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Panel Discussion: Resources to Advance Your Career

Grant Professionals Association - Chicago Chapter

December 17, 2020, 11:45am-1pm CT

Speakers: Amy Chmura, Kristin Raack, Aaron Rodgers, and Julie Boll

Registration: GPA website


11:45-noon Networking

Noon - 12:10 Announcements

12:10-1:00 Program: “Panel Discussion: Resources to Advance Your Career

Are you new to fundraising and the world of grants? Are you a seasoned pro who loves to continue learning? With philanthropy changing so quickly, how does one stay on top of current trends and best practices? Chicago Area Grant Professionals Association Program Co-Chair, Amy Chmura, will moderate a discussion with development professionals from various industries and with varying levels of experience. In this virtual meeting, you will not only benefit from these panelists’ career experience, but they will share the books, blogs, podcasts and resources that are their sources for the latest information. Leave the meeting with a full toolkit of resources to help advance your career, build your knowledge and spur your professional development.

Moderator: Amy Chmura, PMP, CFRE, is Project Manager for JULIE, Inc., Illinois’ One-Call System. Prior to joining JULIE, Amy was the Co-Executive Director of the Beverly Arts Center where she oversaw development, marketing, member services, community relations and strategic planning. With 20 years of experience in not-for-profit agencies, she has held roles from grant manager to events coordinator to development director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Murray State University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communications and Training from Governors State University.


Kristin Raack is the Founder at AltruNext. As a fund development leader, Kristin has accumulated a diverse portfolio of expertise over the last 20 years including annual funds, capital campaigns, major gifts, corporate/foundation relations, strategic planning, and organizational assessments. She leads fund development initiatives for nonprofits in social service, education, healthcare, and the arts. Clients range from volunteer-driven initiatives to multi-million dollar institutions. Her achievements in securing donations have helped nonprofits obtain over $20M to support their missions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in History, with an emphasis on African-American history, print culture, and social movements. Kristin has served on the Board of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and currently serves on the Board of the Chicago Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).

Aaron Rodgers is Director of Development at the Hyde Park Art Center. Prior to joining the Art Center in 2014, Aaron worked in Special Events at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. He has been involved in Chicago art and culture for 20 years and has programmed and presented more than 500 events. In 2008, Aaron founded Homeroom, an organization dedicated to presenting and commissioning arts programming around Chicago with a focus on conversation and collaboration across genre and media. Aaron served as Executive Director at Homeroom until 2017, when he stepped aside for a new Executive Director to concentrate on programming. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of Elastic Arts, a Logan Square venue dedicated to presenting jazz, hiphop, visual art, dance, and other media, and co-chairs the Board’s Development Committee. Aaron serves on the several committees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, including the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee; the Continuous Learning Council; and White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity, which he co-founded. He received a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2002 where he concentrated on philosophy and aesthetics

Julie Boll, M.Ed., GPC, is the founder of Julie Boll Consulting, which provides strategic planning, leadership training, and grant writing for nonprofits. Since establishing her consulting firm in 2018, Boll has helped her clients develop bold and actionable strategic plans and secure more than $4.4 million in foundation and state grants. Julie has more than 18 years experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in marketing, public relations and grant development roles. Julie is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, trained by thought-leader Dr. Brené Brown in March 2019. As a courage catalyst in the Dare to Lead program, Julie is committed to supporting courageous leadership in the nonprofit sector. Julie is a certified McNellis Compression Planning® facilitator. She received the Grants Professional Certified (GPC) credential in 2015 and became a GPA Approved trainer in 2018. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and a Masters Degree in Education, both from Quincy University.


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