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Una Osili

Una Osili, Ph.D.
(Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI)

Philanthropy Now and In the Future

Session Description

As we consider trends in research a full two years after the pandemic shutdown began, one thing is clear: the philanthropic landscape continues to be both complex and rapidly changing. Economic factors, social values, the impact of the racial justice movement, and the rapid rise in the use of technology have all played a central role. What are the key factors shaping philanthropy now, and how do they impact nonprofits? What are the most effective lenses to use to understand donor behavior? What is the true impact of technology. Who is giving, and who is getting? This insightful and energized keynote address by Dr. Una Osili, PhD, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, will address these questions and more.

Bio

Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy; Dean's Fellow, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. A global expert on philanthropy and social innovation, Dr. Una Osili has more than two decades of experience in leadership, economic policy and research across the public and private sectors.




Michelle Gilchrist

Michelle Gilchrist, EMBA
(President and Chief Executive Officer, Bloomington Health Foundation)

Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Funding Strategies

Gilchrist excelled as a fundraiser for over 16 years for United Way in Memphis and Dallas. She has served as major gifts officer and then senior director of major gifts at the University of Tennessee Science Center.




Doug Dillon

Doug Dillon, CFRE
(Chief Executive Officer, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners)

Campaigning in Uncertain Times

Session Description

It's a puzzling phenomenon. It may seem counter-intuitive, but in tough uncertain times people actually give more. But they give to organizations they care greatly about. These organizations that have done an outstanding job of thanking their donors properly and often, and where they feel their gift has been celebrated and used effectively will respond in great measure.

We will explore the changes that have come during the past two years with the Pandemic, the economic uncertainty, and the war in Ukraine. I want to encourage you. There are some surprising advantages to campaign in tough times. Our session will uncover these advantages and encourage you that tough times can be good for your organization! Our time together will provide you the keys to raise your greatest level of success.

Bio

Doug serves as a fundraising consultant for organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. This includes a variety of institutions of all sizes – medical centers, hospitals, universities, colleges, YMCAs, and a wide array of social service agencies.




Cheryl Jackson

Cheryl Jackson
(Founder, Minnie's Food Pantry)

Fundraising & Marketing for Your Nonprofit

Bio

Cheryl "Action" Jackson is an author, speaker, TV host and a multi-million dollar successful social entrepreneur. As her nickname suggests, Cheryl Jackson is a woman of action! This matriarch has gone from struggling from experiencing hunger to providing more than 17.5 million meals to children and families through her award-winning organization, Minnie's Food Pantry, a charity she founded to honor her mother, the late Dr. Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing.




Christopher Plumlee

Christopher Plumlee
(President & Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Fort Worth)

Transactional vs. Relational: Why There's Still Power in Pursuing Deep, Long-Term Cultivations

Speaker Sponsor: Frost Bank

Session Description

At a time when nonprofits across the country are focused on reaching as many donors as they can, as quickly as possible, Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is approaching their donors the same way they approach their clients — as individuals. Join Christopher Plumlee, President & CEO, as he proves that slow and steady wins the race. With as emphasis on sustainability, relationship building and a clear Social Return on Investment (SROI), CCFW will demonstrate how they're able to cut through the noise and turn one-time donors into long-term, high-dollar supporters.

Bio

Plumlee's background includes a 25-year career in senior leadership positions with several North American companies, including; Bank of America, Eastman Kodak, Staples, Dell and Hewlett Packard. In 2013, Plumlee started his own sales consultancy called Elevate Strategy Group consulting clients in sales strategy, client engagement, coaching, leadership development and training. After many year of serving CCFW on its board, Plumlee became its President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2021.




Mark Hobbs

Mark Hobbs
(Chief Executive Officer, Fundmetric)

Demystifying AI: Stories Using Artificial Intelligence in Fundraising

Prior to Fundmetric, Mark was a partner at Denote Communications, an advertising agency and was named one of the Top 50 Emerging Leaders in Atlantic Canada. Outside of his work, Mark dedicates time to a variety of charitable causes.





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Thank you, and we hope to see you soon on June 16th and 17th!