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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

12:00 - 1:30 PM

$55.00 AFP Members
$70.00 Non-members

CI Financial
15 York St, Second Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 0A (map)

Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) - Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Luncheon

The Power of Philanthropy in a Snapchat World

Building meaningful relationships with our supporters and supporters-in-waiting requires more creativity, time and strategy than ever before. Are we truly ‘person-centred’ in our work and how has that changed in even the past few years? What are the hallmarks of successful programs regardless of the size of our shops or our budgets? How do we engage with increasingly diverse stakeholders and balance meeting and managing their expectations and at the same time, advancing our organization toward the achievement of our Vision and Mission? Big questions require big answers and…bold thinking and change-readiness. Let’s start the conversation and better understand how we mobilize the power of philanthropy in a changing world. Presented by Lorna Somers, CFRE - click on her picture below to read her bio.

Lorna Somers, CFRE

Vice President and Director of Development

McMaster University Foundation

Lorna Somers is recognized internationally as the foremost teacher/trainer in the field of institutional advancement in higher education and is herself an experienced and accomplished practitioner in her 30th year of practice at McMaster University in Canada.

Somers has been working in University Advancement at McMaster University since 1988.  During that time, she has been involved in the establishment and growth of the Annual Fund, Gift Planning, Major and Principal Giving, and the Recognition & Stewardship programs. She has been Campaign Director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, (Changing Tomorrow Today 2001 and The Campaign for McMaster 2010), in addition to directing a series of targeted campaigns for Athletics, the Museum of Art, 2 campaigns for Scholarships & Bursaries, the McMaster University Student Centre and for the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Centre for Learning & Discovery.  Somers currently focuses her attention on working closely with senior academic leaders and volunteers to secure principal level gifts, (most notable among them, the largest cash gift to a Canadian university), and to leading McMaster’s new Brighter World Research Initiative.

Along with co-author Dr. Frank Minton, Somers wrote the definitive volume entitled Planned Giving for Canadians and regularly speaks at conferences and on campuses throughout the world with a particular focus on Australia, Africa and Europe.  She’s an Aquarius and enjoys math and kittens.