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NEWS 2017: Capital Campaign Readiness

Central New York Community Foundation

Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

NEWS 2017: Capital Campaign Readiness

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Capital Campaign Readiness

How do you know that your organization needs and is ready for a capital campaign? Do you have what it takes to be successful? Do you need a consultant? Additional staff? Have you done a study? How much time do you need to prepare? Do you actually need a campaign?


Facilitator: Elizabeth Fallon Quilter, CFRE

Elizabeth is a nonprofit strategist who works with boards, executives, and donors on fundraising, management, and governance. She has been on staff, board, and committees of small and mid-sized nonprofits, where she has helped communities and organizations raise funds and support for their missions. As a consultant, she has facilitated strategic planning, annual and capital campaigns, and major gifts initiatives. Her fundraising background ranges from selling Girl Scout cookies to hosting Michael Jordan's Birthday party three years in a row. She consults in Central New York, where she now lives with her family, and Chicago, where she worked for 20 years. 


Panelists: Margaret Barclay, Gail Cowley, and Phil George

Margaret Barclay

 Margaret Barclay currently works as a Development Coordinator at Oswego County Opportunities in Fulton, New York where she is responsible for all development operations for the agency including establishing development procedures and program goals.  In addition, Margaret has served as a volunteer on a number of committees and organizations serving Oswego County, New York.  She is currently on the board of The Richard S. Shineman Foundation and the Leadership Council of the Women's Fund of CNY. Margaret and her husband, Will, a New York State Assemblyman, currently reside with their two boys in Pulaski, New York.


Gail Cowley

Gail Cowley is executive vice president of Cowley Associates, Inc., a Syracuse-based marketing firm offering fully integrated advertising, public relations, direct marketing, digital marketing/media and other communications services. Gail oversees business development and operations for the agency, and also provides leadership to the account service team and high-level strategy support for agency clients. She is well known throughout the community for her three decades of involvement with nonprofit organizations, including board and leadership positions for the Community Foundation, CenterState CEO, Upstate Medical Foundation, Woman Presidents Organization, Cayuga Community College, American Red Cross, Faith Heritage School, Cancer Connects, and Notre Dame High School, among many others.  Gail has deep and wide experience specifically with Capital Campaign Development Concepts and Solicitor Materials for organizations worldwide.


Phil George

Phil George is an inventive and accomplished development professional, providing philanthropic advising to a client base of non profits, individuals, families and corporations. He has worked on campaigns totaling over $500 million, personally secured major and principal gifts over the 7-figure mark and has developed and implemented best practices for organizational long-term sustainability. Phil helps his clients create impact investing opportunities and develop a donor-centered approach by investing in the relationships that bring an organization closer to its constituents, and philanthropists  closer to the community. Phil is a principal of George Development Group, which is national in scope with a concentration in the northeast US. He and his family reside in Cazenovia.  


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Wednesday, September 20th

9:00am – 12:00pm



Central New York Philanthropy Center

431 East Fayette Street

Syracuse, NY 13202


Due to space and class size considerations, this workshop is limited to two representatives per organization. Attendees should be affiliated with a nonprofit organization in a staff, board, or long-term volunteer capacity.

Cost: $25

Attendance fee is non-refundable.

*If you would like to pay by check at the door, please click on the "show other payment options" link and choose "Pay Offline."

Continental Breakfast will be provided.

Parking Instructions:

  • Please be prepared to park on the street. There is street parking available on East Fayette, East Washington and Genesee Streets.
  • Parking in the lot directly in front of the CNY Philanthropy Center is reserved for Central New York Community Foundation guests and tenants and cannot be guaranteed for event participants.
  • Please do not park in the lot adjacent to the Philanthropy Center in front of Joseph’s at the Carriage House-this is a private lot and your car will be towed.
  • A Murbro surface lot is located within a block of the building-you may enter on East Washington Street, next to Jazz Central.
  • A covered parking garage is located at 300 East Fayette Street.

A parking map can be viewed here: CNY Philanthropy Center Parking Map

Have questions about NEWS 2017: Capital Campaign Readiness? Contact Central New York Community Foundation

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431 East Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.


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