Education Forum: Fireside Chat with the experts

Fireside Chat with the Experts – open and honest answers about funding: planning, asking, receiving, and making/keeping funder relationships

If you’ve ever had a fundraising-related question, but no one to ask, this is your chance to get some honest answers from the experts. Who should pay for lunch? Is it OK to admit you Googled a prospective funder? No question is too awkward for our panelists to tackle and our panelists have experience as funders, people who advise funders, nonprofit executives and fundraising strategists/coaches. This is your chance to hear instructive stories about fundraising successes and failures from a funder’s point of view. You will come away from this session with both answers to your questions and some specific plans of action to bring back to your development team.

Presented by
Kate Neubauer
Christine Kendall

Kate Neubauer
Kate Neubauer


Kate Neubauer is the Principle of Intertidal Ventures, a consulting and management firm, working collaboratively with clients to design innovative strategies that increase organizational capacity and leverage philanthropy for impact.  With over 15 years of professional experience in fundraising and non-profit management, Kate has served as the Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center and as a Program Manager for the Schmidt Family Foundation.  She currently resides in Newport, RI and serves on several Board of Directors including Rozalia Project.

Christine Kendall
Christine Kendall


Christine Kendall is the Founding Partner of SmarterGive where she provides strategic advice on high-impact philanthropy to individuals, families and businesses.  At SmarterGive, she helps donors to be more effective grantmakers and ultimately to drive greater impact on the lives of others. Prior to SmarterGive, Christine spent much of her career in strategy consulting, at both LEK and FSG. While at FSG, a consulting firm focused exclusively on the social sector, she gained a deep knowledge and understanding social impact. She has not only worked with funders but has experience working with many non-profits, large collaboratives, and government organizations. She has extensive global development experience having worked on projects across the world. Prior to entering consulting, she worked for Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and several research think-tanks in Boston and Washington DC. She has also taught public health at an elementary school in Achaise, Ghana.  Christine has a master’s in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. with honors in economics and history from Colby College. She lives with her family in Weston and, in her free time, she enjoys distance running, yoga, and travelling with her family.



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