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Saturday, May 6 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
30 Ideas in 90 Minutes: How to Get More Money from Individuals FILLING

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When your annual fund starts to slump, your gala loses its edge or your general director gives you a seemingly impossible goal, it might only take a fresh idea to get your fundraising machine moving. In this fast-paced, round-robin session, get ready to jot down great ideas as leading opera fundraisers offer bite-size strategies to help you engage your individual donors.

Moderators
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Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. He previously served as director of development for BalletX, a contemporary ballet company in Philadelphia, from 2012–2015, during which time the company's budget grew by 40 percent. Cooperman's inter... Read More →

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Michelle Miller Burns

Vice President of Development, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Michelle Miller Burns is Vice President of Development at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  In this position she oversees the fundraising program and serves on the senior management team.  She provides strategic direction and develops annual operating plans for the Annual Fund as well as the planned giving program and special fundraising... Read More →
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Cynthia Calabrese

Director of Development, Dallas Museum of Art
Cynthia Calabrese came to the Dallas Museum of Art in mid-December, 2014 with more than 25 years of fundraising and philanthropic giving experience, primarily at visual and performing arts institutions, including nine years of prior service as Development Director at the Dallas Theater Center. She joined the DMA from Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), where she was its founding Chief Development Officer since February 2013. | From 2004 to 2013, Cynthia led the development team at the Dallas Theater Center, where she was responsible for the creation and implementation of a fundraising strategy to meet and sustain operational goals. She also managed the daily operations of a $13 million Advancement Campaign and developed a five-year strategic plan to increase giving by 40%. | | In 2003, Cynthia moved to Dallas from North Carolina after serving as the Managing Director of the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College, creating an annual subscription season, increasing the subscriber base over 1800% within five years and generating a sponsorship program. She joined the Porter Center in 1996 as its Campaign Director. From 1988 to 1992, Cynthia held development roles... Read More →
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Gae Whitener

Director of Development, The Dallas Opera
With a strong background in communications and marketing, Gae Whitener joined the Dallas Opera in 2004 as Grants Manager and Corporate Associate. Her energies soon moved beyond grant writing to handle special projects including OPERAtion HQ, the campaign to construct TDO’s admi... Read More →
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Brandy Moriah Wicker

Senior Director of Development, Dallas Black Dance Theater
Brandy Moriah Wicker, Sr. Director of Development, received a BA in English with a minor in Astronomy and a BA in Theatre & Dance with a concentration in Choreography from the University of Texas at Austin. At DBDT, she directs the fundraising strategy and oversees the development... Read More →

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Robert Swaney Consulting Inc.

Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. (RSC) is a national provider of contributed revenue growth strategies, fundraising direct mail programs, and executive searches for arts and cultural institutions. RSC coaches and partners with organizations so their fundraising programs become stro... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor

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