Francesco leads the sessions Emotionraising: How to astonish, disturb, seduce and convince the brain to support good causes.
She is a published author, consultant and speaker for the The Foundation Center, the Grant Professionals Association, Centers for Nonprofits and United Way agencies and is a regular contributor to Opportunity Knocks! and CharityChannel.
Betsy is dedicated to demystifying the process of grant writing and encouraging fund raisers to win more grant money to support their organizations. She also coaches fellow grant writers in becoming grant writing consultants.Betsy hosts webinars, workshops and other educational opportunities concentrating on grant writing and consulting. Get in touch with her at betsy@YourGrantAuthority.com.
Betsy leads the sessions How to Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out From the Pack and Tell Your Story to Grant Makers.
With his multifaceted background, Hunter has helped clients achieve triple-digit gains since the dot-com days. In that time, he’s worked with nonprofits large and small, ranging from the Smithsonian Institution, University of Pennsylvania and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Artblog and Theatre Horizon. Hunter’s passion for helping marketers optimize their growth has fueled over 300 articles, blog posts, webinars and workshops. His insights have been featured in Entrepreneur, Newsweek, Success, MarketingProfs and several other outlets, and he’s a highly rated presenter at events worldwide. Connect with him on Twitter: @hunterboyle
Hunter leads the session "Website Optimization: How to Convert More Prospects to Donors Online."
As the founder of The Nonprofit Academy, Kirsten's lead many sessions including Growing Your Donor List, Engaging Board, Staff, and Volunteers through Celebration, Make Your Newsletter Better in 25 minutes, and Stop Being the Best Kept Secret in Town.
Ken leads the session How Storytelling will help You Build Long-term Relationships with Your Donors.
Vanessa co-leads the high-energy session Making Stewardship Fun for You AND Your Donor and leads the session The Story of You – How to create and share your personal story to raise money.
Tina wrote the popular post Donor Thank You Calls: Everything You Need To Know.
Roger, who today edits the daily Agitator (www.theagitator.net) , 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. He has conducted capital and annual fundraising campaigns, advocacy and membership drives in the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe.
Roger leads the session Easy Donor Retention Wins.
Kenjie leads the session Showing Love: The Mindset for Member Satisfaction.
Shannon co-leads the high-energy session Making Stewardship Fun for You AND Your Donor.
Leah’s volunteer work is extensive. She is Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, and has been heavily involved in AFP’s efforts in the area of diversity and inclusion in philanthropy. Leah was instrumental in securing over CA$700,000 in grants to support diversity initiatives in Ontario.
In 2014, Leah earned both her ACFRE accreditation, and was honoured with the AFP Ottawa Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.
Leah leads the session called Anchoring: Making sure your story sticks with donors.
Anthony recently volunteered as an academic tutor, planner and coordinator to a large scale inter-agency event, cultural adviser to a George Mason University student organization, social media specialist for a startup company, and co-speaker at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference.
Anthony co-leads the session Cultural Competency: Understanding Context in Communications
JOHN R. FRANK
John leads the NPA session called The Call of the Steward – Generosity to Your Cause.
John leads the session How to Build a Strong Board Chair-Chief Executive Partnership.
Prior to launching Garecht Fundraising Associates, Joe was the founder of The Fundraising Authority, where he and his team provided online fundraising training for non-profit organizations of all sizes. Through The Fundraising Authority, Joe had the opportunity to train over 50,000 non-profit fundraisers, executives, and board members on all aspects of fundraising and development.
Joe previously served as the Executive Director of BLOCS: Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools and as the Development Director of The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. He is the founder and editor of The Non-Profit Fundraising Digest, and a graduate of Rutgers University.
Joe leads many NPA sessions including Rapid Growth Fundraising, How to Use the Fundraising Funnel to Maximize Your Fundraising, How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, and Systemize Your Fundraising! How to Raise More by Creating Scalable Fundraising Systems for Your Non-Profit.
Meghan speaks nationally on topics such as preparing for the job search, resume and cover letter writing, women’s leadership, and salary negotiation. She is a certified resume writer, trained salary negotiation facilitator via the American Association of University Women, and a truly engaged volunteer as a leadership team member on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association board. Her advice has appeared in the Huffington Post College blog, Mashable Business Twitter Chat, Higher Ed Beyond the University, NerdScholar, the Progressive Women’s Leadership podcast, and Good.co. Visit her website for more information about the ways she can help you succeed in your professional endeavors and subscribe to her newsletter. Follow her on Twitter @MeghanGodorov or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Meghan leads the session You Deserve a Raise Today- Getting What You Want in Salary and Raise Negotiations
As a seasoned professional with 14 years of experience in nonprofit technology consulting and database management, Jessica has had her fair share of experience with nonprofit software. Before joining Bloomerang, she worked as the Database Administrator for David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, and as a Nonprofit Technology Consultant at JCA, Inc. She’s had experience working with nonprofits both big and small: from hospital foundations to universities, to museums and hunger relief organizations. And if that’s not enough, Jessica was also a Geist Half Marathon Board Member in 2017 to help raise money for Hamilton County and Lawrence Township schools.
At Bloomerang, Jessica is dedicated to serving the technology needs of the nonprofit sector by directing how our nonprofit software can become more intuitive and relationship-focused. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community, spending time with her growing family, and advocating for nonprofits and missions that are near and dear to her heart.
Jessica leads the session Crafting Powerful Donor Engagement Surveys
Randy leads the session Why Nonprofits Should Make Money, Not Just Raise It
Josh leads the sessions Top Social Media Tips, Tactics, and Apps and A Deep Dive into Facebook Frames, Facebook Live, and Facebook Insights
LORI L. JACOBWITH
Lori leads the session Advanced Storytelling: Transform Boring Stories into Brilliant Action-Causing Stories
Kristal wrote the article Strategies for a Strong Grant Proposal and leads the session The Needs Assessment: Connecting Your Data and Nonprofit Story
SHERI CHANEY JONES
SIMONE P. JOYAUX
Simone has written three books and contributed to several others. She blogs weekly as Simone Uncensored and writes a monthly e-news. As a volunteer, Simone regularly serves on boards and has founded two organizations.
Currently she chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the U.K., and the Board of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
Simone leads the session called How to Fire Lousy Board Members.
PAUL A. KEEFE
Along with Michael Thorsen, Paul leads the NPA session Harvest Time: 10 Ways to Increase Revenue through Low Hanging Fruit.
Antionette leads the sessions Making your earned media strategy G.R.E.A.T., How to Develop Your Nonprofit's Brand When You Don't Have Any Time, and Fresh IDEAS for Diversifying Your Donor Base.
She’s written four books on fundraising. She’s counseled and coached dozens of nonprofit organizations. She’s been on the faculty of The Fundraising School and the Gestalt International Study Center. She’s thoughtful, unconventional, irreverent and fun.
Andrea leads the sessions The Asking Conversation: Exactly what to say in a major gift solicitation and when to say it, Capital Campaigns 101: The Critical Lessons you MUST to know about a capital campaign before you get started! and and 3 Keys to a Successful Capital Campaign in Today’s Hyper-Busy World.
Ms. King is currently the Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs at Howard University. Ms. King has done communications consulting for Microsoft UK and pro bono work for Girls Inc., DC, Bright Beginnings, and Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services. She delivers presentations on cultural competency in communications, which she’s delivered at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
She leads the session: Cultural Competency: Understanding Context in Communications
In his career, Rob has served organizations throughout the country as a program director manager and as an account director for a fundraising agency. He has experience in a variety of nonprofit sectors including faith-based charities, food banking, higher education, animal welfare, conservation, literacy and healthcare.
He received a B.A. in political science from Providence College in Providence, R.I., and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive professional designation.
Rob leads the session Improving Your Direct Mail Fundraising Results.
DIANE H. LEONARD
Diane leads the session Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking.
Currently Samantha is a major gifts officer in Ottawa. Samantha has also worked for the Ottawa Humane Society, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the Easter Seals Society.
Samantha has a passion for connecting donors to the needs of the community. Personally Samantha has witnessed the results from the Gryphon Report and feels strongly about sharing this incredible tool with all fundraising professionals.
Sam leads the session on Imposter Syndrome at: https://thenonprofitacademy.com/trainings/impostor-syndrome/
Linda leads the session on corporate philanthropy at: https://thenonprofitacademy.com/trainings/corporate-philanthropy/
Kimberley likes to “just pick up the phone” – so feel free to call her at 289-231-1339 or if that isn’t your style you can learn more about her at www.kimberleymackenzie.ca, chat with her on twitter @kimberleycanada or drop her an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberley leads the session Shaking the tree: Five ways to jumpstart your legacy program
Chris leads the session Designing Your Donation Processes to Retain More Donors
Dana is a marketing and branding expert with over a decade of experience developing integrated marketing solutions for brands in a wide range of industries, from Snapple and CENTURY 21 to The Home Depot, DIRECTV and MasterCard before she left to launch Deposit a Gift 6 years ago. Since then she has been advising organizations, schools and individuals on the best approach to setting up and marketing their campaigns. She has a Bachelor's degree in communications from U.C.L.A. and has also studied in Israel and Spain. She is fluent in Spanish and loves to travel, exercise and cook. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Follow Dana and the Deposit a Gift team on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!
Dana leads the session Crowdfunding 101: How To Run a Successful Campaign, from Prep Through Appreciation!
Peter leads the session Media Relations for Nonprofits: New Approaches for the Digital Era
Currently this passion is expressed through The Veritus Group, founded in 2005 by Richard and business partner Jeff Schreifels. Their work, of helping non-profit organizations develop highly effective major donor programs, is recognized by scores of leading non-profits and fundraising thought leaders in the United States, Canada and Europe. The combined annual major gift income of the agencies they serve recently totaled in excess of $500 million.
Richard is particularly valued for providing clients with innovative and effective approaches to reverse the loss of major gift revenue which (for many non-profits) can exceed 50% a year for a single organization, equating to millions of dollars lost from good donors every year.
Their blog, Passionate Giving (at www.veritusgroup.com) shares practical and helpful advice on starting and maintaining a successful major gift program, no matter what size organization you have. It has won recognition in recent years for its outstanding contribution to online fundraising resources.
Previously Richard co-founded The Domain Group, a leading direct marketing agency serving major non-profits in the United States, Canada and Europe. From its Seattle base it expanded to offices in Colorado, Atlanta, London and Paris. The agency was sold in 2005.
Richard leads the session Successfully Packaging Program Into Donor Offers with Jeff Schreifels.
MARC A. PITMAN
Marc's expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera, SUCCESS Magazine, and Fox News. Marc’s experience also includes pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing and fundraising at colleges and universities. On Twitter, he is @marcapitman. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! Sign up for his free fundraising tips, the Ask Without Fear! email newsletter, at http://fundraisingcoach.com/subscribe/.
As well as directing NPA, Marc's also created the sessions 10 Ways to Get Your Board Engaged in Fundraising, FaceTwitLink? TwitteredIn? TheLinkedBook?: An introduction to social media for fundraising, and Which Leadership Style is Best for Your Nonprofit Fundraising?.
Ms. Rapping is passionate about helping people align their giving – time, treasures and talents – with causes and organizations that are making a transformational difference in the world. She has worked extensively in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and community development sectors as the Executive Director of Valley Leadership; the Executive Director of VisionQuest 20/20; and CEO of the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits, where she oversaw the successful launch of this new statewide organization focused on promoting, supporting and serving Arizona’s nonprofit community. She invested 12 years of her professional career with Hands on Greater Phoenix, (formally Make A Difference), a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing volunteers and developing and managing innovative community programs. While at Hands on Greater Phoenix, she facilitated the growth of the organization from a very small start up to a $1.2 million organization offering a wide-range of programs and services.
She was named one of the inaugural members The Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ emerging leaders and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XX. Alison is also a graduate of the Community Driven Institute. Ms. Rapping received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Alison leads the session Organizational Culture: Why it matters and how it translates into money
Sandy leads many NPA sessions including Planning a Successful Appeal, 6-Figure Fundraising: How to Start and Run Your First $100,000 Campaign, How to Find the Donors of Your Dreams, and 4 Simple Steps to Raising All the Money You Need.
Julia leads the session on Let’s Get Visual! Basic Graphic Design Principles for the Creatively-Impaired
Prior to his career in fundraising, Eric taught English, French and American Studies at the secondary and college levels, both in the United States and abroad. Additionally, Eric was co-founder and President of Toast Technologies Inc., a Massachusetts-based information technology company with expertise in network infrastructure consulting.
An avid musician, Rolfson travels regularly with old-time country music bands representing the United States on musical and cultural exchanges, primarily in developing countries. Trips over the past dozen years include tours in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Algeria, Cuba, Benin, Niger, Mauritania, Israel, Jordan, Poland, Mongolia and Ukraine. In his spare time, Eric runs a family maple syrup operation and maintains trails on his land in rural Maine.
Eric leads the session: Top 10 Lessons Learned from 30 Years on the Campaign Trail
Meaning Legacy planning (passing on non-financial assets, such as values, wisdom and
beliefs). She is the editor in chief of Legacy Arts magazine and has interviewed many top
CEOs, high net worth individuals, spiritual leaders, philosophers, financial professionals,
family experts, celebrities, philanthropists, and innovators in her quest to uncover how to
craft a more meaningful life experience. Her writing has been featured in ThinkAdvisor,
Iris.xyz, and Kiplinger. Laura lives and works in Solana Beach, California, Salt Lake
City, Utah and occasionally from hotels, boats, planes, and apartments around the world.
To read Laura’s recent book, Your Meaning Legacy: How to Cultivate & Pass On
Non-Financial Assets, go to www.yourmeaninglegacy.com
Laura leads the session Legacy Development for Nonprofits.
KATHIE KRAMER RYAN
Kathie leads the session Don’t Wing It! – Major Gift Mistakes Even Smart Fundraisers Make.
In 1996, Jeff joined the Domain Group based in Seattle. There, Jeff as Senior Strategist, led a team that executed strategic plans and direct-response marketing for clients such as, Feeding America, Arthritis Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army; among many others. Jeff and his team helped raise over $200 million for their clients over 12 years.
In 2009, Jeff joined Richard Perry, one of the former owners of Domain Group, to become Senior Partner of Veritus Group. Veritus Group is a major gift consulting agency that has taken the discipline of direct-response and applied it to major gifts. This is a unique approach to major gift fundraising. Veritus helps non-profits all over the United States and the U.K. by helping create, develop and manage mid and major gift programs. As senior partner, Jeff is responsible for client strategy, sales and marketing.
Jeff is also the co-author (with Richard Perry) of a popular fundraising blog focused on major gifts called “Passionate Giving.” They also recently co-authored a book called It’s Not JUST About the Money.
Jeff is the proud father of two adult children who are the joy of his life. Jeff is passionate about life, spirituality, philanthropy, relationships, and the city of Philadelphia!
Jeff leads the session leads the session Successfully Packaging Program Into Donor Offers with Richard Perry.
Steven leads the session How to Raise Money and Retain Your Donors with Your Nonprofit's Newsletter and How To Create A Fundraising “Offer”.
Isaac leads the session: Accounting for Fundraisers.
Steven got his start in the nonprofit sector producing fundraising videos and other digital content for organizations like Butler University, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Domestic Violence Network, the Adoption Support Center, the American Heart Association and CICOA. In 2015, he co-founded Launch Cause, a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping emerging nonprofit organizations enhance the impact of their work through collaborative office space, shared services, educational programming and networking with other nonprofit professionals. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, Steven is a contributor to NTEN, Nonprofit Hub, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, Technorati, Content Marketing Institute, Conductor and Business2Community. He is a frequent conference speaker and webinar presenter.
Steven leads the session An Introduction to Donor Data Segmentation
Cara learned early in her career, from her Baby Boomer and GenX mentors, what “professionalism” meant to them, and absorbed critical information about management expectations during her first 12 years in the business world. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the top-ranked University of Louisville Entrepreneurship program, lived overseas teaching German executives about business practices in the U.S., and then started her consulting firm, Crescendo Strategies, in 2012.
Today, she’s a highly-sought-after national speaker having conducted more than 100 engagements in 2016. Workforce Magazine in Chicago named Cara a “Game Changer” for her innovative approach to solving generational issues in the workplace and Recruiter.com listed her in their 2016 “Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch,” list. She is also the co-author of the book, What’s Next in HR.
In 2015 A.J. created Queen Bee Fundraising which focuses on the art of nonprofit special event management. A.J. teaches volunteers and nonprofit professionals the strategies for producing successful fundraising events along with guidance on how to successfully lead volunteer committees to achieve their goals. Her workbook series, Successful Nonprofit Events, will be published by the Charity Channel Press in 2017. A.J. Steinberg leads webinars, workshops and appears at speaking engagements that teach the art of committee-based nonprofit special event management.
A.J. leads the session Special Events 101
Maeve leads the session The Neglected Middle Child -- The Key to Inspiring & Engaging Your Mid-Level Donors.
Kent leads the sessions Overcoming Obstacles & Getting to Success in Major Gifts and Asking Your Way to a Gift.
Along with Paul Keefe, Michael leads the NPA session Harvest Time: 10 Ways to Increase Revenue through Low Hanging Fruit.
Throughout her eighteen years of nonprofit management experience she has brought creativity, energy and analytical skills to those organizations she has had the opportunity to serve. Erin’s professional experience includes Chief Development Officer of a national sorority, Director of Development within a regional healthcare system, and Vice President of Analytics for a fundraising consulting firm. She has played almost every internal role and approaches her client work with not only a broad best practice view, but from the viewpoint of having been in the “chair.”
Erin received a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1998 and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary in 2001.
Dr. Theo helps his clients use their brains more efficiently for the pursuit of their goals. He provides training to individuals, groups, and organizations, nationally and internationally. He has one of the most difficult to pronounce last names in the industry, surpassed only by Mihaly Csikszentimhalyi, author of Flow.
Theo leads the session The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People and How to Beat Them
Andrea leads the session called Facebook Advertising Secrets for Nonprofits.
Katrina is a member of the Virginia Council of CEOs and is a fundraising volunteer for Special Olympics, Relay For Life, and the ARC, for which she also lobbies. She graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in communications (BA) and biology (BS).
Katrina leads the session The Social Science Behind Donor Recognition
FRANK VELÁSQUEZ JR
Frank leads the session called Engaging Granters through Storytelling and Statistics.
Erica Waasdorp started A Direct Solution in December of 2003 with more than twenty years of experience in direct marketing, from both sides of the desk, on the client side and the agency side. She has since worked with numerous non-profit clients on and off-Cape. She has helped several organizations with their annual fund campaigns, monthly giving, grant writing, events and public relations. Erica contributes to various industry publications, both in the US and abroad, and she has spoken at numerous nonprofit conferences, ranging from fundamentals of fundraising, to international fundraising, to monthly giving. She is also the US Ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) (www.resource-alliance.org) Erica is the author of Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant. She can be reached @ericawaasdorp.
Erica leads the session called How to Turn Small Donors into Monthly Donors to Generate Ongoing Revenue for your Nonprofit.
Andrea leads the session on dealing with rejection called Go For No For Fundraising Success.
Jay is the founder and CEO of Firespring—a company that provides beautiful websites and essential tools to nonprofit organizations. Firespring helps nonprofits raise money, manage donors, organize volunteers and conduct events while presenting a powerful and professional online presence. Firespring is proud to be the first B-Corporation in Nebraska and is on a quest to transform the business landscape by encouraging all companies to leverage their people and profit as a force for good.
Jay leads the session How to Avoid Fundraising's Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition
Tycely holds an Executive Masters in Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. A cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Tycely possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in Journalism. In addition, she has earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and a Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University. Tycely is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and Immediate Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Metro Chapter.
Tycely leads the An Introduction to Creating Sustainable Systems for Your Nonprofit session.