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

Ted Grossnickle, CFRE  Chair
 Peter J. Fissinger, CFRE – 1st Vice Chair
 Brenda Asare – 2nd Chair
Paul Koreen – Treasurer
Ryan Woroniecki – Secretary
Rachel Hutchisson Immediate Past Chair
Cedric A. Richner, CFRE  At Large Member
Todd Bayliss - At Large Member

Marketing Committee

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

Rick Dunham – Chair
Jon Biedermann
Kasey Cuppoletti
Rachel Hutchisson
Kurt Worrell

Membership Committee

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

Aly Sterling – Co-Chair
Todd Bayliss – Co-Chair
Brenda B. Asare
Jeffrey D. Byrne
Kasey Cuppoletti
Allison Gannon
Michael Gee
Dan Gross
William McMorran
George C. Ruotolo, Jr., CFRE
Brendan Smith
Dana Textoris

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.

Angela Hodson - Chair
Jon Biedermann
Ben Golding
Ted Grossnickle 
Rachel Hutchisson
Steve Johns
Paul Koreen
Katie Lord
Poonam Prasad
RIchard Tollefson
James Yunker

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.

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

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
Laura MacDonald, CFRE

Summer Symposium Committee

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

 Andrea McManus - Co-Chair
Lauren Steiner - Co-Chair
Sarah Barnes 
Jon Biedermann
Tucker Branham
Gregg Carlson
Ben Golding
Angela Hodson
Rachel Hutchisson
Katie Lord
Wendy McGrady
Cedric Richner
Kate Roosevelt
Karen Rotko-Wynn
Ann Jennings Shackleford
Aly Sterling
Sarah Williams
Ryan Woroniecki
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