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The Giving Institute Committees

Members are encouraged to participate on a committee of The Giving Institute. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email

Below is a list of The Giving Institute committees and their members: 

Executive Committee

Jeffrey D. Byrne – Chair
Rachel Hutchisson – 1st Vice Chair
Sarah J. Howard, CFRE – 2nd Vice Chair
Peter J. Fissinger, CFRE – Treasurer
Derek Alley, CFRE – Secretary
David H. King, CFRE – Immediate Past Chair
Richard J. Dunham – At Large Member
Ted Grossnickle – At Large Member

Marketing Committee

Provides strategy recommendations for the development and streamlining of Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation marketing and communication initiatives.

Lorry Dicecco – Co-Chair
Todd Levy – Vice-Chair
Brenda B. Asare
L. Gregg Carlson
W. Keith Curtis
Richard J. Dunham
Trent Dunham
Frederic Happy
Rachel Hutchisson
Marc Kellenberger
Thomas W. Mesaros
Poonam Prasad
Dawn Robinson
Dave Smith
Kurt Worrell

Membership Committee

Oversees recruitment efforts for member acquisition and assist with the logistical steps of the membership application process.

Derek Alley – Co-Chair
Jennifer Richard – Co-Chair
Steven Birnbaum – Vice-Chair
Brenda B. Asare
Jeffrey D. Byrne
Frederic Happy
Marc Kellenberger
William McMorran
George C. Ruotolo, Jr., CFRE
Aly Sterling
Bill Tedesco
Ryan Woroniecki
Jim Yunker

Program and Education Committee

Plans the educational offerings for in-person meetings and online webinars throughout the year, including the identification of speakers and content.

Paul Koreen – Co-Chair
Richard Tollefson – Co-Chair
Cedric Richner – Vice-Chair
Brenda B. Asare
Jon Biedermann
Michelle D. Cramer, CFRE
Richard J. Dunham
Henry Goldstein, CFRE
Ted Grossnickle
Rachel Hutchisson
Laura MacDonald
Poonam Prasad
Dein Rein
Dawn Robinson
Marnie Spears

Public Policy

Shares pertinent public policy news and updates with membership and assist with developing responses to position statements and policy issues on behalf of the organization.

Wendy McGrady – Co-Chair
Erin Shy – Co-Chair 
Poonam Prasad – Vice-Chair
Sally Ehrenfried

Strategic Plan Committee

Assists with the development of the organization’s strategic plan and its deliverables as it relates to the mission, vision, and values for the future.

Ted Grossnickle – Co-Chair
Rachel Hutchisson – Co-Chair
Jeffrey D. Byrne
L. Gregg Carlson
Richard J. Dunham
Peter J. Fissinger, CFRE
Sarah J. Howard, CFRE
Laura MacDonald, CFRE
Aggie Sweeney, CFRE

Summer Symposium Committee

Oversees, plans, and executes logistical components of the annual Summer Symposium conference.

Jon Biedermann – Co-Chair
Karen Rotko-Wynn – Co-Chair
Jeffrey D. Byrne
Rachel Hutchisson
Alan Hutson
Kristin Jamieson
David King
Paul Koreen
Nancy Raybin
George C. Ruotolo, Jr., CFRE
Erin Shy
Richard Tollefson
Ryan Woroniecki

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