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Thursday, September 12 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Finance Directors Are From Mars, Development Directors are From Venus: Improving Communications to Give Donors What They Need

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As more Catholic institutions incorporate major gifts and capital campaigns into their fundraising efforts the need for synergy between the finance office and the development office becomes even greater. And yet, these two departments view “dollars and cents” from very different perspectives. This session will help define the diverse needs and expectations finance directors and development directors have of each other and how to avoid common misunderstandings. Specific discussion will surround the role of the Chief Financial Officer in major gift and capital campaign efforts. What time commitment, resources and strategic planning is necessary from the CFO for philanthropic success? What financial information is necessary to steward donors or meet funder expectations? In addition the session will incorporate role playing and interactive dialogue to demonstrate the best strategies for managing common scenarios between Finance and Development Directors in Catholic fundraising.


In the session you will learn: 

Examples of the different professional and personal traits that drive how Finance and Development Directors approach their responsibilities


How and why each position takes the approach it does to support the organizational mission. While the needs may be different, the outcomes should be the same.

Relationship building tactics to encourage strong communications and information sharing between the Directors.

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Chad McEachern

President and CEO, Edmundite Missions
 Exciting. Experienced. Engaged. Just a few of the words used by many to describe the ministry of Chad McEachern, President & C.E.O. of the Edmundite Missions. At the Edmundite Missions, Chad provides oversight, vision, and management to all aspects of the organization. He ensures... Read More →

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Robert V. Hotz

Senior Consultant, American City Bureau, Inc.
American City Bureau, Inc. Senior Consultant Robert V. Hotz possesses more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, executive management, board service and fundraising. Bob’s extensive background in strategic planning, non-profit management, and Catholic school leadership... Read More →
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Leslie Mollsen

Chief Executive Officer, American City Bureau, Inc.
Leslie Biggins Mollsen is the owner and CEO of American City Bureau, Inc., the nation’s original fundraising consulting firm to not-for-profit organizations, specializing in major gift development. The firm is headquartered in West Dundee, Illinois. Ms. Mollsen currently serves... Read More →
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Keith Zekind

Director of Finance, The Passionists of Holy Cross Province
Keith Zekind is the Director of Finance and Executive Director of Development for The Congregation of the Passion, Holy Cross Province, based in Park Ridge, Illinois.  Keith is a former member of NCDC’s Board of Directors and NATRI/RCRI’s Board of Directors.  He participated... Read More →

Thursday September 12, 2013 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Fort Worth 6

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