We gathered a group of talented women from around the country to share their wisdom in the areas of philanthropy and fund development. These presentations are valuable for women and men alike.

Ame Eldredge, Senior Consultant
The FOCUS Group

Keynote Address - The Power of Women as Philanthropists
Kim Till, Vice President for Advancement
Dallas Theological Seminary
The Power of Female Donors, Taking a Deeper Look
Askala Harris Calhoun, Consultant
Evangeline Pattison, Consultant
The FOCUS Group

Planned Giving
Michelle Adams, Attorney, Speaker and Legacy Consultant
Three Ways to Support Female Leaders
Alexis Phillips, Executive Director

Our keynote, “The Power of Women as Philanthropists” was given by Kim Till, Vice President for Advancement at Dallas Theological Seminary. With over 35 years of development experience, Kim has served at DTS since 1996 and supervises the work of the Dallas Seminary
Foundation. She began as a public relations director at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, and has served as a development director for a secondary school and a social service agency, as well as an assistant vice president for development with the Baylor Health Care System Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Kim was also a consultant with Cargill Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, directing capital campaigns and providing general fundraising counsel nationally.

Kim is a native of Florida and graduated from Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been certified as a fund‐raising professional (CFRE) since 1987 with the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), She is a speaker and seminar leader for AFP and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Kim and her husband, Ray, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Ame Eldredge, Senior Consultant and Partner at The FOCUS Group, is our host for the day. Ame first discovered a talent for training and development during her fifteen year career with Young
Life, serving in several roles including Area Director, Regional Trainer and assisting in National Staff Training events. As a Regional Trainer, she helped field staff in Florida become proficient in fundraising, building support teams, financial management and donor relations. In addition to Young Life she has significant and varied experience in the nonprofit sector. Having served on staff with several organizations serving such populations as youth in crisis, the homeless and the  uninsured, she brings an intimate knowledge of management and advancement matters in this arena. She currently serves on the board of Global Teams International.

Ame graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and has done graduate work through Fuller Seminary. Ame and her husband, Mark reside in Jacksonville, Florida.


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