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Helen E. Brown

Helen has been a fundraising professional since 1987, first as a prospect researcher and then director of research for 5 organizations. Helen founded The Helen Brown Group in 2004. Based in Watertown, Massachusetts, HBG is now the largest prospect research consulting firm, with 16 full-time employees working with clients around the globe. Helen is a former member of the board of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and is past president of the New England Development Research Association (NEDRA).  She continues to volunteer on committees and as a speaker for both of those organizations. In 2006 she received the NEDRA Ann Castle Award for service to the prospect research community.Helen is also Special Advisor on Fundraising to the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester and from 2004-2014 was a non-executive director of Factary Ltd. (Bristol, UK).  She is a member of NEDRA, APRA, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Researchers in Fundraising (UK). Helen co-wrote the book Prospect Research for Fundraisers; the essential handbook with Jen Filla for the AFP Donor Series/Wiley & Sons.

 

Fraser Green

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Fraser Green is widely considered one of Canada’s most strategic and creative thinkers in the fundraising sector today. Fraser is the Chief Strategist and Smartypants at Good Works – a consulting firm that propels charities to build deeper relationships with loyal donors and constituents.

Fraser is a gifted communicator. His books, articles, blogs and contrarian rants are widely read around by fundraisers and CEOs around the world. Fraser is a gifted speaker – and as presented sessions and plenary addresses at hundreds of fundraising conferences in Canada, the USA and Europe.

Fraser is a self-confessed ‘donor research freak’. He believes deeply that creating a superb donor experience is the key to great fundraising – and that listening carefully to donors is all-important first step in doing so.

When he’s not staring at his laptop, Fraser loves to hike and ski with his dogs, bend his body into ridiculous yoga postures, play his guitars, ride bicycles, paddle kayaks and generally explore the world around him. One of these days he’s going to be a great songwriter and novelist.

 

Susan Horvath CFRE

Susan Horvath, CFRE, President & CEO ROM GovernorsSusan Horvath is a seasoned philanthropic executive with diverse leadership experience in the healthcare, education and research sectors. As President & CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Governors, Susan is inspired by the opportunity to build on her lifelong passion for the ROM and her love of helping donors realize great impact through philanthropy.
 
In her 26 years in the charitable sector, Susan has held leadership roles with the Canadian Cancer Society, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Robarts Research Institute, Western University and United Way. Susan’s fundraising career was preceded by a decade as an academic at Brescia University College, affiliated with Western, where she taught and researched clothing, textiles and historic costumes. Susan holds a BSc from Western and an MSc from the University of Alberta. 
 
An active volunteer, Susan has held leadership positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and several healthcare and community organizations. Susan’s service has been recognized with awards including the Carmelle Murphy Alumnae Award of Distinction from Brescia University College and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.