Webinar Recording: Fundraising Strategies for Economic Transformation

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IEDC 2014 Webinar Series

IEDC hosted a webinar on August 28 titled Fundraising Strategies for Economic Transformation. Years after a disaster public funding for recovery dwindles but the economy is still recovering. With long term recovery strategies still in process, budgets strain to find funding. A successful fundraising campaign can provide an influx of funding to allow on-going recovery efforts. Speakers in this webinar addressed key components to a campaign including building strategic partnerships, identifying potential contributors, and effective tools and strategies for running a successful campaign. Speakers also addressed how to identify and approach the appropriate corporate and community foundations for business and economic recovery and resiliency projects.

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Susan Blansett

Susan P. Blansett, CEcD, CM Principal R&M Resource Development Susan Blansett has more than 25 years of experience in economic development, community and workforce development, and has been consulting since joining R&M Resource Development in 1999.  R&M is an innovator in economic development fund-raising, strategy and impact analysis, and has won a reputation for helping E.D. organizations and Chambers of Commerce across the U.S. reinvent themselves for greater impact and sustainability. As a Principal at R&M, Blansett specializes in strategy, leadership engagement, messaging, fund-raising and investor/client relations.  She has made more than 2,300 direct solicitations, helping R&M to raise more than $150 million in campaigns over the past 12 years.  Clients rely on her judgment and praise her professionalism, problem-solving ability and dedication to client success. Susan is an experienced clinician, facilitator and is on the faculty of the Colorado Basic Economic Development Course, where she teaches the Strategic Planning/Leadership class.  She has earned top evaluations for her training in strategic planning, fundraising and investor retention.  She is a Certified Mediator (CM), and in 2008 she became certified as a PULSE Institute professional trainer in mediation.  She earned her MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver, her CEcD from the International Economic Developers’ Council and EDFP from the National Development Council. She was the 2005 recipient of the Special Recognition Award conferred by the Economic Developers’ Council of Colorado for contributions to the profession. Blansett is an Illinois native who honed her economic development skills in increasingly responsible positions with the Illinois Rural Electric Cooperatives, the Colorado Governor’s office (Romer administration), the Aurora Economic Development Council and the DIA Partnership in Colorado. She is an accomplished vocalist and an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying hiking, birding and trail riding on her American Quarter Horse, Seguin.  She and her husband, Mark, moved to Golden, Colorado in 1988 and enjoy life there with their two golden retrievers, DaisyMae and Tom. 

Robert G. Ottenhoff President & CEO Center for Disaster Philanthropy Robert G. Ottenhoff, a veteran in philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, and entrepreneurship, is the inaugural president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.  CDP seeks to transform how donors think about, respond and give to natural disasters, moving it from reactive response, to one focused on increasing the effectiveness of the private donor’s dollar for the good of affected communities worldwide.  It offers information, analysis and reports about disasters in its free Learning Center at its website http://disasterphilanthropy.org/ and provides tools, expert analysis and strategic guidance in order to maximize contributions to disaster relief.   The Chronicle of Philanthropy recognized the launch of CDP as “one of the five high points of 2012” http://bit.ly/12IhYbu. Prior to joining CDP, Bob spent a decade as president and CEO of GuideStar, an industry leader in the use of providing high-quality data to help donors make better decisions and improve nonprofit practice. He led efforts to develop www.guidestar.org.  into a nationally respected, comprehensive source of reports and services on more than 1.5 million nonprofits and built partnerships with many leading corporations and foundations. While there, Bob developed a sustainable “freemium” business model which supports free and fee-based services to more than 10 million users annually and generates most of GuideStar’s operating revenues. Before GuideStar, he had more than 25 years of management experience in public broadcasting and high-tech companies, including nine years as chief operating officer of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), serving as executive director of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority and founding WBGO-FM, where he served as its inaugural General Manager. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a master's degree in planning from Rutgers University. He frequently writes, speaks, and comments on nonprofit and philanthropic issues on television, National Public Radio and national newspapers.

About this Webinar Series

With funding from a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the 2014 Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Webinar Series is produced by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This training series provides practical information on key topics in disaster preparedness, recovery and resiliency for economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and community stakeholders concerned about the local economy. Please note: Web seminars in this series are not eligible for CEcD certification points.


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