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Recap Program November 2021

Roundtable Discussion: Come workshop your questions!
Sharing fundraising ideas and comparing strategies with peers have been extremely helpful tools for fundraisers in today’s ever-changing landscape. On Wednesday, October 27th, WIDGB hosted its first ever Virtual Roundtable Discussion in which attendees could pick three out of five breakout room topics. The topics of discussion included Recruiting & Onboarding in a Virtual World, Small Shop Fundraising, Planned Giving, Communications, and Foundation & Corporate Grant Fundraising. Takeaways included to how a small shop can schedule and prioritize stewardship in a packed Development calendar, essential planned giving language to include on your organization’s website, the most effective way to communicate your nonprofit's impact through success stories, and more!
 
Thank you to the facilitators of this Roundtable Discussion: Molly Richter (Assistant Director of Development, Mass General Brigham), Carmen Chan (Director of Philanthropy, Just a Start), Liz Cahn (President, Gift Planning and Fund Raising Services); Coralys Negretti (Director of Marketing and Communications, YW Boston), and Risa Shames (Principal, RS Consulting).

Event Recap - Annual Spring Meeting

Event flier for WID's Annual Spring MeetingOn Thursday, June 10th Women in Development of Greater Boston hosted our Annual Spring Meeting over Zoom to an impassioned audience. After a moving opening from outgoing WID President Kellen Epstein, during which she thanked the legacy of women who came before her, she introduced the incoming WID President, Katie Quackenbush Spiegel. Katie charted the direction for WID, with a focus on growth, movement, and accessibility.

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Program Recap: Attracting, Retaining and Advancing Diverse Talent

Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Diverse Talent

Systemic racism continues to impede progress for people of color in every profession, including fundraising. Recent studies show that just 19% of employees at nonprofits identify as people of color while 30% of the US identifies as people of color – and only 13% of the Association of Fundraising Professionals members identified as non-white.

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Event Recap - Community Centric Storytelling

"Why Do We Shape Our Stories from a Donor-Centric Perspective? Shifting Our Lens to Community-Centric Storytelling and Fundraising"

When we think about best practices in philanthropy, we often focus on how external stakeholders will receive our messages -- including donor appeals, grant proposals, and event programs. But why is this the appropriate approach and do these practices honor the stories of the communities we serve? To further advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the funding space, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions must re-examine how we communicate. Here are a few easy-to-implement changes that you can make in your organization today:

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Event Recap: Pay Inequity

WID Asks Why? Series: Pay Inequity

On April 14, 2021, a panel of non-profit professionals came together on the virtual stage to engage in a discussion on the important topic of pay inequity.

Faith Eutsay, Senior Consultant at Lindauer Global, thoughtfully moderated the discussion and asked the panel—Patricia D. Keenan, Vice President of Advancement, Community and Equity at Ellis, Ahmed Mohammed, Director of Talent Acquisition at Harvard Medical School, Andrea Silbert, President at Eos Foundation, and Sharon J. Stanczak, CFRE, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the Whitehead Institute—tough questions on the matter to shed light on the systemic problem of pay inequity.



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Event Recap: Ethics in Fundraising

Ethics in Fundraising

On April 27, 2021, a panel gathered to discuss best practices for developing gift and donor acceptance policies, making ethical decisions on how to work with donors, and how to graciously decline gifts from controversial funders. This program was generously sponsored by CCS Fundraising.

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Program Recap: “Virtual Events 2.0″

Event Details and Headshots
On January 28, 2021, a panel gathered to discuss tips on best practices for achieving virtual event goals, how to maximize results, and ideas for post-event cultivation. This program was generously sponsored by CCS Fundraising.  

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Program Recap: “Building a Pipeline of Institutional Funders: A deep dive into grant programs”

Stacia Silvia Headshot
On February 11, 2021, Stacia Silvia, Director of Foundation Relations and Development Operations at MAB Community Services, shared a crash course on grants, and answered participant questions. This lunch and learn was sponsored by CCS Fundraising.

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Program Recap: “Maximizing Life Science Partnerships”

Details of virtual event date-time with images of speakers
On December 3, 2020, WID asked a very basic, yet complicated question: How does a fundraiser make inroads with Corporate Social Responsibility programs in the Life Sciences?

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Program Recap: “WID 2020 Fall Kick-Off – Together Apart: WID Virtual Networking & Stories from the Desk of Mayor Yvonne Spicer”

Yvonne Spicer Headshot

The morning began with greetings from WID’s President, Kellen Epstein and two 15-minute networking sessions. It was a wonderful way to start the morning and was a fun, virtual replacement for the normal networking that would happen in the room at a WID event.

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Program Recap: “Major Gifts During a Global Pandemic – The Way Forward”

On October 27, 2020, WID brought to light a question that many within the development profession are asking themselves daily. How do we continue moving forward with our major gifts program during a global pandemic? This program, sponsored by CCS Fundraising, gave attendees concrete suggestions from both fundraisers and donors alike, that although much has changed around us, the basics remain. We still need to continue making those asks, reach out to our constituents and building deeper connections with our donor base.

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Program Recap: “Small Shop Talk: Inside the World of Small Shop Fundraising”

On July 22, 2020, WID took a deep dive into the “small ponds” of the development world. “Small Shop Talk: Inside the World of Small Shop Fundraising,” one of a series of free summer webinars sponsored by CCS Fundraising, was moderated by Raquel Rosenblatt, Chief Development Officer of The Dimock Center.

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Program Recap: “Building Inclusion of People with Disabilities into Your Organization’s Mindset”

Highlights from “Building Inclusion of People with Disabilities into Your Organization’s Mindset” by Rachel Jellinek

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Program Recap: Fostering a Joyful Work Environment with Guest Speaker Peggy Burns

Headshot Peggy BurnsOver 100 attendees joined us for a webinar with “Joy Ambassador” Peggy Burns, Associate Dean, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education where she discussed the importance of fostering joy to improve employee satisfaction and success in the workplace.

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Webinar Recap: Lesson Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 WID held a webinar featuring a panel of 4 speakers representing the healthcare, higher education, social services, and arts sectors who spoke about how they are managing teams responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Webinar Recap: Donor Motivations in Times of Crisis with Mike Sheehan

On April 28, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar “Donor Motivations in Times of Crisis with Mike Sheehan”

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Webinar Recap: Fundraising in a Virtual World: Stories From the Front Line

On April 20, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “Fundraising in a Virtual World: Stories From the Front Line”

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Webinar Recap: “One Month Down: Lessons Learned & Planning for the Next 100 Days”

On April 13, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “One Month Down: Lessons Learned & Planning for the Next 100 Days”

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Webinar Recap: “Pivoting Your Case for Support and Fundraising Plan: Relevant Action Steps in the Time of COVID-19”

On April 6, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “Pivoting Your Case for Support and Fundraising Plan: Relevant Action Steps in the Time of COVID-19”.

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Webinar Recap: “How to Engage Donors When Your Community Goes Virtual”

On March 30, 2020 Women in Development, in partnership with CCS Fundraising and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts, presented a webinar on “How to Engage Donors When Your Community Goes Virtual.”

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