Annual Giving Directors Forum

February 9, 2023 11:30am-3:30pm ET


As a new year gets underway, annual giving leaders at educational institutions are facing a vastly different and continuously changing landscape. Remote work, staff turnover, artificial intelligence, economic recession, and many other issues sit front and center as program leaders tackle the ongoing tasks of running their programs, engaging donors, and generating annual support for their institutions. But you don’t need to go it alone! Meeting with annual giving leaders at peer institutions, sharing your challenges, and exchanging ideas can be the best way to identify potential solutions and steer your program in the right direction.

Join us on Thursday, February 9th, for a half-day interactive online directors forum which will provide leaders with a platform for identifying and addressing the most pressing issues facing annual giving programs today.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet annual giving program leaders (and rising leaders!) from similar institutions
  • Discuss the latest issues and biggest challenges facing annual giving programs
  • Find out how other organizations approach their work and solve problems
  • Review and discuss real situations and examples 
  • Examine your own efforts and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Obtain tools, templates, and other materials
  • Earn CFRE credit
  • And more

This event is ideal for current and rising annual giving program leaders at educational institutions who wish to connect with other leaders at institutions of similar size and scope.

  • Standard Members save an additional 40% (FREE for Plus and Premier Members)
  • Receive further discounts when registering multiple attendees from one institution
  • Note: Only one person/login per institutional registration.


(all times are EDT)

11:20am - Sign-In Begins

11:30am - Welcome/Overview of the Day

11:45am - Introductions, Institutions, & Issues

Meet peers from other institutions and learn about their program structures, goals, and challenges.

12:15am - Individual Assignment/Break

Work independently on an assigned task and take time for a break.

12:30pm - Assessing Opportunities

Use a self assessment tool to identify potential growth areas and develop actionable strategies to improve your program.

1:30pm - Individual Assignment/Break

Work independently on an assigned task and take time for a break.

2:00pm - Show & Tell

Share an example, a special initiative, a new idea or a challenge and get feedback from your group on how to make the most of it.

3:25pm - Bringing It All Together

Hear key takeaways, lessons learned, and final words of advice from the workshop’s expert faculty.

3:30pm - Workshop Ends



*Note: Only one person/login per institutional registration.


 Gloria Goosby

With over 15 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising, Gloria had led programs at Furman University and Georgia Southern University. Her other experience includes work with the Southeast Annual Giving Conference Committee and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce. She holds a B.S. in Broadcasting from Georgia Southern University.



Jackie Gear

With more than 15 years of experience in alumni engagement and annual giving, Jackie has led programs at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, Delaware Valley University, and Bucks County Community College. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters in Educational Leadership both from Delaware Valley University.



Gina Fiorillo

Gina has over 20 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising. She currently serves as Senior Director, Annual Giving & Stakeholder Engagement at Rutgers University Foundation, and has previously led programs at Kean University, and Douglass College. She holds a B.A. in English from Douglass College and an M.P.A. from the School of Public Affairs & Administration at Rutgers University.


Nkiruka McGinnis, Ph.D.

With nearly 20 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising, Nkiruka has led programs at the University of Rochester, Towson University, American University, The George Washington University Law School, and the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.


Melinda Phillips

With over 15 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising, Melinda has led programs at Vanderbilt University and its Owen Graduate School of Management. Her other experience includes work with the Annual Giving Directors Consortium and the Rhodes College Alumni Board. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.



Kara Tompkins

With over 10 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising, Kara has led programs at Syracuse University, SUNY Cortland, and Clarkson University. Her other experience includes work as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in her local community. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Clarkson University and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University



Mary Risner

With more than 20 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising, Mary has led programs at Westover School, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, and Franklin & Marshall College. She holds a B.S. in Business Economics from Bloomsburg University and an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.



Dan Allenby Principal & Founder at Annual Giving Network

Dan is an author, speaker, and consultant who has worked with educational institutions for more than 25 years to improve their fundraising results. An internationally recognized expert on annual giving, he is a CASE Laureate and recipient of the prestigious Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. His book Ideas for Annual Giving offers designs for helping organizations increase their levels of sustainable philanthropic support.

Dan has led annual giving and membership programs at Boston University, Tufts University, Georgetown University, and the National Geographic Society. He also served on the faculty for CASE’s Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising and chaired its Senior Annual Giving Professionals Conference and Annual Giving Workshop for five collective terms. He holds a B.A. in History from James Madison University and a M.B.A. from Boston College. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, writing songs, and getting away to the beaches of Cape Cod. His philosophy is that success comes from focusing on what’s right in front of you.

For more information about this workshop, please contact us at 888.407.5064 or [email protected].