Session 1C - Talking + Teamwork = Smarter Fundraising

Monday September 30th, 2013
11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. 

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An important role of donor relations professionals is to successfully work with fundraisers so they are in the best position to build lifelong relationships with donors. In this session, we will take turns examining some of our efforts to communicate, collaborate, and ultimately celebrate success with fundraisers. Examples and tips will provide insight into how we work with fundraisers to use donor relations services that recognize donor contributions and inform donors of the impact their giving has on the shared goal of conquering cancer.

Expertise Level: Midlevel (2-5 years), Experienced (5+ years)
Shop Size: Medium Shop (6-10 staff), Large Shop (11+ staff)
Subject Focus: Collaborations and Communications

Speaker Bio:
Erin Caitlin McVeigh
Erin McVeigh is an assistant director of donor relations in the Division of Development and The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she has worked since 2011. In this role, she manages the narrative stewardship reporting program and an exceptional team of five talented writers. Erin graduated from Boston University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communications, and is a qualified accountant. Erin has more than ten years experience in development, project management, grant writing and administration, private consulting, copywriting, and editing. She presented at the International Conference of the ADRP in 2012, and has also presented at European Commission information days on the European Union research framework. Erin is a member of the ADRP and the National Association of Science Writers.

Speaker Bio: Michela D'Eramo
Michela D'Eramo has worked in Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Division of Development and the Jimmy Fund since 2006. She began her career in Principal & Major Gifts and moved to Donor Relations late 2007. Along with her team of three, Michela manages recognition and stewardship projects including space, signage, naming opportunities, and the annual Honor Roll of Donors. She was involved with the Institute's $1 billion capital campaign and oversaw the implementation of donor signage installed in the new clinical care building. Michela holds a bachelor's degree in human services from Assumption College where she serves on the Alumni Board Association.

Speaker Bio: Rebecca DuFault
Rebecca L. DuFault is the Director of Donor Relations at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is responsible for designing, implementing and managing a comprehensive stewardship and donor recognition program that appropriately and consistently promotes engagement with and recognition of donors at all levels to the Institute and the Jimmy Fund. 

She came to Dana-Farber from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), where over a period of four years she was charged with reviving and rebuilding the Donor Relations program. Prior to her work at BIDMC Rebecca worked as an editor and marketing manager at Family Education Network, a division of Pearson Education. She spent the first ten years of her career teaching sixth and second grades in New Jersey and Virginia.

In 2011 Rebecca received a Dana-Farber Team Impact Award for her work on the Yawkey Core Team, a senior Institute workgroup established in 2009 to ensure cross-functional input towards operational planning and implementation issues related to the opening of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. Rebecca serves on the Women in Development (WID) Board of Directors and is co-chair of the WID Institute for Non Profits.  She holds a B.S. from Old Dominion University and an M.S. from Long Island University.