Nonprofit Learning Series - Donor Cultivation and Follow Up

Nonprofit Learning Series – Donor Cultivation and Follow Up

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1:00 - 2:30 pm

US Bank
15 Benchmark Rd
Avon, CO 81620
3rd Floor Conference Room

Topic:  Donor Cultivation and Follow Up

What is the key to success in fundraising? Most seasoned fundraising professionals will tell you it is about the relationship with the donor. To some it just looks like development people go out to lunch, coffee and attend a lot of parties. To the professional fundraiser, there is a method to the madness. We are fortunate to have some of the best fundraisers to tell us about their methods for finding, contacting, engaging and following up with donors. This is going to be really informative to hear them share their secrets.

Join us on Thursday, February 13, 1:00—2:30 at the US Bank, Avon, 3rd floor conference room.


Patty White has been Vice President of Development at Walking Mountains Science Center since January 2015, with responsibility for the Campaign for Growth which has raised over $15 million and the annual operating budget which has more than doubled in the past five years.  Patty moved to Colorado from Chicago where she spent 20+ years in development and charitable giving roles with such organizations as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Chicago Cares and Exelon Corporation.  She earned her BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Patty loves hiking, skiing, biking, yoga, the arts, and adventure travel.

Katie Santambrogio is Vice President of Philanthropy for Roundup River Ranch with 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, strategic planning, program development and staff management. She has a BS in International Relations and Spanish from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management with an emphasis in fundraising from Regis University. Katie has worked in public policy, higher education, community development and locally for Youth Power 365 and the Vail Valley Foundation. Katie has completed advanced certificates in fundraising with Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and in Dialogue, Deliberation and Civic Engagement. Nonprofits are in her blood with both her husband, Mike, and her mother, Susie, having deep roots in the local nonprofit world. Katie loves playing outside and traveling with her children, Luca and Paxton and husband, Mike.

Aaron Ciszek has over 15 years of fundraising expertise in overseeing major gifts, planned giving and foundation relations. Aaron is currently Director of Development at the Vail Health Foundation. He is on the Steering Committee for the Institute for Leaders in Development at the University of Denver as well as a program mentor. Previously he was the Development Director at Vail Mountain School and the University of Denver. He has a BS degree from Cornell University. Aaron is impressed by Vail’s cultural landscape – a small town that offers world-class music, dance and lectures alongside incredible skiing, biking and running. You can often find Aaron on the local trails summer or winter with his wife and son, or browsing a bookstore’s fiction section with a big cup of coffee.

Robin Thompson, Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant and Trainer, will serve as moderator for the discussion.

Seats are limited to 23, RSVP to Maren at 970.477.4001.

Save the Date for the rest of the 2020 series:
Note: all sessions will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the 3rd floor conference room at US Bank, Avon.
*Tuesday, April 7
*Thursday, June 11
*Tuesday, August 25
*Tuesday, October 6
*Thursday, November 12

The Nonprofit Learning Series is sponsored by the Vail Valley Partnership Nonprofit Network, Mountain Youth, and US Bank.

  • Monthly learning opportunities for your entire nonprofit organization.
  • Special guest panel discussions with local funders, sponsors and nonprofit leaders.
  • Free attendance for nonprofit employees and board members.