Training Details

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

12:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Foundation Center Midwest
1422 Euclid Avenue
Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH



Come to our 3rd Annual Summer Social! Meet funders and fellow fundraisers, learn about new approaches in nonprofit management, and network with experts across the nonprofit spectrum!


  • 12:00pm:  Welcome – Teleange’ Thomas, Director, Foundation Center Midwest
  • 12:10:  New Discoveries in Grassroots Funding. Learn about community grantmaking, best practices, and innovative approaches to funding for grassroots nonprofits.
    • Keynote:  Tom O’Brien – Program Director, Neighborhood Connections
    • Panel Discussion: Judy Wright  – Ohio Transformation Fund; Indigo Bishop – ioby; Robbin Hudson – United Black Fund; Tom O'Brien
  • 1:10:  Mini Workshops: New Discoveries in Data
    • Donor-Advised Funds – Judy Salm, Director of Operations, Grants Plus
    • Tips & Tricks to Using the NEW FDO – Foundation Center Staff
    • NEOCANDO - April Urban, Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2:10: Speed Group Networking SessionsNew Discoveries in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management
    • Steve Day, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
    • Samantha Sopko, Grants Professionals Association/ Breakthrough Schools
    • Beth Darmstadter, Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland/MetroHealth
    • Staci Lowell, Giving Insight, LLC
  • 3:10: Mix & Mingle



  • Learn new research, fundraising, and management techniques.
  • Exchange business cards, have some food, and relax!

Intended Audience

All levels of experience
Board members
CEOs, executive directors, upper management
Fundraising & development staff
Grant writers
Individual grantseekers
Marketing, communications, external affairs
Nonprofit startups
Program directors and staff


April Urban Research Associate Case Western Reserve University View Bio

Beth Darmstadter Director of Individual Giving MetroHealth Foundation View Bio

David Holmes City Lead Foundation Center Midwest View Bio

Indigo Bishop Cleveland Action Strategist ioby View Bio

Judy Salm Director of Client Services Grants Plus View Bio

Judy Wright Director Ohio Transformation Fund View Bio

Robbin Hudson Community Programming Manager United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland View Bio

Samantha Sopko Director of Grants and Foundation Relations Friends of Breakthrough Schools View Bio

Staci Lowell Principal Giving Insight, LLC View Bio

Steven Day Partner Calfee, Harter, and Griswold LLP View Bio

Teleange' Thomas Director Foundation Center Midwest View Bio

Tom O'Brien Program Director Neighborhood Connections, The Cleveland Foundation View Bio