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As nonprofit leaders find themselves in an increasingly diverse philanthropic environment, it’s essential to know how to harness the power of cultural diversity and to understand the donor perspective. During this interactive session, information and insights about specific population groups, their cultures, traditions and practices in North America, and how these factors influence and affect philanthropy will be discussed. Dr. Lilya Wagner’s personal and professional experience brings together knowledge of culture, diversity and generosity and places it into practical perspectives.
An afternoon panel session will be moderated by Ms. Kathryn Gamble, senior consultant with Gail Perry Associates. Kathryn is a respected member of the nonprofit community and has over twenty-five years of fundraising experience. She is nearing the completion of her PhD in Public Administration with a research focus on nonprofit governance. Ms. Gamble is frequently a guest speaker on a variety of topics including board development and engagement.
Currently, Lilya Wagner is director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions, a trainer for The Fund Raising School as
well as on the philanthropic studies faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and
teaches in the graduate program at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. From 2005-2008, Lilya was Vice President for Philanthropy at Counterpart International in Washington, D.C., an international development organization which provides a variety of services and projects in many countries. Prior to joining Counterpart, Lilya completed fourteen years of association with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (now the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), serving as associate director for public service and director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Her responsibilities included developing and managing projects and
programs, such as the Philanthropic Ambassadors and the Hispanic Stewardship Development Partnership. She was
in charge of curriculum preparation and revision for The Fund Raising School (TFRS) and was a frequent speaker
and workshop presenter in North America and internationally. She has done training, speaking and consulting in
more than sixty countries.
One of many awards she has received is the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund
Raising by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This award is given to selected individuals
who have significantly advanced the fundraising profession nationwide and globally as well as provided exceptional
leadership in a long, productive career of distinction.
Her published writings include articles and book chapters on philanthropy, fundraising and the nonprofit sector,
along with books and numerous articles on a variety of general interest and professional topics. Careers in
Fundraising, winner of the Skystone Ryan Research Prize presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals
(AFP), is a comprehensive volume on fundraising as a profession. Another significant publication in her field is
Leading Up: Transformational Leadership for Fundraisers. She has also had several books published in other
areas of interest, such as Women War Correspondents of World War II. She has been an editor and a columnist as
A recently-released volume on the effects of culture, traditions, nationalities, and religion on generosity and
philanthropy, Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving, was published by Praeger Publishers.
This book reflects Lilya’s own background as a refugee and immigrant, her extensive global work through the Lilly
Family School of Philanthropy as well as other organizations that have engaged her as a consultant or trainer, and
her interest in cultural differences and how these enrich civil society. This book also won the Skystone Ryan
Research Prize. Lilya is the only author to win this prize twice.
From 1993 until 1996 Lilya worked as vice president for development at the National Association for Community
Leadership but continued her affiliation with the Center on Philanthropy as a faculty member for The Fund Raising
School and trainer for Leadership Works. Prior to joining the Center on Philanthropy, Lilya served as vice
president for institutional advancement at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and received several national awards
for her fundraising and advertising programs. She began her fundraising career by working in health care, and has
served as a volunteer and board member for human service, arts and community organizations.
Lilya holds a doctorate in education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and has a master’s degree in
journalism as well as one in music. She has taught a variety of subjects at the university, college and high school
levels, and has been employed as a public relations specialist.
Lunch Session: Stephen R. Watt, Presenter
Steve is Assistant Vice President for Development and Gift Planning for the University of North Carolina General
Administration, and also serves as Executive Director of the NC Gift Planning, LLC. Prior to joining UNC-GA
nearly four years ago, he was executive director of gift planning at NC State University for 10 years and also was at
Guilford College and UNC Greensboro.
Steve is a past president of the NC Planned Giving Council and has been a board member of the Wake County
Estate Planning Council, the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council and the Financial Planning Association of the
Triangle. He has done multiple presentations at the Kanuga Planned Giving Conference, the Duke Certificate
Program in Non-Profit Management, and for many other organizations.
Kathryn Gamble is a respected member of the nonprofit community and has over twenty-five years of solid
fundraising experience. She brings analytical, strategic, practical and technical expertise in dealing with all aspects
of philanthropic management. Gamble formed her consulting business following her leadership of the successful campaign at the North Carolina
Museum of Art. Recently, she joined Gail Perry Associates. She applies her knowledge and experience to create
optimal solutions for her clients resulting in successful fundraising. Her clients have ranged from arts to health
Gamble began her fundraising career with a local consulting firm learning campaign planning and execution from
the ground up. At the North Carolina Museum of Art, she provided leadership for and management of a successful
$50.6 million campaign completed in 2013. She has held senior management positions at Saint Mary’s School and
East Carolina University. She was a member of the UNC-CH development staff during the $450 million
Bicentennial Capital Campaign.
Gamble has been a regular speaker at the annual AFP NC Philanthropy Conference speaking on a variety of topics
including board development and board engagement in fundraising. She has served as an instructor at North
Carolina State University where she has taught courses in the non-profit degree minor.
Kathryn Gamble has an MBA from Queens University in Charlotte, NC and is nearing the completion of a Ph.D. in
Public Administration at North Carolina State University. Her research focus is in nonprofit governance. She is a
member of the Association of Researchers on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the
Association of Fundraising Professionals, BoardSource, and the Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum.
Tamisha Keith joined The Winston-Salem Foundation as Donor Relations Officer in 2016. The Winston-Salem
Foundation’s mission is to invest in the community by making philanthropy and its benefits available to all.
Comprised of over 1,300 funds established by charitable individuals, families, businesses, and community
organizations, the Foundation assists people with their charitable giving, provides scholarships to students, and
makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Forsyth County and surrounding areas.
As Donor Relations Officer, Tamisha focuses on cultivating and expanding relationships with individuals and
families with donor-advised funds while maintaining knowledge of trends and legislation impacting philanthropy.
Prior to joining The Winston-Salem Foundation, Tamisha served as the Director of Development and Community
Relations for the North Carolina Housing Foundation where she was responsible for donor cultivation and analyzing
market data to meet fundraising goals. Before that, Tamisha served as Development Director for The Free Clinic of
Rockingham County. Over her 10-year career as a nonprofit development professional, Tamisha’s experience has
spanned program management, fundraising, database management, community engagement, and strategic planning.
She also has a working knowledge of charitable and gift planning strategies.
Tamisha volunteers on the Grants Committee for The Women’s Fund of Winston Salem and has served on the
Board of Directors for the Triad Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals. Tamisha is a graduate of Florida
A&M University and she earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law.
Mari Jo Turner is a well-established and highly motivated community leader, who connects and collaborates with
individuals and organizations to inspire change that improves quality of life. She has a deep passion for the
Hispanic/Latino community and is honored to be a part of the Hispanic League during its 25th Anniversary year to
embrace our mission: improve the quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos through promoting community inclusion,
education, health and multicultural understanding. Mari Jo became the Executive Director of the Hispanic League in
Moving to North Carolina 25 years ago, she helped establish the first Hispanic Services Coalition, served on the
Board of Directors for the Hispanic International Action Association and Acción Hispana. Mari Jo has worked
extensively within the non-profit community including Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eagle’s Nest Foundation,
Heartstrings, Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, and the Association for the Benefit of Child Development. Mari Jo
is active in the community and currently serves on the Building Integrated Communities Board, The Forsyth
Promise Executive Committee, The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Board and others. She has a BS in
Computer Science from Old Dominion University and BA in Ethics and Management from John Wesley College.
She enjoys sharing life’s adventures with her husband, Wayne and loves spoiling her four beautiful grandchildren.
LaDaniel “Danny” Gatling, is a fundraising professional with over seventeen years of experience in higher
education fundraising and seven years in the financial services industry. Currently, Danny serves as the Director of
Development for Constituent Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Danny has primary
responsibility for the oversight and mentorship of development officers for several Schools, Centers and Institutes
across the University. He also serves as a close collaborator and partner in developing effective strategies to increase
major donor activity and grow the prospect base, while bringing about enhanced coordination and cross-institutional
partnering that will maximize contributed revenue to the University.
Most recently, Danny served as Assistant Dean of Development at Elon University School of Law. In that role
Danny served as the senior fundraising officer and strategic partner of the Dean, with overall responsibility for
strategically planning and initiating development and alumni relations programs. As a member of the senior
management team, Danny worked closely with both the Dean and Associate Vice President for University
Advancement to achieve important, aggressive goals to address the priorities of the Law School.
Prior to his role at Elon Law, Danny served as the Associate Vice President for Philanthropy at Guilford College and
was responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individuals capable of giving $100,000 and above. Danny
has also served as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bennett College, and at North
Carolina A&T State University where he was a Director of Development and led the fundraising initiatives for the
Schools of Agriculture and Business, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.
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