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Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson

Register Today for Our Meet the Funders Panel Discussion - Oct. 16, 2019

September 02, 2019 10:59 AM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

Association of Development Officers and Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson Present “Meet the Funders Panel Discussion.”

  • WHAT: A free event featuring a panel of grant makers who will provide information that will increase the likelihood of your grants being funded. Includes funder panel, networking and breakfast.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 8:30 - 10:30AM
  • WHERE: 360 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, NY. 1st Floor Auditorium. Parking available across the street in the municipal garage

We have assembled a group of esteemed grant makers from the region who will voice their opinions about philanthropy, grant making, relationship building, evaluations, and more.

Topics to include:

  • How grant making has changed in recent years
  • What funders look for in an organization and project
  • What makes one proposal more fundable than another
  • Advice on overcoming “grant writing” obstacles
  • Tips that help sell your story
  • The best way to build a relationship with a funder
  • What things you should never do

Panelists include:

Panel Moderator:

Alison Paul: Program Chair, Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson; Principal, Alison Paul Grantwriting and Consulting

Register here.

About Our Panelists

Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau

Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden is the Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau, the youth division under County Executive Latimer’s Office. The Westchester County Youth Bureau oversees 140+ programs and services to benefit children, youth and families throughout the County. In her first year of appointment, she secured a federal grant- the first for the department.

Prior to this, Dr. Harris-Madden served as the Executive Director of the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau. During her tenure, she assisted the city in securing close to 30 million in grant monies aimed to provide support to various programs, which expanded after-school, crime-prevention, workforce development, occupational skill academies and other social and emotional programs aimed to advance the City’s youth.

Dr. Harris-Madden has served as a federal and local grant reviewer, and an Evaluator for a state funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. As the current President of the Hudson Valley Association of Youth Bureaus, she assists Youth Bureaus from Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties, creating a larger presence for and understanding of how the Bureaus can help residents.

Patti Lavan Horvath, Program Manager, Field Hall Foundation

Ms. Horvath is the Program Officer for Field Hall Foundation, whose mission is to improve the health and lives of older adults and their caregivers.  Prior, she was the Director of Corporate Compliance and Community Outreach for Fieldhome, a healthcare organization, and also worked in educational publishing.  She is a board member of the Northern Westchester Geriatric Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Yorktown.   

Kathryn Luria, SVP, Community Affairs, Director of Philanthropy, Webster Bank 

Kathy Luria serves as Senior Vice President of Community Affairs and Director of Philanthropy at the corporate headquarters of Webster Bank in Waterbury, CT. Previously, Kathy served the State of Connecticut as the Director of Continuing Education and Community Services, and then Director of Marketing at Naugatuck Valley Community College. With almost 20 years of employment with the College, and now over 12 years serving as Webster’s ambassador to the community, Luria remains a strong advocate and resource throughout the state and the region.  Kathy currently serves as a Director and Assistant Vice President of the Harold Webster Smith Foundation. She is board chair of the CT Council for Philanthropy; sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, CT Working Cities Challenge Advisory Council; serves United Way of Greater Waterbury as a voting member; and is a United Way of Central and NE CT Women United Member.

Deena Schaffer: Program Officer, The Taft Foundation

Deena Schaffer is a Program Officer at The Taft Foundation, a $200M private foundation with a mission to improve the quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as children with serious medical conditions in the New York metropolitan area and South Florida. The Foundation’s portfolio includes 60+ grantees totaling $10M+ in active grants each year.  Prior to joining The Taft Foundation, Deena worked in institutional advancement for PENCIL and The Posse Foundation, two youth development nonprofits working to improve access to college and career opportunities. She earned her MPA in Nonprofit Management and Finance from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, as well as her BA in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Brandeis University.

Marcy Syms: Sy Syms Foundation

Marcy Syms is founding trustee and President of the Sy Syms Foundation, and since 2012, President of TPD Group LLC., a multi-generational succession planning company. She is the former Chair and CEO of SYMS, one of the first companies to offer designer and brand-name clothing at “off-price” rather than “regular price.” In 1983, when taking SYMS public, Marcy became the youngest female president of a New York Stock Exchange company. In 2009, SYMS acquired Filene's Basement and operated 50 stores under both names.

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