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CEO Corner: Advancing Our Collective Expertise in Philanthropy Operations

Alice Ayres, MBA
Published:  09/17/2019

It is hard to believe that AHP’s Annual International Conference is only five weeks away. I want to thank the International Conference Committee, led by Bruce Bartoo, senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer for MedStar Health, for all their hard work to bring an incredible program to the AHP membership.

A key area of focus this year is on the work of the philanthropy operations professionals who are transforming the way we interact with and report on the generosity of donors. This year’s conference will feature:

1. Sessions designed to advance our collective understanding of and expertise in philanthropy operations. Sessions include:

It’s Personal: Connecting the Dots Between Philanthropy, Business Development and the Patient Experience
Loriana De Crescenzo, Chief Development Officer, Lifespan/Newport Hospital

Making the Most of Your Technology Investments
Greg Workman, Director of Finance, Technology & Analytics, Spectrum Health Foundation
Will Curtis, System Director, Philanthropy Technology and Innovation, CommonSpirit Health
Greg Warner, Founder & CEO, MarketSmart
Moderated by Matt McMahan, Director of Enterprise Solutions, Omatic Software

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Integrated Donor Pipeline Development for Optimal Results
Jan Wood, CFRE, President, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and Chief Development Officer, Anne Arundel Health System
Elizabeth Gross, Director of Advancement Services, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation
Emily Summa, Donor Relations Coordinator, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation

Artificial Intelligence and Major Gift Fundraising
Adam Martel, CEO, Gravyty

Bigger, Better, Smarter: Using Data-Driven Fundraising to Guide Strategy
Ryan Marshall, Director, Central Services, OhioHealth Foundation
Dana L. Casson, CFRE, Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, OhioHealth Foundation
Adam Miller, Vice President, CCS Fundraising

Using Data for True Impact
Sean P. Kramer, MBA, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Parkinson's Foundation

2. A 3-hour learning lab on the topic of operations — led by Nancy Gregovich, operations officer for Intermountain Healthcare Foundation and co-chair of the AHP Standards Council — with the goal of interactive conversation and collaborative work around the importance of data analytics and integrity, learning to better collaborate with your finance department and understanding how development cycle strategy can lead to sustainable, predictable fundraising outcomes.

3. The launch of AHP’s revised Standards Manual, the standard-bearer for the language used by health care philanthropy professionals and the reporting guidelines for our work. Copies will be available for preorder onsite and our AHP Standards Council will be present to discuss the changes made for this edition.

Whether you are an operations professional or you work closely with this incredibly important group, I invite you to take advantage of this programming at the 2019 AHP Annual International Conference.

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Meet The Author

Alice Ayres
Alice Ayres, MBA
President and CEO
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

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