Nonprofit Development Now Panel Discussion

Nonprofit Development Now: Senior Philanthropic Leaders Provide Advice for Fundraising in the Current Climate | Open to the Public

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:00 am CT

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Join the Executive Service Corps (ESC) for their Nonprofit Development Now Panel Discussion.

Hear leaders in the nonprofit community share their practical advice for fundraising.

Moderator & ESC Board Member: Upneet Teji, Business Services Group, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. & ESC Board Member

Panelists Include:

  • Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, Cubs Charities, at Chicago Cubs
  • Brenda Asare, President & CEO, Alford Group
  • Gillian Darlow, Chief Executive Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Rachelle Jervis, President & CEO, Executive Service Corps (ESC)
  • Sean Garrett, President & CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago
  • Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director, Little City Foundation
  • Shelley A. Davis, CEO, Coleman Foundation

Giving USA Foundation Webinar: The Donor Advised Fund Research Landscape

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET | Online

As donor-advised funds continue to grow in prominence, advisors, donors, and policy makers will be faced with myriad choices. In this webinar, you’ll learn how researchers are collecting, interpreting, and sharing data to ensure that decisions are based on facts, not fear.
  • Host: Brenda Asare, Alford Group
  • Presenter: Dr. Una Osili, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Panelists: Laura MacDonald, CFRE, Benefactor Group (Facilitator); Kristin Carlson Vogen, Chicago Community Trust; Nico Karagosian, Ohio University; Amy Pirozzolo, Fidelity Charitable
  • Resource: Dr. Anna Pruitt, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Alford Group Applauds MacKenzie Scott for Transformational Gifts

December 17, 2020

MacKenzie Scott, billionaire, author and philanthropist, announced this week she had given nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations in the last four months.


With deep gratitude, Alford Group applauds MacKenzie Scott for her transformational philanthropy to many Alford Group clients and other worthy organizations. We know these well-deserved gifts will be put to work to fuel their trailblazing work. Ms. Scott noted her full trust in these proven management teams who demonstrate high-potential for impact. Congratulations to our clients for being recognized for the work they do everyday to make their communities better, more equitable, and places where people reach their potential and realize possibilities. Alford Group is proud to be your partner as you accelerate and amplify your impact as a result of these extraordinary gifts.

Full list of recipients 

Elevate 2021 Conference

February 24-26, 2021 | Virtual

Creating an Equity-Forward Board Culture

As our nation grapples with racial inequality, the need for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in governance structures has become even more apparent. This session will illustrate how nonprofit boards benefit from DEI, can integrate DEI within their structures and systems, and equip board leaders with the tools to build or strengthen an equity-forward culture. Despite where your organization is at on its DEI journey, you will gain insights on how to approach governance for a better tomorrow.


  • Brenda B. Asare, President & CEO, Alford Group
  • Amy Hines, Senior Vice President, Alford Group


Tomorrow’s New Normal: 4 elements of an action-forward approach to planning

Thursday, October 22, 2020


The world has transformed in the last 6 months. A global pandemic, national social movements to create a just and fair society, environmental crisis after crisis – the list goes on. How do you plan for the future? What do you prioritize and what do you set aside? How do you anticipate what things will be like in the coming year? These are all good questions that no one has the exact answers to – but there is a lot we DO know. In this webinar, we will share with you 4 elements that every organization can use to strengthen its planning. A panel of experts discussed how they are using these 4 elements in leading their organizations through crisis response, scenario and/or strategic planning.



Alexis Cooke, Senior Consultant, Alford Group




Jamie Phillippe, Vice President, Alford Group






Felicia S. Davis, President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women




Darrin Goss, President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina




Rachel Krinsky, Executive Director, LifeWire





Michele Stauff, CFRE, Executive Director, Million Dollar Round Table Foundation



How to Effectively Grow Revenue through Corporate Partnerships in the COVID Era

Free Webinar | Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Some nonprofits wonder if they should pause their corporate outreach due to the impact of COVID-19 on companies. However, many companies are interested (and eager!) in maintaining their support of and visibility with nonprofits. Many companies are digging in to help with pandemic-related challenges and are looking for ways to get involved. We will spotlight Alford Group’s recent corporate partnership work with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This webinar demonstrated why and how nonprofits can maintain AND grow a successful corporate partnership strategy during the pandemic.

• Reviewed a step-by-step and revamped sales and outreach process
• Examined how to build an ROI-driven value proposition: Shift from transactional, event-based sponsorship to partnerships that truly meet corporate objectives around initiatives like Social Responsibility and ESG Investing
• Determined the importance of collaborating with companies as part of the partnership creation process
• Explored virtual partnership and sponsorship benefits that truly drive ROI for companies

Creating a Culture of Equity: Putting the Elephant on the Board Table

AFP Summer Session | August 6, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.ET

Presented by Carmen Marshall, Christi Green, Steve Ziger, FAIA, Amy T. Seto, CPA and Mary Warren

Sponsored by Alford Group

Effective nonprofit organizations and boards are built and developed on equitable practices, continuous self-evaluation and intentionality that align organizational values with what organizations value. A panel of philanthropic leaders will have a courageous discussion about helping your organization create a more equitable culture in these changing times.


Giving USA and the New Age of Philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.PT (90 mins)

A new age of philanthropy is upon us. Alford Group will present the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2019 giving, which will inform our look forward for the Pacific Northwest region. A panel of local experts will then speak to how the regional philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We will discuss how we are being called to do better to bridge the inequities and system failures clearly revealed in this global health and financial crisis, and work to create economic dignity and improve the quality of life for all.


Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, Alford Group





Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President & West Division Manager





Robin Callahan, CFRE, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation




Elena Fracchia, CWS, AVP, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank




Dana Miller, Senior Program Director – Grants, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust




Anjana Pandey, Vice President of Strategy, Philanthropy Northwest




Giving USA and the New Age of Philanthropy

Free Webinar | Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET

A new age of philanthropy is upon us. Alford Group presented the just-released Giving USA report looking back at 2019 giving, which informs our look forward. The panel of funders spoke to how the philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We discussed how we are being called to do better to bridge the inequities and system failures clearly revealed in this global health and financial crisis. Specifically, the panel shared how funders are re-focusing their giving and what nonprofits can do to engage, strengthen and grow their donor relationships.

This webinar is approved for 1.5 points toward CFRE certification.

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Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, Alford Group




Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President & West Division Manager




Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President & East Division Manager





Laura Coy, Director of Philanthropy Strategy, William Blair; Vice President of the William Blair & Company Foundation




Marguerite H. Griffin, Senior Vice President; Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, Northern Trust




Stephen Maislin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Houston Community Foundation




Beth McCaw, President & CEO, Washington Women’s Foundation




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South Sound Philanthropy Summit 2019: Next Generation Philanthropy

September 27 | University Of Washington Tacoma – William W. Philip Hall
Tacoma, WA

Each year, philanthropic leaders from around our region come together for the South Sound Philanthropy Summit, hosted by two volunteer-led organizations, Association of Fundraising Professionals South Sound and South Sound Planned Giving Council, with the goal of bringing together nonprofits, development professionals, allied professionals, funders and philanthropists for a day of education and networking.

We came together to learn, share and grow as a community. Together, we do more, go farther, are more strategic, make a more profound and lasting impact. At the Philanthropy Summit, we “unite to unleash the power of philanthropy.”


  • Michael Moody, Ph.D.Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, Cultural Sociologist & Author, 21/64: Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving. Michael will offer specific ideas and implications for working closely with your next gen, providing best practices and highly practical takeaways for engaging and supporting next gen donors as they figure out their philanthropic roles and prepare to launch their own giving efforts. Learn how the next gen learn best, and who or what influences the development of their values and interest in—and approaches to—philanthropy. Learn from groundbreaking research on the most relevant themes, data, quotes, and findings.
  • Kristen Corning BedfordPresident & Founder, philanthroBE: A Generous Heart: How Feminist Philanthropy is Changing the Culture of Giving. The field of philanthropy has been evolving from acts of doing for to doing with, but large systems of power remain intact. Doing philanthropy differently means examining our own privilege and power in order to dismantle systems of oppression that traditional philanthropy upholds. Using feminist principles of solidarity, reciprocity and agency provide us with a lens to change how and why we give. This new wave of giving is taking hold with both new and seasoned philanthropists, encouraging us to question the systems themselves and commit to a more profound relationship with our “love for humanity.”
  • Victoria WoodardMayor, City of Tacoma, will join us as a very special Lunch Speaker.


Nonprofit Leaders Conference 2019: Everyday Heroes

September 13 | Grays Harbor College
Aberdeen, WA

This was a great day of skill building workshops, networking, and inspiration! Mariah Fosnight, MBA, and Jennifer Shin, MBA, spoke on fundraising ROI.

There was a haiku contest, raffle for $500 for your nonprofit, free professional head shots, continental breakfast and lunch included, and interactive workshop sessions on a wide range of topics including:

  • Fundraising – evaluating ROI, event management, and ethics
  • Board – governance, legal compliance, and board development
  • Volunteers – recruitment, management
  • Sustainability – strategic planning, succession planning, successful collaborations
  • Communications – social media, communications plan, and core messaging