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Fundraisers Forum: Building Donor Connections Through Multimedia

Fundraisers Forum: Building Donor Connections Through Multimedia

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am

The Fundraisers Forum was a three-program series.

If you did not attend but are interested in possible future forums, contact Anita Silvert at or 312.322.1707.

Learn to touch your supporters’ hearts and inspire
their support through multimedia storytelling.

At this workshop-style event, discover expert approaches to message and medium, explore the impact of visuals, and view an Emmy Award-winning video from one of our presenters. Then practice crafting your organization’s own story.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Free. Reserve below by September 28.

Coffee and networking at 9 am | Program 9:30 to 10:30 am
This is the first in this year's three-part Fundraisers Forum Series.
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This session presented in partnership with the Giving Tree Associates Speaker Series.


Dana Michelle CookDana Michelle Cook is an Emmy and Gracie award-winning filmmaker/producer who has worked on shows including Dancing with the Stars and Design on a Dime. She has produced original content for NBC, Bravo, The Food Network, TLC, and Biography. As co-founder of Freeheart Creative, she works on issues that bring about social change. 

Lis MartinLis Martin is a the owner of Statement Communications. A writer and content strategist with more than a decade of experience, including stints as a copywriter and journalist, she is known for big-picture thinking, passionate presenting, and on-the-ground execution. 


Katie WilkesKatie Wilkes spent eight years deploying to disaster sites as a national relief agency spokesperson. She brought stories to life on The Weather Channel and MSNBC, responding to floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and epidemics. With Dana Michelle Cook, she is co-founder of Freeheart Creative.

Ellen HattenbachEllen Spira Hattenbach is Spertus Institute’s VP for External Relations. A master connector and communicator, she has worked in strategic planning, client relations, and brand management, building links between the business and nonprofit sectors.

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