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Fundraisers Forum: Building Donor Connections Through Multimedia

Fundraisers Forum: Building Donor Connections Through Multimedia

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:00 am

Community members learned to touch their supporters’ hearts and inspire their support through multimedia storytelling.

At this workshop-style event, participants discovered expert approaches to message and medium, explored the impact of visuals, and viewed an Emmy Award-winning video from one of our presenters. Then practiced crafting their organization’s own story.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Coffee and networking at 9 am | Program 9:30 to 10:30 am 
This is the first in this year's three-part Fundraisers Forum series.

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This session was presented in partnership with the Giving Tree Associates Speaker Series.


Dana Michelle CookDana Michelle Cook is an Emmy and Gracie award-winning filmmaker/producer who has worked on shows including Dancing with the Stars and Design on a Dime. She has produced original content for NBC, Bravo, The Food Network, TLC, and Biography. As co-founder of Freeheart Creative, she works on issues that bring about social change. 

Lis MartinLis Martin is a the owner of Statement Communications. A writer and content strategist with more than a decade of experience, including stints as a copywriter and journalist, she is known for big-picture thinking, passionate presenting, and on-the-ground execution. 


Katie WilkesKatie Wilkes spent eight years deploying to disaster sites as a national relief agency spokesperson. She brought stories to life on The Weather Channel and MSNBC, responding to floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and epidemics. With Dana Michelle Cook, she is co-founder of Freeheart Creative.

Ellen HattenbachEllen Spira Hattenbach is Spertus Institute’s VP for External Relations. A master connector and communicator, she has worked in strategic planning, client relations, and brand management, building links between the business and nonprofit sectors.


Fundraisers Forum

This professional development and network-building program was for everyone (from Development Associate to CEO) involved in securing contributions for Chicago-area Jewish organizations.

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