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
Noah Barnett
Jon Biedermann
Gabe Cooper
Kasey Cuppoletti
Rachel Hutchisson
Katie Rozycki
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.

Ben Golding - Chair
Jon Biedermann
Ted Grossnickle
Rachel Hutchisson
Jeff Jowdy
Poonam Prasad
Tim Sarrantonio
Dave Smith
Sharon Tiknis
Richard Tollefson
Elizabeth Zeigler

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
Tim Ardillo
Tucker Branham
Jeffrey Byrne
Lee Ernst
Peter Fissinger
Ben Golding
Ted Grossnickle
Rachel Hutchisson
Paul Koreen
Kate Roosevelt
Karen Rotko-Wynn
George Ruotolo
Ann Jennings Shackleford
Aly Sterling
Dana Textoris
Sarah Williams
Ryan Woroniecki
Jim Yunker
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