building community through investments, leadership, and philanthropy

Philanthropy Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility
2700 Audley Road North, Ajax, ON L1Z 1T7
Cost: $75 per person

Join us for a full day of learning, networking and sharing expertise at our Philanthropy Forum:

9:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

10:00 am

Welcome by Vivian Curl, Executive Director at Durham Community Foundation

10:05 am

Fundraising Trends presented by Nicole Nakoneshny @ KCI Philanthropy 

11:00 am

Planning Your Next Campaign with Intention presented by David Brouitt @ Ramp Communications 

12:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:30 pm    

Excel at Major Gifts presented by Darryl Swain @ Excel Fundraising Inc.

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Getting Real and Relational about Strategy presented by Valerie Campbell @ Valerie Campbell & Associates

About Our Presenters

Nicole Nakoneshny – Senior Vice President and Partner – KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

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In addition to working with clients to develop customized strategies and solutions that meet their unique challenges and opportunities, Nicole leads KCI’s Thought Leadership activities as Editor of its online publication, Philanthropic Trends Quarterly and as Host of its monthly podcast, The Ask.

As part of KCI’s commitment to advancing philanthropy, her work on Philanthropic Trends Quarterly and The Ask focuses on identifying key and emerging trends in fundraising and philanthropy in Canada and around the world, as well as curating the knowledge that KCI generates through its various practices …ultimately seeking to translate all of that into useful and timely insights for charities and fundraisers.

An active volunteer, Nicole has served as a talking books narrator for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for more than twenty years and she is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.

David Brouitt Creativie Director Ramp Communications

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Ramp communications is a Toronto based ad agency that focuses specifically on the not-for profit sector. Their clients include The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, The Daily Bread Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity Canada, Plan Canada, and others.

David brings more than 20 years of strategic and creative leadership to Ramp. His rich experience in Business-to-consumer, Business -to-business, and franchise marketing provides their clients with senior level expertise to tell their stories effectively and dynamically. Maximizing the talents of Ramp’s remarkable creative team, David draws on his experience with national and international brands to bring a fresh point of view to every project.

Darryl Swain – Founder – Excel Fundraising Inc.

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Darryl transitioned from the marketing profession to the charitable sector in 2002. He debuted as a fundraiser by leading a mid-sized hospital capital campaign for a small consultancy in Toronto. Having success, Darryl followed with second and third campaigns in healthcare and education in Ontario until 2007. These early campaigns revealed the many challenges that charities faced and formed the foundation for Darryl’s personal values and approach to supporting the charitable sector.

In 2007, Darryl founded Excel Fundraising Inc. Drawing on his early experiences, he developed fundraising techniques that scale to help small-medium sized charities launch major gift fundraising programs. As the Founder of Excel Fundraising Inc., Darryl is working to transfer knowledge and sustainability to small-medium charities across Ontario and Canada. Excel Fundraising Inc’s services are specifically designed to help small-medium charities be as successful as their large and resource-rich counterparts.

Darryl earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2005 and his Masters in Business Administration in 2008. Darryl is a new member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ethics Committee and he is looking forward to the challenge.

Valerie Campbell – Valerie Campbell and Associates Inc.

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Valerie is a senior executive with in-depth experience in identifying, leading, and navigating new organizational directions. Primary leadership roles and history in health care, philanthropy, and management consulting sectors. Hybrid leader with technical skills and integrated experiences in governance, strategy, and operations through board directorship and CEO and Vice President roles. Organizational renewal from strategic visioning to planning to operational roll out. Core strengths in entrepreneurial approaches, relationship building, philanthropic partnerships, and unifying the interests of diverse groups. A leader in the emerging field of charitable mergers and amalgamations.



Registration cost is $75 per person and includes a light breakfast, lunch and afternoon break.

Registration is now open, please click here to register!



Durham Community Foundation is grateful for our sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: The Alger Family

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