Don Gray – Conference Director
Don is retired vice president of principal gifts at the UW Foundation, where he worked with top-level givers and was a member of the team overseeing the $1.8 billion Create the Future campaign for the University of Wisconsin. Prior to this position he was responsible for supervising the development programs for most of the professionally-oriented schools and colleges.
For nearly 25 years, Don has shared his philosophy of development throughout the country at various national and regional conferences of AFP (fundraising professionals), CASE (education), AHP (health care), and specific, targeted audiences, including major universities in 32 states. In 1997 he was awarded the national Major Gift Laureate Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Institute for Charitable Giving. In 1999 he was presented the Crystal Apple Award from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for receiving the highest faculty ratings at ten consecutive national conferences, and he was the 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award from the Madison Area chapter of the AFP.
Don is a native of Ohio and has degrees in mathematics and chemistry. At various times in his life he has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa (Malawi and Lesotho), a research chemist, an associate professor of chemistry, and dean of the two-year University of Wisconsin College.
Boris Frank has been a consultant for over 30 years, since l982 as President of his own firm, serving over 500 clients in the areas of fundraising and development, not-for-profit management and strategic planning.
He has served as counsel for over 150 capital campaigns, including more than 85 public libraries. Other clients have included such diverse organizations as the Waukesha Riverfront Development Project; Dane County Humane Society; the Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay botanical gardens; the Friends of Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoo (Executive Director); UW Morgridge Center for Community Outreach; Alliant Center; and Madison Youth Choirs. From 1964 to 1982 he was on the faculty of The University of Wisconsin, serving as the Manager of Administration and Special Projects for WHA-TV. Prior to that he was a TV producer/director and station manager in New York and the Caribbean.
Boris conducts workshops and seminars, primarily in the areas of Nonrofit Management, Strategic Planning, Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing, Fundraising, Marketing, and Board and Volunteer Recruitment and Retention. Over 35,000 have attended his courses throughout the country.
Key components of his practice focus on new and emerging nonprofits, assisting them in creating a solid governance and administrative structure, and serving as a mentor for newcomers to the nonprofit world.
Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC in 2004 because it allowed her to share her passion for speaking and teaching practical workplace skills that help individuals and businesses succeed.
Since then, Sarah and her team have helped companies understand the impact of workplace communication through a large variety of professional development and leadership classes. Sarah wrote The Zoom Guide to the Generations to help people learn more about the impact of generational pieces in the workplace.
She has worked with more than 100 organizations across a variety of industries throughout North America.Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University. Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.
Steve recently retired from his position as Executive Director of the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation after nearly 50 years with the CUNA Mutual organization. A lifelong Madisonian, Steve is a 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he was also an Evans Scholar.
His community service has included terms on the boards of United Way of Dane County, Family Service, the Dane County Community Action Commission, Dane County Social Planning Agency, Summit Credit Union and the Madison Repertory Theatre. He has also served on the boards of the CUNA Brokerage Service and the Insurance Consumer Affairs Exchange.
Steve currently chairs the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce/United Way Capital Funds Campaign Committee, which reviews capital campaigns proposed by local nonprofit organizations. He’s a past member of United Way’s “Growing Up & Getting Ready” Community Solutions Team and currently serves on United Way’s Vision Council and on its Born Learning Delegation. He is also active in the Rotary Club of Madison and is founder and past-president of the Madison Consumer Credit Counseling Service. He is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership Greater Madison program and serves on the board of the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network. The State Department of Public Instruction named the CUNA Mutual Foundation as a “Friend of Education” in 2007 for its strong support of early childhood education and other youth initiatives. In 2008, the Foundation received the “Friend of Kids” award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County.
In 2004, the Urban League of Greater Madison gave Steve its President’s Award as its outstanding corporate partner. He was recognized by Madison Magazine as one of Madison’s “People of the Year” in 2011 and honored again by the magazine in 2016 as a recipient of its “Best of Madison Business” award for being an agent of change.
Marcy’s high-energy inspirational keynotes and sessions mirror the values and passion she shares with those lifting up our world through their work with nonprofits. She’s a major-gift expert, life coach, author, singer and mom. She holds the CFRE, Professional Life Coach Certification, and Certified Speaking Professional (from NSA) credentials. Her approach is ALWAYS 2 dimensional – expand and change your mindset AND actions for optimal leadership, giving success and personal joy. And…you will SING! (really) She managed the University of Wisconsin Foundation advancement team for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for 23 years through 3 campaigns, one $1.8 B. She’s been awarded the CASE Crystal Apple and AFP Outstanding Fundraiser. Her book, Empowering Development Ambassadors, was translated into Spanish in 2018 by the AFP Foundation-Mexico and is dedicated to Don Gray and this conference. Thousands have experienced “Making an Artful Ask” training with great results. Her keynotes, board engagement sessions, staff coaching and online programs s inspire and equip and volunteers and staff alike for sharing the power and joy of giving! Her firm, The Artful Asker, has helped scores of clients of all sizes and types create high-performing advancement teams and generate long-term sustainable giving by creating authentic donor relationships. Her twice monthly newsletter, The Artful Action, provides tips and inspiration. You can subscribe at www.marcyheim.com
Katie is the Executive Director and Founder of Tri 4 Schools. Founded in 2011, Tri 4 Schools encourages kids to live an active lifestyle by participating in youth swimming, biking, and running-centered events and programs that support school health and fitness initiatives. Named one of the ten best ideas to end childhood obesity by the Partnership for a Healthier America, as well as 2017 Wisconsin Innovation Award winner, Tri 4 Schools has helped nearly 15,000 kids complete a triathlon or mud run, while giving back $320,000 in resources to local schools. Katie is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business with a degree in Management and Human Resources and Spanish, and was awarded the Everyday Health Hero Award by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, honoring women making an impact on the health of their communities. She has also been named a 2014 Woman to Watch by Brava Magazine, was a 2017 40 Under 40 Recipient. Katie lives in Verona with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as a Big Family through Big Brothers Big Sisters, triathlon, cooking, learning to speak her third language (she is fluent in Spanish and is learning French) and traveling.
Michael is the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Prior to moving to Madison, Michael spent 15 years in executive level positions in several cities leading large, complex government and nonprofit agencies. In 2012, he was named by Boys & Girls Clubs of American as their Midwest Executive of the Year. He also holds Certifications in Fund Raising Management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University and Certifications in Human Resource Management from Cornell University.
Tom is Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives at the Madison Community Foundation in Madison, WI. In this capacity he helps administer over $1.5 million in annual grantmaking. Linfield was previously the Training and Grants Director for the National Center for Outreach (NCO), working with public television stations around the country. Prior to becoming a program officer, Linfield spent many years as a grantwriter, first at the Massachusetts College of Art, and then as Grants Manager at Wisconsin Public Television and Director of Foundation and Government Relations at Edgewood College. He has spent his career planning projects and raising funds in the public television, education and arts arenas, raising over $15 million from local, national and federal sources.
A graduate of Brandeis University, Linfield is a practicing fine artist, exhibiting regularly in the Madison area. Born in Europe, he is fluent in French and German. A film and arts enthusiast, he strongly feels that everyone should read Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish.
From his early career work for over two decades in nonprofit management and fundraising, Michael brings his experience to the college classroom, teaching with the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology’s (SoHE) Community and Nonprofit Leadership undergraduate program since 2004. A SoHE Faculty Associate and UW Teaching Fellow, Michael is also a member of the school’s Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies – “The CommNS” – co-sponsor of our conference.
Michael enjoys the opportunity to teach and mentor tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders. With active learning activities and engaging courses, the Community and Nonprofit Leadership (CNPL) program affords students many opportunities to explore the theories and concepts behind community leadership, philanthropy, and the positive impact that the nonprofit sector can have on societal well-being. That knowledge gets translated – and challenged! – when students engage in numerous hands-on service learning endeavors and nonprofit internships, venturing into community-based service via local, regional and/or international nonprofit agencies.
CNPL alumni are nonprofit leaders with community-based agencies, national and international nonprofits, the Peace Corps and other service organizations, NGO’s, government-based agencies, and/or they continue their study in graduate schools for public service, human ecology, law and other related fields.
David’s 13 years of sales and marketing experience combined with his 15 years of development work make him one of the primary architects of McDonald Schaefer’s fundraising strategies. His expertise includes capital campaigns, major gifts, feasibility studies, annual giving and board development. David has assisted a wide variety of organizations ranging from emerging nonprofits to large, well-established NPOs with statewide and national constituencies. He has participated in securing numerous multi-million dollar and dozens of six-figure major gifts, and is especially skilled in planning and directing multi-million dollar capital and endowment campaigns for diverse clients, including those in the fields of healthcare, education, environment, religion, libraries, recreation and more. He is creative, process-minded and thorough.
Dave earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with a double major in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. He lives in Madison.
With more than 20 years of demonstrated success in raising major gifts and advancing organizational goals, Teresa’s accomplishments span a range of nonprofit engagements – large and small; global and local. With extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, annual giving, planned giving and major gifts fundraising, Teresa brings a diverse and seasoned expertise to the McDonald Schaefer team. Prior to joining McDonald Schaefer, she served as the Executive Director and VP of Advancement at the Oakwood Foundation; the Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin; and the Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Her capital campaign successes have spanned several sectors, including higher education, environmental welfare, healthcare and social services. Teresa prides herself on her results-oriented, collaborative management and communication style, and is passionate about building productive donor and community partnerships.
Teresa earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA from Edgewood College, and holds a variety of memberships, including to TEMPO Madison. She lives in Waunakee with her husband and two daughters.
Susan and Hans Pigorsch
Pigorsch Media Design, Inc
Helping our clients create emotional connections with target audiences is what Pigorsch Media Design is all about. Our mission-driven approach has led to many commercial successes for clients such as SONY, Mattel, and Kohler as well as partnerships in the non-profit and development sectors, where we especially enjoy uncovering the aspirational stories that make a lasting impact on viewers.
Encouraging others to care about our clients’ initiatives, ideas, and innovations – and then to take positive action – takes an integrated marketing approach across multiple media platforms. Together with our team of media designers and videographers, we develop campaigns that include brand identify, compelling video, web sites, social media, live events, and targeted marketing collateral. We have a specialty in higher education, but we also champion a wide range of non-profit organizations and foundations that are striving to make a difference in their communities.
In our session, “Marketing Strategies for Non-Profits,” we’ll be guiding participants through a quick-step marketing audit. Then we’ll be sharing practical ideas that will help everyone advance their organization’s mission with creative, often low-cost ideas. What’s your story? Where do you want to be in five years? This session will help you plan for the outcomes you’ve previously only dared to imagine.
Courtney has nearly 10 years of development and fundraising experience in the Madison non-profit community. She is a Development Manager at Agrace where she is leading the $15 million Care for All Endowment campaign along with planned giving and direct response marketing programs. Prior to her employment with Agrace, Courtney worked for Mobility Training and Independent Living as a Fundraising Coordinator and Job Coach for adults with developmental disabilities.
Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Norbert College in 2004 and went on to receive her doctorate degree in Philosophy from Saint Louis University in 2008. Her areas of specialization are ethics, human nature and moral psychology. Courtney also carries her Certified Fundraising Executive credential (CFRE).
Courtney is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison Chapter, member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Wisconsin Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Courtney lives in Waunakee with her husband, Ryan, daughter, Natalie (5) and son, Nolan (3). She enjoys spending time with family, boating and gardening.
Chris is Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at UW-Stevens Point, which is about to conclude its first ever comprehensive capital campaign, topping its $30 million goal by over 25%. Prior to assuming that post, he was Vice President at the UW Foundation where he had a varied 23 year tenure, working in principal gifts, supervising the Foundation’s research, annual giving and corporate/foundation relations units, and was manager of the university’s successful $1.86 billion Create the Future Campaign. Chris was director of development for the UW Law School for ten years, managing a capital campaign to expand and renovate the School’s building. Before joining the UW Foundation, he secured corporate underwriting support for Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison. Chris is an alumnus of UW-Stevens Point and worked as a radio news reporter and anchor prior to entering the development profession.
He been involved in a number of local fundraising activities, including service on the Board of Trustees of the Bethel Lutheran Church Endowment Foundation, and he has consulted for the Illinois Bar Association, Wyoming (Ohio) High School Foundation, St. Benedict’s Center, and Portland State University. Chris is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Madison program.
Mike Strigel is President and Executive Director at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, Wisconsin. Since joining the staff in early 2016, he leads efforts to instill Leopold’s conservation legacy in more than 50,000 visitors per year. A Wisconsin native, Mike is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s degree in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His previous field experience with The Prairie Enthusiasts, the International Crane Foundation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other organizations has taken him through the prairies, savannas, forests, and wetlands of Wisconsin and the Midwest as well as stints in the forests of southern Oregon and northern California. Mike most recently served as executive director of Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts. Prior to coming to Gathering Waters in 2007, Mike spent eight years at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters where he was Executive Director since 2003. At the Academy, Mike directed a national conference in 1999 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, one of the personal highlights of his career.
Marcia has more than 20 years of development, fundraising and leadership experience within the Greater Madison non-profit community. She is currently the Chief Development Officer at Agrace Hospice. While at Agrace, Ms. Whittington has been responsible for raising more than $40 million, including two capital campaigns and nearly $4 million in annual giving. Prior to this role Marcia served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Edgewood College. In her role she was responsible for overseeing College fundraising, alumni relations and community outreach. She has also served as CEO of Gilda’s Club, and has worked with both the Meriter Hospital Foundation and the UW Foundation.
Marcia resides in Waunakee. She is active in her church and her children’s school. She currently serves as President for TEMPO Madison Board of Directors, is an active member of Madison Downtown Rotary, Associated Fundraising Professionals, Meeting Professionals International, The Wisconsin Cancer Council and is a past board member of Goodman Community Center and the Madison Area Continuing Care Consortium, Inc.