The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) invites you to our quarterly meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. to be held in-person at the Cape Codder Resort, Route 132, Hyannis.
When Two Weeks Becomes Two Years: Rewriting the Road Map to Success
Oh, it’s been a long and winding road, my friends. But here we are, and we are going to celebrate. Join us as we share a couple of lessons learned, a few great things on the horizon, and some fresh ideas on how we’re going to make it happen, all infused with a sprinkling of hope and joy. We look forward to seeing you.
Please join us for a thoughtful and joyful in-person gathering featuring two exceptional nonprofit leaders, JR Mell and Christa Danilowicz of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands, who will answer the following questions and present how they’ve made it through the pandemic and their strategy for future success.
- How we’ve made it through the pandemic
- Lessons learned
- What we’ve done to keep donors engaged, our staff engaged and our volunteers engaged
- What we’ll keep doing moving forward
- What we’ll never do again
- How have our donors responded?
- How have our program participants responded?
- How do we work in the context of a larger regional agency, but manage to keep it relevant and local?
This event was FREE to attend with advance registration for current PPCI members; and $35 per person for guests/non-members. NOTE: If you renew your membership or join during registration of this event, you may register as a PPCI member!
About Our Speakers
JR Mell is the Regional Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands (BBBSCCI). A lifelong Cape Codder, JR began his career in nonprofit leadership at the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod in 2005 after returning from college. Serving as the Assistant Executive Director, he grew programming, daily attendance and staffing to the highest levels in the agency’s history, earning national recognition on a yearly basis. JR also developed the only dedicated drop-in teen program on the Cape still in existence. In 2016, JR joined BBBSCCI to lead the strategic growth initiative that sought to sustainably double the number of youths served with a mentor throughout Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard, while simultaneously doubling revenue streams. Completing this growth initiative in June of 2020, JR held on tight with the rest of the non-profit world as service deliverables became a moving target due to the pandemic. As a two-time Big Brother, and someone who vowed he would never move back to the Cape after college, or buy a house in the same town he grew up in, JR lives in Mashpee. When he is not working, you can find him on his boat, fixing his project car with his Little Brother Josh, fishing, biking, on an adventure with his dog Stella, or any other activity that avoids Cape Cod traffic as much as possible.
Christa Danilowicz is the Senior Philanthropy Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands and Eastern Massachusetts. Christa began her career in nonprofit fundraising with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, NC, where she managed the success and implementation of event operations and overall funds raised for the large scale peer-to-peer fundraising endurance event. Christa first joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters family in 2011 and rejoined in 2019 after five years working in fundraising roles for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance and the American Heart Association of Southern New England. Her experience includes managing and collaborating with fundraising leadership committees, major gifts, annual fund, strategic planning, and special events. She thoroughly enjoys building relationships and is a big believer in the power of a handwritten thank you. Christa is an alumni Big Sister of the organization’s school-based mentoring program, former Co-Chair and committee member of PPCI’s Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, and currently serves on the Fundraising Alumni Committee for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Christa and her husband Brian, live in Sandwich with their four-year old son Teddy and one-year old daughter Lilly. In her free time, you can find Christa having family kitchen dance parties, reading the Little Blue Truck series for the millionth time, running, golfing, and spending as much time as possible at the beach during the summer.
Thank you Sponsors! Brought to you in part by Cape Cod 5, Eastern Bank, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Kelley Foundation, and The Cape Cod Foundation.