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Saturday, September 30 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Major Gifts, a Pathway to Philanthropic Growth

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For almost four decades, RA has worked with small, mid-size and large religious and secular nonprofits, and we have found a continuous need for assistance in order to increase the effectiveness of major gift efforts.

This session will deal with the nuts and bolts of organizing and executing a major gifts program, utilizing electronic screening along with other strategies to analyze a database and determine likely major gift suspects. We will also address the role of professional advancement staff in concert with volunteers and how best to move the entire process down the path of success; along the way executing activities that will include identification, (screening and research) focused communication and dialog, cultivation and eventually the ask. This process is appropriate and relevant weather you are attempting to augment your annual appeal or incorporate these strategies into a capital campaign.


Sr. Carolyn M. Dimick, IHM

Co-Director, Mission Advancement, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Eileen Hudson CFRE

Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Eileen Hudson CFRE, serves as the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, the fundraising and support services organization for OLV Institutions. In her role, Eileen oversees a staff of three whose primary focus is on major and planned... Read More →
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Steve Michalek

Vice President & Director of Church Division, Ruotolo Associates, Inc.
Steve Michalek has spent his career in fundraising and development with more than ten years of experience working with faith-based and higher education organizations.  His expertise includes capital campaigns, major gifts, annual fund programs, alumni programs, board stewardship... Read More →

Saturday September 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Marriott Grand 3