Don’t leave Congress so overwhelmed with inspiring ideas that you don’t know where to start when you return to the office. Join Alison and Robin for a special session to cap off your Congress experience, where together we will synthesize some of the best learnings from Congress 2016 so you can get back to your teams with a clear sense of purpose and the innovations you want to implement. Join Robin and Alison for shared conversation and guidance on how you can be truly intentional in your fundraising practice. From the importance of relevance to how passion can drive transformational change to what donors really expect in a proposal, we’ll tackle everything from the big questions to the most practical of advice, arming you to move ahead creatively and with intention. And yes, there will be a special treat. Hope to see you there!

Robin Fowler, CFRE

Senior Counsel

Offord Group and Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Robin Fowler is a seasoned fundraising professional with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  Robin joined Offord Group in 2005 and over the last decade has worked with charities across all sectors and of all sizes, from long-established universities, hospitals, arts & cultural organizations and independent schools with sophisticated fundraising programs to small organizations just beginning their charitable journey.  Prior to joining the Offord Group in 2005, Robin was Director of Advancement at Havergal College where her work and achievements were recognized with several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Robin was also Campaign Manager for the $100 million “The Best Medicine” campaign at Mount Sinai Hospital and Director of Advancement at the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. Robin began her fundraising career at McGill University, where she also received a BA (Honours Russian) and a Masters of Educations (Educational Psychology).

Robin has volunteered for years with many organizations and was most recently Vice-Chair and Member of the Board of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Toronto (2008-2013) where she was also honoured with their two highest awards for exemplary volunteer service and leadership – the Noah Thorek Award (2011) and Founders Award (2013). Robin is a Member of McGill’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Committee and is a past president of the McGill Alumni Association branch in Toronto.   Robin has also been involved as a volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter as a Board and committee member, and chaired Congress in 2002, the year she also received her CFRE designation.  She is also a past instructor of the Major & Planned Gifts course in the Humber College Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has contributed to numerous publications in the non-profit sector. 

Alison Holt

Senior Counsel and Managing Director, Communications

Offord Group and Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Alison leads the Offord Group’s communications practice, while also providing clients with strategic and fundraising counsel. Before joining Offord, Alison was the Vice Principal of External Relations at Greenwood College School. Greenwood’s founders recruited Alison in 2002 to build their Advancement practice from scratch. Over the next eight years, Alison was responsible for the school’s fundraising, brand development, communications and marketing, admissions and recruitment.

Alison began her career more than 25 years ago at her alma mater, Queen’s University, where she worked in alumni relations and communications. She also worked at the University of Toronto, where she was Associate Director, Alumni Relations. Alison is a long-time volunteer at Queen’s and is the recipient of Queen’s University’s Herbert J. Hamilton Award for service to the university.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees’ External Relations and Development Committee, and was the University Council’s inaugural Vice-Chair. She chaired Council’s governance renewal committee, has served on the Chancellor’s Selection Committee and on the Board of the Alumni Association. She is a regular Canadian Accredited Independent School Leadership Institute faculty member. Currently on the Foundation Board of the Child Development Institute, she is a past member of the Integra Foundation Board of Directors, AFP’s D3 event planning committee, and past Vice-President of CCAE.