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Fundraising Forum Sessions

8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM

Session A -  1 - Special Events

They Want to Honor Me -- Now What?

Finding an honoree that’s a good fit for your organization is the golden ticket to any event but what happens next when he/she is asked to be honored? Hillary Needle, and Jennifer B. Cona, Esq. explore best practices from both the nonprofit planner and honoree’s perspectives for securing honorees, prepping them for the work leading up to the event and ensuring a successful outcome.


Hillary Needle, President, Hillary Needle Events

Jennifer Cona,  Founder and Managing Partner, Genser Cona Elder Law


8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM

Session A - 2  - Foundations & Partnerships

Fundraising for 2030: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Private Foundations to Thrive in the Changing Landscape of Philanthropy

Learn about foundations today and trends in institutional philanthropy. The landscape is changing as new wealth rises and a generation of philanthropists creates new ways to do good that are different from traditional private foundations. This session examines how private foundations fit into nonprofit fundraising strategies as donor-advised funds, LLCs and 501(C)(4)s become widely used.


Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian, Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar)


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Session A - 3 - Career Development

No One Dreams of Being a Fundraiser

In this inspiring and interactive session, Mitchell will explore his humorous and tumultous story and share the wisdom - learned from mentors and coaches - that turned his career around and showed him how fulfilling a career in fundraising can be. He will also explore three key aspects of a fundraising career: getting into the profession, career advancement, and maintaining enthusiasm while avoiding burn-out.


Mitch Linker, Author, Speaker and Fundraising Consultant


8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM

Session A - 4 - Major Gift Strategy/Campaigns

Storytelling that Opens Hearts, Minds and Checkbooks

Learning how to craft and tell persuasive, memorable and impactful stories is the key to good communication - and keeping donors, volunteers and activists engaged. It's not enough to write a case study or pack a presentation with impressive facts. Breaking through the noise to get your message across requires connecting on an emotional level with your audience and making them care. At this session, you will learn:

  • How to find and tell the important stories in your organization
  • The building blocks of effective stories
  • How to leverage storytelling for fundraising and donor cultivation


Saskia Monteiro Thomson, VP Development & Marketing, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc.

Tracey Sagarra 


9:45 AM  - 10:45 AM

Session B - 1 | Special Events

Keeping Donors Engaged Through Special Events

This session will provide insights into how to keep donors and prospects engaged through special events. Learn how to best steward them and keep them engaged from your special event and beyond. Hear about practices for making events more meaningful, mission-infused and thereby increasing retention and revenue. Learn about the power of peer-to-peer fundraising and how to harness within your organization.


Sara Lipsky, Executive Director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Long Island

Lori Peterson, Senior Associate Director for Special Events, Northwell Health Foundation


 9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM

Session B - 2 | Development Toolkit

Melissa Chermick, The Lustgarden Foundation


 9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM

Session B - 3 | Careers In Development

Small Shop Development


Amanda Abraham, Peconic Bay Land Trust


 9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM

Session B - 4 | Major Gift Strategy/Campaigns

Donor Inspired Lessons for Major Gift Fundraising

Donors have some interesting advice that goes beyond the myriad of typical professional development seminars the fundraising sector offers. When allowed the opportunity to be more candid, they provide important advice that may re-calibrate our techniques and alter our fundamental thinking as we engage major gift prospects. This workshop will provide seven key lessons gained through years of confidential interviews with donors.


Thad Henry, CFRE, Senior Consultant, Lead Philanthropy


11:00 PM  -  12:15 PM

General Session Fundraising from the C-Suite

Panel in Formation


Tom Kissane, CCS - Moderator
Neela Lockel  - CEO - American Red Cross Long Island
Paule T. Pachter, ACSW, LMSW, CEO - Long Island Cares, Inc. The Harry Chapin Food Bank



12:00 Noon - 12: 30 PM

Networking and Nibbles
Time to Relax and Network with
Colleagues and Friends 

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