September 2020 Focus Print

A Message from Jessica Symonds



As this time of COVID reminds us, we are stronger together. Our Communications Committee, along with NEAHP’s Executive Committee, and in conjunction with our vendor partners and our CAMI support team, have been hard at work designing a new webinar series called “From the Experts”. We are excited to announce that, over the next year, you will have a chance to hear from industry leaders and experts in Healthcare Philanthropy who will offer advice and tips on ways that you and your organization can adapt and succeed, even in this time of uncertainty. These webinars are free for NEAHP members, and open to non-members for a nominal fee, and are approved for CFRE credit.

In an effort to provide you with timely and useful programming, we kicked off this initiative on July 15th with a webinar by Alice Ayres, President and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). Using historical data, current numbers and examples, Alice gave us her views on where Healthcare Philanthropy has been, where we are today and what opportunities look like for our organizations in the coming year. In case you missed it, a recording of Alice’s webinar can be found in the “Members Only” section of the NEAHP website.

NEAHP’s leadership team is committed to providing opportunities for growth and connection, and we are excited to bring you this new webinar series as a one way that we can stay connected.


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From the Experts webinar series


Join NEAHP as we MAKE SOME NOISE with a series of new dynamic webinars entitled “From the Experts” featuring leaders in our industry

Let’s get the party started!

September 21, 2020 @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Conducting a Philanthropy Assessment & Strategic Planning During Unprecedented Times

This webinar will discuss why conducting a philanthropic assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses of your fundraising operation is important at this time. You will learn why creating a strategic plan is the best way to ensure success moving forward and how you can get started with the process. Featuring The Giving Collaborative’s CEO and Principal, David E. Garamella, CFRE.

Assessing your philanthropy program and creating a strategic plan is the best way to ensure success moving forward. With COVID-19 changing the landscape of fundraising, there is no better time than now to take a critical look at your philanthropy operations. Organizations typically perform a fundraising audit or assessment to comprehensively examine the status of their current fundraising efforts, to identify strengths and weaknesses, and to seek out areas for growth. A Strategic Philanthropy Plan is designed to capture an overall fundraising matrix emphasizing characteristics and achievements of other high-performing philanthropy programs amidst the new reality caused by COVID-19.

Conducting an assessment and creating a strategic plan should lead to recommendations on how to launch any philanthropy initiative successfully. Recommendations should cover topics such as Leadership; Organizational Structure; Metrics and Performance Management; Regional Presence; State, Region/Market, and Local Philanthropy Capacity based on data analytics and predictive modeling; and Annual, Major, Planned, and Principal Gift Strategy.



October 7, 2020 @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm
After Great Disruption Comes Great Opportunity

This webinar will discuss pipeline development, campaign structure, developing a new case for support , and navigating the new virtual landscape. Discover where new opportunities lie and how you can best position your organization for success in the new normal. Featuring Ghiorsi & Sorrenti’s leadership team of: Dan Sorrenti, Founding Partner & President Matthew Ghiorsi, Vice President for Strategy and Operations Robin Popp, CFRE, Senior Executive Counsel.

COVID-19 has upended nearly every facet of life as we know it, and fundraising is no exception. Healthcare fundraising has been significantly disrupted – events cancelled, in-person donor meetings postponed indefinitely, and capital projects halted. However, we believe that through this disruption will emerge significant opportunity. Join GSI for an informative webinar, “After Great Disruption Comes Great Opportunity,” on October 7 at 1:00PM as we discuss pipeline development, campaign structure, developing a new case for support, and navigating the new virtual landscape. Discover where opportunity lies and how you can best position your organization to come out of this crisis ready to succeed in the new normal. This too shall pass – so be proactive and come out stronger.


Earn 1.0 CFRE Credit for each presentation

Cost Per Webinar
Members: Free
Non-Members: $30

Non-Members save BIG by joining NEAHP today. Get all 6 sessions valued at $180 for the NEAHP membership fee of $125!!!

Use the button below to see the full webinar descriptions and register.



Thank you to our From the Experts webinar series sponsors!


Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc.             The Giving Collaborative



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Nearly here! October 1 is the next CFRE application deadline

It’s never been more critical for you to have the most up-to-date and proven fundraising skills.

Whether you’re helping your organization navigate the shifting donor landscape or are actively seeking your next professional opportunity, the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification will benefit you.

As the only accredited, globally recognized certification for fundraising professionals, the CFRE is made up of two steps: the application and a 200-question exam covering fundraising best practices.

Why Submit Now?

Submitting your application puts you a step closer to joining the 7,000 CFREs worldwide committed to upholding confidence, ethics, and professionalism in fundraising.

CFREs report enhanced recognition from colleagues, increased earning potential, and greater personal satisfaction.

NEAHP Members Save on Fees

Begin enjoying the benefits of becoming a CFRE. NEAHP members always enjoy a special discounted CFRE initial application fee of $700.

Log in to your CFRE account here to put the finishing touches on your application or start your application.

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Conference News

We want to extend a big thank you to Jeff LaValley for completing his time as Co-Chair for the Educational Conference for the past two years. Jeff passes the torch to Elisa Chase, who joins Natalee Martin as the next team to lead the Educational Conference.

Elisa is a Development Officer for Hartford Hospital, focusing on the grateful patient program, annual giving and major gifts.  Prior to her work at Hartford Hospital, she was in fundraising and event production for Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. In 2019, Elisa was the proud recipient of the NEAHP Scott Fithian Scholarship and attended her first NEAHP Conference in Newport, RI. “I had such a wonderful experience at my first conference, and I couldn’t be more excited to help plan and execute the 2021 program.”

Elisa lives in Connecticut with her husband Robb, and their 8-month-old son Henry. On the weekends you can find her hiking with her family, enjoying the beach, gardening or tackling some DIY projects. Welcome aboard, Elisa!


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