September 9-10, 2024
September 9-10, 2024
September 9-10, 2024
“The Raise conference was not only informative, it was inspiring. Being around peers with the same ‘why we do what we do’ was super motivating, and I was ready to come back to work and hit the ground running.”
BERKLEY HALL SCHOOL
Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
Event, Peer-to-Peer & Auction Fundraising
Storytelling, Brand & Leadership
Christina currently serves as Managing Director of External Affairs for Para Los Niños (PLN), a Los Angeles non-profit dedicated to excellent education and developing strong communities in Los Angeles through extensive wraparound support for 10,000 children, youth, and families annually. With more than 15 years of experience, Christina has worked in the government sector, non-profit organizations, and independent schools including, the City and County of Los Angeles, Loyola High School, Marlborough School, and the Autry Museum. Prior to joining PLN, Christina increased annual giving by 53% over five years in her role as Director of Development for High Point Academy in Pasadena. At Para Los Niños, Christina oversees government affairs, corporate and foundation partnerships, as well as volunteer engagement, helping her team raise over $5 million annually.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Christina spent more time at her home away from home: Olvera Street, where her parents still run the family business founded in 1930. Her family is one of the first with six generations participating in the family business and cultural events. Christina works with a group of merchants to provide free cultural programming for the greater Los Angeles community and is a founding board member of the Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation.
Christina holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Spanish from Loyola Marymount University, as well as a master’s degree in Policy and Organizational Leadership from Stanford University.
Nicholas is a former international soccer player turned serial entrepreneur and servant leader, and he has found his fit in the entrepreneurial world by building businesses that solve problems.
After two seasons of soccer in Australia, Nicholas moved back to Michigan in 2015 and founded Fleece & Thank You, an innovative 501(c)3 organization that provides psychosocial support and programs to children in the hospital and provides comfort to 22 children’s hospitals and units in Michigan.
His venture portfolio extends beyond social impact and philanthropy, as he also is the Founder and CEO of KindKatch, a personalized video engagement platform for brands who want to capture attention and drive deeper relationships with their audience.
Something interesting about Nicholas is that he has bungee’d the tallest bungee jump in the Southern Hemisphere and has also lived homeless for a week in Sydney, Australia as a member of the startup team for Orange Sky Laundry, the world’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless.
Christal M. Cherry, The Board Pro, worked 23 years as a nonprofit fundraiser serving higher education institutions, seminaries, and human service organizations. Now as a board consultant for nonprofits, she equips and empowers boards to support their missions and change the world.
Christal has enjoyed training and speaking engagements with Candid, Bloomerang, Network for Good, QGiv, Keela and Nonprofit Hub.
Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), & AFP Master Trainer. He is the Vice President of Development at Merit America and the founder of the Nonprofit Operating System. He has raised over $100M for various nonprofits, holds advanced certifications in Behavioral Economics, and was a former successful debating coach. He is a sought-after trainer and speaker, and his thought leadership has been featured in several publications.
Having a background in exercise and sport science, Tiffany transitioned to a career in fundraising when she moved back to rural Wisconsin in 2011 and had an opportunity to use her dynamic background in building relationships and leading teams to advance the philanthropic mission of the area’s rural healthcare system. As Director of Operations for Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, Tiffany oversees special event fundraising, volunteer fundraising, sponsor engagement, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program and Foundation operations. Leading a team of remarkably creative fundraising professionals, she is pushed to raise expectations and reimagine fundraising each day!
Deborah Barge is a leader of philanthropic culture and partnership at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America serving as Chief Development Officer in service to the largest JEDI-focused your mentoring program in the nation. Over the past 20+ years, Deborah has led teams and partnerships that have generated more than $1 billion to the causes and missions she has served. As a BIPOC female in the industry, Deborah brings an authentic perspective to our work to solve the worlds most complex problems through our mission-based endeavors.
Yanni serves as the Vice President of Client Services at NextAfter, where he uses his 15 years of non-profit fundraising experience to help organizations make an even greater impact on the world.
An award-winning digital strategist, prior to joining NextAfter Yanni spent 10 years at RKD Group, where he was responsible for creating breakthrough, multi-channel strategies for over one hundred local and regional nonprofits, primarily focusing on the health and human services sector.
He also spent 7 years in Washington, D.C. working at one of the country’s premier think tanks, focusing on security research, marketing, congressional relations, and fundraising.
Yanni holds a B.A. in International Studies from Bryant University and an M.A in International Relations from Sussex University in the U.K. He currently resides in Rhode Island with his fiance and two fur babies, Maximus and Bailey.
Jarrett Ransom, also known as the Nonprofit Nerd, founded her consulting firm in 2009, which exclusively focuses on helping nonprofits. She is deeply committed to fostering community and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. Jarrett takes on multiple roles, and as a leader of her teams across the country, she helps them raise millions of dollars annually to support their mission.
As the President and CEO of The Rayvan Group, Jarrett is dedicated to assisting charitable organizations of various sizes, from startups to multimillion-dollar entities, in developing sustainable fundraising strategies. She also provides strategic planning services that extend beyond immediate needs, with a forward-looking perspective that spans 3, 5, 10, and more years.
Furthermore, Jarrett co-hosts the Nonprofit Show on the American Nonprofit Academy, where she brings her dynamic energy and enthusiasm to the weekly program featuring nonprofit thought leaders and topics from around the world. Jarrett has served as host and emcee for a variety of live and in-person events.
Outside of work, Jarrett enjoys spending time with her son exploring the great outdoors. Together, they have already visited 14 National Parks, and they plan to visit all the US National Parks in the future.
A two-time world champion triathlete and winner of twelve ITU World Cup races, Siri Lindley inspires, energizes, and establishes a remarkable connection with her audiences, bringing out the best in an organization’s employees and teams.