Speaker Series Event: Building Donor Connections Through Multimedia Approaches

Please Join Us For Our Next Speaker Series Event!

Wednesday, October 10th
Coffee and Networking at 9 am
Program from 9:30 to 10:30 am

Free to attend.
Reservations required by September 28.
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*This Speakers Series session is presented in partnership with the
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership’s Fundraisers Forum.

Building Donor Connections
through Multimedia Approaches

Telling your organization’s story in a compelling and engaging way is the first step to developing personal relationships with people who can support you. In a world with fierce competition for donors’ hearts, minds and dollars, nonprofits must clearly communicate mission impact. Skilled storytelling simultaneously encompasses multiple mediums and ignites imaginations which allows staff and volunteers to bring your mission to life

This workshop-style session will deliver best practices in storytelling, discuss
message mediums and explore the importance of visuals, including a
special viewing of an Emmy Award-winning video from one of our esteemed panelists.

*Hear experts on philanthropy and fundraising.
*Find out the latest trends and practices.
*Meet and network with your peers from other organizations.
*Master new ways to raise funds for your organization.


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.


Dana Michelle Cook

Emmy award-winning producer/filmmaker, co-founder of Freeheart Creative and Heartfelt Productions
Dana is an Emmy and Gracie award-winning Producer and documentary filmmaker, dedicated to shining light on issues that bring about social change. As Co-creator and Producer of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, she has inspired tens of thousands of young women to find their voice and become leaders of their lives.


Lis Martin

Writer and Content Strategist, owner of Statement Communications               A marketer and writer with more than a decade of experience, Lis partners with nonprofits and for-profits alike to help them tell their stories, define their brands, and connect with those who matter most. Lis is the co-founder of Statement Communications, a woman-owned creative branding and marketing agency. Statement combines strategy, content and design to build solid foundations for organizations large and small, from developing websites and content marketing programs to creating unique branded environments and experiences. Before founding Statement, Lis previously worked as a senior content strategist for a Chicago-based marketing agency. She also honed her storytelling skills as a former journalist, earning the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award for feature writing.

Katie Wilkes
International relief agency spokesperson, co-founder of Freeheart Creative
Katie has spent the past eight years deploying to disaster sites as a national relief agency spokesperson and content specialist. As both a humanitarian and media professional, she has brought stories and headlines to life with appearances on The Weather Channel and MSNBC, aimed at helping people give and get help during the most difficult times in their lives.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
9:00 am: Coffee & Networking
9:30 – 10:30 am: Program
10:30 am: Networking
*Session will conclude at 11:00 am

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership*
610 S. Michigan Avenue

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

Please contact Ilissa Berz with any questions