion for philanthropy and its capacity to transform donors, organizations, and communities is well-known in the U.S. and internationally. Kay lives in San Francisco and is an enthusiastic photographer, traveler, hiker, and creative writer. When not writing, speaking, or consulting, you can find her with her children and grandchildren who live in San Francisco, upstate New York, and France.
David has spent much of his professional life in the nonprofit sector, serving in development and administrative positions for educational, cultural, and health organizations throughout America.
Andrea Kihlstedt is fascinated by what makes people tick. She has spent the last 27 years as a capital campaign consultant, working with organizations large and small, giving her ample opportunities to observe remarkable people who through their courage, commitment, and energies make our world a better place through fundraising. Andrea has recently launched www.AskingMatters.com, a website designed to provide tools that inform, support and motivate people to go out and ask for gifts. She lives in New York City with her husband, Tyko.
Tom King has worked with nonprofit organizations for more than a quarter century as a teacher, recreation therapist, program director, executive director, PR director, development officer, workshop facilitator, media consultant, advocate, and organizer. King has facilitated five startup nonprofits, reorganized two and was appointed to the Texas Department of TransportationÕs Public Transportation Advisory Committee for his transit advocacy work. A veteran charity golf tournament organizer, King has planned and directed a string of successful charity tournaments and special events. He is currently developing virtual-village.org, a networking tool for volunteers, advocates, community leaders, staff and organizers of faith and community-based agencies.
Harvey McKinnon is co-author of the international bestseller, The Power of Giving (Tarcher/Penguin), selected as an Amazon Best Book for 2005. His other works include, Hidden Gold, and the audio CD How Today’s Rich Give (Jossey-Bass), as well as the Tiny Essentials of Monthly Committed Giving (White Lion Press). McKinnon, who is one of North America’s leading fundraising experts, runs the Vancouver/Toronto based fundraising consultancy, Harvey McKinnon Associates (HMA) www.harveymckinnon.com.
Jerold Panas is among a small handful of the grandmasters of American fundraisers. He is considered one of the top writers in the field and a number of his books have achieved classic status. Hailed by Newsweek as "the Robert Schuller of fundraising," Jerry is a favorite speaker at conferences and workshops throughout the nation. He is executive director of one of the premier firms in America and is co-founder of the Institute for Charitable Giving. The very term "philanthropy" would mean less without Jerry's influence. He lives with his wife, Felicity, in northwest Connecticut.
The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances (with Nancy Wasserman)
How to Raise $500 to $500 From Almost Anyone
Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money (with Andrea Kihlstedt)
What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid
Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.com) provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, leadership development, and facilitation. Over the past 16 years Andy has worked with organizations in 47 U.S. states and Canada. He specializes in the needs of groups working for human rights, social justice, environmental conservation, arts, and community development.
Madeline Stanionis is the CEO of Watershed (www.watershedcompany.com), an online fundraising and advocacy agency. She is also past President and Creative Director of Donordigital, a full-service online fundraising, advocacy, and marketing company. Madeline has been raising money, organizing, and communicating for organizations and causes for 20 years, not counting her second-grade campaign for George McGovern. She is a frequent speaker and writer in fundraising, advocacy, and technology conferences and publications across the country, and co-convenes Web of Change, an international annual gathering that connects global leaders in online communications, technology, and activism who are actively building a better world.
Larry Stelter is president and CEO of The Stelter Company, a national planned giving communications firm that focuses on print and Web products. Founded in 1962, The Stelter Company and its staff of more than 80 individuals serve more than 2,500 print clients and 1,100 Web clients nationally. Larry is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He is married and the proud father of three sons (two 3rd-generation Stelters now working out of the Washington, D.C., and Denver offices). He serves on several boards, is an avid golfer and fisherman, and now is the proud grandpa of his first two grandsons – Ben and Sam.
Martin Teitel has worked in the world of nonprofits for 45 years, 30 of them for grant making foundations, including a 12-year stint at CEO of the Cedar Tree Foundation in Boston. Teitel has a PhD in philosophy from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. He is a Field Education Supervisor for the Harvard Divinity School.
Raising Money Through Bequests (with Melanie Boyd)
David has enjoyed a varied career in the nonprofit world, spanning more than 25 years in executive positions with Jewish Community Centers, hospitals and health systems. One of his most meaningful experiences was serving as an adjunct consultant for US AID in Croatia on behalf of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation. Development, marketing, relationship building and creativity have always been primary elements of these experiences. Since forming David Valinsky Associates (DVA) in 1998 (www.davidvalinsky.com), he and his team have continued to work with hospitals, social service agencies, religious groups, legal foundations and arts organizations on capital and endowments campaigns, planned giving, and strategic development planning. David has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy© (CAP©) professional designation from the American College.
Mal Warwick is the founder and chairman of Mal Warwick | Donordigital (www.malwarwick.com, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC), a fundraising agency specializing in integrated, multi-channel fundraising and marketing that has served nonprofit organizations nationwide since 1979. The agency has served many of America’s biggest and most-loved causes and institutions. Currently, Mal is an entrepreneur and impact investor who reviews books on his blog, www.malwarwickonbooks.com. He is one of three partners in the One World Play Project, which has distributed more than 1.5 million virtually indestructible soccer balls that never go flat to disadvantaged children in 175 countries.
The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances (with Andy Robinson)
Nancy Wasserman is the principal of Sleeping Lion Associates (www.sleepinglion.net), a consulting firm that works with mission-driven ventures to identify, analyze, and address strategic questions and develop plans for implementing new programs or ventures. She has helped businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, and government agencies better understand their financials, prepare feasibility analyses, and develop business and program plans. Nancy has extensive experience with groups working in social finance, sustainable development, energy efficiency, agriculture, and affordable housing.
Dr. Thomas Wolf’s career encompasses the fields of philanthropy, nonprofit management, education, and the arts. After serving as the founding Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts for seven years, he established a consulting firm in 1983 (now called WolfBrown) to assist nonprofit organizations and the philanthropic sector. Helping his clients increase fundraising results and improve management practices, he also assisted 10 of the 50 largest U.S. foundations and various government agencies with their grants programs. At the same time, his workshops and convocations for trustees, administrators, and volunteers have earned him national recognition.