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Webinar: Diversity in Fundraising: Now or Never
Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Category: Webinars

Diversity in Fundraising: Now or Never

Program Description

What is the future of diversity in fundraising? How will fundraising reflect the changing population demographics of the U.S. both with frontline fundraisers as well as with philanthropists?  How must we create “brave spaces” where diversity of thought and action are infused into our daily fundraising work? How should we introduce more Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) professionals into our field? These questions will be addressed in an hour and a half long Zoom panel presentation jointly presented by AFP Genesee Valley and AFP WNY chapters. Both members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Space will be limited so register early!


Peter Lewis Gabak (He/His)
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Union College

Peter is a professional fundraiser, teacher, and mentor with close to 30 years’ experience in philanthropic relationship management.  He has worked in higher education, the arts, human services, and healthcare in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.  Peter is currently a Senior Major Gifts Officer and Associate Director for Gift Planning at historic Union College.  He is also President & Principal of MUSE Consulting, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to helping non-profit clients with capital campaigns, strategic planning, and board development.  Peter is adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute Technology where is instructs the on-line course, “Fundraising, Grant Writing and Marketing for Non-profits” for the Museum Studies Program.

Chloe Corcoran (She/Her)
Senior Associate Director of Constituent Engagement
West Coast, Emory University, Greater Los Angeles, CA

Chloe currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Constituent Engagement - West Coast for Emory University in the Greater Los Angeles area. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Rochester, earned her Master’s degree at Northeastern University and is currently studying part-time toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education, where her work focuses on equity and inclusion. Chloe was the first out transgender woman to be named a “40 Under 40” recipient in her hometown of Rochester, NY, and In 2019, was one of 10 people selected from a nationwide pool of candidates for a Victory Empowerment Fellowship from the Victory Institute, and has held multiple leadership positions on non-profit Boards. Chloe has spoken at multiple community events, co-hosted 2 radio shows, and enjoys photography in her spare time.  

Mario Hicks, CFRE (He/His)
Vice President for Financial Development
YMCA Buffalo-Niagara, Buffalo, NY

Mario is the VP of Development with the YMCA Buffalo-Niagara. Previous roles included ConnectLife, Buffalo State College, Trocaire College, and the Boy Scouts. A certified fund-raising executive, Mario has served the western New York Community in the nonprofit space for almost ten years. He currently serves on the board of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage area. Mario is currently pursuing his doctorate in business administration. The potential focus of his research will be on nonprofit leadership and crisis management.

Mia C. Hodgins, CFRE (She/Her)
Director of Development
Salvation Army of Greater Rochester, Rochester, NY

Mia is Director of Development, Salvation Army of Greater Rochester.  Prior to the Salvation Army, she was the Director of Foundation Relations for the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center and before that Mia was Assistant Director of Development at Monroe Community College and Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  She holds a M.S. in Professional Studies from RIT and a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Oswego.


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