Melissa S. Brown
Melissa S. Brown & Associates, LLC

Melissa Brown advises nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and internationally. She has worked for nearly 20 year at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, most recently as managing editor of Giving USA.

Ms. Brown presents on generational differences on giving, writing successful grant proposals, and regional and national giving statistics. Her research focuses on recent charitable contributions, state-level differences in charitable giving, and gender differences in motivations for giving.

She earned her bachelor's degree at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and a Master of Governmental Administration degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Her firm's website is www.melissabrownassociates.com. She blogs at www.melissabrown.blogspot.com under the title "Giving Choices" and tweets as @npowriter.

David L. Cuthbert
Director of Development
Silent Voice Canada

A Fundraising Consultant, and Non-profit Organization (NPO) Fundraising, Management and Governance trainer in Southern Africa since 1990. 20 Years’ experience in commercial advertising, marketing and public relations, followed by 35 years as a philanthropy professional.

After a twenty-year career in advertising and marketing, David Cuthbert started the fundraising program for World Vision of Southern Africa, towards the end of 1977. In April 1990 he founded a Fundraising Consultancy in partnership with his wife Elizabeth. They also supplied training and information services to Non-profits through The Cuthbert Institute, launched in 1994, and a creative, communications and publishing service to Non-profits through the Cuthbert Communications in 1999.

David is one of five founders of the Southern African Institute of Fundraising (SAIF), a body representing the Southern Africa fundraising profession, established in 1986. He was President of SAIF for the first five years, and is a Fellow of the Institute. He is also a co-founder of the World Fundraising Council, launched in 1989 to provide resources out of advanced Fundraising nations into developing countries. He has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1991, and the first fundraiser in Africa to be awarded a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive).

Since 1984 he has been deeply involved in Fundraising education and training, presenting papers and lectures at workshops and seminars around Southern Africa. In 1991 he was co-opted as faculty to the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and presented at their three five-day workshops in South Africa. In January 1994 he graduated at the Center’s Executive Leadership Institute – the first non-American to have achieved this advanced course on philanthropy. Around 4,500 fundraisers and NPO leaders have attended his Workshops, Seminars, Conference sessions and University Lectures since 1984.

Author of three books and a series of twenty four booklets on Fundraising, he and his wife immigrated to Canada eleven years ago, and since then David has held the position of Manager of Financial Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto and is currently Director of Development at Silent Voice Canada, and a consultant/trainer to local Non-profits. He is co-founder and a current board member of SAIF Education & Training Inc., a mentor at the AFP Toronto Chapter, a member of the AFP Toronto 2006/8 Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee, a member of the Client Advisory Board of the Metasoft BigDataBase, and fundraising trainer for the United Way of Oakville.

Kim Macphee
Manager, Development and Donor Services
Vancouver Foundation

Kim Macphee is a Manager of Development and Donor Services at Vancouver Foundation, the largest Community Foundation in Canada. She works with donors in building endowment funds to carry out their charitable giving through effective grant-making to charities in communities across the province. She is also responsible for the development and stewardship of more than 500 agency funds. Over the past year Kim has been a leader on a major database conversion project, where she has reviewed business policies and recommended some departmental changes which has improved efficiency and helped to prepare the organization in moving to a new platform.

Prior to joining Vancouver Foundation, Kim was Manager of Individual Investment at Ballet British Columbia for three years and was instrumental in growing the annual giving and major gift programs, oversaw the volunteer coordination and organized the kids outreach activities.

Her past volunteer work has included roles with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Vancouver Chapter, Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre and the Celebrate Volunteerism Conference.

Kim holds a Broadcast Journalism Diploma of Technology from BCIT, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. She is married and lives on the North Shore where she enjoys hitting the slopes and misses watching hockey.

Jill Planche, Ph.D.
Planche & Planche

Jill Planche is a marketing and fundraising professional with thirty-five years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. During her career she has held senior positions with leading arts organizations: The McMichael Art Collection, The Shaw Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as the leading girls’ school Havergal College. Jill has planned, designed, introduced, and managed all components of a development program from the ground up, including building staff and volunteer teams. During her career, Jill has generated significant gifts from major foundations such as The Kresge Foundation, The Donner Foundation, The J.P. Bickell Foundation and The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation, amongst others. She is recognized for implementing new initiatives to move organizations forward dramatically in revenue development and has extensive background in planning, administering and completing multi-million dollar capital campaigns.

Over her years in the field, Jill has mentored young development professionals who have gone on to senior development positions. She has participated in development conferences all over North America, has lectured on fundraising, marketing and public relations, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She designed and teaches the course on Annual Giving for the Fundraising Management Program, Chang School, Ryerson University.

Jill is also an academic with a commitment to lifelong education. Throughout her career she pursued an English degree at York University, an MA at University of Toronto, and graduated from York U in 2007 with a doctorate in English Literature, specializing in post colonial literature. The title of her dissertation is: "'In a Large Landscape': the Resonance of Landscape in the Literature and Art of South Africa." She is now pursuing a Freelance Writing Certificate at the University of Toronto.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, and educated in South Africa and Zimbabwe, Jill is married, has three grown children and lives with her husband Ron in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She is passionately interested in art, literature, opera, theatre and politics, and enjoys travelling, golf and sailing.