Speaker: Laura Aikens, Senior Vice President, CCS Fundraising
Topic: The State of Philanthropy: Trends and Perspectives
Keeping apprised of the latest trends in philanthropy can help development professionals most
effectively maximize donor strategy and engagement. During this session, we will provide an
overview of the recently released Giving USA report, review the current Chicago-area
philanthropic landscape, and analyze other news and trends that matter most in philanthropy
today, with an emphasis on planned gifts. Our discussion will draw connections between these
trends and current best practices, and will provide recommendations and actionable takeaways
to help development professionals across sectors maximize fundraising potential.
About Our Speaker:
Laura has more than 14 years of development experience working with local,
regional, and national nonprofit organizations. Throughout her professional
career, Laura has demonstrated a talent for mobilizing stakeholders and key
constituencies. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, data
analysis, major gift program development, annual fund operations, and
leadership engagement. She is especially skilled at raising funds in
resource-poor environments and has helped numerous organizations
achieve their highest fundraising levels in years. Since her time as CCS, she has partnered with
organizations to raise a combined total exceeding $500 million. CCS is a strategic fundraising
firm that partners with nonprofits for transformational change. The firm plans, manages, and
implements programs that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact.
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Full participation in the above program is applicable for 1 PT in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.