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CommonBond, CommonBond

A dynamite team from CommonBond, an organization that helps nonprofits work together. CommonBond guides nonprofit leaders in exploring and implementing partnerships to increase effectiveness. 

Barbara Heisler Williams has worked with many non-profits engaged in social change. Focusing on strategic planning, board development, grant proposal development, volunteer management, and executive coaching, she has helped dozens of nonprofits build their capacity and increase their effectiveness. 

Tonia Papke has 30 years of international and domestic experience in financial management, strategic and business planning, and outsourced CFO services.

Audrey Winkler has directed many aspects of business operations including mediating and negotiating business relationships. She has specialized in nonprofit start up operations, leadership training, and organizational management for more than 25 years.

Robert O. Zdenek has worked with more than 30 national, regional, and local clients. He served as Senior Consultant to the U.S. Department of HHS/Office of Community Services and has held many leadership positions with nonprofits.

Farra Trompeter, Vice President, Big Duck

Farra has more than 15 years of experience in communications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She focuses on helping nonprofits use the internet (social media, websites, email, etc.) to increase visibility and connect with donors, activists, and other stakeholders.

Farra co-chairs the Communications Committee for the New York City Anti-Violence Project and is a part-time faculty member at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy, where she teaches a class about Online Engagement for Nonprofits. She also holds an M.S. degree in nonprofit management from The New School.

Farra tweets about nonprofit fundraising and communications via @farra.

Sarah Durham, Principal/Founder, Big Duck

Sarah Durham founded Big Duck in 1994 with the belief that nonprofits would benefit from the for-profit sector’s best branding and marketing strategies. Today, Big Duck is the leading communications firm in New York that works exclusively with nonprofits to help them raise money and awareness. Sarah works with nonprofits of all sizes and missions, including United Way of New York City, National Brain Tumor Society, B’nai Jeshurun, and the Brooklyn Community Foundation. She was featured as a ‘Top Fundraiser Under 40’ in the February 2006 issue of Fundraising Success Magazine, and is an adjunct faculty member at NYU. Sarah is a dynamic speaker who trains nonprofit professionals on topics such as relationship cultivation and stewardship, producing cost-effective print and web materials, branding, and the boards’ role in communications. Sarah is also the author of "Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise Visibility and Money Through Smart Communications” published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley, in December 2009. 

Judith E. Katz, President, On Target Strategies

Judith Katz leads On Target Strategies, helping non profit organizations and small businesses build a successful future. As Chair of the Governance Matters Roundtable Committee, Judy spearheads program planning for senior nonprofit managers and board members focusing on improving their organizations’ effectiveness. Judy’s seminars for SCORE, affiliated with the Small Business Administration, cover business planning, starting a nonprofit and marketing. She was VP of Corporate Planning and Mergers and Acquisitions for American Express. She redesigned nationwide community relations for Barnes & Noble and was President of the two-year, career oriented college, the Katharine Gibbs School. She has served as president of two nonprofit boards and as a senior manager and consultant/trainer in education, health and social service agencies.

Lorri M. Greif, CFRE, President, Breakthrough Philanthropy

Lorri M. Greif, CFRE, president of Breakthrough Philanthropy, Inc., has more than two decades of experience in creating and implementing successful major gift and planned giving campaigns for local and national mid-sized nonprofits, and is responsible for raising hundreds of millions of dollars.  She has the knowledge of both a seasoned nonprofit fundraiser and a consultant. Lorri is a former board member of Women in Development (WID), and presently holds membership in the Association of Development Officers (ADO), the Planned Giving Group of Greater New York (PGGGNY), the National Council on Planned Giving (NCPG), the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA), the National Board of Gift-Planning Consultants for Planned Giving MENTOR™ , and the Program Committee of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).

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