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January 25, 2017

Annual Membership Meeting

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County
1729 17th Avenue • Vero Beach

Join us for Breakfast • Membership Meeting • Professional Development Program

"Non-profit Sustainability - The Importance of Building Endowments"

presented by

Ann Decker, Executive Director, Indian River State College Foundation
Jeff Pickering, Executive Director, Indian River Community Foundation
Michelle Malyn, Executive Director, United Way of Indian River County Foundation

Questions?  Contact Peggy Gibbs


January 27, 2017


LEAD Brevard with support from Community Foundation for Brevard presents

Engage your Board in Dynamic Governance and Fundraising
with Chuck V. Loring
Senior BoardSource Governance Associate

8:00  - 8:30 am     Arrival
8:30 am - 4:00 pm     Workshop
Suntree Country Club
1 Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940 

About the workshop:  Back by popular demand, Chuck Loring returns to Brevard to share his expertise and help you build the capacity of your board/your organization.  During this interactive day, you’ll learn from Chuck and your peers and gain knowledge of the major building blocks of an effective board.  Areas of discussion include topics like how to identify, recruit and orient board members, board roles and responsibilities, effective board structure and the board’s role in fundraising.   

This workshop is recommended for board members interested in being better prepared to make meaningful contributions to the organization you care so deeply about…to understand and handle the responsibilities of purposeful board membership, from legal liability to strategic planning.  It’s never been a better time to invest in your nonprofit leadership.

If you serve on a board(s) or are seeking a board service volunteer position – or if you are a staff member working with a board of directors – you’ll benefit from attending this workshop.  Here’s what several of last year’s attendees had to say:  “Tactical, actionable for board members.” “Role & function of board; fundraising section was very beneficial!” “A great road map for board recruitment and retention.”  “Great information & great workshop!”

Bring your board members and leadership team to this day-long seminar and catch some of Chuck Loring's contagious enthusiasm for excellence in board governance and fundraising.  This workshop is a great way to prepare for your next board retreat.

LEAD Brevard Member $60.00
Public Rate  $75.00

Registration includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Learn more or Register


February 7, 2017

A Time to Learn A Time to Network

Webinar and Social

 Walking Tree Brewery

3209 Dodger Road • Vero Beach
4:00 pm Webinar • 5:30 pm Social

Creative Design for Fundraising Campaigns
presented by Derrick Feldman

Creating a campaign to capture attention takes more than just a few words and a standard #10 envelope. In this session, you will hear about creative approaches to direct mail, email, and online appeals to raise support. From using typography to images, participants will get a chance to see and understand how to create appeals that will get your cause noticed.

About the Presenter

Derrick Feldmann is the CEO of Achieve – a creative agency for causes.  He oversees the creative development of appeals and branding for some of the leading causes in the world.  He is the leading researcher of the Millennial Impact Project – the most comprehensive research initiative to understand how the Millennial generation connects, involves, and gives. 1.5 hours CFRE credits.

Questions?  Contact Peggy Gibbs


March 8, 2017



featuring a panel of local community leaders and philanthropists

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Moderated by

Kerry A. Bartlett, CFRE, MBA

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Hosted by

Planned Giving Council of Indian River

 We’ll talk about what motivated each panelist to make a planned gift, what leaving a legacy means to each participant, what giving vehicle worked best for their circumstances and what benefits it offered them.
Answers to these questions and more!

 WHEN:  Wednesday, March 8 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Northern Trust Community Room, 755 Beachland Blvd.

This event is FREE and open to non-profit professionals and guests, members of Planned Giving Council of Indian River, the Estate Planning Council of Indian River and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Indian River County. Cookies, coffee and water will be served.


RSVPs are required.  Contact Anita Calabro, Trust Officer at Cypress Trust Company:


Watch this year's National Philanthropy Day Celebration

National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients Announced

On November 9, Indian River County's National Philanthropy Day Award recipients were announced during a dinner program held at Oak Harbor.  Click here to read more about this year's recipients listed below.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Owen Leyda

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Marta Schneider

Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist
REALTORS® Association of Indian River County

Unsung Hero
Donald Poust

Outstanding Individual Philanthropist
Joyce Steggles

2016 President's Award
Alma Lee Loy

At the 2016 Annual Meeting held on December 5, 2016, the following were elected to the
2017 Board of Directors:

President Monique Walker, CFRE
President-Elect Peggy Gibbs, CFRE
Vice President/NPD                Judith Lemoncelli, CFRE
Secretary Shannon Bowman
Treasurer Camille Yates
Past President Stephen Higgins, CFRE
Director Kerry Bartlett, CFRE
Director Liz Bruner
Director Russ Isaac
Director Katha Kissman
Director Michele Peters
Director Jessica Schmitt
Director Camilla Wainright


Sept. 15 Updated Membership Directory Now Available!

click to view

If you are planning on working toward your CFRE and have any questions regarding the process or exam, please contact any of the chapter's twelve CFREs listed below who will be more than happy to advise you:

Kerry Bartlett, CFRE
Ginny Blossom, CFRE
Peggy Gibbs, CFRE
Stephen Higgins, CFRE
Richard Johnson, CFRE
Dolores Korf, CFRE
Kathleen Kowanic, CFRE
Judith Lemoncelli, CFRE
Lenora Ritchie, CFRE
Beverly Sanders, CFRE
Beverly Smith, CFRE
Monique Walker, CFRE

CFRE Application Summary and Information


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