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First Look: Giving USA 2016

June 15, 2016 | 7:30 am - 9:30 am


Giving USA is a critical resource in tracking trends in the sector because of the long-term view it provides of fluctuations in giving sources and distribution patterns. Campbell & Company, in conjunction with AFP Minnesota, will present First Look: Giving USA 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Giving data and trends will be presented and analyzed. A panel of nonprofit leaders will also offer local perspectives on how the data and trends impact their organizations, fundraising strategies and programs.


Adam Wilhelm

Adam Wilhelm
VP, Campbell & Company

In addition to leading fundraising assessments and campaign studies and providing strategic Fundraising counsel, Adam has held a number of interim leadership roles, including chief development officer, vice president, and campaign director, in advancement departments at hospitals, colleges, associations and independent schools. Adam joined Campbell & Company from the Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago) where he served as a major gift officer during the seminary’s $56 million comprehensive campaign that exceeded its goal.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College with a double major in English and American Racial and Multi-Cultural Studies. He serves as the Chair of the St. Olaf Fund Board and is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association for Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) and serves as a mentor for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).


Brendan Bannigan

Brendan Bannigan, CFRE
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Brendan Bannigan is the vice president of Individual Giving at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with nearly 20 years of comprehensive development experience. Bannigan has served as executive director and volunteer coordinator of the Merriam Park Block Nursing Program in St. Paul, and in several roles at the HealthEast Foundation including director of hospice giving, lead grant writer and director of major gifts. While at HealthEast, he also helped lead the successful campaign to build Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury. Prior to his current role at Junior Achievement, he served in the Development Office of the University of St. Thomas for ten years, with the final three years as Director of Major Gifts.

Jean Gorell

Jean Gorell, CFRE
University of Minnesota Medical Foundation

Jean Gorell has over 35 years of nonprofit fundraising and management experience with both local and national organizations. She is currently the Senior Director of Development at the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation, where she is creating and managing a comprehensive fundraising program.

Previously, Jean served in fundraising leadership roles at the Catholic Charities, Strategic Fundraising, and the American Cancer Society. She also served as the executive director of the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association and the Epilepsy Foundation Minnesota.

Jean has been active on many nonprofit boards and committees, including the AFP MN Board where she served in many leadership roles including Chapter President. She has a BS in from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, an MBA from Rivier College in New Hampshire, and has earned her Certification for Association Executives (CAE) and CFRE.

C. Michael-jon Pease, Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul, MN

C. Michael Jon Pease
Park Square Theatre

Michael-jon Pease has been with Park Square Theatre for 10 years, first as Development Director, then External Relations Director, and now Executive Director. His theatre career started at age eight in a seminal production of Jack and the Magic Beanstalk by the Rock Valley Children’s Theatre. He came to Minnesota from Rhode Island to get his MA in Arts Administration from St Mary’s University (where he also teaches fundraising). Michael-jon is a long-time AFP MN member where he has served as Vice President for Communications.


Carolyn Egeberg

Carolyn Egeberg
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Carolyn is a strategic nonprofit executive dedicated to improving lives and building capacity within communities. Her track record of successfully partnering with executive teams and boards to define and execute strategies has helped to ensure organizational mission and vision are fulfilled. She is passionate about the excellent work that is expected of the nonprofit sector and is motivated by the understanding that committing to a strong culture of philanthropy means we are here to nurture the love of mankind. She is a strong believer in the commitment that leaders make to develop the skills and talents of those around them.

Carolyn has ten years of experience with 3M, leading technical teams to commercialize highly innovative products for the medical device and transportation industries; eleven years with CaringBridge, a nonprofit organization globally serving more than 40 million people a year; and nearly three years with the executive team of the Science Museum of Minnesota, a beloved and widely admired state wide asset.

Carolyn has lived in the east metro and western Wisconsin for the last 28 years. She is married with two adult children and one rescue dog.


June 15, 2016
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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7:30 - 8:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast; 8:00 - 9:30 AM – Program
$25 AFP members; $45 nonmembers; Parking in Ramp is included.
Advance Registration Closes:
June 13, 4:30 PM
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Yes, additional $20*
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