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When: Friday, October 23
11 AM - 12 PM
Where: United States
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Hometown Talks: Diversifying Funding


Join us for an informative webinar with Houston development professionals across several different sectors about how the pandemic has affected their respective organizations. Learn about how their institutions have had to adjust their fundraising efforts and adapt their funding sources now that we are seven months into COVID.





Lise Bohn

Development and Communications Director



Lise Bohn is the Development and Communications Director at Stages, a professional theater in Houston, Texas. In her role, Lise leads Stages’ fundraising and institutional communication functions, with a focus on nurturing relationships across a range of constituencies and shaping the ways Stages’ story is shared. She joined Stages in 2001 as the Public Relations Coordinator and quickly advanced to the role of Marketing Director, leading marketing and communications for 15 years while also providing support to fundraising. In 2015 Lise fully transitioned to the development area as Stages launched Staging Our Future, the $35.8 million capital campaign that funded the creation of Stages’ new three-theater home, The Gordy, and included one of the largest individual gifts to the performing arts in Houston’s history. Over the past five years, Stages’ total annual philanthropic support has nearly tripled, with individual giving growing by 100% in the past year alone. In 2019, the Staging Our Future campaign received the AFP Houston National Philanthropy Day award for Outstanding Fundraising Program. Prior to joining Stages, Lise worked at Houston Grand Opera and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing.



Sondee Chalcraft

Vice President of Development

SEARCH Homeless Services


Sondee Chalcraft is the Vice President of Development at SEARCH Homeless Services.  Sondee graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Business Honors and Accounting and an MBA and went on to obtain her J.D. from Columbia Law School. After practicing in the Health Law Section at Vinson & Elkins, Sondee stayed home for many years to raise her children.  Upon returning to work, Sondee chose to move into the non-profit world and worked in development at KIPP, a network of charter schools with a mission to help low-income students to and through college.  In May 2015, Sondee joined SEARCH Homeless Services, whose mission is to provide hope, create opportunity, and transform lives for the thousands of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our community



Karim Kafray, CFRE

Executive Gift Officer

MD Anderson Cancer Center


Karim is a philanthropy executive with leadership experience in healthcare, nonprofits and consulting.  He has led fundraising teams, initiatives and organizations across multiple industries and disciplines of development, delivering more than $50M in philanthropic support to advance missions. Prior to re-joining the non-profit ranks, he managed business strategy, change management and technology initiatives at Accenture in the area of Customer Relationship Management.  A certified fundraising executive and graduate of Leadership Houston and the MD Anderson Administrative Leadership Program, he has served as a guest presenter at conferences, as well as at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leadership and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M.  He is a board member for AFP – Greater Houston Chapter, member of the Association of Healthcare Professionals, and is currently working toward a Master of Healthcare Administration.


Between virtual meetings, he is IT support and PE instructor for his first-grader, kindergartner and 34 month old, and competes for bandwidth with his wife, a healthcare attorney super-mom




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Loubel Galik (Sterling) 


Loubel joined Sterling in 2013 after spending the previous 12 years at Pink Ribbons Project, serving in a variety of roles and ultimately as Executive Director. In 2010, Pink Ribbons Project received AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Service Organization Award. In 2011, she was named one of Five Outstanding Young Houstonians by the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Loubel earned a BA in American Studies and Journalism from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Houston.


Amy Lampi (BWF)


Amy S. Lampi is an associate vice president at BWF with more than 18 years of fundraising experience in the performing arts, education and health care. As a development generalist, she has a wide range of experience from gift processing and database administration, to major gifts and the management of a development team. Prior to BWF, Amy served as the Director of Development at Theatre Under The Stars, where oversaw all fundraising aspects of the theatre including board, individual, corporate and foundation giving; capital campaign and major gifts; special events; prospect research, development operations and gift processing. Amy also served as the Associate Director of Development at the Alley Theatre, where her cutting-edge work in fundraising analytics with Josh Birkholz of BWF was featured in the August 2016 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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