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3. Upcoming webinars


Wednesday, Jun 3, 12:00 p.m. CST

How We Kept Fundraising Going in the Pandemic

John T. Rogers

Webinar participants — John T. Rogers, Chief Development Officer, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA and Jim McKey, Senior Vice President and Independent Schools Practice Area Leader, GG+A.From the earliest days of the pandemic, Penn Charter decided to keep fundraising going. Hear from an experienced independent school fundraiser how he has kept his program’s focus on donor-centered communication and activity while making progress on the School’s biggest campaign ever. Learn how Penn Charter engages alumni to be lead donors and the critical role played by the head of school with top donors.


Thursday, Jun 4, 3:00 p.m. CST

Yay! Quarantine is Over! Now What?

Patricia Danver, Executive Director at Victoria University of Wellington will discuss her team’s recent return to campus following the lifting of the COVID-19 Quarantine in New Zealand. This discussion will include what’s changed, what’s ahead, and what’s the outlook for philanthropy.


4. Past webinars


GG+A Vice President Adrian Salmon highlights crucial components of digital giving appeals and offers examples of what elements come together to ensure an effective online appeal to donors in the webinar.

Adrian also offers comprehensive data that cautions organizations on the importance of optimizing their online donation pages for mobile platforms. “If you haven’t spent time looking at how well your donation page converts visitors to gifts, then you should do that because that is the single biggest factor in the success of your fundraising emails,” Adrian says.

He is joined by guests Sylvia Racca, Executive Director of the Dartmouth College Fund and Tim Poisson, Senior Managing Director of the Dartmouth Fund

Sylvia Racca

Sylvia Racca

Sylvia Racca joined Dartmouth in December 2002 as Executive Director of the Dartmouth College Fund and has been in higher education fundraising for 23 years. Prior to Dartmouth, she served first as the Director of the Annual Fund, and then as Director of Development, at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., which is one of the Claremont Colleges along with Pomona, Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd. Before moving west, she served as an Assistant Director in the Alumnae Fund of Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Prior to her career in higher education, Sylvia enjoyed a successful and engaging career for a decade syndicating tax-advantaged investments in commercial, historic, and multifamily real estate throughout the U.S.  with Atlantic Equity Corp. in Boston.

She is very proud to be an adopted member of the Dartmouth Class of 1983 and a 2013 graduate of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth.

Tim Poisson Dart

Tim Poisson

Timothy Poisson is a Senior Managing Director of the Dartmouth College Fund overseeing marketing. He’s held a variety of annual giving posts over the past 25 years, including Washington University in Saint Louis, San Diego State University, UCONN, and MIT.





Patrick Nugent

Patrick Nugent is Vice President for Individual and Organizational Giving at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He oversees major, planned, direct response, and institutional giving as well as development operations. A graduate of Xavier University (Cincinnati) and the University of Chicago, he is a former college professor and has held development and chief executive positions in arts and culture, higher education, and social services and has worked in the U.S., Japan, and Kenya.



  • Moving Beyond Crisis Communications: Engaging Donors in a Changed World

Leah Brady

Leah Brady is Executive Director of Campaign Engagement at American University in Washington, DC, overseeing the central Advancement Communications, Donor Relations, and Campaign and Strategic Events functions. A member of the Development and Alumni Relations senior leadership team, Leah provides strategic oversight and leads efforts to define and execute communication strategies in support of AU’s comprehensive campaign, currently in the quiet phase.

Joining American University in 2012 as Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, Leah has served in an increasing leadership capacity, establishing the division’s advancement communications function and heading its newly formed Office of Campaign Engagement. Her additional campaign experience includes work at The Fletcher School at Tufts University over the course of Tufts’ $1.2 billion Beyond Boundaries campaign.

Her knowledge and experience in annual giving, and integrated approach to principal and major gift cultivation and stewardship, is a result of experience gained at Children’s National Medical Center, Tufts University, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Leah has a strong track record of partnering with gift officers and advancement colleagues to motivate donors, volunteers, faculty, and staff to shape and fulfill organizational missions and strategic planning priorities.

Leah graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in psychology and French, and holds an MA in global marketing communications and advertising from Emerson College in Boston.


GG+A Consultant Kyle Gorden and Consulting Associate Anne Kohn in conversation with Gillian Morrison, Assistant Vice-President for University Development at the University of Toronto and President of CCAE.

Gillian Morrison

How are nonprofits from local arts organizations to major research universities staying engaged with and top-of-mind for their closest friends and most generous donors during the COVID-19 pandemic? GG+A consultants Kyle Gorden and Anne Kohn will provide examples of stellar stewardship during this unprecedented crisis, aligned with best practices to exceed the expectations of every donor in the receipt, acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of their gifts. They will be joined by Gillian Morrison, Assistant Vice-President for University Development at the University of Toronto and President of CCAE, who will share some of the best practices that UToronto has identified for delivering stewardship across complex, matrixed organizations, and measuring the effectiveness and impact of stewardship activities and programs through data analysis.


An Interview with Anthony Freud, General Director, President and CEO of Lyric Opera of Chicago, by John Glier, CEO of GG+A.

Those who wish to support the remarkable Lyric Opera of Chicago can contribute to their Heroes’ Fund. The Heroes’ Fund was created in response to the devastating financial loss that the Lyric incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund matches generous contributions by their loyal patrons dollar-for-dollar.


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