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  • 02/01/2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    Happy New Year, Friends!

    Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday? ADO kicked off our football season with the January session on “Getting Your Board to Embrace Fund Development.”   We had 75 roaring fans in attendance as speaker Laura Goodwin led us down the field for our first touchdown.

    Our very own board member Hillary Millman is taking the snap from Center on February 13th with her session, “I Just Called to Say I Love You: Best Practices for Donor Communications.” There is no doubt that Hillary will lead us to another touchdown!

    ADO is preparing for our halftime show on March 6th with our annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast at Abigail Kirsch. This promises to our best awards breakfast ever. We are pleased to be recognizing some Hall of Fame caliber winners.

    The 2nd Half of the season starts on April 10th with a panel discussion on “Securing Corporate Sponsorships.” Our team is diligently studying our playbook so we can work our way down the field for yet another touchdown.

    We wrap up our victorious season with our May 8th lunch on “Preventing & Overcoming Burnout” and culminate our winning season with the Summer Networking Event in June.

    ADO is always looking for new members to join our winning team. Please mark your calendars for our events and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

    Enjoy the Game!!

    Adam Kintish, Board President

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

    ADO would like to thank the following individuals for taking the leap and joining our organization. Some of you are new to ADO, others have found value in participating in past programs. Welcome, and we look forward to getting to know you better in the coming year!

    Barbara Cervoni - Support Connection, Inc.

    Donvil Collins - VeeKast

    Sally Corbett-Turco - Stepping Stones Foundation

    Jennifer Geider - Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic

    Victoria Jimpson-Fludd - FAOS / Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra

    Rosanne Lana - Lagond Music School

    Dianne Lloyd - Too Young to Wed

    Sharon Masciovecchio - Aisling Irish Community Center

    Mary Theresa McCombe - Hearts to Homes Furnishings

    Robert Miss - Strategic Management Exchange

    Maureen Natkin - Westhab, Inc.

    Ann Paul - Westmoreland Sanctuary

    Jenifer Ross - Greyston

    Sabrina Toback - New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence

    Adrienne Vogel - Student Advocacy

    Marjorie Weintraub - Gilda's Club Westchester

    PROGRAMS


    We’ve had a full house at the last three workshops; Rebecca Snyder in November talking about prospect research, Betsy Steward talking about major gifts in December, and Laura Goodwin in January talking about encouraging board members to embrace their role as fundraisers.

    If you missed any of these workshops, don’t despair!  ADO members can access slides from past presentations on the Member Area of our website at any time (requires a login)!

    Don’t miss these fabulous upcoming events:

    February 13, 2019 - I Just Called to Say I Love You: Best Practices for Donor Communications
    March 6, 2019 – Philanthropy Awards Breakfast
    April 10, 2019 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Securing Corporate Sponsorships

    PHILANTHROPY AWARDS BREAKFAST

    The Philanthropy Awards Breakfast is just 5 weeks away, on March 6th! We have a fantastic slate of honorees this year, along with some great sponsorship opportunities. Special thanks to Jill Singer of Jill Singer Graphics for doing a terrific job designing the various event-related materials.

    Please join us in congratulating this year’s honorees:

    OUTSTANDING BOARD
    African American Men of Westchester

    COMMUNITY PARTNER
    Andrew Dieckman, Executive Printing

    FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL
    Tom Gabriel, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

    PHILANTHROPIST
    Sue Greene Fuirst
    Co-Founder, Spiral Giving
    Board Chair, Open Door Foundation

    YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY
    Noah Weber, Athletes vs. Crohn’s

    REGISTER ONLINE






    Check out these photos from last year's breakfast.
    It's sure to be a great event!

    NEW EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE

    ADO is here to help you keep up with nonprofit trends and best practices AND help you unclutter your inbox at the same time! In January, we introduced a personalized weekly nonprofit industry newsbrief that collates relevant industry articles and blogs from nearly 100 sources around the web. With the help of artificial intelligence, the more you interact with the content the more personalized it will become. We are delighted to pilot this new and exciting educational resource. Have you read yours yet? Let us know what you think!

    HOW IT ALL BEGAN

    In January Executive Director Julie Sootin had the opportunity to sit down for lunch with Peter Gallagher, one of the founders of ADO nearly 40 years ago. It all began in the summer of 1980 when six development directors started meeting regularly at the Bengal Tiger in White Plains to chat about their agencies and fundraising issues. The group quickly recognized the need for an organization in Westchester that would promote the field of fundraising and support its fundraisers. Peter gives credit for the original idea to Ed Steward who, it turns out, is the late father-in-law of our own Betsy Steward, ADO member and our featured speaker in December!

      

    Peter left Julie with a little memento of his days on the board, a marble paperweight that ADO used to present to each speaker.

    WHAT'S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

    The War for Fundraising Talent by Jason Lewis

    An honest yet hopeful critique of professional fundraising, this book is intended especially for small shops that find it difficult to consistently achieve their fundraising goals. These organizations are notorious for rapid turnover and high donor attrition which are merely side effects of a much larger problem. This inter-sector conflict will not be won by those organizations who continue to mistakenly consider their scarcest resource to be donors with dollars. After years, if not decades, of obsessively accumulating new donors, most organizations have more than enough donors to keep them busy for quite some time. Those willing to part ways with this time-worn paradigm will discover how to retain more of the talent they already have and empower their new recruits with an environment where fundraising professionals can achieve mastery and find meaning in their work.

    Jason Lewis was kind enough to provide attendees at ADO’s January workshop with a copy of his thought provoking new book. Jason is clearly on a mission to ensure that organizations have a shared understanding of how fundraising REALLY works, and that fundraising professionals are recognized and admired for doing meaningful work!

    Click HERE to learn more.

    Have you read a good fundraising book lately that you want to recommend? Let us know!

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    OFFICERS

    ADAM KINTISH, President
    akintish@aol.com

    AMY PRICE, Vice President
    GallopNYC
    amyprice717@gmail.com

    MICHELLE A. NICHOLAS, Treasurer
    The Nico Consulting, Inc.
    mnicholas@thenicoconsulting.com

    ANN FABRIZIO, Secretary
    ArtsWestchester
    afabrizio@artswestchester.org

    MEMBERS

    KEVIN COOK
    Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
    kevin.cook@wmchealth.org

    LAURA DEBUYS
    The Picture House Regional Film Center
    laura@thepicturehouse.org

    MARISSA MADONIA
    Westchester Parks Foundation
    marissa@thewpf.org

    HILLARY MILLMAN
    In Better Words
    hillary@inbetterwords.com

    HEIDI SIESFELD
    Pro Bono Partnership
    hsiesfeld@probonopartner.org

    JILL SINGER
    Jill Singer Graphics
    jill@jillsingergraphics.com

    MONICA SPEARS
    Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
    mspears@girlscoutshh.org

    BRENDA WILKIN
    Wilkin Consulting Group
    brendawilkin123@gmail.com

  • 11/01/2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

    Hello Friends,

    It is hard to believe that we have only two months left in 2018! ADO has accomplished so much this past year.

    We grew our membership significantly during the past year.  We added some wonderful Non Profit and Corporate Professionals. Our Board of Directors continues to work extremely hard to make ADO a valuable and trusted resource for all the Not for Profits in the Hudson Valley.

    Our lunch programs were tremendously informative and the feedback was always so positive.

    Please check our website regularly as we have some amazing programs scheduled for the remainder of this year and next year.

    November is National Philanthropy Month. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude, and give each and everyone of you a standing ovation and thank you for all that you do each and everyday.

    On We Go!

    Adam Kintish, ADO Board President

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

    ADO would like to thank the following individuals for taking the leap and joining our organization.  Some of you are new to ADO, others have found value in participating in past programs.  Welcome, and we look forward to getting to know you better in the coming year!

    Valerie Brown - Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW

    Frank Cipolla - ConnectionText

    Jenean Eichenholtz - Too Young To Wed

    Susie Erdey - Teatown

    Jan Fisher - Jan Fisher LLC, Nonprofit Advisors

    Vivian Holmes - Foundation for Sight & Sound

    Nancy Keane - Wartburg

    Martin Ketels - Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

    Cindy Lopane – Westchester Institute for Human Development

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    November 14, 2018 - Prospect Research - Google & Beyond

    December 12, 2018 - Cultivating Donors: Major Gift Success

    January 9, 2019 - Getting Your Board Members to Embrace Fundraising

    ASK THE EXPERTS ROUNDTABLE

    Over 100 people attended this information-packed event on October 10th at the Scarsdale Golf Club in Hartsdale.  Nine subject matter experts hosted tables that covered topics such as crafting your case for support, planned giving, direct mail, grant writing, and more.  We thank the experts who volunteered their time to make this event so valuable to participants.

    One attendee remarked, "The table hosts provided information in-depth and even encouraged participants to contact them off-line with more questions, and provided very useful handouts."

    This biennial event is offered free of charge thanks to a generous grant from Con Edison.


    Pictured (L to R): Laura Rizzo of Con Edison, Julie Sootin of Sootin Consulting, Adam Kintish of Heartland Payment Systems, Jane Solnick of Con Edison


    Betsy Steward of Heller Fundraising (2nd from left) hosted a table on capital campaigns and major gifts.

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

    Is there someone who has made a significant contribution to your organization this year? An individual, organization, or business that goes “above and beyond” in their philanthropic efforts?

    ADO's annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast will be held on March 6, 2019.  Help us identify the people in our community who deserve recognition by nominating them for one of the following “Philanthropy in Action” award categories:

    Board/Board Member
    Community Partner
    Corporate Partner
    Foundation
    Fundraising Professional
    Philanthropist
    Youth in Philanthropy

    Click HERE to download the application form, which includes the criteria for each of the categories listed above. The deadline for submission is November 16th at 5 pm. A panel of judges will meet in late November to make the final award selections.

    WHAT'S ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?

    Engagement Fundraising: How to raise more money for less in the 21st century

    If you know your job is getting harder because donor expectations have changed, the old orthodoxies and conventions don't work anymore, and competition for the charitable dollar is growing, this book is for you. Engagement Fundraising was developed from the perspective of a donor who discovered firsthand that the impersonal, spray-and-pray approaches of his beloved charity were not only offensive but also wasteful and ineffective.

    With Engagement Fundraising, you can be the fundraiser you want to be, helping wealthy and legacy-minded individuals find meaning in their lives through giving. The key is in leveraging smart strategies and powerful technologies to engage your supporters with highly relevant, captivating, respectful communications.

    Click HERE to learn more.

    Have you read a good fundraising book lately that you want to recommend?  Let us know!

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    A testimonial from a recent scholarship recipient:

    "I found the conference to be both informative and entertaining (plenty of information, facts, and the information was sometimes presented in a light and entertaining way). It was nice to get the refreshers on making sure you are doing donor-centered correspondence and good to hear new research on relationship fundraising. My many thanks to ADO for making this opportunity available to its members."

    Please visit our scholarship page for more information about this underutilized member benefit.  The next application deadline is December 1st for activities that take place in the 1st quarter of 2019.

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    OFFICERS

    ADAM KINTISH, President
    Heartland Payment Systems
    akintish@aol.com

    AMY PRICE, Vice President
    The Champion Project
    amyprice717@gmail.com

    MICHELLE A. NICHOLAS, Treasurer
    The Nico Consulting, Inc.
    Mnicholas@thenicoconsulting.com

    ANN FABRIZIO, Secretary
    ArtsWestchester
    afabrizio@artswestchester.org

    MEMBERS

    KEVIN COOK
    Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
    kevin.cook@wmchealth.org

    LAURA DEBUYS
    The Picture House Regional Film Center
    laura@thepicturehouse.org

    MARISSA MADONIA
    Westchester Parks Foundation
    marissa@thewpf.org

    HILLARY MILLMAN
    In Better Words
    hillary@inbetterwords.com

    HEIDI SIESFELD
    Pro Bono Partnership
    hsiesfeld@probonopartner.org

    JILL SINGER
    Jill Singer Graphics
    jill@jillsingergraphics.com

    MONICA SPEARS
    Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
    mspears@girlscoutshh.org

    BRENDA WILKIN
    Wilkin Consulting Group
    brendawilkin123@gmail.com

  • 08/01/2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

    Hello ADO Friends:

    It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the summer. Time flies by when the weather is nice! We are excited for the upcoming ADO year. The lunch program kicks off on September 12th with the topic Social Media Marketing. It promises to be informative and will certainly give you more tools for your tool belts!

    Please make sure you complete our program surveys and provide feedback.

    ADO is always looking to increase our membership. If you or someone you know wants to develop or improve your fundraising skills and make a positive impact on your organization ADO is the place! I promise you that you will learn something new at every meeting and you will have fun doing so.

    I can’t wait to see you on September 12th and I thank you for all that you do each and every day.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!!

    Adam Kintish

    ADO President

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    September 12, 2018 - Social Media Marketing

    October  10, 2018 - Meet the Funders
    Sponsored by Con Edison

    November 14, 2018 - Prospect Research

    December 12, 2018 - Major Gifts

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

    Sobeida Cruz - Charter School of Educational Excellence

    Mina Gary Ryan - Katonah Museum of Art

    Jessica Reinmann - (914) Cares, Inc. (formerly Chappaqua Cares)

    Jennifer Sheehy - Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

    Michael Wares, CFP - Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

    BOARD CHANGES

    ADO is thrilled to welcome two new board members, Marissa Madonia and Monica Spears. Marissa currently serves as the Development Director with Westchester Parks Foundation, where she oversees the organization’s major gifts and annual giving programs. Monica has served as the Development Manager for Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson for the last nine years, and as President of a Scholarship Ministry for Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY for the last four years. Both Marissa and Monica bring tremendous professional fundraising expertise and passion for the mission of ADO. 

    Two other board members, Ellen Bloom and Lisa Dashman, have rotated off the board this summer. We thank them both for their many years of service to ADO and for helping to build this vibrant and supportive community.


    Julie Sootin, Executive Director, and Lisa Dashman, outgoing board member

    2018-19 BOARD SLATE

    OFFICERS

    ADAM KINTISH, President
    PCSB Bank
    akintish@mypcsb.com

    AMY PRICE, Vice President
    The Champion Project
    amyprice717@gmail.com

    MICHELLE A. NICHOLAS, Treasurer
    Family Services of Westchester
    mnicholas@fsw.org

    ANN FABRIZIO, Secretary
    ArtsWestchester
    afabrizio@artswestchester.org

    MEMBERS

    KEVIN COOK 
    Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
    kevin.cook@wmchealth.org

    LAURA DEBUYS
    The Picture House Regional Film Center
    laura@thepicturehouse.org

    MARISSA MADONIA
    Westchester Parks Foundation 
    marissa@thewpf.org

    HILLARY MILLMAN
    In Better Words 
    hillary@inbetterwords.com

    HEIDI SIESFELD
    Pro Bono Partnership
    hsiesfeld@probonopartner.org

    JILL SINGER
    Jill Singer Graphics
    jill@jillsingergraphics.com

    MONICA SPEARS
    Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
    mspears@girlscoutshh.org

    BRENDA WILKIN
    Wilkin Consulting Group
    brendawilkin123@gmail.com

    PHOTOS FROM OUR JUNE MIXER

       

  • 05/01/2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

    Dear ADO Friends:

    The year is flying by!

    Summer is right around the corner and much excitement is on the horizon for ADO. We have had quite a year thus far and we are not slowing down anytime soon. From our inspiring philanthropy breakfast to our monthly meetings, to our networking events and informative workshops we have packed in quite a bit so far. I feel such a sense of pride whenever I attend one of our events. The buzz and excitement is wonderful!

    ADO wants to make sure that you are well informed as we want to provide you with useful information and valuable resources. It is our hope that you enjoy this newsletter.

    We have many exciting events on the horizon and we are always planning ways to build upon the strengths we have as a group. We love to hear suggestions from members, so please share your ideas! You may also consider serving on our board or one of our committees. Feel free to ask any of the current board members about their experience.

    We also need you to help ADO by spreading the word to colleagues. I like to think that all non-profits know about us, but I am always surprised when I meet someone who has not heard of our group. Word of mouth is the most effective way to introduce someone to ADO.

    I look forward to seeing all of you at future events.

    Adam Kintish, ADO President

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    May 9, 2018 - Convince Them! Get Stakeholders to Say “Count Me In”

    June 21, 2018 - Free Summer Networking Mixer

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

    Lisa Brotmann - Community Center of Northern Westchester

    J. Dewey - Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc. 

    Gillian LaTorre - Crowne Plaza White Plains 

    Rebakah Raz - Westchester Children's Association 

    Maria Samuels - Westchester Disabled On the Move, Inc. 

    Susan Sapiro - Pro Bono Partnership 

    Cory Scott Whittier - Whittier & Associates 

    Fiona Wilkes - ANDRUS

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    A testimonial from a recent scholarship recipient:

    Gratitude is such an important part of successful fund development, and is a favorite part of my work as a fundraiser. I want to take this opportunity to express genuine gratitude to The Association of Development Officers for awarding me a partial scholarship to enhance and add to my skills through enrollment in a Major Gifts fundraising course. ADO's support, its commitment to its members and its determination to continually increase our awareness of this important and rewarding profession are invaluable. A very personal thank you, ADO, for helping me to make a difference for others. 

    Best, Amy

    Please visit our scholarship page for more information about this member benefit.

    PHOTOS FROM OUR RECENT AWARDS BREAKFAST



     




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