Vice President Maree G. Bullock Receives Prestigious Philanthropy Award

CHICAGO, August 12, 2021 – The Alford Group is proud to announce that Vice President Maree G. Bullock has been selected to receive the prestigious 2021 Benjamin Franklin Award at AFP Chicago’s 45th Annual Philanthropy Awards.

The Benjamin Franklin Award from AFP Chicago recognizes someone especially dedicated to the philanthropic sector over a long career during which they have achieved great things and become a mentor for others in their field. Maree G. Bullock, currently a vice president at The Alford Group, has been selected to receive this year’s award.

The Alford Group is honored to have had Maree on our team for the last 32 years and counting. She has provided invaluable service to organizations across many facets of the social sector and set a shining example of true philanthropic spirit and passion in the work of our firm.

As an equity-forward firm working to intentionally model diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, we admire and are inspired by Maree’s dedication to bettering the lives of ALL people.

“We are so proud to see Maree receive this award,” said Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO of The Alford Group. “Maree has mentored, coached and served as a trusted advisor to so many in the sector – senior and new professions alike. She brings out the best in those she advises and raises their sights on possibilities their organizations can realize.”

Through her work over the past three decades, Maree has provided consulting services in fundraising, strategic planning, organizational and board development, interim staffing and executive coaching. Maree’s passion for this work has resulted in deepened impact across all sectors.

Prior to her work at The Alford Group, Maree served as Executive Director of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation for 29 years. Maree has also served on many nonprofit boards including The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, Forefront, The Council on Foundations, The John R. Houlsby Foundation, Children’s Home + Aid of Illinois, National Runaway Safeline and Sacred Heart Schools of Chicago. The depth of Maree’s philanthropy is significant and her generosity has benefited numerous organizations.

“I’m grateful every day I get to work with organizations that are making a real difference in the communities they serve,” Bullock said. “I want to thank AFP Chicago for recognizing me, without failing to acknowledge that my work is already incredibly rewarding. It’s allowed me to experience transformative partnerships with wonderful organizations and contribute to their missions in an intimate way. That, to me, is one of the greatest joys of working in philanthropy.”

In addition to her many accomplishments, Maree has volunteered at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and Community Schools, and is an avid international traveler.

“Maree truly represents of the best of our field – determined, innovative and passionate about bettering people’s lives through the nonprofit sector,” said Asare. “We are excited to continue to work with and learn from Maree and look forward to all her future accomplishments.”

We at The Alford Group congratulate Maree on being selected for this prestigious award and thank her for her continuing commitment to equity in the philanthropic sector.

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Update: AFP IDEA Women’s Impact Initiative

The Alford Group is proud to sponsor the AFP IDEA Women’s Impact Initiative. Since its founding in 2018, the Initiative has conducted groundbreaking research on women’s issues in fundraising, created educational materials for charitable organizations and started a mentorship program that has guided and helped numerous women find their voice in the philanthropic profession.

So far this year, mentees in the mentorship program have each had an individual executive coaching session and have met with their mentors to develop both long- and short-term goals over the course of the program. Mentees have also been invited to attend virtual conferences, such as AFP ICON Virtual and a variety of educational sessions with complimentary registration. Since March of 2021, these educational sessions have focused on topics related to women’s issues in the philanthropic sector, encouraging women to build fulfilling and impactful careers. These session topics have included:

  • Finding Your Inner Mentor
  • Making Work-Life Balance Work for You
  • Women’s Guide to Personal Finance
  • Women of Color in Development and Fundraising
  • Imposter Syndrome

Upcoming sessions will include Mental Health and Resilience and a two-part workshop on Inclusive Leadership. Additionally, mentees have been encouraged to branch out and participate in other facets of AFP, creating upcoming content that centers their experience with the goal of helping others find their way.

From a mentee in the program:

“First of all, I think the level of interaction, programming reminders is just right! It did not feel over-curated or sterile, but authentic and warm. The sessions and webinars that I have participated in have been high quality and helpful. I love the focus on the some of the soft skills. I really appreciate the match-up with my mentor and for her time! I did not doubt that my mentor and I would get on great but at first was not sure what we might have in common – me from California and she from Ohio, she with the Girl Scouts and me with AARP Foundation! But the first time we met, little concerns were cast aside. I always look forward to our sessions – I appreciate that my mentor shares about her real life experiences and patiently listens to mine, and I really enjoy our shop talk! I feel very fortunate.”

For more information and news on the Women’s Impact Initiative, go to their website or take a look at the hashtag #WIILead on Twitter and Facebook.

For more content from AFP women leading the way, check out these blog posts:

From Charu Uppal, M.A., M.B.A., CFRE, mentee in the 2020 WII program: Equity in Development: Be Radically Intentional to Change the Lived Experiences of Diverse Fundraisers

 

 

From Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji, CFRE, member of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative committee: Fundraising as a Choice and Not an Accident

Greg Whitney Joins The Alford Group as Vice President

Greg Whitney

SEATTLE, August 2, 2021 – The Alford Group is pleased to welcome Greg Whitney, as a vice president of the firm effective August 2, 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome Greg to The Alford Group,” said Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO of The Alford Group. “He brings 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. His knowledge in this field is tremendous and will significantly benefit our clients across the country.”

Throughout his career, Whitney has had hands-on experience in major gifts, planned giving, annual campaigns and events. He has deep knowledge of fundraising proven practices, relationship building and collaborative leadership.

Prior to The Alford Group, Whitney served as the Director of Major Gifts & Individual Giving for Food Lifeline, a nonprofit providing food to more than 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Western Washington. In this role, Whitney led the department to triple its major gift support within three years.

In addition to Food Lifeline, Whitney has held numerous leadership positions in the nonprofit sector. He strengthened the development and implementation of the planned giving program at United Way of King County, directed all aspects of the fundraising and communications departments at Uplift Northwest (formerly Millionair Club Charity), spearheaded the planned giving program at YMCA of Greater Seattle and doubled giving during his time with Harvest Against Hunger (formerly Rotary First Harvest).

“I am thrilled to join the top-notch team at The Alford Group,” Whitney said. “I look forward to building off my background in fundraising and philanthropy to serve and strengthen nonprofits across all sectors. I am excited to share my expertise and assist organizations in deepening their impact to create a better world for ALL people.”

Whitney serves his community in a number of ways. He is a past president and former board member for the Washington Planned Giving Council, served as the WPGC Conference Committee Co-Chair for two years, is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), past member of Childhaven’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee and current member with the West Seattle Rotary Club.

About The Alford Group

The Alford Group is a national, full-service, equity-forward consulting firm specializing in the social sector. Our work empowers organizations to reimagine what it means to make a difference – to aim higher, reach further and dream bigger. Services include fundraising, strategic planning, culture of equity assessments, governance, data analytics, interim staffing and more.

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Giving USA 2021: Reviewing Philanthropy in the Year 2020

Free Virtual Event | Online | July 13, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.EST

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and The Alford Group presented the just-released Giving USA 2021 report looking back at philanthropy for the year 2020. A panel of community leaders spoke on how the philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We discussed how the upheaval of daily life has impacted the philanthropic space.

This free webinar was approved for 1.5 points toward CFRE certification.

PRESENTER:

Sharon Tiknis, Chief Client Experience Officer, The Alford Group

MODERATOR:

Vicki Pugh, CFRE, CAP, Vice President for Philanthropic Giving, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

PANELISTS:

Danita D. Nias, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Patrick McNamara, President & CEO, Palm Health Foundation

Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Cathy Brown, Associate Director, The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University – Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Giving USA 2021 and Today’s New Normal

Free Webinar | Online | July 13, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.EDT

This past year has been like no other. The events of 2020 will forever change the social sector and philanthropy.

On Tuesday, July 13 The Alford Group presented the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2020 giving, which will inform our look forward. How has COVID-19 impacted giving? Are funders changing priorities based on current events? We discussed these questions and more during our time together.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of the data and trends around giving in America in 2020
  • Information on how COVID-19 impacted giving last year
  • Tips for how to apply this research to your organization’s strategy and approach

Giving USA Report Details

First published in 1956, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Giving USA 2021 report will be released June 15th by The Giving Institute. The Alford Group is a longtime supporter of Giving USA and member of The Giving Institute.

Giving USA 2021: Looking back to look forward

How things have changed a year later in the Pacific Northwest

Free Webinar | Online | July 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. PT

Following a presentation of the new Giving USA data outlining 2020 results, a panel of experts revisited where they were this time last year and what has changed. The discussion included how COVID has changed fundraising; how this data and information will impact fundraising going forward; how the social unrest this past year has impacted philanthropy; and what are the lasting trends that viewers should be prepared for.

Giving USA Report Details:

First published in 1956, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and released by The Giving Institute.

GIVING USA REPORT PRESENTER: Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group

MODERATOR: Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group

PANELISTS:

  • Robin Callahan, CFRE, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Elena Fracchia, CWS, AVP, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank
  • Bernadine (Bernie) C. Griffin, Managing Director, The Fifth Avenue Theatre
  • Asa Tate, Chief Development Officer, Wellspring Family Services

Latest Trends in Charitable Giving – Giving USA 2021

Led by the Planned Giving Round Table of Northern Nevada (PGRT) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Sierra Chapter

Virtual Speaker Program | Online | July 27, 2021 | 11:45 a.m.PT

This past year has been like no other. The events of 2020 will forever change the social sector and philanthropy. During this program, The Alford Group will present the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2020 giving, which will inform our look forward. How has COVID-19 impacted giving? Are funders changing priorities based on current events? We will discuss these questions and more during our time together.

Key takeaways from this session include:

1) An understanding of the data and trends around giving in America in 2020;

2) Information on how COVID-19 impacted giving last year;

3) Ideas and tips for how to apply this research to your organization’s strategy and approach for working with donors and clients.

For more information and to register, email inquiries@pgnv.org.

SPEAKER:

Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group

Giving USA 2021: Looking back to look forward – How things have changed in one year

MODERATOR:

Elizabeth Rowley, CFRE, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

GIVING USA PRESENTATION:
Amy Hines, Senior Vice President, The Alford Group

EXPERT PANEL:
Sally Cross, President and CEO, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Walter J. Dillingham, Jr., CFA, Managing Director, Wilmington Trust

The Alford Group Applauds MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for Donating $2.74 Billion in Transformational Gifts

June 17, 2021

MacKenzie Scott, author and philanthropist and Dan Jewett, educator and philanthropist announced this week another round of grants to 286 organizations across the country, totaling $2.74 billion. Scott granted 384 organizations funds totaling $4.2 billion in late 2020.

STATEMENT FROM BRENDA B. ASARE, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE ALFORD GROUP

The Alford Group applauds MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for their transformational contribution to the nonprofit sector. At an important time in our nation’s history as we take on social injustice, work to dismantle systemic inequities and create a world where ALL people can thrive, MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett are leading the way with their generosity.

We are proud of our clients and other worth organizations who are receiving these gifts and empowering change in communities across the country. Congratulations on being recognized for the deep impact being made every single day and the strategic pathway forward as you activate and strengthen a more just world for ALL people. The Alford Group is proud to be your partner today and into the future.

It is not lost on me that Scott’s and Jewett’s announcement comes on the same day as the release of the Giving USA 2021 Annual Report on Philanthropy. The new report announced an all-time high of giving for the year 2020 at $471.44 billion, with 88% coming from individuals. The power of giving by individuals has fueled the nonprofit sector for generations and The Alford Group is excited for our collective future together.

Full list of recipients

 

Giving USA 2021 Overview

Video overview (5 minutes) by Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group

Summary by Araceli Duran, Client Service Associate, The Alford Group

On Tuesday, June 15, Giving USA released The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year 2020. It was a much-anticipated report given the upheaval of daily life everyone has experienced in the past year and a desire to see how that upheaval has impacted the philanthropic space. Here is a brief overview following the release of this year’s report. Continue reading “Giving USA 2021 Overview”

AFP Advancement Northwest Conference

AFP Advancement Northwest Annual Conference | Online | May 14 & 21st, 2021

Event Registration

Highlighted Session: Day 2, 12:30 p.m.PT – Assess the Culture of Equity in Your Organization

Our sector must lead the way in creating an equitable world of all people. And it starts from within your own organization. While diversity offers seats at the table to a broader range of people and ideas, and inclusion ensures that all voices are heard, equity applies a historic lens to assure that everyone is welcomed and receives what they need to thrive. Hear from a panel of organizational leaders who will share what they are doing to strengthen their organization’s culture of equity.

In this session you will learn:

  • What it means for your organization to have a culture of equity
  • How to create or strengthen your culture of equity
  • What specific steps you can take today to improve your organization’s culture of equity

Panelists Include:

  • Brenda Asare, President & CEO, The Alford Group
  • Niquole Esters, Senior Director of Development Conservation International
  • Maria Kolby Wolfe, President and CEO Washington Women’s Foundation

LeadingAge Connecticut Conference

LeadingAge Connecticut Conference | Fundraising During COVID | May 26 & 27, 2021

Registration information

Highlighted session: Day 1, 1:30 p.m.ET – Lessons from the Pandemic: Growing the culture of philanthropy in senior living communities

Amy Hines, Senior Vice President, offers her own experience as well as examples from the field to reflect on the needs of senior living communities that have surfaced during COVID and what it means to form a culture of philanthropy in these changing times.