Fundraising and Philanthropy in Today's Economy

Date: 4/19/2011
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, Rice Conference Room / Newman Reception Area
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Presented by NYU Wagner Alumni in Fundraising & Development Network and NYU Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy Network

A conversation among non-profit professionals in the fundraising and philanthropic fields about how things are going as the economy begins to recover.  After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to network with the panelists and other attendees.

Panelists include:

Margaret M. Coady - Director, The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP)

As CECP's director, Margaret leads the organization's long-range strategic and operational planning, authors quantitative and qualitative research reports, runs the annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit and Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy selection process, and manages CECP's growing team of program specialists.  Margaret also directs the Committee's partnership initiatives such as the development of Principles of Social Investment with the United Nations Global Compact and the research report "Shaping the Future: Solving Social Problems through Business Strategy" with McKinsey & Company.  Since joining the organization in early 2005, Margaret's close work with member companies, oversight of the Committee's proprietary Corporate Giving Standard online benchmarking system, and her authorship of four editions of the annual "Giving in Numbers" report have established her as a leading authority on emerging trends in the field of corporate giving.  She lectures for national and international audiences and has appeared on television and radio programs including BBC World Report, CNBC Morning Call, and CNBC Street Signs.

Sonia Gonzalez - Director of Membership and Individual Giving, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sonia Gonzalez is the Director of Membership and Individual Giving at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, responsible for over $1.2 million in revenue annually to support the Garden’s operating fund. She is responsible for growing the Garden’s 16,000 member base and soliciting contributions from the public. Prior to joining Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sonia more than doubled the base managing the membership program at Jazz at Lincoln Center and brought successes to development departments at American Federation of the Arts, Austin Museum of Art, and the Austin Children’s Museum. Ms. Gonzalez, a University of Texas at Austin graduate, serves on the Communications committee and the Board Development committee of the YMCA Mc Burney Board.  She is pursuing a certificate in horticulture, is a recreational chef, world traveler, and novice surfer.


Cheryl Green Rosario - Director of Philanthropy, American Express
Cheryl Green Rosario, Director, Philanthropy, has worked at American Express since July 2003. She oversees the Historic Preservation grantmaking area, focusing on signature programs like Partners in Preservation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and funding preservation projects globally through American Express’s partnership with the World Monuments Fund.  In addition, Cheryl oversees the arts related grant making, including the River 2 River Festival, Culture Card – an employee membership program to museums, gardens and zoos in New York City and all other cultural grantmaking.

 Cheryl is an active member of the funding community through her work with the Contributions Advisory Group, Grantmakers in the Arts and Philanthropy New York. She is also the Vice-Chair of Art Education for the Blind’s Board, Board member of Creative Alternatives of New York and Disability Funder’s Network.

 In addition to her corporate experience, Cheryl has over 12 years of nonprofit experience, mostly in the field of disabilities and working with girls and families in underserved neighborhoods.

Cheryl has her MPA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from New York University and a BS in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cheryl and her husband live in New Jersey with their 5-year old daughter Olivia and 1 year old son Lucas.

Sandra Toussaint-Burgher (MPA '02) - Director of Development, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence

Sandra Toussaint-Burgher is the Director of Development for Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, a national not-for-profit helping women grow their micro-businesses to million dollar enterprises. In this capacity, she oversees corporate relations, foundation and government grants, individual giving/stewardship and the National Steering Committee. Prior to Count Me In, Sandra served as Senior Director of Development for Special Olympics New York – NYC Regional Office. Her accomplishments in this role includes securing first-time five and six figure grants, more than doubling the annual gala’s revenue from $250,000 to $775,000, recruiting board members, securing five and six figure major gifts and establishing a junior advisory committee. Sandra has also served as Donor Relations Officer/Interim Director of Development for The Twenty-First Century Foundation; Giving Society Manager for The National Audubon Society; and Director of Major Gifts and Senior Fundraising Manager for United Way of New York City. Sandra has twelve years of development and not-for-profit experience and a Master’s of Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is an active member of Women in Development and Association for Fundraising Professionals and has spoken at fundraising conferences/workshops.