The Central and Eastern European Fundraising Conference features leading international and local fundraising and communication experts. Draw on their experiences and gain inspiration for your own fundraising!
CFRE International (USA)
Eva is President and CEO of CFRE International, the globally acknowledged voluntary certification for fundraising professionals. The CFRE credential supports and encourages fundraising professionals to aspire to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical practice in serving the philanthropic sector.
Prior to joining CFRE International, Aldrich was Associate Director of Public Service and The Fund Raising School at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Aldrich has been widely published in fundraising journals and is one of the editors of Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 3rd Edition, from Jossey-Bass.
Nuevo Fundraising (USA)
Nick helps NGOs harness the power of the Internet to raise money, raise their voices, and build relationships. For the last 15 years, he has helped major international and U.S. organizations including Amnesty International, UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, CARE, and PETA to build large online programs.
Nick was founder and CEO of Donordigital, one of the leading U.S. online fundraising agencies, as well as Alma Global based in Barcelona. He is currently director of the new agency Nuevo Fundraising in San Francisco, whose clients include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, WWF U.S., and other leading NGOs.
Nick teaches master classes at the International Fundraising Conference in the Netherlands, as well as at the Festival del Fundraising in Italy and the Spanish Fundraising Conference. Nick also presents at leading U.S. conferences including NTEN and the Bridge Conference.
Nadace VIA (CZ)
Jiří is the Executive Director of Via Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the Czech Republic providing grants, training, coaching and other forms of assistance to civic organizations, initiatives and communities across the Czech Republic. Via is very active internationally and since 2010 it has been managing the C.S.Mott-funded ViabilityNet program – a peer learning and capacity building initiative for civil society leaders in Central and Eastern Europe.
Jiří has been involved in the community foundation field since 1997 and in the past three years has studied and written on the development of community foundation movements in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. Prior to joining the Via Foundation, Jiří was a consultant with the Czech management consultancy company CS-Project Ltd. Jiří received his M.A. in public management from Carnegie Mellon University and is a Ron Brown Fellow. He is a member of the Remarque Forum organized by the Remarque Institute at New York University and a Synergos Fellow.
Slovenská sporiteľňa (SK)
Rastislav is a Head of Retail Product Management at Slovenská sporiteľňa bank, graduated from Bratislava University of Economics. He started his career with consulting company Accenture focusing on distribution channels in the Czech Republic. He held various positions in retail at VUB bank for a number of years in the field of direct banking and client services as well as product management.
WWF International (HU)
Roland works with the WWF International's Global Development Center, a team responsible for the fundraising development throughout the world. He helped kick off fundraising programs in Poland, Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Korea, Thailand.
Roland is an expert in F2F and online/digital fundraising, having spoken at a number of international conferences. Before WWF, he worked for Greenpeace and Outward Bound.
Pavel is a project hunter and co-owner of Hithit.cz crowdfunding portal. He was previously a journalist for MF DNES newspaper and iDNES.cz and co-founder of Radio Wave. Now he works as a freelancer in advertising. He is a co-founder and executive director of nedori | media where he specializes in content marketing and multi-layered marketing communication (with clients including Red Bull, Škoda Auto, Budějovický Budvar, Jägermeister, David Koller, Orion, Vodafone, Bedna Films, Creative Lab, NÉSCAFÉ, International Krav Maga Federation, etc.). He is a fan of Bohemians football team. His other hobbies include mountains, boxing, krav maga, Formula 1, good food, Moravian wine and modern art.
SMART LIFE PRODUCTION (SK)
Diana, writer-director of the award-winning feature The Moon Inside You (2009) is a documentary filmmaker of the Young Slovak Wave. Fabiánová has pioneered a personal, engaging documentary style, using animation, vintage film clips and autobiographical elements as well as classic interviews to achieve a unique tone described by Variety as "absolutely, riotously right." Not long ago she released her new film for teenagers about menstruation called Monthlies and is currently working on a new fascinating feature documentary. After living in Spain and France and travelling the world, Diana is now settled back in her native Slovakia where she is bringing up her two sons.
Lenka likes to make films tackling issues that matter. Her first film as a producer was a short film called The Blind Man (2006), on which she worked with director Martin Fazeli. She received her MBA at the Open University Business School in October 2011. Currently she studies law, her interest in law having been inspired by her interest in human rights and social business. Since 2007 she has co-organized NORDFEST, a Nordic cinema festival. She returned to film-making in the summer of 2010 and now continues her work as an independent producer in tandem with director Diana Fabiánová.
Hnutí Duha (CZ)
Jan has been working on the development of individual fundraising since joining Hnutí DUHA in 2006. Currently, he is the head of the individual fundraising department, with online and direct fundraising as his specialization. He is a member of the Hnutí DUHA Board. Since 2012 he has been Chairman of the Za snadné dárcovství (For Easy Giving) Coalition’s Executive Board. He has been interested in regular and non-anonymous donating for many years.
Since 2006 Jan participated in developing the direct dialog method which, during 2006-2011, brought several thousands of new regular donors to Hnutí DUHA every year. He also participated in the development of the Hnutí DUHA’s donor relationship management and its database solution. Since 2013 the new strategy of interconnecting the online and offline fundraising has been generating over 1,000 new contacts every month, and the numbers keep growing thanks to the development of online fundraising.
See3 Communications (USA)
Michael is the CEO of See3 Communications based in Chicago, USA. He is a leading authority on online video for nonprofits and a long-time consultant to nonprofit leaders on online fundraising, advocacy and community engagement strategies. He started his career as a Washington-based political consultant and nonprofit fundraiser before joining a venture investment firm to develop Internet startups.
Hoffman founded See3 to bring together his belief in the power of the web and his passion and experience with nonprofit fundraising, advocacy, and education. He is a frequent blogger and tweeter on nonprofit marketing and is an internationally sought-after speaker on topics such as online cause marketing, web video, and social media for social change.
Nadácia Pontis (SK)
Pavel joined Pontis Foundation 8 years ago. Together with his team, he works to help develop corporate philanthropy in Slovakia. He was involved with the beginning of corporate volunteering in Slovakia and launching the first year of the Naše Mesto (Our City) project. He assisted in birth of the Corporate Philanthropy Forum, and Dobrá krajina (Good Country) and Srdce pre deti (The Heart for Children) projects.
Currently, he oversees the functioning of 18 corporate funds: Accenture, Dell, Lenovo, Johnson Controls, Honeywell, PwC, Slovenská sporiteľňa, Telekom, Slovenské elektrárne, KIA Motors, ZSE, SSE, Novartis, DM Drogerie Markt, Lidl, Mobis, Lear and Fond pre transparentné Slovensko (Fund for Transparent Slovakia). He is in charge of the CSR and corporate philanthropy awards Via Bona Slovakia. He is also on the Corporate Foundations and Funds Association’s Executive Committee.
České centrum fundraisingu (CZ)
As an international trainer and consultant, Jana has been providing training and consultations in resource mobilization, personnel management, strategic planning, marketing, advocacy, and partnership development in over 20 countries, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe. Recently, she has been using her vast expertise from working in different countries and with a range of organisations in transition for work in the Czech Fundraising Centre in Prague.
The Centre desires to see an authentic, vital and vibrant civil society in the Czech Republic, the Central and Eastern European region and other countries in transition. It helps civil society leaders and communities acquire skills and tools to build trust and long-term independence.
Myers & Associates (CAN)
Tony is a passionate enthusiast, fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others be successful.
His life-time of experiences in raising money and working with organizations in transition have shaped his expertise as fundraiser and change-maker. His skills in strategic planning, board development, major gift fundraising and strategic planning have placed him in demand as a speaker and consultant around the world.
Ultimately, his spirited presentations will get you thinking, change your perspective and give you the confidence to pursue a world of abundance.
Fundacja BOŚ (PL)
Andrzej is President of the BOŚ Foundation - Polish Bank For Environmental Protection Corporate Foundation. He is a marketing and fundraising trainer and consultant. For 14 years he has been involved in various charities including United Way Polska, ITAKA Foundation and BORIS Association. He graduated in history at Warsaw University and has an MSc in charity marketing and fundraising from Cass Business School/City University. He also completed School for NGO Trainers and was awarded scholarships from the British Council – Joseph Conrad PROVIDENT scholarship and from the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2002 he completed an internship at United Way of Greater Cincinnati. He is a member of the Polish Fundraising Association, the Polish NGO Trainers Association and the Cass Alumni Association in Poland.
Centrum pre filantropiu (SK)
Igor has lived in the world of nonprofits for the last 20 years. Most of the time he worked in various Greenpeace offices. At the end of the century he helped expand fundraising activities in Central and Eastern Europe. His latest "green" path led to New Zealand, a country of four million, where in two years he helped double the size of the Face to Face program to more than 20,000 new regular donors annually.
He participated in the largest mass mobilization campaign in the country's history, during which he realized that for a really good campaign, communications and fundraising to bring results, each part of the organization must pull together effectively.
After returning to Slovakia Igor has taken on a role of a fundraising “evangelist”, inspiring other organizations to invest energy into finding individual donors. Igor is the initiator and administrator of the DARUJME (Let’s Give) system which is a non-profit payment gateway for online donations, powered by LudiaLudom.sk servers. Today, the system is used by nearly a hundred of Slovak organizations.
Radcliffe Consulting (UK)
Richard has 35 years experience in fundraising, the last 25 specialising in legacies.
He has held focus groups for over 600 charities in over 25 countries and met around 20,000 supporters to ask their views on Will making and legacy giving. Richard runs inspirational training sessions on “How to make the legacy ask”. He has been Chair of both the International Fundraising Congress and the Institute of Fundraising (UK) Convention. And he has researched extensively on donor happiness!
He currently runs his own consultancy specialising in developing legacy income.
Beate worked for the Norwegian Cancer Society, where she did digital fundraising and communication, social media and e-commerce. She's been a digital fundraiser for five years, and is a renown expert in the field. She is a well-known international speaker. Beate has a skill set that is quite unique in today’s market, and helps raise more money online to reach more people – and do more good.
Beate loves everything web and digital, and loves to keep learning and testing to improve online fundraising and sharing what she learns.
Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave (SK)
Peter is a Vice Dean for undergraduate study at the Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a founder and head of the editorial board of a scientific magazine Marketing Science and Inspirations, author or co-author of two monographs and more than sixty articles and papers.
Aspen Institute Prague (CZ)
Maria has been active in the non-profit sector since 2006, having held a number of managing and executive positions. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Maria worked as the Director at the Association for International Affairs, a Czech think tank working in the field of international relations, transformation policy and democracy support. In her positions, she has been responsible for strategic planning and development, advocacy and policy activities, as well as overall organization management and fundraising. Working on the Crowdfunding Visegrad project, Maria, together with her colleague Milan and three other organizations, tries to explore how crowdfunding can be used to fund non-profit projects.
Out of her 11 years in marketing, Zuzana has been with non-profit organizations for almost six. She worked as an account, brand marketing and product manager in several international companies. Her cooperation with nonprofits dates back to her working as an account manager in a full-service direct marketing agency. The non-profit world captivated her even more during her maternity leave. She worked with the Divé maky non-governmental organization for which she improved its website and incorporated online giving tools in it. For dakujeme.sk she worked on projects such as Darujte Vianoce 2012 (Donate Christmas 2012), 10x10 tisíc (Ten Times Ten Thousand) from VUB Bank Foundation and Veľké knižné venovanie (The Great Book Donation).
A year ago she started working as a fundraiser and PR manager with SAVIO, a Salesian non-governmental organization. She is the manager for Adopt a Child in Kenya and Adopt a Classroom in South Sudan projects. She organized Spojme sa pre Južný Sudán teraz (terazvsudane.sk) (Let’s Unite for South Sudan Now) and Tehlička (tehlicka.sk) (The Brick) public fund-raising campaigns in which she specialized in individual online donations.
Jan is a multimedia artist focused on architecture, site-specific installations, graphic design and audiovisual projects. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University, the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design Prague and the School of Visual Arts, New York. His works have been exhibited in the Czech Republic, Romania and USA. Jan is a member of the Družina creative studio which produces public benefit campaigns. It is a joint project of Jan Látal, Jan Žaloudek and Michaela Klakurková in the fields of filmmaking, graphic design and photography. These artists want their work to promote only the values in which they believe. Jan currently lives in New York and Prague.
Aspen Institute Prague (CZ)
Milan works as the Program Manager at the Aspen Institute Prague where he is responsible for program planning, external relations and communication with media. Together with his colleagues within the Institute he aims to promote interdisciplinary cooperation in Central Europe and support young leaders in the region. In 2014, together with three other organizations, Milan and Maria Staszkiewicz have been implementing the Crowdfunding Visegrad project, assessing the state of play in crowdfunding throughout Visegrad countries. Before joining Aspen, Milan worked as a public affairs consultant at the international agency Grayling, specializing on energy and IT sectors.