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 Consultant, Offord Group

Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Robin is a seasoned fundraising professional with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Robin joined Offord Group in 2005 and has worked with clients across all sectors and with organizations of all sizes - from sophisticated fundraising programs to small organizations just beginning their charitable journey.

Robin’s fundraising career began at her alma mater, McGill University (B.A. and M.Ed.), where she experienced her first campaign and moved quickly up through the Advancement office working in annual, major gifts and campaign fundraising, as well as alumni and donor relations programs. Prior to joining Offord Group, Robin was the Director of Advancement at Havergal College, where her work and achievements in fundraising, alumni relations and communications were recognized with several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Robin also has broad experience from her years as Campaign Manager at the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and Director of Advancement at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

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 Advisory Board 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 Certified Fund Raising Executive (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 Holt works with charities on fundraising, campaign, and marketing and communications strategy development at the Offord Group. She is also the managing director of the firm, leads the communications practice, and is the editor of Offord’s annual magazine.  She worked in educational advancement for 20 years before becoming a consultant, covering communications, alumni relations, fundraising and campaigns (everything but advancement services!). She volunteers at Queen's University, the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Leadership Institute, and the Child Development Institute.