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Graduway Fundraising Academy

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May 17-18, 2022
8AM-3PM PST | 11AM-6PM EST | 4PM-11PM BST

Day 1 Schedule

Time
Topic
Speakers
Time: 8:00 – 8:10
Topic: Welcome to GFA 2022: Day One

Speakers:

  • Daniel Cohen CEO of Graduway
Time: 8:10 – 8:40
Topic: How to Leverage Challenge Gifts for Giving Day

Speakers:

  • Francisco Peguero Associate Director Of Annual Giving, Boston University
  • James Trubiano Assistant Director, Student Philanthropy, Boston University
Time: 8:45 – 9:15
Topic: Tips On How to Advocate for New Fundraising Technology

Speakers:

  • Jeff Neal, Assistant Vice President, Digital Engagement & Annual Giving, Loyola University Chicago
  • Astria Smith Senior Executive Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Southern Methodist University
Time: 9:20 – 9:50
Topic: Post-Campaign Reporting: How and To Whom?

Speakers:

  • Mariana Herrera Assistant Director, Direct Marketing and Columbia Giving Day Initiatives, Columbia University
  • Tracy Krentzman Director Of Annual Giving, Villanova University
Time: 10:10 – 10:40
Topic: Strategies on Leveraging Behavioral Data After Giving Day

Speakers:

  • Julie Knight Executive Director, Annual Giving, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Heather Duiser Executive Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services, University of Georgia
Time: 10:45 – 11:15
Topic: Tips for Building Trust and Strategy with Campus Partners

Speakers:

  • Kate Post Manager of Strategic Communications and Annual Giving, California State University, Chico
  • Caitlin Baumann Donor Engagement Officer, California State University, Chico
Time: 11:20 – 11:50
Topic: Creating Personalized Solicitations

Speakers:

  • Melissa Vogt Director, Annual Giving, Seattle Pacific University
  • Jake Strang Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Annual Giving, University of Pittsburgh
  • Danielle Buchanan Director of Annual Giving, Birmingham-Southern College
Time: 11:55 – 12:25
Topic: Email Open Rates are Important, but Let’s Talk About Additional
KPIs

Speakers:

  • Julie Knight Executive Director, Annual Giving, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jake Strang Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Annual Giving, University of Pittsburgh
  • Claire Brandon Director of Digital Engagement, Oklahoma University Foundation
Time: 12:30 – 1:00
Topic: Giving Day Ambassador Tips

Speakers:

  • Matt Hunt Director of Leadership Giving Programs, Southern Methodist University
Time: 1:05 – 1:35
Topic: Building Your Leadership and Major Gift Pipeline

Speakers:

  • Danny Yanez Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, St. Thomas University
  • Kelly DeGregorio Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Boston College High School
  • Jana Cupp Director of Alumni Relations at Brandman University, University of Massachusetts Global
  • Vicky Wong Director of Research and Advancement Information Systems, University School
Time: 1:40 – 2:10
Topic: Grateful Patient Fundraising and Pipeline Innovation

Speakers:

  • Lori Sweeney Regional Director, Principal Gifts and Capital Campaigns, Providence Health
Time: 2:15 – 2:45
Topic: Social Media and Email Best Practices

Speakers:

  • Brynn Merritt Director of Marketing, Enrollment Management, DePaul Catholic High School
  • Claire Brandon Director of Digital Engagement, Oklahoma University Foundation
  • Meghan Rajski Director of Annual Giving, Fairfield University
  • Alex Stoops Director of Strategy and Planning, Southern Methodist University
Time: 2:50 – 3:20
Topic: 5-Minute Fundraising Hot Topics

Speakers:

  • Jeff Neal Assistant Vice President, Digital Engagement & Annual Giving,Loyola University Chicago
  • Monica Ellis Assistant Vice President, Lifetime Engagement, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Irene Elias Stewardship Manager, The Juilliard School Institute

Day 2 Schedule

Time
Topic
Speakers
Time: 8:00 – 8:10
Topic: Welcome to GFA 2022: Day Two

Speakers:

  • Will Trapp CEO of Gratavid
Time: 8:10 – 8:40
Topic: Let’s Talk About UK Fundraising

Speakers:

  • Tara George Development & Alumni Engagement Director, St Benedict’s School
  • Millie Papworth Senior Development Officer, The Leys School
  • Erin Charles Head of Development, Perse School
Time: 8:45 – 9:15
Topic: How to Inspire Principal Gift Prospects

Speakers:

  • Rick Henderson Chief Advancement Officer, Canterbury School
  • Amy Noah Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, University of Oklahoma
Time: 9:20 – 9:50
Topic: Tips on How to Improve Your Giving Day

Speakers:

  • Bob Amico Executive Director for Annual Giving, University of Oklahoma
  • Monica Ellis Assistant Vice President, Lifetime Engagement, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Daniel Benvenuto Director, Annual Fund Programs, Columbia University
  • Cheryl Morris Associate Director, Digital Fundraising, Villanova University
Time: 10:10 – 10:40
Topic: How to Build a New Digital Initiative

Speakers:

  • John Grice Associate Vice President of Annual Giving, Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
  • Jennifer Gamache Assistant Vice President of Annual Giving, North Eastern University
  • Kyle Carter Director, Annual Giving, Jesuit High School
Time: 10:45 – 11:15
Topic: How to Build Your Brand as a Fundraising Leader

Speakers:

  • Erika Jordan Vice President, Alumni Engagement, Boston University
  • John Grice Associate Vice President of Annual Giving, Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
  • Chris Biehn Vice President For Institutional Advancement, St. John Fisher College
Time: 11:20 – 11:50
Topic: Never Done A Giving Day? Top Things To Know Before You Start! (K12)

Speakers:

  • Wendy Chang Executive Director, Foundation for Maryknoll/Director of Institutional Advancement, Maryknoll School
  • Sabrina Mau Annual Giving Officer, Maryknoll School
  • Lara Grimm Advancement Services Manager, Maryknoll School
Time: 11:55 – 12:25
Topic: Never Done A Giving Day? Top Things To Know Before You Start! (Higher Ed.)

Speakers:

  • Marci Paton Executive Director, Annual Giving, Villanova University
  • Jenny Nathan Simoneaux Executive Director, Annual and Leadership Giving, Tulane University
Time: 12:30 – 1:00
Topic: Faculty and Staff Giving Strategies

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Hilpipre Associate Director of Digital Fundraising & Engagement, Creighton University
  • Astria Smith Senior Executive Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Southern Methodist University
  • Jennifer Gamache Assistant Vice President of Annual Giving, Northeastern University
  • Sergio Lopez Director, Annual Giving Strategies, Santa Clara University
Time: 1:05 – 1:35
Topic: Crowdfunding Tips and Best Practices

Speakers:

  • Lindsay Roth Director of Direct Marketing & Participation, Brandeis University
Time: 1:40 – 2:10
Topic: Student Engagement and Giving Strategies

Speakers:

  • Carolyn Shields Assistant Director, Alumni Relations/Annual Fund, Xavier University
  • Jennifer Gamache Assistant Vice President of Annual Giving, Northeastern University
Time: 2:15 – 2:45
Topic: Top Tips for Growing Your Fundraising Volunteer Program

Speakers:

  • Nicole Duhamel Digital Fundraising Specialist, Villanova University


Graduway + Gravyty + Gratavid are throwing a massive fundraising leadership event this May 17-18 and you’re invited!

Graduway Fundraising Academy (GFA) is open to all fundraising professionals, 100% virtual, and registration is free.

What is GFA?

GFA is a two-day digital fundraising event featuring 40+ global leaders from the world’s most prestigious non-profits, independent schools, medical organizations, and universities.

Learn the latest digital fundraising strategies from schools such as:

  • Columbia University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Maryknoll School
  • Boston College High School
  • St. Benedict’s (UK)
  • The Leys School (UK)
  • And many more!

Learn vital info from top development experts including:

  • How to run your first Giving Day
  • Social media and email best practices
  • How to grow your Giving Day year over year
  • Top tips to growing your fundraising volunteer program
  • Building leadership or major gift pipeline from digital fundraising
  • How to build your brand as a fundraising leader
  • Crowdfunding tips and best practices
  • And much more!

Register now so you don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity!

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