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


2B | Are You Available Everywhere Your Donors Want You to Be?

1:00 - 2:00 PM


Mobile Giving and text response have been a fundraising game changers in many countries outside of North America enabling charities to engage supporters and acquire monthly givers at volume. In North America this channel has been stifled through over regulation and poor up-take by the charitable sector. This has recently changed with developments in mobile regulations and the launch of pilot projects by a number of pioneering Canadian charities who have embraced this channel. This session would take a deep dive into the lessons learned from Mobile fundraising and the ground breaking lead generation and text to donate campaigns run by the Canadian Red Cross last year. As well as highlighting case studies we will provide plenty of practical tips and recommendations for integrating mobile and SMS into your donor relations management program.

Jay Hollister

Jay Hollister is Director, National Donor Experience & Engagement at the Canadian Red Cross. Jay is a customer experience professional with 10 years experience working in for-profit and non-profit spaces. Jay oversees supporter services, loyalty & retention programs, telephone fundraising and all donor communications. Previously, Jay worked in business process outsourcing, supporting financial services companies with customer experience solutions. He was responsible for business operations and client services for a large Canadian credit card issuer. A graduate of the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, Jay has a Bachelor's degree in American history and a post-graduate certification in Project Management. 


Breanne Hargreaves

As the Director of Client Services at Fundraising Direct Breanne oversees the development, strategy and delivery for our not-for-profit clients. One of her primary focus areas is on our innovation programs, specifically those that can create new acquisition opportunities. FD are the fastest growing agency in Canada, and are currently working with 18 leading charitable organizations. For the last 3 years FD have spread-headed the development of this channel in the Canadian marketplace, and are the only agency currently running mobile acquisition programs.



2C | Developing a Reporting Program for Privately Funded Chairs

1:00 - 2:00 PM


This session will provide attendees with all the tools they need to develop a comprehensive and successful reporting program for their privately funded Chairs. The session will include the full planning process - how to secure buy-in from the Chairs and College Deans; tracking and project management; dealing with obstacles and challenges; the reporting process including sample question forms for the Chairs; Report templates that can be used at any size university and the all-important feedback loop: how can we continue to improve the process? Samples of completed reports, templates and questionnaires will be available to session attendees. 

Wendy Turner

As the Associate Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations at the University of Guelph, Wendy is part of a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to advancing the school through fundraising, engagement and alumni relations. Wendy is a strategic and creative donor relations professional with more than 20 years experience working in communications, event planning and donor relations in a diverse range of industries, both public and private. Her primary focus at Guelph is to ensure that donors remain inspired with their philanthropic support of Guelph with a focus on Access, Information, Engagement and Experience. So much so, that they will continue their financial or volunteer contribution and invite others to join them. Wendy is passionate about philanthropy and has believed, even from a very early age, that everyone should give back, no matter what their position in life. 

Cort Egan

Cort Egan is the Stewardship Accountability Manager at the University of Guelph and was formerly the Assistant Director of Communications and Evaluation & Assessment for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian. Cort holds a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo and a Master's degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. Cort has over thirty years of professional communication experience in both the public and private sectors, and oversaw all communications, including marketing, public relations and media relations for some of Canada¿s largest travel companies. He spent four years with his own marketing communications business with clients that ranged from VISIT FLORIDA to Fleet Aerospace. Projects included a wide variety of communication solutions, from creating brand identities to strategic marketing and communication plans. Cort believes that the key to successful communication is in listening to all stakeholders.



Keynote | A Journey Inside Your Donor's Brain

9:30 - 10:45 AM


We think we know our donors’ brains – but in reality, most of us don’t have much of a clue. Donors don’t so much DECIDE to give as they respond to either EMOTIONAL or INSTINCTUAL impulses to give. In fact, giving behavior (as in 85% of all human behavior) comes from the unconscious mind. 

In this mind-bending session, Fraser Green will take you not just inside your donor’s head. He’ll take you inside your own – and show you how you really decide and why you really behave the way you do. 

This session will change the way you see your donors – and yourself – guaranteed!

Fraser Green

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been curious about everything – and I’ve always had this larger-than-life imagination.

In my work, my curiosity has turned me into a self-confessed market research freak. I’m always itching to know what donors think, how they feel, and what motivates them to do the good works they do. We Good Workers are deeply committed to listening carefully to donors – and then helping our clients give those donors the experience that strengthens their commitment to the cause and loyalty to the organization.

In my work, my true passions are writing and speaking. I co co-wrote a book called Iceberg Philanthropy and have contributed a chapter to a new book called ‘me-volution’. My latest book 3D Philanthropy is my opus. My articles (which I often call contrarian rants) are published in fundraising journals quite often.

My work and my life are intertwined. My daughter is now a very successful fundraiser, speaker and blogger in her own right. I’m thrilled at the way philanthropy has found its course through my family. I often come up with my best fundraising ideas when I’m riding my bike, paddling my kayak or doing shivasana on my yoga mat.

Good Works – and everything it stands for – is in my soul. I’ve committed the rest of my career to helping next gen fundraisers connect with their donors more deeply than they’d ever imagined. There’s no doubt in my mind that this work will always stir my heart and feed my soul.



Afternoon Plenary | Panel Disccusion on Donor Relations Best Practices

2:15 - 3:30 PM



Moderator: Jessica Veitch

Jessica Veitch is the Manager, Donor Recognition at Sinai Health Foundation in Toronto. She has spent the last decade translating and growing her skills and knowledge from a variety of industries to her career in donor relations. Working in community and healthcare organizations, her roles have included policy and standards development, implementing and executing donor relations and stewardship practices for all levels and streams of donors, and specializing in donor recognition and capital projects.

Most recently, she has managed the redevelopment of comprehensive recognition systems and standards for a complex multi-site healthcare organization—including strategic development, design and launch of a digital donor wall, unique to North America in size and complexity—and is currently rolling it out system-wide. Relationship building and creative problem-solving allow Jessica to routinely exceed donor expectations, while maintaining the integrity and mission of the organization.

Jessica previously studied photography and jazz performance, and in 2016 she received a certificate in Design Management and award in Project Management from Ryerson University. Joining ADRP in 2008, she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.


Panelist: Richard Howe

Richard, during the 26 years of operation of his firm Presidential Environment Inc., has consistently been an AFP member and Congress vendor. Presidential, under Richards leadership, has been involved in a wide diversity of Canadian fundraising campaigns, and produced recognition to acknowledge some of the country's largest single philanthropic gifts.

With a BA, Honours from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Construction Planning and Scheduling from Seneca College, Richard has served as Richard, during the 26 years of operation of his firm Presidential Environment Inc., has consistently been an AFP member and Congress vendor. Presidential, under Richards leadership, has been involved in a wide diversity of Canadian fundraising campaigns, and produced recognition to acknowledge some of the country's largest single philanthropic gifts.



Panelist: Caroline van Nostrand

A passionate fundraising professional actively engaged in the field for 23 years, Caroline has worked in a variety of sectors, leading teams in raising a cumulative $53+ million dollars in support of well-known healthcare, education and social service causes. Recently she struck out on her own, to launch van Nostrand Fundraising, an independent consultancy providing fundraising counsel and leadership to not for profits.

While working in a large hospital environment, as well as overseeing an education institution's capital campaign, Caroline oversaw all recognition management and services to acknowledge donors to multi-million dollar campaigns, as well as supporters of consequent capital, major and intermediate giving initiatives. An active volunteer for close to 30 years, Caroline contributes regularly to fundraising, community building and other initiatives at her community church, children's school, and various other organizations close to her heart and family.


Panelist: Malika McCray

Malika McCray is Associate Director of Stewardship at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Prior to her role in Stewardship, Malika served as a UCS Development Officer; first overseeing UCS's mid-level giving program and then as a Major Gift Officer during a key period of organizational growth. Prior to joining UCS, Malika was Director of Development for a social justice organization. Malika has a Master's Degree from Tufts University where she studied twentieth century movements for social change.


Panelist: Marian Johnson

Marian Johnson is the Manager of Stewardship and Donor Engagement at Women's College Hospital Foundation in Toronto, where she is responsible for designing multi-year, multi-tier strategies and programs to engage donors and sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relationships with donors, while exercising values of integrity and authenticity. Marian has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade, with the majority of those years spent at multiple Toronto-area hospitals, including CAMH, Sunnybrook and Baycrest.

Marian has a BA in Sociology from McMaster University and achieved a certificate in Non-profit & Voluntary Sector Management from the R. Chang School of Continuing Studies at Ryerson University in 2010. She has completed the Canadian Association of Gift Planner's Original Gift

Planning Course, the Harvard ManageMentor Development Series and the LEADS in a Caring Environment Learning Series.

Marian lives in midtown Toronto and enjoys cooking and entertaining - especially with good wine, all things arts and culture - especially opera, ballet and her book club, and spending time with her extended network of family and friends.


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