2017 Fall CPRA Conference
Friday, October 20, 2017
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
This conference has received CFRE continuing education approval for 5 points.
Welcome from Kim Tobin, Vice President for University Advancement at Colorado State University.
Keynote Presentation by Preeti Gill: A Woman’s Place is in Your Prospect Portfolio
Women are generous with their time, talent and treasure for charitable organizations across subsectors. Yet they tend to be passed over when it comes to major gift fundraising efforts in favour of their male counterparts. Why? In this interactive keynote address, Preeti Gill will explore the systemic challenges prospect development and fundraising professionals encounter on a daily basis. She will also offer practical opportunities to secure support from this powerful segment of donors at each stage of the development cycle. With renewed interest and energy in women’s rights, the time to focus on a woman’s role in philanthropy is now!
Presentation by Shay Galto: Engaging Women in Philanthropy
Despite increases in women’s wealth and engagement, stereotypes around women in philanthropy still persist and inform institutional decisions. Women in the 21st Century make up 45% of all American millionaires, and women of all wealth levels often give more time, treasure, and talent than their male peers. Fundraising and engagement strategies must evolve to accompany this shift in philanthropy.
Shay Galto will examine how women currently engage in philanthropy at Colorado State University and strategies to strengthen ongoing initiatives. These include the Women in Philanthropy Committee, focus group interviews, and women-centered events. There will be an open dialogue on future opportunities for engagement.
Presentation by Jason Cherry: The Endowment Project
Jason Cherry will present on how the University of Colorado System Advancement created a 10-year projection for endowment gifts, as well as a scoring model to help identify new endowment donors.
Presentation by Kimberly Elahab: MGO Discovery Blitz
Kimberly Elahab will talk about Colorado College’s MGO Discovery Blitz that’s happening in January 2018 and how they are preparing for it.
Presentation by Nicole Craft: Making Strategic Recommendations
Nicole Craft will present on how to make those strategic recommendations to development officers after you’ve completed research on a prospect.
Presentation by Colleen Reese: Experience-Based Onboarding for New Fundraisers
Experiential learning is a well-known model in education. Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory defines experiential learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience.” Colleen Reese will talk about onboarding techniques for entry-level fundraisers, especially with regard to experience-based training.
Ask the Panel
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with the CPRA Board of Directors.
The conference is being held at Colorado State University’s beautiful new stadium. Following the Ask the Panel session, attendees are invited to attend a 30-minute tour of the facility, which will be followed by a happy hour with complimentary appetizers at Cafe Vino.
About Preeti Gill:
Preeti Gill has been a prospect development professional for more than 15 years with diverse experiences in higher education, community foundations, health care and social services. She is the Founder of Sole Searcher Strategies, a one-woman company offering prospect development services for charities and non-profits across Canada. A proud Apra member, Preeti has presented at many chapter and Prospect Development conferences. She is past editor of Connections.
Check out her latest blog, “A Few Great Women”. On Twitter, you’ll find Preeti @SoleSearcherPR and #gogirlresearch./strong>
About Shay Galto:
Shay Galto is the Assistant Director of Talent Management, Training and Support within University Advancement at Colorado State University. In addition to providing comprehensive education related to system and non-system training, Shay is responsible for predictive models around donor behavior and HR Analytics. Shay holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on quantitative research and a focus on education. Before her position within University Advancement, Shay worked at Lewis University as a Research Associate in Institutional Research and Planning, and served as a consult for the Illinois Board of Higher Education. With close to 10 years of experience in educational research, Shay’s passion is to advance higher education by using analytic data to assist in strategic planning.
About Jason Cherry:
Jason Cherry is the Senior Development Data Analyst at the University of Colorado. He holds an Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree in Natural Language Processing from Udacity, a Master’s of Public Policy Degree with an emphasis on Family Policy from Brandeis University, Heller, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Social Ecology from John F. Kennedy University, and an Associate’s Degree in Digital Media, 3D Animation from Diablo Valley College. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Jason was a Program Evaluator & Data Coordinator for the Jewish Family Service of Colorado.
About Kimberly Elahab:
Kimberly Elahab is the Director of Prospect Management at Colorado College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media and Writing Certificate in Journalism from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Colorado College, Kimberly worked in Prospect Research at Michigan State and Wright State universities and served as CEO of Prospect Research Unlimited, LLC.
About Nicole Craft:
Nicole Craft is a Development Research Analyst for Advancement Strategy at the University of Colorado and a member of the University of Colorado System Staff Council. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder.
About Colleen Reese:
Colleen Reese is the Vice President of CPRA. She has worked for the University of Wyoming since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Prospect Management and Research. She is excited to contribute to the advancement strategy of UW and is currently working with the prospect development team to increase the use of data analysis in decision-making processes. Her work experience in development began in 2003 as a prospect research work-study for Penn State, where she earned Bachelor’s of Arts Degrees in Anthropology and Journalism. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of West Florida.