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Is your nonprofit organization's fundraising plan falling a little short?

If you answered yes, we have the training program for you!

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce its 1st annual Southern Ohio Nonprofit Conference. It will be held on March 29, 2018 at the Shawnee State Park Lodge. Our focus for the inaugural conference will be nonprofit fundraising.

Headlining our event at 9am will be Lee Ellen Martin, CFRE. She will begin our conference with an interactive session focusing on the "Seven Strategies to Development". The session will be a mix of best practices and practical applications. The seven strategies include: Prospect Identification, Annual Giving, Special Events, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, In-Kind Giving, and Stewardship. Participants will leave equipped to make a development plan that will help to organize their fundraising activities for efficient and effective strategies. Staff should encourage their development chair, board chair (or both!) to attend with them. Development is a team effort and participants will have a chance to brainstorm their plans. Lee Ellen brings 30 years of practical experience in grassroots and larger nonprofits. From annual giving and special events to major gifts and planned giving, Lee Ellen has experience in them all.

After lunch, our conference will focus upon Nonprofit Event Planning. At 1pm, Kim Cutlip, Executive Director of the Scioto Foundation, will facilitate a conversation around event planning best practices. Following this, a panel of successful event fundraisers will share the ABCs of Successful Fundraising Events. Included in the panel are Debbie Smith, Ohio River Valley American Red Cross, Patty Tennant, Scioto Foundation, and Kevin Johnson of Main Street Portsmouth.

The cost is $25.00 per person which includes the cost for breakfast, lunch and materials. To register, visit here or mail your check with SONC in the memo line and list of attendees to: Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Deadline to register is March 22!!

For more information, contact the Scioto Foundation at 740-354-4612 or via email at

8:45 Welcome, Introductions,

9:00 Morning Session: Seven Strategies of Development

Lee Ellen Martin

Noon-1:00 pm


1:00 Mission Related Events

Kim Cutlip, Scioto Foundation

2:00 Break

2:15 The ABCs of Successful Fundraising Events

Lessons from the Field - Panel

Debbie Smith - "Dancing with our Stars"

Patty Tennant - "Running a successful Auction"

Kevin Johnson - Paul Johnson Memorial Soiree

3:30 Round table discussions (2x 30 each)
  • What do donors want?
  • Planning & executing events
  • Importance of Volunteers for events
  • Marketing your event

4:30 Wrap up, evaluation, closing comments


Featured Speaker
Lee Ellen Martin

Lee Ellen Martin, CFRE has worked in the nonprofit profession for 30 years. She has worked with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Explorium of Lexington, Hospice of the Bluegrass, and United Way of the Bluegrass in various roles from Development/Marketing Director to Executive Director. In 2008, Lee Ellen started a nonprofit consulting business focusing on development strategies, governance, and executive searches. Lee Ellen attracts clients from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee. She also frequently presents at conferences and training programs. In addition to her consulting business, Lee Ellen serves as the Executive Director of the Explorium of Lexington, a children's museum. Lee Ellen earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2000 through demonstrated experience and passing a six part exam. The designation requires re-certification every three years, which Lee Ellen has successfully obtained for the past 17 years through continuing education and demonstrated professional performance. Lee Ellen holds a BA from Salem College in Performing and Visual Arts Administration.

Event Planning and Panel Discussion

Kim Cutlip,
Executive Director,
Scioto Foundation

Under the supervision of Cutlip, Scioto Foundation's assets have grown from 12 million to 39 million in less than 20 years. Always looking to the future, Cutlip has brought new programs to Scioto County and surrounding area, such as the University/College Access Network program which helps area students plan, prepare and pay for college; Scioto Gives a one-day matching program to help nonprofits raise dollars for its endowment fund; and Scioto 365 a dynamic community leadership initiative.

Kevin W. Johnson,
Donor, Paul E. Johnson for the benefit of Main Street Portsmouth Fund

A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Paul E. Johnson loved the Portsmouth Community and wanted to give back by providing green spaces throughout downtown for the citizens of Portsmouth to enjoy. His partner, Kevin Johnson, of over 30 years established a memorial fund to commemerate his love of gardening. This 2018 will mark the 9th annual Paul E. Johnson Memorial Fund Brunch and Soiree event. Learn from Johnson on how to make the biggest impact with your event.

Paul E. Johnson fbo Main Street Portsmouth Fund

Patty Tennant,
Program Officer - Donor Services, Scioto Foundation

Former Development Director for Notre Dame - Portsmouth Local School District, Tennant oversaw one of the areas most successful auctions, "Bid Your Heart Out". Tennant helped to constantly raise over $85,000 every year, reaching a lifespan of a million plus. Learn from Tennant the do and don'ts of donor etiquette and how to keep your events strong and fresh.

Bid Your Heart Out

Debbie Smith,
Executive Director, ORV, ARC

Every year the Ohio River Valley, American Red Cross hosts it's fun and entertaining event, Dancing With Our Stars. 2017 marked the highest fundraising year, with dancers raising over $260,000! Learn from Smith the power of passive fundraising.


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