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Philanthropy Forum

Register Now - Free May 5 Connelly & Assoc. Philanthropy Forum

All fundraisers, nonprofit staff, nonprofit board members, and those who work with fundraisers and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend this free afternoon event featuring feature educational sessions, a panel on corporate and foundation funders, and a networking happy hour.  

  • 1st ​Educational Session - “Your least likely donor can be your transformational donor” Kim M. Metzger, CFRE, Senior Director of Development & External Relations, Departments of Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine.  Kim Metzger will share the 10-year process and lessons learned along the way of turning the least likely donor in your portfolio into your 8-figure donor, and the valuable role that stewardship played. The session will address “managing up,” competing priorities, the true value of stewardship, and the driving force behind such a gift.

  • 2nd Educational Session - “Operating a nonprofit in a changing world”- With an introduction from Dave Hartman, President of Hartman Executive Advisors, this interactive discussion with Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and George Breeden, Managing Director, Nonprofit Practice of Hartman Executive Advisors, will explore NFB’s journey and how they are adapting their operations in order to be responsive to an ever-changing and competitive landscape. The presenters will discuss changes in the workforce and how organizations can leverage technology to raise funds, keep up with modern expectations, and coordinate their data systems - all in the interest of pursuing their missions.

  • 3rd Educational Session - “The compounding power of monthly donors - how to grow your sustainer program” - Monthly donors play a critical role in an organization’s Annual Giving program. This session, led by Jason Freeman, Annual Giving Campaign Specialist at Catholic Relief Services and Alicen McCarrick, Charitable Giving Analytics Manager at Catholic Relief Services, will explore the importance of a strong recurring giving program, discuss best practices, and share lessons learned from CRS’ sustainer program. Direct mail and digital efforts will be addressed, as well as the data and analytics measured behind the scenes. The session will feature practical ideas to take your sustainer program to the next level, or to consider when creating a sustainer program.

  • Additional educational session speakers will be announced soon.

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones will welcome everyone to the Connelly & Assoc. Philanthropy Forum following the conclusion of the educational sessions, and prior to the start of the panel on corporate and foundation funders.

Panel on foundation & corporate funders, Moderated by Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum Kris Hoellen


  • Rhonda Pringle - Baltimore Business Journal

  • Shanaysha Sauls - Baltimore Community Foundation

  • Additional panelists will be announced soon

Tuesday, May 5 Connelly & Assoc. Philanthropy Forum Schedule

12:00 - 12:30                 Networking and Registration for Educational Sessions

12:30 - 1:15 pm             First Educational Session

1:30 - 2:15 pm               Second Educational Session

2:30 - 3:15 pm               Third Educational Session

3:30 - 4:00 pm               Networking and Registration for Panel on Foundation & Corporate Funders

4:00 - 5:15 pm               Welcome and Panel on Foundation & Corporate Funders

5:15 - 6:30 pm              A free networking “Cinco de Mayo” Happy Hour 

Attendees may join us for all or part of the program. Since this is a free afternoon program, please note that we will not be serving lunch.  We will be providing light snacks and beverages.

Free parking at the B&O Railroad Museum. A large number of people are expected to attend, so please allow extra time for parking, registration, etc., and please consider carpooling, or the use of Uber or Lyft for those coming from locations close to the B&O Railroad Museum.  

Thanks to our Connelly & Assoc. Philanthropy Forum Exhibitors & Promotional Partners:

  • Redstart Creative

  • ROUGE Fine Catering

  • B&O Railroad Museum

  • Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

  • Chesapeake Bay Trust

  • Maryland Nonprofits

  • Hartman Executive Advisors

  • Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ)

To register: Email Vince Connelly at with your name, preferred e-mail address, and organization or company name. 


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May 5, 2020

Location | 901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223
Time | 12:00pm to 6:30pm

May 5 - 12:00PM


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