Learning about Community Centric Fundraising Principles
About the Event
Have you ever wondered what community centric fundraising is? As a model grounded in equity and social justice, community centric fundraising has the opportunity to foster a sense of interdependence and a sense of belonging for the Madison nonprofit community while supporting your individual organization. AFP is hosting an event to answer that question and will include experts to provide insight on how you can incorporate community centric fundraising strategies in your organization's development work. This event will be hosted at the Goodman South Campus of Madison College on September 20th from 12:00pm to 2:30pm with lunch provided.
Brian J. (Co-Director, GSAFE) has worked to create safe and affirming schools for Wisconsin LGBTQ+ youth since 1998, with a focus on directly collaborating with local and statewide partners to build district-level protections and guidance for supporting transgender and nonbinary students. Each year Brian J. provides professional development for thousands of educators across Wisconsin. Under his shared leadership of GSAFE has been recognized by state and national education leaders as a vital advocate for social justice for queer and transgender youth in Wisconsin schools.
Cheri Dubiel has served as Executive Director of Community Shares of Wisconsin since January, 2017. She has worked at Community Shares of Wisconsin for a combined total of 15 years, being hired first as Development Director. In addition to her work with CSW, she brings extensive fundraising experience with local advocacy movements through past roles with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Cheri grew up on a multi-generational dairy farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Trempealeau County in the driftless region of Wisconsin. She has one teenaged daughter who attends high school in McFarland School District.
Nina Gehan was born in France and moved to Madison, WI in 2007. She has worked in non-profit development and communications for the past fourteen years. Her work has brought her to a variety of projects where she uses her project management, communication skills, and fundraising experience to help organizations thrive. Nina has a BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a MA in Journalism from UW Madison. She has worked in leadership positions in several area non-profits including the Lussier Community Education Center, Centro Hispano Inc., and at the University of Wisconsin. In addition, she has worked as a consultant and contractor for the past eight years helping non-profits and small businesses with their fundraising and marketing needs. In her most recent role as the first Development Director for Centro Hispano Inc., Nina applied Community Centric Fundraising (CCF) principles to her work for the organization, helping it grow in equitable and sustainable ways from less than 1 million to more than 2.5 million operations in less than five years. In her new role as the CEO of MeaningFULL Development & Communications, a business that she co-founded with her husband Malcolm in January, Nina has continued her work with Centro on Campaign CENTRO, a 15 million capital campaign. She also worked with the Urban League of Greater Madison on the Black Business Hub and is working with UNIDOS, a non-profit focused on domestic violence and sexual assault in the Latinx community.
I am interested in facilitating change that helps us adapt to the changing world. I have worked in retail and led the effort to computerize store inventory and customer databases. In the late 1990s and 2000s, I worked with small businesses helping owners figure out how the web could enhance their businesses. From 2012-2020, I worked in the Complementary Medicine Department of Group Health Cooperative, where I taught movement classes based on yoga poses to give people insight on habit patterns in order to create a greater mind / body connection.
- 2020-present: Board Chair, RCC: Sexual Violence Resource Center Board of Directors
- 2022-present: Co-Chair, UW-Madison 4W Initiative, whose vision is to “Make Life Better for Women and Make the World a Better for All.”
- 2019 graduate of the Master Gardner Program. My volunteer work is focused on urban vegetable gardening and native gardens
- 2019: Member, Madison Club Gala Committee benefiting UW Odyssey Project
- 2008-2018, Board Chair, Board Member, and Development Committee Chair, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Board of Directors
As a trust-based advocate and narwhal-loving, private citizen; Noah focuses on using philanthropy and grantmaking to contribute to more equitable, just, and connected communities. As a community and social impact advisor for the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation and The General® Insurance, he believes that the antiquated and systemic challenges of philanthropy can be reduced through creating collaborative relationships, centering equity, and intentional power-sharing. In support of a better philanthropic ecosystem, he also serves as a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies and on multiple committees for the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network. Noah has undergraduate degrees in Communications and English and received his MBA in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. He loves calling Madison, WI home and is always willing to talk more about unrestricted funding.
Mario Garcia Sierra
Bio coming soon!
Moderator: Jenny Pressman
Jenny is a passionate community activist, accomplished fundraiser, and proud Jewish lesbian mother who has fought for gender justice, racial equity, peace, freedom, and workers’ and immigrant rights for over five decades. Born in New York City to refugee parents who survived Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust, Jenny was raised to speak out against injustice and hatred, crystalizing her activism at an early age. After graduating from Hunter College High School, a NYC public school which at the time was for girls only, Jenny interned for anthropologist Margaret Mead, studied labor history at Cornell University and women’s and gender history at UW-Madison, and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Jenny practiced law for several years in the Baltimore/Washington area before moving back to Madison to direct a private charitable foundation. She served as the development director of the Goodman Community Center during its most recent capital campaign and is now the director of development and community partnerships with the UW Odyssey Project. Jenny has dedicated herself to building intersectional, multi-generational community by volunteering with grassroots organizations such as GSAFE and Voces de la Frontera, organizing direct actions in support of women's, LGBTQ+, and civil rights, and hosting dozens of nonprofit and political fundraisers. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, from the Dance County Rape Crisis Center in the early 1980s to the Arts + Literature Laboratory today.
Madison College- Goodman South Campus
2429 Perry St
Madison, WI 53713