Atlanta Workshops

Take part in either the AHP Development Primer or the AHP Advanced Course with us March 28-29, 2019 in Atlanta, GA! 

AHP is excited to bring two of our most popular workshops to Atlanta for an exclusive two-day event. From deep-dive education led by expert instructors to networking with fellow health care philanthropy professionals from across the Southeast, this will be one of the most valuable experiences of your year. New to the world of health care philanthropy? The AHP Development Primer is designed just for you. Are you looking for a deeper understanding of the field or preparing for the CFRE exam? The AHP Advanced Course will help you reach those goals and progress in your career.

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This fast-paced fundamental workshop focuses on the basic elements of health care philanthropy and the role of development in a health care organization. This workshop reviews major areas of health care development, including: major, planned, and annual giving; capital campaigns; policies; finance; marketing; and many other topics.

The AHP Advanced Course is an intensive program that provides a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles for health care development professionals who have three or more years of experience in the field. The course content is organized around the CFRE exam and can assist development professionals in preparing for the CFRE examination. Participants review the core competencies outlined in the CFRE knowledge areas. In this fast-paced class, you will find out your strengths and weaknesses and how you can improve on what you know.

Designed for:  
  • Those with less than three years of experience in health care development
  • Support staff and board members who need a broad overview of health care development 
Designed for:
  • Health care development professionals who have three or more years of experience in the field
  • Those preparing for the CFRE exam

Registration Fees

  Early Registration
register by 1/11/2019
Advanced Registration
register between
1/12/2019 - 2/8/2019
Regular Registration 
register after
Member $395 $445 $545
Nonmember $595 $645 $745


Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Primer/Advanced Registration Open
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Primer/Advanced Course Sessions
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Coffee Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Primer/Advanced Course Sessions
6:00 PM: Dinner (on own)

Friday, March 29, 2019 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: 
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: 
Primer/Advanced Course Sessions
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Primer/Advanced Course Sessions
1:00 PM: Program Concludes


JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3300 Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Reserve your room at the workshop hotel. The hotel cutoff deadline has passed, but any rooms still available at our exclusive rate can be reserved through the link below.

Atlanta Workshops


Dorothy Allen, FAHP, CFRE
Development Primer

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Hospice of St. Francis Foundation

Dotty AllenDorothy Allen has been a member of AHP since 1991. With more than 25 years as a philanthropy executive, she received her CFRE in 1994 and became an AHP Fellow in 2001. A graduate of Norwich University, Dotty had a successful career in marketing, planning and communications before coming to philanthropy. She has been a health care C-Suite member since 1987. Dotty is recognized in AHP, AFP, cultural and service organizations, and higher education as a teacher and mentor of other professionals. She served as Associate Dean of the Fundamentals track at the Madison Institute from 2003 to 2014. She has been the architect of seven philanthropy programs and has extensive experience in management of campaigns. In her career, her programs and those of her clients have raised more than $180 million. She specializes in strategic visioning, cultural transformation, start-up and innovative program development, board development, and creative marketing and brand design. She is the president of Allen Resource Strategies, a consulting service for not-for-profits and also serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Hospice of St. Francis in Brevard County, Florida. 

Theresa A. Pesch, RN
Development Primer

Vice President of Philanthropy & President
Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

Theresa PeschTheresa Pesch, RN joined Hennepin Healthcare in October 2018.  She is the new vice president of philanthropy and president of the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation. Prior to Hennepin Healthcare Foundation (HHF), Theresa led the Children’s Healthcare Foundation of Children’s Minnesota for 11 years. In that time, she raised one-quarter billion dollars, which included a capital campaign to renovate and build on both campuses, and guided the foundation to become the Minnesota Charity market leader. She has a record of building partnerships, both internally with boards, leadership and hospital staff, and externally with corporations, family foundationsand the broader donor community. 

Ms. Pesch has extensive health care leadership experience with clinical areas, marketing and branding, government affairs and public health. Originally trained in nursing, she has 25 years of health care administration experience and frequently presents at national philanthropy conferences. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles for numerous boards and currently serves on the Women's Health Leadership TRUST. She is a member of Women Business Leaders in Health Care and Women Presidents’ Organization, Inc., and served as a faculty member of Kaiser's Philanthropy Innovations Institute and the AHP Madison Institute. Ms. Pesch received the 2012 Business Woman of the Year award from Business Journal and she currently serves as a board chair for Synerfuse, a medtech start-up. 

Julie Cox, FAHP, CFRE
Advanced Course

Vice President & Chief Development Officer
LifeBridge Health

Julie CoxJulie Ellsworth Cox, CFRE, FAHP holds the position of Vice President and Chief Development Officer for LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, Maryland. LifeBridge Health is a $3.1 billion health system, and in fiscal year 2018, a total of $22 million was raised under Julie’s direction. In addition to leading the philanthropy operation for the health system, Julie oversees the government grants team who generate a minimum of $5 million annually. 

Julie’s area of expertise is building a strong comprehensive development program with an emphasis on transformational and major gifts in collaboration with the executive team, board members and physicians. In fiscal year 2017, $11.1 million (84%) of the $13.2 raised from private support was received in gifts of $10,000 or more.  

Julie received her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 1997 and served as the President of the Maryland Chapter of Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) first in 1996-1998 and as Interim President in 2006. Julie received her Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy certification in 2012 which is the highest certification possible in the healthcare development profession.

Ann Thompson-Haas, FAHP
Development Primer

Principal & Lead Consultant
Larkwood Consulting, LLC

Ann Thompson-HaasAnn Thompson-Haas is a deeply-experienced professional and subject matter expert in philanthropy, communication, non-profit management and organizational effectiveness. With 30 years of experience as a fundraising executive and consultant, she is passionate about helping professionals achieve success.  

Ann currently provides comprehensive fundraising counsel and stakeholder development to non-profit clients, primarily healthcare organizations.

Ms. Thompson-Haas has been on the forefront of fundraising, including in grateful patient engagement, the integration of digital channels and managing the donor experience.  

Ann speaks and teaches nationally and internationally for AHP and other organizations. She has previously taught both the Development Primer and the Advanced Course and was a member of the faculty of AHP’s Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy for 25 years. She also taught for over a decade at the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s annual resident program.

Ms. Thompson-Haas is a Fellow of AHP and a recipient of AHP’s Si Seymour Award.


Rick Bragga, J.D., FAHP, CFRE
Advanced Course

Senior Principal
Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners

Rick BraggaRick Bragga is a Senior Principal with Jerold Panas, Linzy and Partners and lives in Richmond, Virginia. He has over 30 years of communication/fund raising experience. His education includes a bachelor’s and master’s in mass communication, a law degree and graduation from the four-week National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William & Mary.

He has served AHP at the regional and international levels. His positions included: International Conference track dean, chair of the International annual fund and Journal Advisory committees, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and twice as Regional conference chair.

Rick has been involved with campaigns from $2 - $150 million and on staffs as small as one to as large as 38. He has twice won the AHP Journal Professional Papers Competition in 1993 and 2006 and was co-author of the articles that received the AHP Journal First Place Awards for 2002 and 2006. In 2008, he was honored by AHP with the “Si” Seymour Award for distinguished leadership and excellence. Rick was recognized with the AHP Mid-Atlantic Award of Excellence in 2012 for lifetime contributions to the profession. He is the only person to receive all three of the association’s top awards – “Si” Seymour Lifetime Leadership; Research/Professional Paper and Journal First Place Writing Awards.