Regional Events

Regional Events

ADRP's Regional Events are planned by members, for members. From Happy Hours and Breakfasts to Workshops and Conferences, ADRP Regional Events bring together donor relations and stewardship professionals in local regions for collaborative networking opportunities in all areas of the U.S. 

We currently do not have any regional events planned, but many are in the works! Are you interested in hosting an event near you? 

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See below for our most recent Regional Events


 

Keynote: Giving Matters

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The Rise of the Donor Relations Professional

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Transactional Stewardship

Nonprofit practice has a long history of thanking donors with a return gift. Whether it is access to leadership, event tickets, exclusive events, or physical gift items like branded clothing, these "thank you for giving" gifts carry with them the weight of IRS regulations. This panel of experts will explore a number of different transactions between donors and the organizations they support, and how donor relations inspires donors to maximize their giving. We'll explore the mission-specific experiences these transactions provide, and how, when used effectively, they can broaden a donor's relationship with the organization. The session will be hosted by Patricia Berry, recently named the executive director of the Heurista Institute. She'll be facilitating a conversation with the following panelists:

Stewardship Panel

Natalie Akin
Director of Donor Relations
Queens University of Charlotte

Natalie is the Director of Donor and Foundation Relations at Queens University of Charlotte. In that role, she oversees donor recognition and stewardship, as well as foundation grant requests and reporting. Natalie came to Queens from Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where she worked in stewardship ministry, primarily managing the church’s annual campaign. Prior to her work there, Natalie spent nine years in the development office at Davidson College, her alma mater. At Davidson, she worked in both the annual giving and donor relations offices. Natalie graduated in 2005 from Davidson with a degree in Economics. She is from an Air Force family, moving regularly growing up. She came to Davidson from Oakland, California and has been in the Charlotte area ever since.


Susan Brenner (Broadcasting)
Leadership Giving Officer

Georgia Public Broadcasting
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Susan, MBA, CFRE, has 13 years of fundraising and donor relations experience in arts, education, and healthcare. She began her career in Chattanooga, TN as an intern at Arts Build, where she stayed on as a part-time staff member for 18 months after graduation as the development and marketing assistant. She managed the annual gift programs for the Inspired Heroes: The Campaign for Memorial at CHI Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, TN, where she received her CFRE in 2014. More recently, she created a stewardship program for the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL. She received her MBA from the Stephens College of Business at the University of Montevallo in 2017, and is currently the leadership giving officer at Georgia Public Broadcasting. She lives in Acworth, GA with her other half and their two fur babies, Theo and Esperada.


Mary Helen Martin (International Not-for-Profit)
Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Habitat for Humanity International
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Mary Helen joined Habitat for Humanity International in November 2014 to create a donor relations program at the organization. Before joining Habitat, Mary Helen was Director of Donor Relations at Kennesaw State University where she created and oversaw a donor relations program for six years. Previously, Mary Helen worked as executive director for the Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Earlier in her career, she was an Emmy Award winning journalist working at CNN as a producer and executive producer.


Keri Kallaway (Medical)
Director, Donor Relations

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
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Keri Kallaway has 19 years of nonprofit experience and currently serves as Director of Donor Relations at the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. She began her tenure at the Foundation in 2007 and was responsible for the inception of their Donor Relations program. Some of her accomplishments include planning and implementing key areas of the program, such as an internal and external endowment reporting processes; establishing lifetime giving societies; and refining and centralizing stewardship processes such as the organization's acknowledgment process and donor cultivation/stewardship events.

Aside from her time at Children's Colorado, Keri's most recent experience includes her roles as CEO of the Susan G. Komen Colorado; and Executive Director at Amp the Cause, where she oversaw all program areas for both organizations.

Additionally, Keri has worked in fundraising and development at The Winston-Salem Foundation in North Carolina, Georgetown University, and The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. Her experience covers many aspects of a development office including communications, individual and corporate fundraising, planned giving, and board development. Keri has been a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) since 2007, and was elected to the ADRP Board of Directors in 2014.

 

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Multi-Generational Philanthropy: What You Need to Know

How do next generation donors honor the philanthropic legacies and values they’ve inherited, while helping to dramatically move the needle on enduring social problems? How will the much-anticipated transfer of wealth between generations impact funding for your organization? As families strive to pass along their traditions of philanthropic giving, they often encounter disconnects from one generation to the next. This session will explore how families are making connections across all generations that move beyond the head, to the heart of a philanthropic lifestyle, and how development professionals can help facilitate this process, thereby ensuring the sustainability of philanthropic resources.

About the Presenter:

Marisa Ogles
Vice-President, Donor Services and Engagement
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
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Marisa recently joined the staff of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. With more than 15 years of nonprofit experience, Marisa has worked for several nonprofits in a variety of roles including Fundraising Consultant, Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Executive Director. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Marisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Marisa is passionate about the importance of education and the power of nonprofits to make a difference in the community. She sits on the Board of Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Co-Chairs the Board of Advisers for the Dana G. Smith Cancer Assistance Fund. Marisa enjoys sharing her knowledge with others by serving as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

 

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Outsmarting Traffic, Together: WAZE to Navigate Your Stewardship Journey

The road to successful stewardship is more than just red lines on a map. The University of Georgia’s Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship takes a flexible approach by thinking ahead and working together to outsmart traffic that may stand in their way. By getting the right people on the bus, connecting with colleagues across campus, and occasionally taking the scenic route, you too can constantly improve your journey to creative and engaging stewardship.

Objectives:

  • Getting the Right People on the Bus (from Good to Great by Jim Collins)
  • Learn to Drive Before Attempting Stunts
  • Stewardship as a Daily Commute
  •  Maneuvering a Donor Relations Traffic Jam
  • Staying in the Gratitude Lane
  • Avoiding Road Blocks: Take the Scenic Route!
  • Community-Powered Navigation: Connect with your Colleagues
  • Annual Tune-Ups
  • The Road Goes on Forever

About the Presenters:

Tony Stringer
Senior Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Tony Stringer has been employed by the University of Georgia for 21 years, and has held the position of Senior Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship for the past 10. Prior to his move to the University’s Donor Relations & Stewardship office, he served as Donor Relations Coordinator for UGA’s Terry College of Business for more than six years. Before that, he was part of the Student Services department at UGA’s College of Education. A native of Athens, Tony received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He volunteers in the nonprofit sector, and has served as a Trustee of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, a board member for the UGA Women’s Gymnastics Ten-O Club, and currently serves on the Friends Board of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Teresa Kesler
Assistant Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Teresa Kesler is the Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship at the University of Georgia, a role she has held for nine years. She has worked in the Development and Alumni Relations division since 1996 beginning in the data management area, and then the IT department as quality control and a query specialist. Her love of data, people, and problem solving makes her a natural fit in the donor relations and stewardship world. She has presented at the Southeast Regional ADRP conference as well as the CASE District III conference.

 

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