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Fundraisers Forum

Fundraisers Forum

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

The Fundraisers Forum is a three-program series.
Registration was closed after the initial installment. 

If you did not attend but are interested in parts 2 and 3, contact Anita Silvert at or 312.322.1707.

Spertus Institute's Center for Jewish Leadership proudly introduces the Fundraisers Forum, a professional development and network-building program.

Are you responsible for securing contributions for a Chicago-area Jewish organization? Whatever your title and wherever you sit (Executive Directors, too), this free three-part professional development series is for you!

  • Hear national leading experts on Jewish philanthropy and fundraising
  • Find out the latest trends and trajectories 
  • Meet and network with your peers from other organizations
  • Share best practices
  • Advance your professional skills
  • Leverage new knowledge to support your organization and enhance the strength, health, and vibrancy of the Jewish community

Session 1
Trends and Opportunities in American Jewish Philanthropy
Monday, November 6, 2017 — 9:00 -11:30 am

For the first installment, Vicki Agron discussed the latest trends — and the associated challenges and opportunities. 

Vicki AgronVicki Agron has worked with Jewish Federations and other nonprofits throughout the world. A month after opening Vicki Agron Consulting, LLC, her client list included local, national, and international Jewish organizations. As an executive with United Jewish Appeal and its successor organization, United Jewish Communities, she had oversight for areas that raised more than $3 billion raised annually. 

Session 2
Why I Give – A Conversation With Chicago Philanthropists About Their Giving Philosophies
Thursday, February 15, 2018 — 9:00 -11:00 am 

Engage with a panel of leading philanthropists as they discuss what drives their decisions to give and how you can make the most compelling ask. 

Session 3
No Is A Gift – Developing Relational Strategies That Keep The Conversation Going
Thursday, April 19, 2018 — 4:00-5:30 pm
Immediately followed by Jewish Community Networking Night. 

Learn from Deborah Grayson Riegel how to view "no" as an invitation to learn about your donor and build a lasting relationship, leading to future funding and success.  

Deborah Grayson RiegelDeborah Grayson Riegel is Director of Learning at The Boda Group, where she combines expertise in cognitive, behavioral, and social psychology with public speaking prowess to teach professionals to communicate effectively. Deborah has been a featured expert and contributor to The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. She teaches about executive communications at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, China, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

All sessions include refreshments and time to network.

All sessions take place at Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Avenue. 

Discount parking is available for $8 at Grant Park South Garage, below street level at 325 S Michigan Avenue. The discount is good for up to 12 hours with Spertus validation (available in the Spertus vestibule). 

The Spertus Approach — Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support. 

Center for Jewish Leadership

Designed for professionals and
volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and gain
the expertise to foster a vibrant
Jewish future. Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish leadership series
  • Annual leadership symposium
  • Innovation and collaboration awards