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Hilton Hotel, Lisle/Naperville

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hilton Hotel, Lisle/Naperville

    Speaker: Laura Aikens, Senior Vice President, CCS Fundraising

     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.

    Sponsored by:

    Northern Illinois Food Bank

    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.

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