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AFP Charlotte is proud to present our Speakers of Significance Series this Fall

Penelope Burk | Donor Centered Fundraising 

September 29, 2015 - register here

Author, trainer, presenter and President of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc. Penelope Burk has over forty years of experience in not-for-profit management, fundraising, and research. A native of Montreal, Canada, Penelope began her professional career in market research, public relations and fundraising, becoming known as a "turn-around specialist" who advocates innovative solutions to improve revenue and institutional performance.

Penelope and her company, Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., are known for their leading-edge research with donors and their skill in helping clients adapt their fundraising operations to reflect donors' changing needs and preferences. Penelope's innovative work, her advocacy for donors, and her passion for the philanthropic spirit led, in 2003, to the publication of her second book, Donor-Centered Fundraising. This best-selling text established her as the industry's foremost authority on fundraising research, training and strategic planning based on the principles of Donor-Centered Fundraising. The book is the only statistically-based research ever published on the effect of meaningful communication on donor retention and gift value.

Penelope Burk is a highly sought-after educator and public speaker whose training sessions and forums are widely acclaimed as unique, engaging and among the most effective in the third sector. She has written more than sixty seminars, training programs and dramatic plays, all written specifically for not-for-profit organizations.


Nathan Stelter: The Power of Engagement | Amplify Your Donor Communication Strategy

October 27, 2015 - register here 

Nathan Stelter is vice president of business development for The Stelter Company, a leading source for gift planning marketing for the nonprofit community. The Stelter Company, which was founded in 1962, currently serves more than 1,800 organizations nationally with a staff of over 100 individuals.

While Nathan wears many hats at Stelter, his primary concentration is on overseeing Stelter's consulting team and using his expertise and experience to strategize with all of Stelter's regional consultants and key accounts to develop distinct marketing solutions that meet each nonprofit's unique planned giving needs.

He has been quoted in Planned Giving Today and other trade publications and is a past board member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council (Washington, DC) and current member of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council.

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