Meet the Speakers

Una Osili

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

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.


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.


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

Speaker Sponsor: Frost Bank


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.

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.

Bill Stanczykiewicz

Bill Stanczykiewicz
(Director & Rosso Fellow, The Fund Raising School, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy)

Leading Up: How Fundraisers Can Influence Their Nonprofit's Top Leaders

Session Description

Today has been a big learning day, and you're excited about implementing new ideas at your nonprofit. You now need to influence your boss and board of directors with your recommendations based on today's conference experience. Fundraisers rarely if ever have the top seat in the organizational chart. Learn about the unique type of power that all fundraisers can utilize when leading up to the CEO and the board of directors.


Dr. Bill Stanczykiewicz serves as senior assistant dean for external relations at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy where he directs The Fund Raising School. For the last 24 years Bill has served in various staff and board leadership positions in the philanthropic sector where he has been associated with raising more than $100 million dollars for grassroots, statewide, and international organizations. Bill's research focus is in board engagement with fundraising, which also informs his expertise in effective nonprofit and fundraising leadership. He is a co-editor and chapter author of the newly-released edition of "Achieving Excellence in Fundraising," and Bill is a member of AFP-Indiana.

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