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Highlights of Past Meet-the-Donors

October 2016 - Meet-the-Donors: Donor Advised Funds

Our seasoned team of panelists joined over 100 attendees at the Charles Mosesian Theater in Watertown where they helped to demystify the topic of Donor-Advised-Funds. The session was information packed and offered many helpful tips and reminders about best practices in grantseeking and attracting donors. Two tips of the day: make sure your contact info is easy to find on your website and that your Guidestar profile is up-to-date.


  • Gioia C. Perugini, Associate Director, Family Office and Philanthropy Services Hemenway & Barnes


  • Charlie GlassenbergVice President, Gift Planning & Investment Partnerships Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Karen HealdDirector, Relationship Management, Private Donor Group Fidelity Charitable
  • John PrzybylskiJD, LLM, CFP®, AEP®, CIMA®, Director of Financial Planning Pathstone Federal Street
  • Julie Smith-BartoloniSenior Director of Donor Relations The Boston Foundation


December 2015 - Meet-the-Donors: General Operating Support

On December 2nd, Meet-the-Donors tackled the ever popular topic of General Operating Support! Special thanks to Suffolk University for their generous sponsorship of space. Over 130 attendees filled their conference room to discuss the challenge of covering operating expenses. The seasoned team included:

Moderator: Jennifer Aronson, Interim Vice President for Program, The Boston Foundation

Miki C. Akimoto, Senior Vice President, Grantmaking Practice Director, U.S. Trust, Bank of America, Private Wealth Management
Laura Kurzrok, Executive Director, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Prentice Zinn, Director, GMA Foundations
How to make a compelling case for operating support, when does a request for operating support make sense, and trends in donors giving general op were some of the topics covered.


October 2015 - Meet-the Donors: Corporate Giving

On Friday, October 30th, the Lyric Stage kindly sponsored our Meet-the-Donors: Corporate Giving program. A sold out crowd of 240 attendees listened in and asked questions to an all-star team of grantmakers as they unpacked the world of corporate giving.

Moderator: Jennifer Veilleux, Senior Manager, Boston Scientific
Jessica Anderson, Sr. Director, Community Involvement, EMC Corporation
Briana Curran, Charitable Giving Manager, BNY Mellon
Emily McCann, Manager, Community & Giving, Staples, Inc.
Klare Shaw, Program Manager, The Liberty Mutual Foundation, Inc.
Krista Van Tassel, Community Relations, New England, Wells Fargo
One of the many takeaways: Offering volunteer opportunities for corporate employees can be a big plus and give you a leg up!


May 2015 - Meet-the-Donors: Western MA

On Friday May 29th, AGM took the Meet-the-Donors series on the road to Springfield to a packed house of 80 reps from the nonprofit community. The UMass Center at Springfield kindly sponsored the event with their wonderful donated space.

Moderator: Lorelei Gazzillo, Vice President and Director, Berkshire Bank Foundation


The specifics of each funder were covered as well as some helpful reminders and takeaways. The importance of completing interim/final reports – when requested, how to effectively have a collaborative project and work in tandem with various foundations, and the importance of proper grammar when writing proposals, were touched upon. Key tip: if you don’t already have a copy of the old classic “Elements of Style” by Strunk and White, you may want to invest in one!


March 2015 - Meet-the-Donors: Donor Advised Funds
At the March session of Meet-the-Donors, AGM revisited the subject of Philanthropic Advisors and Donor Advised Funds. The Lyric Stage kindly hosted the event at their wonderful theater. Over 100 attendees listened and asked questions as our panelists helped to unpack and demystify this topic.

Our tremendous lineup included:

John Przybylski, JD, LLM, CFP, Director of Financial Planning, Federal Street Advisors, Inc.

Craig Dutra, President, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
Charles S. Glassenberg, Vice President, Gift Planning and Investment Partnerships, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Karen Heald, Sr. Relationship Manager, Private Donor Group, Fidelity Charitable
Cuong P. Hoang, Director of Programs, Mott Philanthropic
Gioia Perugini, Associate Director, Philanthropic Advisory and Family Office Services, Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Just to give a sampling of some key takeaways:

• DAFs are NOT the same as foundations.
• DAFs are connected to individual donors working through an intermediary organization to make their donation selections. There is no way to apply to them.
• A nonprofit’s website and Guidestar page are key indicators of the health of a nonprofit, that Philanthropic Advisors use for their due diligence process. So keep your website “fresh” and make sure the Guidestar listing is up-to-date!

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