Fundraising During Crisis: Annual Fund and Direct Mail

Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (Check-in at 8:45 am)

Hear experiences from Cape colleagues with focus on how they managed raising funds for their annual fund and how they moved forward with direct mail. Then break into small groups to discuss your own experiences, issues, and questions. This is the first session in a series of Fundraising During Crisis.

Mark A. Schmidt, Executive Director of the Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green; and Gerry Desautels, CFRE, Sr. Development & Communications Officer at Outer Cape Health Services will be our guest speakers.

This event is free to attend for current PPCI members with advance registration. Non-members fee to attend is $10 per person.

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About Our Speakers

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt, who almost singlehandedly ruined the INP experience of nearly everyone he met and brings down the property values in both Plymouth and Falmouth, somehow has managed to keep his job at the Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green, where he has been the executive director since 2011. Born and bred in suburban Chicago, he moved to New England in 1985 and has been here since. He has been in the nonprofit world since 2001, managing museums in Natick and Marshfield, MA, prior to coming to the Cape. He got his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and did his Master’s and Ph.D. work at Northeastern University in Boston. His wife of 30 years has somehow not traded him in yet for a sleeker, sportier model. They live with their son in Plymouth and avidly root for the Chicago Cubs, which explains some of his neuroses.Thankfully for his sanity, he also discovered the New England Patriots.

Gerry Desautels, CFRE

Gerry DesautelsGerry Desautels of West Yarmouth has worked in nonprofit development and communications for two decades. Previously he held marketing and public relations positions in the student travel and high-tech industries of Boston. Since moving to Cape Cod in 1999, he has assisted in raising more than twenty million dollars for various health, environmental and educational nonprofits. In development positions at HopeHealth and Outer Cape Health Servies, he has had the pleasure in helping to attract transformational $1M gifts—the largest for each organization. Gerry holds his CFRE certification, and graduate and undergraduate degrees from Boston University. A former co-chair and presenter of Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, he continues to serve on the conference committee. Gerry is also a board member of the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape & Islands and the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. He lives in West Yarmouth.