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Session One

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


Collaborate for Success: Working Together to Advance Our Missions (Auditorium)

In this moderated panel session, hear from three seasoned professionals on how they treat their organization’s program staff like donors, involving them in donor engagement and cultivating an internal culture of philanthropy. The panel represents small, medium and large sized shops in different nonprofit industries. Each panelist will share their experiences of what works and doesn’t work when it comes to internal collaboration as well as how to incentivize staff to work together to make the donor experience more meaningful.




Chris Kasavich, MBA, CFRE, CAP - Senior Director of Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center




Alexa Albrecht - Donor Relations Officer, DePelchin Children's Center

Kelly Finn - Director of Development, Institutional Giving for Houston Grand Opera

Ryan Dolibois - Executive Director, Yellowstone Academy

Nancy Mosley, CFRE - Executive Director of Development, Baylor College of Medicine



How Marketing and Development can (and should) collaborate to deliver a member, donor, supporter experience they’ve come to expect in an Amazon world. (Room 171)

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC is in the process of migrating to an integrated software stack on the Salesforce platform. The first steps in this vision was to migrate development off of Raiser’s Edge and theatre off of to the Salesforce environment with an online donor community to donate, purchase tickets and redeem benefits for a more smooth and technology forward online experience for our supporters and members.




Anita Bormaster - Chief Development Officer, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Houston

Jason Dobrolecki - Chief Marketing Officer, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston



Competing Priorities: Balancing Your Annual Fund and Capital Campaign (Room 169)

Mari Bosker and Holly Lang will share their story of working together to strike a balance between annual fund and a capital campaign at the Center for Hearing and Speech. In this session they will share tips and pitfalls that come with juggling these competing priorities.




Mari Bosker - Project Manager: Marketing and Fundraising, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

Holly Lang - Principal, Dini Spheris



How Does The Houston Food Bank Get Away With Asking For Money So Often? (Room 212)

How can the Houston Food Bank solicit donors year-round through direct mail, digital fundraising, telefundraising, events, cause marketing, and major gift asks? Don’t their donors get fatigued? During this session Amy Ragan will discuss how thoughtful segmentation and stewardship can inspire year-round donor support across various campaigns.




Amy Ragan - Chief Development Officer, Houston Food Bank

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