Fundraising A.I. Forum

Tuesday, May 18 2021 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM [ADT]

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Tuesday, May 18 2021 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM [ADT]

The nonprofit sector is in an era of transition.

As donors become more informed and increasingly sophisticated, they are demanding more from nonprofits. How will you prepare for this future?


Join experts to learn how nonprofits fundraising will change over the next decade and what we can do now to ensure our organizations thrive. This event brings together researchers, nonprofits and the public sector to showcase how A.I. can benefit the nonprofit sector that is historically underserved.

Fundmetric & Acadia University

Tyrell Warren-Burnett
Senior Director of Annual Giving
Oregon State University

About Tyrell Warren-Burnett

Senior Director of Annual Giving
Oregon State University
Ajith Raghavan
MSc. Graduate
Acadia University

Ajith Raghavan is currently pursuing his Masters and Thesis at Acadia University, while also interning as a data scientist at Fundmetric.

About Ajith Raghavan

MSc. Graduate
Acadia University
Colin Conrad
Assistant Professor
Dalhousie University

Colin is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research is on edTech, data science, and the ways our brains work with information technology. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University's School of Information Management.

About Colin Conrad

Assistant Professor
Dalhousie University
Patricia Herzog
Professor
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Dr. Patricia Herzog is a social scientist who is Melvin Simon Chair and Associate Professor in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Her interests include data for good, the social impact of data, data-informed decision-making, and her talk will focus on philanthropic funding for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science technology.

About Patricia Herzog

Professor
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Dr. Danny Silver
Professor
Acadia University

Dr. Silver is a Professor and the former Director of the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University. He is currently the Director of the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics. His research focuses on machine learning and its application in data analytics, data mining, user modeling, and intelligent and adaptive systems. Dr. Silver teaches related courses as well as courses on software engineering, web-centric programming and the impact of computing on our environment and society. Dr. Silver was the President of the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC) from 2009-2011 and is now a member of the ChaLearn Board of Directors. In 2005, he founded the Acadia University Robot Programming Competitions and have been the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Partner for Nova Scotia since 2006. In 2011 Dr. Silver accepted Science Champion Award from the Nova Scotia Discovery Center on behalf of all the wonderful people at Acadia and the NSCC that he has had the pleasure to work with on youth robotics and the advancement of STEM education. In December, 2014, he became an Honorary Colonel in the RCAF attached to the 14 Wing Software Engineering Squadron, in Greenwood, NS. Since January, 1993, he has operated a consulting business, CogNova Technologies, that offers services in the areas of machine learning, knowledge discovery and data mining.

About Dr. Danny Silver

Professor
Acadia University
Emily Jones
Associate Director of Integrated Marketing Strategy
Oregon State University

About Emily Jones

Associate Director of Integrated Marketing Strategy
Oregon State University
Micah Berman
Manager of Product & AI at Google.org
Google

Micah Berman leads AI, product, and technical grantmaking at Google.org. His work seeks to build a better world by empowering nonprofits with advanced technology and product design in the service of their beneficiaries. Since joining Google in 2013, he has fought web search abuse as an engineering analyst and led Google.org’s global Impact Challenge open call program. Micah’s first-ever job was building his elementary school’s website. He graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Psychology, lives in Oakland, CA, and is an avid outdoorsman, spontaneous traveler, and student pilot.

About Micah Berman

Manager of Product & AI at Google.org
Google
Rachel Crosbie
VP Operations & Strategy
Fundmetric

About Rachel Crosbie

VP Operations & Strategy
Fundmetric
The Hon. Colin Deacon
Independent Senator
Senate of Canada

Colin Deacon is an Independent Senator at the Senate of Canada. As part of the senate he has focused on knowledge mobilization and data-driven decision-making to strengthen Canada’s ability to compete in our digital world. His career has focused on enabling collaboration between research and business. He has also contributed to the charitable sector, where he has been an active member on the board of several organizations, including those dedicated to children’s health and well-being, mentorship, and celebrating social innovators.

About The Hon. Colin Deacon

Independent Senator
Senate of Canada
David Janes
Senior Advisor to the President & Managing Director
Okinawa Institute for Science & Technology

David Janes is a highly respected strategic leader with over 25 years of experience in US-Japan relations, philanthropy and international education at major universities. He is a recipient of numerous awards, a frequent presenter, prolific writer of articles and book chapters, and contributor to major publications. Janes has developed a culture of philanthropy and fundraising, overseeing over $27M in grants. Additionally, he has spearheaded first-of-its kind initiatives that have served as a catalyst for improving educational opportunities and fostering a greater understanding of cultures.

About David Janes

Senior Advisor to the President & Managing Director
Okinawa Institute for Science & Technology
Mark Koenig
Chief Innovation Officer
Oregon State University

With over twenty years of experience in higher education advancement, Mark Koenig has extensive experience in the development and utilization of fundraising best practices. This includes employing analytics to increase fundraising efficiency and effectiveness, and developing and measuring the return on investment for engagement. Most recently, Mark has been leading the Oregon State University Foundation's efforts to digitally transform the organization (and industry) by driving innovation and change, ultimately leveraging our technologies, talent, and strategies to create a sustainable and scaleable best-in-class approach. In 2018, he led the OSU Foundation’s successful adoption of a new customer relationship management system, Ellucian CRM Advance, after taking part in extensive alpha and beta testing with colleagues nationwide.

About Mark Koenig

Chief Innovation Officer
Oregon State University
The Hon. Ratna Omidvar
Senator for Ontario
Senate of Canada

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity, and inclusion. In 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ms. Omidvar to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager. Senator Omidvar is also the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Senator Omidvar serves as a Director at the Samara Centre for Democracy, a Director at the Century Initiative, a Councillor on the World Refugee & Migration Council, and is the Chair Emerita of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. She was formerly the Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Migration hosted by the World Economic Forum and the Chair of Lifeline Syria.

About The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

Senator for Ontario
Senate of Canada
Dr. Amir Pasic
Dean
IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Dr. Amir Pasic’s work at the Lily Family School of Philanthropy has helped it establish a world-class standing for scholarship, research, and teaching on philanthropy.

About Dr. Amir Pasic

Dean
IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Barney Pell
A.I. Expert, Entrepreneur, Investor
LocoMobi

Barney Pell is an expert in Artificial Intelligence. Founder and CEO of Powerset, a natural language search startup. He architected Bing's Local/Mobile Search team, and co-founded Bing's Knowledge Graph and Cortana, Microsoft's conversational assistant. Founding investor and then Chairman of the Science Advisory Board for Figure Eight, a leader in human-in-the-loop machine learning, and an early advisor to LinkedIn. Barney is a lecturer in the Harnessing Big Data: Analysis to Action (HAIBD) course, co-organized by Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute (HAI).

About Barney Pell

A.I. Expert, Entrepreneur, Investor
LocoMobi
Tanya Rumble
Inclusive Fundraising Professional | Public Sector Leader
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto

CFRE is a fundraising leader who has raised millions for some of Canada's largest charities including Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, McMaster University and now Ryerson University. Tanya is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion; and power and privilege and how these intersect with philanthropy. She is deeply engaged in transforming the philanthropic sector as a leadership volunteer in the sector,intrepreneur in the organizations where she works and governs, as a writer and speaker in the fundraising sector, and as a mentor. Tanya holds an Honours Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from McMaster, earned a Masters Certificate at NYU, is a Masters of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) candidate, and also holds numerous certifications and specialized training. Tanya is naturally inquisitive and a lifelong learner both informally and formally: she is a graduate of the 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship. Tanya is a new mom, a voracious consumer of podcasts, a dedicated urbanist taking advantage of leading Jane's Walks' to learn more about her community, and a baking enthusiast. Pre-COVID she also enjoyed international travel. Tanya gratefully acknowledges the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, whose traditional territory she lives and works with her husband and young son.

About Tanya Rumble

Inclusive Fundraising Professional | Public Sector Leader
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto
Mariya Yurukova
Fundraising professional | Talent recruiter | Creating impact
Charity Search Group

Mariya Yurukova is a fundraising professional and talent recruiter. Her goal is to create impact by assisting philanthropically minded individuals. She currently resides as the President & CEO of Charity Search Group and Founder & CEO of Leapfrog Fundraising. Within these positions, Yurukova helps non-profit organizations find the best fit for their fundraising to maximize fundraising results.

About Mariya Yurukova

Fundraising professional | Talent recruiter | Creating impact
Charity Search Group
Dr. Russell James
Professor of Charitable Financial Planning
Texas Tech University

Russell James is a Professor of Charitable Financial Planning at Texas Tech University, conducting extensive research in charitable giving and fundraising. He has spent more than a quarter century as a planned giving fundraiser, an estate planning attorney in private practice, and a major gifts fundraiser/college president. His publications have appeared in more than forty different academic journals including Cognitive Neuroscience, Environment & Behavior, and the American Journal of Economics & Sociology.

About Dr. Russell James

Professor of Charitable Financial Planning
Texas Tech University
Aishwarya Vaishali
MSc Computer Science
Acadia University

Aishwarya is currently pursuing Masters in Deep Neural Networks, Machine Learning and the Architectures for AI Systems at Acadia University.

About Aishwarya Vaishali

MSc Computer Science
Acadia University
Dr. Greg Lee
Assistant Professor
Acadia University

Dr. Greg Lee is the Lead Data Scientist at Fundmetric and an Assistant Professor at Acadia University. He is also the creator of the Sports Commentary Recommendation System (SCoReS) - aiscores.tumblr.com. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Alberta in 2012.

About Dr. Greg Lee

Assistant Professor
Acadia University
Judy Zhu
Interim Director, Leadership Giving & Asian Giving
Canadian Cancer Society

Judy Zhu, MBA, CFRE is the Interim Director, Leadership Giving & Asian Giving at the Canadian Cancer Society.

About Judy Zhu

Interim Director, Leadership Giving & Asian Giving
Canadian Cancer Society
Mark Hobbs
Chief Executive Officer
Fundmetric

About Mark Hobbs

Chief Executive Officer
Fundmetric

09:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM
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  • Aishwarya Vaishali

    MSc Computer Science

09:10 AM

Ethics in A.I. and Digital Transformation for Nonprofits

09:10 AM - 10:00 AM
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  • The Hon. Colin Deacon

    Independent Senator

10:00 AM

Impacting Major & Bequest Giving

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
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  • Dr. Russell James

    Professor of Charitable Financial Planning

11:00 AM

How A.I. can Strengthen Donor Relationships

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Rachel Crosbie

    VP Operations & Strategy

11:45 AM

Research Paper Presentations

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • Ajith Raghavan

    MSc. Graduate

12:30 PM

Perspective: Engaging Asian Giving

12:30 PM - 01:15 PM
  • Judy Zhu

    Interim Director, Leadership Giving & Asian Giving

01:15 PM

Learnings and Lessons from the Lead Impact Challenge on A.I. from Google.org

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Micah Berman

    Manager of Product & AI at Google.org

02:00 PM

A Fireside Chat with Barney Pell on Opportunities for Nonprofits in A.I.

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
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  • Barney Pell

    A.I. Expert, Entrepreneur, Investor

03:00 PM

The Need for Diversity in AI and the Nonprofit Sector

03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
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  • Tyrell Warren-Burnett

    Senior Director of Annual Giving

03:45 PM

Ask the Experts: Q and A with Industry Leaders

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM
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  • Dr. Danny Silver

    Professor

04:45 PM

Closing Remarks & Goodbyes

04:45 PM - 05:00 PM
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  • Dr. Greg Lee

    Assistant Professor

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