Pre-Conference | Sunday, September 15



3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome Party


Day One | Monday, September 16



7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Registration Desk Open

7:30 AM  – 8:00 AM


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome Message

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Keynote with Jeff Harry – Global Play Expert

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions 1

1A: The Power of Moments: Broad and Personalized Stewardship Strategies 

  • Amy Minerich, Hoag Hospital Foundation
  • Deanna Blanchet, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

1B: Campaign Readiness: Before, During, After (and Always)

  • Jen McGrath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1C: “Why? How Come? What For?” A.B.C.'s for Donor Relations Questions

  • Bree Bridger, Rice University
  • Anna Won, Rice University
  • Kat Kolsted, Rice University

1D: Flip the Narrative: Craft Empowering Stories for Lasting Impact

  •  Veronica Vasquez, JMM Dance Co.

1E: Becoming Besties: Elevating the Donor Experience Through Collaborations/Integrations with Annual Giving 

  • Heather Mourer, Wayne State University

1F: Never Be Picked Last for Kickball Again: Equipping Yourself with Metrics to Elevate Donor Relations with Leadership

  • Angela Altamore, BWF

1G: Time-Traveling Tips: Crafting Resilient Fund Terms for Tomorrow!

  • David Hough, Northeastern University
  • Matt Cotty, Northeastern University

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM


 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions 2 

2A: Moving from Donor Relations 101 to Strategic Engagement 505

  • Debbie Meyers, Rutgers University Foundation
  • Kathleen Diemer, George Mason University

2B: Exploring the Power Dynamics Between Donors and Recipients

  • Elizabeth Gray, University of West Florida

2C: “Everything You Need Is Already Inside of You (And That Makes You a Great Donor Relations Professional!)”

  • Adrianne DeWeese, Rockhurst High School 

2D: Strategic Trends and Shifts in Donor Advised Funds: A Conversation with the Advisors

  • Deborah Garcia, Doctors Without Borders

2E: In "Old" News: Repackaging Content to Engage New Donors Speaker

  • Megan Rehberg, Knox College

2F: From Roadblocks to Building Blocks: How Brown University Overcame Obstacles to Build a Sustainable Stewardship Program

  • Katie LeClair, Brown University
  • Jaclyn Glover, Brown University

2G: Advancing Together: Inclusive Hiring and Retention Strategies

  • Amanda Halbert, University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch and Stewardship Awards

 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Concurrent Sessions 3 

3A: Engage Students to Engage Donors

  • Emilie Schulze, University of Dayton

3B: Costume Bin: How to Walk in the Shoes of Donors and Colleagues Based on the Five Generations

  • Katherine Lane, University of Notre Dame

3C: What Do Middle Donors Really Want? - A Landmark Study 

  • Mark Rovner, Sea Change Strategies
  • Pam Loeb, Edge Research
  • Laura Lane, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

3D: Palette of Possibilities: Painting Donor Relations with a Splash of Innovation

  • Carly PlateUniversity of South Florida Foundation
  • Dominika McLeanUniversity of South Florida Foundation

3E: Not Just A Fairy Tale: Creating and Implementing Strategy for the Ideal Donor Experience 

  • Holden Walker, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Margaret ArreolaUniversity of Colorado Boulder

3F: Show and Tell: Director Discussions

  • Colin Daly, Medical College of Wisconsin and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation

3G: Part 1: Email Fundraising, Communications, and Digital Analytics Bootcamp

  • Beth Hatcher, Beth Interactive

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions 4 

4A: Donor Motivations

  • Genevieve Shaker, Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

4B: Love, U: Successes and Pitfalls of the University of Utah’s $3B campaign

  • Claire Martinez, University of Utah
  • Brooke Abel, University of Utah

4C: Engaging Beneficiaries in Donor Relations Activities: Group Problem Solving

  • Meg McAndrews, V Foundation for Cancer Research

4D: Building Blocks of Change: Revisiting Recognition Societies

  • Jen Riordan, The George Washington University
  • Colton Withers, Donor Relations Group


4F: Connecting the Dots & Coloring Outside the Lines: How Our Childhood Activities Impact the Donor Journey and Create Positive Donor Engagement

  • Adrienne Lotoski, Boston University's Development and Alumni Relations
  • Amber Stout, Rhode Island School of Design

4G: Part 2: Email Fundraising, Communications, and Digital Analytics Bootcamp (Ends @4pm)

  • Beth Hatcher, Beth Interactive

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


5:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Networking Reception

6:30 PM



Day Two | Tuesday, September 17



6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Morning Activities

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Registration Desk Open

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Blair Scholarship Awards

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM 

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   

Concurrent Sessions 5 

5A: All I Really Need to Know about Donor Relations I Learned from My Kindergartner

  • Cheryl  Lintner, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation

5B: Inspiration Station: Reigniting Your Spark to Overcome Groundhog Day

  • Angela Altamore, BFW

5C: Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Collaborating with Campus Partners for Donor Relations Success

  • Megan Kintzer, Lafayette College

5D: Uniting Volunteers in Stewardship for Everlasting Connections

  • Chelsea Poch, JDRF International

5E: TechXchange: Chasing the Cloud(s)

  • Sara Moïse, Tulane University

5F: Reignite Your Donor Pipeline with a Shared Engagement Strategy

  • Corrine Green EndresRochester Institute of Technology
  • Megan CheeverRochester Institute of Technology

5G: Plays Well with Others: The Power of Compassionate Storytelling

  •  Olga Seredyuk, YouthReach International

11:00 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM   

Concurrent Sessions 6

6A: Chipping Away at the Marble Wall: Novel Approaches for Donor Recognition

  • Pandora Hess, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Ben Dudek, Acrylicize

6B: Show Off That Box of 64 Crayola's! Developing Visible Stewardship Reporting

  • Carol Wilkie, University of St. Thomas

6C: From DIY to VIP: Building an Enterprise-Level Donor Engagement Program

  • Alex Kwak, CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy
  • Beth Hatcher, Beth Interactive Inc.

6D: Metrics for Success: Measuring Donor Engagement for Maximum Impact

  • Sarah Sims, University of Texas

6E: Donor Surveys are Amazing - Now What Do I Do with this Data?!

  • Megan Rehberg, Knox College
  • Misty Sayre, Air Force Museum Foundation

6F: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: How to Find, Tell, and Leverage Stories of Impact

  • Meghan Goff, Onword Communications
  • Liz Blaszkiewicz, Onword Communications

6G: Predictably Irrational: Utilizing Decision Science to Transform Donor Relations and Fundraising

  • Michael Johnston, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants Inc.
  • Thomas Kurmann, Oxfam America

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Networking Break with Exhibitors

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   

Concurrent Sessions 7

7A: Don't Wait to Celebrate: Tips for Maximizing End-of-Campaign Stewardship

  • Kathryn Munro, Dartmouth College

7B: Engage That Donor!

  • Meg McAndrews, V Foundation for Cancer Research

7C: Do I STILL Want to do This? A Conversation for Those Who've Been in DR a While

  • Mark Lanum, Brown University

7D: Part 1: Equity in Fundraising

  • Sonya Shields, Cause Effective

7E: Time for an Endowed Fund Audit

  • Debbie Meyers, Rutgers University Foundation
  • Kathleen Diemer, George Mason University

7F: How to Scale AND Streamline Your Stewardship Reporting Process with the Mythos Platform

  • Katie LeClairBrown University
  • Robb HoffheinsHead of Product, Mythos

7G: Video Messaging Part 1: Edit Your Way to Engagement: Reel Results Using Video Messaging

  • Emily Thornton, Stanford University
  • Kaylyn Adams, Butler University
  • Alyssa Cacini, Butler University

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions 8

8A: Creating Moments of Joy and Delight: Gratitude at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

  • Danielle Josephine DeWitt, Corewell Health Foundation West Michigan and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation

8B: Tag! You're It! -- How Donor Relations Portfolios Can Keep Your Donor Cycle Game Strong

  • Katie SkeelPurdue For Life Foundation
  • Cindy TeronPurdue For Life Foundation

8C: No Whining: Making the Case For New (People, Programs, or Processes)

  • Eliza McNulty, Stanford University

8D: Part 2: Equity in Fundraising

  • Sonya Shields, Cause Effective

8E: Captain Planet: Creating Sustainable Donor Relations Practices Speaker

  • Colin Daly, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Bethany Olson, Medical College of Wisconsin

8F: The Friendship Bracelet Model: How to Weave A Long-Lasting, Meaningful Donor Journey with Technology

  • Chelsea Poch, JDRF International
  • Danielle Quintana, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Frank Mumford, Gravyty

8G: One Stitch at a Time: What Knitting Taught Me About Donor Relations

  • Scott Elchinger

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM


6:30 PM



Day Three | Wednesday, September 18



8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions 9

9A: Trends in Fundraising 

  • Bill Stanczykiewicz, Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

9B: New President: It's Giving...Opportunities to Meet Donors and Collaborate with New Teams 

  • Jacob Makowski, Wayne State University

9C: Postcards to My Less Experienced Self 

  • Kathleen Diemer, George Mason University
  • Debbie Meyers, Rutgers University Foundation

9D: Planning and Budgeting for Fundraising Success

  • Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Mollard Consulting

9E: Igniting Donor Passion: Crafting Impactful Narratives in the Digital Era

  • Sarah McAlpine, Ovrture

9F: From Donor Survey to Strategic Plan: How Answers Led to Action 

  • Beth Hatcher, Beth Interactive Inc.
  • Rita Andolsen, The MetroHealth Foundation

9G: Part 1: Journey Mapping: Unlocking Deeper Donor Relationships and Building a Supporter-Centric Organization 

  • Michael Johnston, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants Inc.
  • Ron Yatco
  • Mohammed Tabesh

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM   

Concurrent Sessions 10 

10A: Issue-Based Storytelling: Staying True to Your Mission While Responding To Your Donor's Interests

  • Azra Husejnovic, Obama Foundation
  • Erin Prestage, Obama Foundation
  • Joe Miller, Obama Foundation

10B: You've Got the Questions; We've Got the Research

  • Elizabeth Menne, EverTrue

10C: Stew-ivation | Where Stewardship and Cultivation Collide 

  • Gracie Herbert, Miami University
  • Jordan Marshall, Central Michigan University

10D: Boxes & Bows & Bearcats, Oh My!

  • Jessica Fischbach, University of Cincinnati Foundation
  • Valerie Milinovich, University of Cincinnati Foundation

10E: Gift Agreements and Protected Class: Thinking Outside the Box While Mitigating Compliance Issues

  • Cassi Strain, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Christina Hoagland, Boston University

10F: TBD 

10G: Part 2: Journey Mapping: Unlocking Deeper Donor Relationships and Building a Supporter-Centric Organization

  • Michael Johnston, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants Inc.
  • Ron Yatco
  • Mohammed Tabesh

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

20th Anniversary Celebration and Closing Remarks

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

2024 Excursion: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Optional: Pre-registration is required.)

12:30 PM

Traveling Snacks