Nonprofit Development Now Panel Discussion

Nonprofit Development Now: Senior Philanthropic Leaders Provide Advice for Fundraising in the Current Climate | Open to the Public

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:00 am CT

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Join the Executive Service Corps (ESC) for their Nonprofit Development Now Panel Discussion.

Hear leaders in the nonprofit community share their practical advice for fundraising.

Moderator & ESC Board Member: Upneet Teji, Business Services Group, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. & ESC Board Member

Panelists Include:

  • Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, Cubs Charities, at Chicago Cubs
  • Brenda Asare, President & CEO, The Alford Group
  • Gillian Darlow, Chief Executive Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Rachelle Jervis, President & CEO, Executive Service Corps (ESC)
  • Sean Garrett, President & CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago
  • Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director, Little City Foundation
  • Shelley A. Davis, CEO, Coleman Foundation

Giving USA Foundation Webinar: The Donor Advised Fund Research Landscape

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET | Online

As donor-advised funds continue to grow in prominence, advisors, donors, and policy makers will be faced with myriad choices. In this webinar, you’ll learn how researchers are collecting, interpreting, and sharing data to ensure that decisions are based on facts, not fear.
  • Host: Brenda Asare, The Alford Group
  • Presenter: Dr. Una Osili, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Panelists: Laura MacDonald, CFRE, Benefactor Group (Facilitator); Kristin Carlson Vogen, Chicago Community Trust; Nico Karagosian, Ohio University; Amy Pirozzolo, Fidelity Charitable
  • Resource: Dr. Anna Pruitt, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


The Alford Group Applauds MacKenzie Scott for Transformational Gifts

December 17, 2020

MacKenzie Scott, billionaire, author and philanthropist, announced this week she had given nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations in the last four months.


With deep gratitude, The Alford Group applauds MacKenzie Scott for her transformational philanthropy to many Alford Group clients and other worthy organizations. We know these well-deserved gifts will be put to work to fuel their trailblazing work. Ms. Scott noted her full trust in these proven management teams who demonstrate high-potential for impact. Congratulations to our clients for being recognized for the work they do everyday to make their communities better, more equitable, and places where people reach their potential and realize possibilities. The Alford Group is proud to be your partner as you accelerate and amplify your impact as a result of these extraordinary gifts.

Full list of recipients 

Elevate 2021 Conference

February 24-26, 2021 | Virtual

Creating an Equity-Forward Board Culture

As our nation grapples with racial inequality, the need for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in governance structures has become even more apparent. This session will illustrate how nonprofit boards benefit from DEI, can integrate DEI within their structures and systems, and equip board leaders with the tools to build or strengthen an equity-forward culture. Despite where your organization is at on its DEI journey, you will gain insights on how to approach governance for a better tomorrow.


  • Brenda B. Asare, President & CEO, The Alford Group
  • Amy Hines, Senior Vice President, The Alford Group


Tomorrow’s New Normal: 4 elements of an action-forward approach to planning

Thursday, October 22, 2020


The world has transformed in the last 6 months. A global pandemic, national social movements to create a just and fair society, environmental crisis after crisis – the list goes on. How do you plan for the future? What do you prioritize and what do you set aside? How do you anticipate what things will be like in the coming year? These are all good questions that no one has the exact answers to – but there is a lot we DO know. In this webinar, we will share with you 4 elements that every organization can use to strengthen its planning. A panel of experts discussed how they are using these 4 elements in leading their organizations through crisis response, scenario and/or strategic planning.



Alexis Cooke, Senior Consultant, The Alford Group




Jamie Phillippe, Vice President, The Alford Group






Felicia S. Davis, President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women




Darrin Goss, President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina




Rachel Krinsky, Executive Director, LifeWire





Michele Stauff, CFRE, Executive Director, Million Dollar Round Table Foundation



How to Effectively Grow Revenue through Corporate Partnerships in the COVID Era

Free Webinar | Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Some nonprofits wonder if they should pause their corporate outreach due to the impact of COVID-19 on companies. However, many companies are interested (and eager!) in maintaining their support of and visibility with nonprofits. Many companies are digging in to help with pandemic-related challenges and are looking for ways to get involved. We will spotlight The Alford Group’s recent corporate partnership work with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This webinar demonstrated why and how nonprofits can maintain AND grow a successful corporate partnership strategy during the pandemic.

• Reviewed a step-by-step and revamped sales and outreach process
• Examined how to build an ROI-driven value proposition: Shift from transactional, event-based sponsorship to partnerships that truly meet corporate objectives around initiatives like Social Responsibility and ESG Investing
• Determined the importance of collaborating with companies as part of the partnership creation process
• Explored virtual partnership and sponsorship benefits that truly drive ROI for companies

Creating a Culture of Equity: Putting the Elephant on the Board Table

AFP Summer Session | August 6, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.ET

Presented by Carmen Marshall, Christi Green, Steve Ziger, FAIA, Amy T. Seto, CPA and Mary Warren

Sponsored by The Alford Group

Effective nonprofit organizations and boards are built and developed on equitable practices, continuous self-evaluation and intentionality that align organizational values with what organizations value. A panel of philanthropic leaders will have a courageous discussion about helping your organization create a more equitable culture in these changing times.


Giving USA and the New Age of Philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.PT (90 mins)

A new age of philanthropy is upon us. The Alford Group will present the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2019 giving, which will inform our look forward for the Pacific Northwest region. A panel of local experts will then speak to how the regional philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We will discuss how we are being called to do better to bridge the inequities and system failures clearly revealed in this global health and financial crisis, and work to create economic dignity and improve the quality of life for all.


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





Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President & West Division Manager





Robin Callahan, CFRE, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation




Elena Fracchia, CWS, AVP, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank




Dana Miller, Senior Program Director – Grants, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust




Anjana Pandey, Vice President of Strategy, Philanthropy Northwest




Giving USA and the New Age of Philanthropy

Free Webinar | Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET

A new age of philanthropy is upon us. The Alford Group presented the just-released Giving USA report looking back at 2019 giving, which informs our look forward. The panel of funders spoke to how the philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We discussed how we are being called to do better to bridge the inequities and system failures clearly revealed in this global health and financial crisis. Specifically, the panel shared how funders are re-focusing their giving and what nonprofits can do to engage, strengthen and grow their donor relationships.

This webinar is approved for 1.5 points toward CFRE certification.

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




Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President & West Division Manager




Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President & East Division Manager





Laura Coy, Director of Philanthropy Strategy, William Blair; Vice President of the William Blair & Company Foundation




Marguerite H. Griffin, Senior Vice President; Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, Northern Trust




Stephen Maislin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Houston Community Foundation




Beth McCaw, President & CEO, Washington Women’s Foundation




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Ethical Solutions, Practical Tools: Make the Best Decisions During and After the Pandemic

May 19, 2020 | Online

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced nonprofits and grant-making organizations to pause and reflect on every aspect of how they operate.

Nonprofit leaders have made many selfless decisions that demonstrate that we’re “all in this together,” but they’ve also faced some extremely difficult decisions, such as whether to cancel key fundraising events and how to lay off workers.

When making difficult choices, how does an organization thoughtfully consider people, while also considering the bottom line? How can we learn from the recent past, survive, and thrive as we look to the future?

Join the Chronicle of Philanthropy and our expert guests on May 19 at 2 PM ET as we tackle some of the toughest issues nonprofits face due to the pandemic.

This 60-minute webinar will help you:

  • Manage your endowment investments during the economic freefall.
  • Understand what donors and grant makers are going through.
  • Evaluate programs and prioritize those that can best ensure your nonprofit’s future.


President, YFJ Consulting
President, Women In Development, New York


President, The Alford Group
Vice-Chair, The Giving Institute

Program Officer, Arts and Culture
The Heinz Endowments

Client Strategist and Author
BNY Mellon

Founder and Chief Consultant, Innovations Quantified (IQ)
Board Chair, Association of Nonprofit Specialists

This webinar is worth 1 CFRE credit.


AFP ICON Virtual 2020

Online | March 29-31, 2020

In these complicated times, we still learned and developed skills and connected to our community through AFP ICON Virtual. The Alford Group’s West Division Manager and Executive Vice President Karen Rotko-Wynn delivered this message as the Chair of the AFP Foundation:

We’re looking forward to next year in Minneapolis! You can find out more information about AFP ICON 2021 here.