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Adaptive Fundraising Strategies
Monday, August 10, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST
Category: Noon Online

Monday, August 10, 2020 * 12:00-1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn: 
Adaptive Fundraising Strategies

Adaptive Fundraising Strategies

Join us to learn how your peers are adapting key fundraising strategies in the COVID era. How do you navigate meeting or “meeting” with major donors? How do you implement a direct mail program when you can’t personalize letters, process checks or your mail house isn’t open? How do you show impact if you can’t offer tours or access to your facility? And beyond logistics, how does a virtual event impact your donors and sponsors?


Rachel Cusick, MPA, CFRE
Director, Leadership Philanthropy, California Academy of Sciences

Rachel has worked in board development and leadership fundraising for more than 15 years. A graduate from UC Irvine and San Francisco University, Rachel has led major fundraising efforts in New York, D.C., and Northern California. At the Academy, Rachel oversees the annual fund, mid-level giving, planned giving, and the principal gifts programs where she enjoys working with the institution's most generous donors. Prior to joining the Academy, Rachel led a capital campaign for OLE Health a federally qualified health center in Napa Valley, and established a teen club for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. Before moving to California, Rachel worked in political fundraising in New York and Washington D.C. Rachel lives in Sonoma Valley with her partner and eight-year son and serves on the Kenwood Education Foundation Board of Directors.


Denise Wang-Kline
Vice President of Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco

As Vice President of Development, Denise is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Development and Marketing departments, donor relations and directing the overall fundraising strategy for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. She also works closely with President Rob Connolly and the senior team to develop strategic initiatives and partnerships for the organization. Denise’s prior professional career spanned many years in the hospitality and real estate finance industry. She currently serves as a Trustee of The Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. Denise received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Florida State University. “I’m passionate about ensuring that every child gets a shot at being successful 
in life no matter which zip code or family circumstance they are born into. BGCSF’s mission speaks directly to that and it is that which inspires and brings deep meaning to my work.”


 Tim M. Whalen
Chief Development Officer, Save the Redwoods

Tim Whalen has over 20 years of fundraising experience in the San Francisco Bay area and a proven track record of creating and implementing comprehensive development programs and campaigns to achieve fundraising success.  Tim has served in development roles with the San Francisco Symphony, American Conservatory Theater, Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, and other leading Bay Area not for profit organizations.  Recognized as a creative, dedicated team leader and a highly effective manager, Tim is currently the Chief Development Officer at Save the Redwoods League, a San Francisco based land conservation organization whose mission is to protect and restore California’s iconic redwood forests and connect people to their peace and beauty.  Earlier this year, Save the Redwoods League announced Forever Forest: The Campaign for the Redwoods with a fundraising goal of $120 million and $85 million raised to date, mostly through major gifts in the early quiet phase of the Campaign.  The public phase of the Campaign is anticipated to continue through 2022.