Each day hundreds of individuals, companies and organizations in our community help change the world with a giving heart. From donors to volunteers, from large, international nonprofits to the Community Foundations, each has made an indelible contribution to our communities, our nation, and our world. National Philanthropy Day (NPD) provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals invites you to attend National Philanthropy Day. Enjoy a morning filled with professional development workshops and luncheon to honor the 2018 award recipients in our community. ​



8:00 – 9:00 am  Registration/Networking Roundtable discussions with continental breakfast

                          Topics include: Capital campaigns, Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Special Events, Donor Stewardship,
                          Donor Database & Metrics, Online Giving, Board Relations, Transition & Change
9:00 – 9:15        Welcome 
9:15 – 10:00      Keynote from Cortni Grange
                          THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Fostering Creativity and Experimentation in Nonprofit Organizations
10:00 – 10:15    Break
10:15 – 11:15    Keynote from Cortni Grange THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX (cont'd)
11:15 – 12:15    Lunch Buffet
12:15 – 1:30      Program & Awards
1:30 – 1:45        Afternoon Break
1:45 – 2:30        Round Robin Breakout Sessions (each session will be offered twice)

                          Racial Equity at the Philanthropic Level; Digital Fundraising Trends and; Own It. Earn It. Give It.™;
                          and Innovations at Your Community Foundations: Working Beyond the Grant Cycle
2:30 – 3:15        Round Robin Breakout Session
3:15 – 3:30        Wrap Up
3:30 – 5:00 pm Networking Happy Hour

Attendance for the day is worth 3.5 CFRE Credits
Keynote Session
9:15 – 11:15 AM
Fostering Creativity and Experimentation in Nonprofit Organizations
Presenter: Cortni Grange

Social impact organizations need to harness creativity to adapt to economic shifts, policy changes, political polarization, technological developments, and other trends that impact their work. Towards this end a fundamental shift in how we view charity based work must occur. Dan Pallotta said “philanthropy IS the market for love” but how do we get people to respect, and value philanthropic work the same way they do the rest of the economic world? It starts with a fundamental shift in mindset and behavior.


This keynote will touch on three topics towards sparking the mindset and behavior shifts of those in attendance. Super Power Identification, Executive Succession Planning, Creating platforms instead of missions Each topic will engage the audience to dig deep on personal reasons WHY they are or are not operating in a manner that maximizes their value without sacrificing revenue.


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Breakout Sessions
1:45 – 2:30 PM & 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Each session will be offered twice​
Racial Equity at the Philanthropic Level​
Presenter: Tracey Robertson

Recent data suggest that People of Color-owned businesses are increasing in numbers. Understanding that People of Color are among your future contributors, this workshop will introduce strategies to become more inclusive and responsive to this community. Participants will learn to engage more authentically and meaningfully to serve this growing demographic, and to create cultures that will enable them to attract and retain People of Color to boards, which will in turn create more diverse funding opportunities.

Digital Fundraising Trends
Presenter: Brenda Haines

Incorporating video and innovation in your marketing strategy.

Own It. Earn It. Give It.™
Presenter: Mollie Bell

What is it anyway? It is leadership and we all lead. Through stories of disappointment and triumph, this inspirational, candid, and reflective discussion and workshop will introduce you to the theory of deeply understanding your leadership story; owning your authentic self; and, applying your knowledge to create a path for your future success and those around you.

Innovations at Your Community Foundations: Working Beyond the Grant Cycle
**1:45 - 2:30 PM Session Only

Panelists include:
Dennis Buehler – President & CEO, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
Tammy (Williams) Geenen – Vice President Community Engagement, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
Bill Wyman – President & CEO, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

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Chief Engagement Officer

CUNA -- Credit Union National Association

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The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the largest national trade association in the United States serving America's credit unions. The not-for- profit trade group is governed by volunteer directors who are elected by their credit union peers from across the nation. With its network of affiliated state credit union associations, CUNA serves America's 6,000+ credit unions, which are owned by more than 100 million consumer members.

CUNA supports, protects, unifies, and advances the credit union movement by removing barriers, creating awareness and fostering service excellence.

CUNA's credit union members demand value, results, and accountability. Well- planned and well-executed changes will continue to transform CUNA into a leaner, strategically focused, and efficient organization. In collaboration and cooperation with CUNA's leaders and other system leaders, my role is to lead the strategic transformation initiatives to drive positive, measureable results.



Founder, Executive Director

Future Leaders & Young Entrepreneurs’ (FLYE)
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10+ year sales leader, passionate about building connected relationships, training future leaders & innovation in action Washington D.C. Metro Area


Highly professional, creative leader known for my ability to envision and create successful impact and outcomes. Eclectic industry and functional expertise with a fervent commitment to sustainable positive change, community impact, driving sales/fundraising, and empowering others.


Areas of excellence include: Philanthropic Development, Acquiring and Developing Talent, Facilitating Leadership Trainings, Managing Budgets and P&Ls, Designing Business Processes, Managing Communications, Cultivating Partnerships, Ensuring Financial Compliance, Defining Impact Driven Goals, Raising Capital, Selecting and Managing IT Platforms, Developing Infrastructure.



Blue Door Consulting

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In 2002, Heidi Strand and I founded Blue Door Consulting, a boutique marketing consultancy serving business, government and non-profit organizations. Our approach is to put clients' customers at the center of decisions. People who've worked with me say I am a relentless problem-solver, natural innovator and analyst with a big heart and an even bigger laugh.


I'm driven to make the community a better place to live. So, I'm an active volunteer with the Verve, a Credit Union, Oshkosh Food Co- op, the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, and more.


Passionate, energetic, optimistic and geeky. Fan of quick wit, creative ideas and wordplay. Vice: puns.

Specialties: Marketing, branding, Web site development, social media, public relations, facilitation

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Cofounder and Executive Director
Fit Oshkosh, Inc.

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Tracey Robertson is Cofounder and Executive Director of Fit Oshkosh, Inc., a grassroots, nonprofit social justice organization whose mission is to promote social transformation through Color-Brave conversations, education, advocacy, and research in order to achieve race equity and justice within the community.


Tracey has decades of professional experience that includes entrepreneurship, training, business development, consulting and administration.

Tracey specializes in anti-racist curriculum development and has delivered workshops at the YWCA Madison Racial Justice Summit and the 16th Annual White Privilege Conference, as well as for clients like Humana Green Bay, Associated Bank and Schreiber Foods, to name a few.

Our Mission >

AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core of activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.


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