Corporate & Foundation Relations Sessions


Helping Organizations Think Bigger

Presented by Sara Robinson, CFRE, Celebrity Series of Boston and Ellie Starr, Museum of Science
Moderated by Julie Rafferty, Rafferty Communications Strategies

Sometimes organizations have exciting, visionary gift opportunities hiding in plain sight -- and donors willing to fund those ideas at large levels if  presented as a bold vision that aligns with the donors philanthropic goals. How do you as a fundraiser help your leadership create larger giving opportunities by packaging existing needs with new ideas in ways that excite donors? How do you help organizational leadership become more comfortable asking for large gifts? And if you think the time is ripe for a capital campaign, how do you help your organization both get comfortable with the idea and "right-size" their ambitions? Our panel of experienced fundraisers and marketing experts will offer their experiences and answer your questions on these challenges, which are faced by small and large organizations alike.

Legacy Foundations and New Wealth Foundations

Presented by David Gordon, MIT; Maggi Alexander, The Philanthropic Initiative; Alix Cantave, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Danielle Klainberg, DEK Associates Consulting and John Parker, Springhood

For many years, the agendas of legacy foundations – some founded nearly a century ago – have set the tone for giving by all foundations. But recently, that dynamic has arguably flipped, as more and more foundations set up by today’s biggest donors – often through LLCs – have raised new expectations for donor involvement in foundation giving. How do these different models for giving compare and contrast with one another? Has the paradigm truly shifted, or, do legacy foundations still drive the major trends in the field? What can grant seekers do to navigate this new, more complex territory? Hear a panel discuss these and other related trends from a variety of perspectives: grant maker, grant seeker, legacy foundation official and living donor. 


Engaging Colleagues to Maximize Foundation Success

Presented by Diane Newark and Bethany Allen of Advocates

This session will utilize two case studies to illustrate how to get buy-in across agency for foundation proposals. We will talk about how Advocates engaged multiple internal stakeholders to identify priorities, obtain funding and gather meaningful data to report to foundations.

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10 Ways to 10x Your Success with Businesses (and Everyone Else!)

Presented by Joe Waters, Selfish Giving
Win-win partnership expert Joe Waters will share the 10 ways to unlock six-figure partnerships with businesses. From identifying the most lucrative type of businesses partners to creative strategies to become a magnet for opportunity, Joe's advice will help you raise more money from companies - as well as individuals and foundations!


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