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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Board Fundraising

Boards play a critical role in successful fundraising programs, yet most board members are not initially familiar with their role in the professional fundraising process. This one-day course is designed for board members to learn about aspects of fundraising responsibilities including cultivation, solicitations, stewardship, evaluating development success, engaging consultants and best practices to oversee a fundraising operation.

Course Details:

Section Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided)
Fee: $400    For AFP members: $340
CEUs: 0.6
CFRE: 6 points

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Anne Murphy, CFRE, is principal and partner of Dini Spheris. She has more than 25 years of experience as a development professional, capital campaign manager and leadership training consultant. Ms. Murphy has served as executive director of University Advancement for the University of Houston Downtown and director of Development for the University of Houston Foundation and the Gulf Coast March of Dimes. Her national fundraising experience includes positions with Mary Baldwin College, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation Campaign. She has served on the boards of Stephens College, The Chinquapin School, Downtown Historic District, the Chicano Family Center, the NSFRE Foundation Board and the Greater Houston Chapter of the NSFRE, now the Association for Fundraising Professionals, where she also served as president. She holds a master's degree in fundraising management from the New School University.



Deborah Ballard is a consultant at Dini Spheris. Her early career in DNA research makes her unique among consultants. A scientist at heart, Debbie gravitated towards fundraising as a way to encounter and serve people in a profoundly personal way. Years of major gift fundraising in healthcare settings, like the Ronald McDonald House and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, reinforced her belief that the work of fundraisers and the generosity of philanthropists matter in so many unexpected ways. Having played integral roles in a range of nonprofit start-ups, as well as organizations with $1 billion campaigns, Debbie knows the power of philanthropy and feels strongly that “the value of what we do in life is seen in the personal encounter with those we serve.” The relationships of fundraisers and givers can and do make a world of difference in very real lives.




"Excellent in all ways. Pacing was terrific, information was relevant and engaging."
-past participant