The Unsession: Topics in Donor Relations
Session 4F

Wednesday, October 3 | 3:30–4:30 PM

Hosted by: 
Katy Galli-Kreps and Cheryl Lintner

Session Description:

One of the benefits of attending the ADRP International Conference is the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues from all over the world. With dozens of sessions over three days, there is so much to talk about! Come join us for an “unsession,” where the audience votes on discussion topics that are top of mind for all of us. Want to learn how your peers are handling scholarship dinners? Interested in starting a recognition inventory? Need help with stewarding major gift donors? This is the session for you. Whether you work in the arts, higher education, healthcare, or another sector, we all have the same goal: to steward our donors and steward them well. Come with your questions, concerns, and projects; prepare to talk about anything and everything; and walk away with solutions and ideas!

Shop Size
Suitable for any shop size

Experience Levels
Suitable for all levels

Suitable for all sectors

About the Speakers:


Katy Galli-Kreps
Director, Donor Recognition
University of California, Berkeley

Katy Galli-Kreps is the Director of Donor Recognition within Donor and Gift Services at the University of California, Berkeley. She leads the team responsible for campus-wide donor recognition programs for annual, lifelong, and loyal giving, as well as the Chancellor’s and Vice Chancellor’s donor acknowledgement programs. Katy has presented at several past ADRP International Conferences, and was Conference Chair for the 2010 Conference in San Francisco.



Cheryl Lintner
Director, Donor Relations
Meridian Health Foundation

Cheryl Lintner started her development career in 2008 in a small nonprofit based within a healthcare institution. In 2010, she moved to donor relations in higher education at Rutgers University, then in 2013, returned to healthcare to develop the first comprehensive donor relations program for three hospital foundations within the RWJ Barnabas Health system. Cheryl currently leads a donor relations team responsible for six hospital foundations under the Meridian Health Foundation, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health system, where she has worked to grow a donor relations program that includes multiple recurring touches for all donors, an emphasis on major donor stewardship, and an existing, highly successful donor-patient concierge program. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Cheryl worked in the legal field and in academia. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in anthropology and history from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in anthropology/archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley.