DM101 is tailored to professionals with 5 years or less experience and for those who want a refresher on current industry trends and best practices.
A full week of topics covering Creative, Lists, Data Hygiene/Processing, Production, Database/Analytics, Digital Marketing, & Telefundraising/Text Marketing will be presented by professionals in each of these fields. Each one-hour session will be scheduled for 1 - 2 pm or 2 - 3 pm.
Check out the schedule below!
Monday, March 8 | 1 - 2 PM EST
Creative - Allison Porter, President, Avalon Consulting Group
Tuesday, March 9 | 1 - 1:40 PM EST
Lists - Tom Fleming, Senior Vice President, New Donor Acquisition, Adstra
Tuesday, March 9 | 1:40 - 2:20 PM EST
Data Hygiene/Processing -– Marvin Dawson, Vice President Operations, MMi Direct
Wednesday, March 10 | 1 - 2 PM EST
Production – Abbie Shlesinger, Senior Production Manager, PMG
Thursday, March 11 | 1 - 2 PM EST
CRM & Analytics: Working Together for Success –– Jason Robbins, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, ROI Solutions & Helen Flannery, Product Manager, ROI Solutions
Friday, March 12 | 1 - 1:40 PM EST
Digital (Online) Marketing –– Barb Perell, Vice President of Marketing, Avalon Consulting Group
Friday, March 12 | 1:40 - 2:20 PM EST
Telefundraising/Text Marketing – Caroline Mendez, Vice President, Client Services, SD&A Teleservices & Chrissy Hyre, Principal and Senior Vice President
Creative - Monday, March 8 | 1 - 2 PM EST
Direct marketing creative is more than a pretty package. Compelling copy, proven techniques, and the right audience are key to your creative resonating with donors. This session will look at creative techniques and lessons learned to ramp up your direct mail and digital campaigns.
Attendees will learn:
Allison Porter, President, Avalon Consulting Group
Allison Porter is the co-founder and president of Avalon Consulting, a full-service agency dedicated to helping progressive nonprofit and political organizations maximize their fundraising results—in the mail, on the phone, and online.
Drawing on more than 26 years of direct marketing agency experience, and a background in university development and public relations, Allison has been instrumental in Avalon’s growth as an agency. Under her leadership, Avalon’s analytical, strategic, and creative capabilities set the standard for progressive marketing and fundraising.
Allison is passionate about the profession of fundraising and the role of women in that profession. She is a frequent speaker at industry events—recognized across both the nonprofit and fundraising industries for her strategic leadership and integrated, multi-channel approach to client programs.
List Strategy - Tuesday, March 9 | 1 - 1:40 PM EST
This session will provide unique insights and information surrounding both the organizations donor file, and the mailing list’s that make up new donor acquisition efforts.
The discussion will include topics such as:
Tom Fleming, Senior Vice President, New Donor Acquisition, Adstra
Tom brings 25+ years of direct marketing experience to his clients. Tom started his career at Fingerhut, where he gained valuable experience in both customer acquisition and reactivation marketing. From there, Tom moved into executive level positions at Novus Media, Paradysz, and ALC. He has deep experience in circulation planning, list brokerage and database marketing across direct mail, print, and radio channels. Tom has worked with nationally recognized brands such as Special Olympics, Easterseals, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, North Shore Animal League, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Tom was a Co-Chair for the 2013 DMA Nonprofit Conference in NY, a frequent speaker at the DM101 training series, and serves on the Education committee for The Nonprofit Alliance.
Data Hygiene & Data Processing - Tuesday, March 9 | 1:40 - 2:20 PM EST
Direct mail data accuracy is vital, now more than ever. Find out how a quality data hygiene and data processing program can provide you with the accurate data you need to:
Marvin Dawson, Vice President Operations, MMi Direct
Marvin is responsible for all operations within the Data Processing Services division of MMI Direct. Marvin has built and managed operations and customer service divisions within the data processing services industry for over 45 years. This includes tenures with Wiland & Associates, PSA Direct and Merkle. In his 20 years with MMI Direct, he has spearheaded and developed customer service teams involved in all facets of nonprofit fundraising efforts. His knowledge, experience and expertise bring immediate, and ongoing, benefits to MMI Direct’s partner base.
Production - Wednesday, March 10 | 1 - 2 PM EST
DM101 Production will give attendees a 10,000-foot view of direct mail print buying and project management processes. They will learn about the time, cost, and quality considerations that drive managing complex direct mail projects. As well as how to build key partnerships and quality control setups to minimize roadblocks and maximize fundraising success!
In this session you'll learn:
Abbie Shlesinger, Senior Production Manager, The Production Management Group (PMG)
Abbie has 14 years of experience working in the fast-paced, dynamic environment of the direct mail fundraising industry. She enjoys working with colleagues, supplier partners, and nonprofits to share knowledge, strengthen relationships, and implement workflow improvements to maximize fundraising success. When she’s not saving the world one proof approval at a time, Abbie can be found brewing another cup of coffee or driving her kids to sports practices.
CRM & Analytics: Working Together for Success - Thursday, March 11 | 1 - 2 PM EST
Attendees will learn:
Jason Robbins, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, ROI Solutions
Jason Robbins is a 25-year veteran of the nonprofit direct marketing fundraising industry and heads up ROI Solutions’ marketing efforts. Jason began his career by joining his father’s firm, L.W. Robbins Associates, where he provided his nonprofit clients with direct mail counsel and strategy. From there he joined Manhattan College as Director of Development/Special Gifts managing both the direct marketing and annual/anniversary funds’ leadership giving programs. Prior to ROI Solutions, Jason worked as account director at Target Analytics helping a diverse portfolio of clients improve their bottom lines through the best use of analytics, reporting and data modeling.
Jason holds in B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and in his free time enjoys golf, basketball, hiking, camping, and most of all spending time with his family in all types of New England weather. He also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Direct Marketing Fundraiser’s Association (DMFA) and chairs the Boston Programming Committee.
Helen Flannery, Product Manager, ROI Solutions
Helen has worked with fundraising databases in one capacity or another for more than 25 years, with a particular focus on the reporting and analytics capabilities that are closest to her heart. Helen started her career as a database developer and manager for nonprofit organizations, including the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and the Massachusetts Field Office of the Nature Conservancy. In 1998 she went to work for Target Analytics, where she spent the next twenty years managing the design and development of the donorCentrics product line—a set of interactive tools, analytic reports, and collaborative benchmarking services that analyze donor behavior for national and international nonprofits. There she also wrote white papers on charitable sector trends such as online giving, sustainer giving, and the macroeconomic factors affecting donor behavior.
Helen joined the ROI team in 2019. In her role as Product Manager, Helen is responsible for guiding the continued improvement of the reporting, direct marketing, and machine learning components of Revolution Online.
Helen also serves as an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies where she writes on the intersection of philanthropy and economic inequality, and works on reforming U.S. policy around charitable giving. In her spare time, she is never happier than when she is doing almost any kind of fiber-related craft, whether spinning, weaving, dyeing, or just meeting sheep. She also very much looks forward to the day when she will again be able to travel to new places around the country and around the world.
Digital (Online) Marketing - Friday, March 12 | 1 - 1:40 PM EST
Digital revenue is growing, and so are the number of digital channels. This introductory session will focus on how to integrate your fundraising channels to maximize your program and avoid confusion while saving time.
Attendees will learn:
Barb Perell, Vice President of Marketing, Avalon Consulting Group
Barb leads Avalon’s business development initiatives, brokering strategic partnerships for our clients and promoting Avalon’s best-in-class analytics, stunning creative, and truly integrated program strategies throughout the industry
Prior to leading Avalon’s marketing efforts, starting in 2006 Barb built and managed Avalon’s digital services division to bring a multi-channel approach to client fundraising programs.
Before joining Avalon, Barb developed her passion for digital fundraising through a number of management roles at EMILY’s List, where she oversaw all online communication, outreach, and fundraising efforts.
Telefundraising - Friday, March 12 | 1:40 - 2:20 PM EST
The telephone is a vital avenue for fundraising. But, when and how should a nonprofit use it? Will calling donors leave a wake of negative reactions, or can it possibly cultivate a deeper commitment to the organization’s mission? This session pulls the curtain back to reveal the inner workings of telefundraising.
In this session, you’ll discover:
Caroline Mendez, Vice President, Client Services, SD&A Teleservices
As vice president of client services, Caroline works with the account team to reinforce SD&A’s customer service centric culture, building long lasting partnerships, while being innovative and creative in helping clients exceed their fundraising goals. She manages a book of business that includes many of the nation’s largest nonprofits, including Sierra Club, Democratic National Committee and Greenpeace, just to name a few. As a political science graduate of Arizona State University, Caroline has a natural passion for many of the causes she gets to serve on a daily basis.
In her tenure at SD&A, Caroline also served as a seasoned account executive, helping expand the National Call Center’s footprint in the political, social cause and advocacy arena. Her strengths in creating innovative strategies to boost the bottom line for SD&A’s clients, combined with her deep personal commitment to these causes, produced tremendous growth. Just prior to assuming her current leadership role, she demonstrated her business savvy as our company's director of marketing, helping to increase the visibility of the SD&A brand through speaking engagements at industry conferences and events.
Before coming to work for SD&A, Caroline was an account executive and recruiter for Adecco, the global leader in human resources services, where she made long strides in a short period of time. She was part of a two person team that started the accounting and finance branch from scratch – a project that generated significant new business for the company. For two years in a row, she was one of Adecco’s top 15 account executives nationwide, based on quarterly gross margin dollars earned. She also forged new partnerships with several companies that had never done business with Adecco throughout its 50 years in Los Angeles.
Chrissy Hyre, Principal and Senior Vice President, CCAH
Throughout her career, Chrissy has been obsessed with driving innovative, impactful ways to communicate with donors and supporters. She has a particular passion for developing multichannel strategies designed to increase new donor recruitment, build midlevel programs, expand SMS fundraising and engagement, and grow monthly giving programs. Her wide breadth of experience in fundraising across channels has helped her pioneer new strategies to grow her clients’ programs – and nothing thrills her more than testing something totally out of box and new… especially if it’s successful!
Since (re)joining CCAH in 2009, she’s been a key part of the team in both our Bay Area and DC offices. Her work has been instrumental in the fundraising success for many well-known Democratic political organizations and candidates and progressive advocacy organizations.
Chrissy graduated from Radford University and lives in Alexandria, VA (though a piece of her hillbilly heart will always be in West Virginia.)