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November 17, 2017

On November 17, join more than 500 philanthropists, volunteers, nonprofit and community leaders to celebrate the inspiring power of philanthropy, make connections and be inspired by our honorees who truly represent the generous spirit that makes our community great.

Master of Ceremonies: Angela Davis.

Angela Davis, WCCOAngela anchors for WCCO on Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and reports during the week. Prior to launching on Sunday evenings, Angela anchored the weekday morning and noon newscasts. Angela holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and grew up in Southern Virginia. She has won four regional Emmy Awards for Anchoring and Breaking News coverage.

Program Special Guest: Sanya Pirani

Sanya PiraniSanya Pirani, a 6th Grader from Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, is the founder/CEO of Sanya’s Hope For Children (nonprofit organization) as well as Youth Ambassador of CAP agency for Scott, Dakota and Carver Counties. Sanya’s Hope For Children (SHFC) was founded in January 2017. SHFC supports local & global impoverished children is committed in helping children and transforming community one life at a time. With half the world’s population under age 25, SHFC’s mission is to help young people with basic necessities of life, fund educational endeavors, find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

Sanya is a young entrepreneur and philanthropist and she has been making large scale impact on local and global communities since the age of seven. One of her biggest accomplishments has been feeding 122,436 meals within the past two years in Latent, Haiti, via Feed My Starving Children.

In 2017, she has already hosted a successful food drive, coat drive, and school supply drive and is in the process of preparing for her biggest ever Christmas Bag project where she and her partners sewed 500 school bags, filling them with school supplies and a toy for homeless children. She is also supporting Hope for the Holiday where she and partners adopt families for Christmas. And the list goes on and on…

Besides community service work, Sanya likes reading (Her favorites are Harry Potter and similar series). She loves writing books (her goal is to get published). She likes sewing (she sews lots of school bags for homeless children). She likes Figure skating. She loves playing Piano. She is also on a volleyball team.

To learn more about Sanya’s work and to donate to her causes visit sanyashopeforchildren.org

Education speaker: Tom Ahern

Raising More Money With Your Donor Communications

Maybe you’ve heard the news: donor-centricity — an approach psychologist Jen Shang has dubbed “loverizing” — is a street paved with gold. It raises lots more money and retains donors longer.

But you’re in the trenches. You need practical advice. What — exactly — makes a direct mail appeal irresistibly “donor-centered”? How do you “loverize” your website or newsletter? Learn the nuts and bolts in this heavily illustrated new workshop from copywriting master, Tom Ahern.


Tom AhernTom Ahern is considered one of North America’s leading authorities on donor communications.

Each year, he delivers dozens of workshops on the techniques of (and psychology behind) effective fundraising communications. He is the author of four well-received books: on donor newsletters (2005); How to Write Fundraising Materials That Make More Money (2007); Keep Your Donors, a book about donor retention methods co-authored with Simone Joyaux (2007); and Seeing Through a Donor’s Eyes (2009).

Tom works with dozens of clients nationwide every year. They include brand names like the Sierra Club and Save the Children, as well as hospitals, universities, foundations, and local charities. He specializes in bequest marketing; donor communications evaluations; direct mail; newsletter interventions; and case statements for big-ticket campaigns.

Tom is also an award-winning magazine journalist, for articles on health, women’s rights and other social justice issues. He has his MA and BA in English from Brown University, and a Certificate in Advertising Art from the RI School of Design. His office is in Rhode Island. He writes his books at his second home in France.



Program Schedule

10:00 am   Education Session with Tom Ahern: “Raising More Money With Your Donor Communications”

11:00 am   Registration

11:30 am   Awards luncheon and celebration

In case you missed it …

Tom Ahern has graciously provided slides from his 2017 NPD Education Session Raising More Money with Your Donor Communications.

View or download the slides here.

Friday, November 17 at the JW Marriott Mall of America in Bloomington

Exterior of JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America




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