Speaker Series Event: Leveraging Lay Leadership

This Speakers Series session is presented in partnership with Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership’s Fundraisers Forum.

Please Join Us For Our Next Speaker Series Event!

Leveraging Lay Leadership

Hear experts on philanthropy and fundraising.
Network with peers from other organizations.
Master new ways to raise funds.

Amy Schiffman, CFRE, is Co-Founder and Principal of Giving Tree Associates.

Gary Weinstein is a Spertus faculty member and master fundraiser who has worked for nonprofit organizations across America.

Engaging volunteers in our fundraising efforts can be challenging, but it is much more likely that your campaign will achieve success with strong lay involvement. Learn to identify the characteristics of a powerful campaign team, train your leadership and keep them engaged. Whether you’re developing your first fundraising committee or looking to take your board and committee to the next level, this session will provide the tools and examples you need to build successful lay partnerships.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
9:00 am: Coffee, Pastries & Networking
9:30 – 10:30 am: Program
10:30 am: Networking
*Session will conclude at 11:00 am

Small fee to attend.
Registration encouraged by September 9, 2019.Register Now


Amy Schiffman

Certified Fund Raising Executive,
Co-Founder and Principal, Giving Tree Associates
With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit field, Amy partners with organizations across a variety of sectors to develop effective fundraising campaigns, build strong leadership teams and empower them with the tools to visualize and achieve mission impact. She brings deep expertise in nonprofit fund development, coaching, training and executive search to every engagement. Amy is known for helping both professionals and volunteers maximize their leadership potential so they can position their organizations for a strong future. A seasoned volunteer board member and community activist, she understands the value of strong lay-professional partnerships and works with organizations to expand the circle of effective ambassadors for their cause.    

Gary Weinstein

Adjunct Faculty Member, Fundraising and Governance, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership              
Gary Weinstein has spent his career working for Jewish organizations as a director, fundraiser, and educator, most recently as the Midwest Regional Director for the Birthright Israel Foundation in Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, he spent 14 years as President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, a community of 60,000 with an annual campaign of $11 million and Foundation assets of $150 million. Prior to that, he was Campaign Director for both the Metrowest New Jersey Federation and Houston Federation, and served as Assistant East Central Regional Director for United Jewish Appeal. He started his career working with young people — as a high school teacher and then as City Director of Young Judea and Regional Director for BBYO.

Ellen Spira Hattenbach
VP for External Relations, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Ellen comes to Spertus with a leadership portfolio of corporate, association, and consulting expertise paired with extensive nonprofit board experience. Ellen is a proud graduate of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership program, which Spertus Institute presents in partnership with Northwestern University, and she previously served on the Spertus Institute Board of Trustees.

We hope you can join us!

Discount parking is available for $8 at Grant Park South Garage, 325 S. Michigan Avenue, with entrances on Michigan Avenue between Van Buren and Adams. The discount is good for up to 12 hours with Spertus validation (available in the Spertus vestibule). Beyond 12 hours regular rates apply. Click here for Directions & Parking 

Please contact Ilissa Berz with any questions