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Mal has worked for three decades as a professional fundraising consultant to nonprofit organizations and progressive political candidates with a commitment to positive social and environmental action, and is regarded as one of the world's leading authors and public speakers on direct response marketing and fundraising for nonprofits. His volunteer work has focused on teaching fundraising and communications to help build civil society in emerging economies.
In 2010, he helped to found the One World Futbol Project, and divides his time among his book review blog (www.malwarwickonbooks.com), impact investing, and volunteer work for GreatNonprofits, the One World Futbol Foundation, and Social Venture Network.
Bob is a media innovator known as "the father of MTV", and is currently CEO of Clear Channel Communications and founding member of Pilot Group, LLC, a New York private investment firm. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises. His extensive background as a radio and TV programmer, marketer, investor and media entrepreneur began with his first job as a radio announcer at age 15.
As a philanthropist, he is former Chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Alliance for Lupus Research, the New York City Ballet, The New York Public Theater, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and NYU Hospitals Center. His many honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial’s 2000 “Ripple of Hope Award” for his commitment to civic and community affairs and his contributions to the advancement of education. He was recognized in Life's "Five Original Thinkers of the '80s," Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV" and "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture."
John is a pioneering expert in nonprofit fundraising and donor communications. With a doctorate in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University, he continues to help nonprofits understand and inspire their donors. He created the venture capital company, Social Sector Ventures LLC, to help fund enterprises that focus on helping nonprofit organizations increase their "Relationship Capital" through advanced relationship management, social networking, analytics and cloud computing.
He has helped to found Walvoord Killion McCabe (now KMA/Pursuant), Walvoord Data Systems, Inc. (now Shelby Systems), STRATMARK, Ltd., 2Dialog, Response World, Ltd., 2Listen, and Relationship Analytics. Under his leadership and creative direction, STRATMARK has helped raise almost two billion dollars for nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Seth has litigated in state and federal jurisdictions on issues relevant to the philanthropic community for more than 25 years, and has been invited by Congress and state governments to advise on legal and regulatory issues relevant to philanthropy. He is the author of a two-volume treatise on Fundraising Regulation and has written several articles for publications including The Nonprofit Times andThe Chronicle of Philanthropy, and authored the fundraising chapter of The Nonprofit Handbook.
He advises a broad range of nonprofit boards and serves as General or Special Counsel for nonprofit industry trade associations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association. In 2009 he was awarded the Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award by the American Bar Association.
Cliff has been advising philanthropic organizations for over 20 years, and as an attorney his clients include large public nonprofit organizations, private foundations, and Fortune 500 companies (in their philanthropic endeavors). He served on the Subcommittee on Disaster Relief Coordination for victims of the September 11th World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, and serves on the boards of the American Chai Trust, Gabriel’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, and Our Time Theatre Company.
He is also a board member for two European cancer research organizations: Aidez la Recherche (France) and the VFK Krebsforschung gGmbH (Germany). Cliff is a frequent lecturer on issues such as fundraising regulation, electioneering for nonprofits, creating a tax-exempt entity, and cause-related marketing.
Allen's legal practice focuses on social enterprise corporate philanthropy, and he has 30 years experience representing nonprofit organizations. He is the author of Getting Organized and Advising Nonprofits, two widely-used books on nonprofit formation and operation, and is legal advisor to The NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Fourth Sector Network, and an advisor to Corporate Counsel magazine. He also served as Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, a public interest law firm for nonprofit and community development organizations.
Jim Gilliam is a geeky activist building internet tools to shake up a broken political system. Jim worked with award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald to establish the Brave New Films progressive grassroots distribution model reaching millions of viewers around the world with films like The War on Iraq, Outfoxed and Wal-mart. His innovations lead them online to break new records on YouTube. He now runs Act.ly, a ground breaking Twitter-based petition tool.
Colin Delany is founder and editor of Epolitics.com, a website that focuses on the tools and tactics of Internet politics and online advocacy. Launched in July of 2006, Epolitics.com received the Golden Dot Award as "Best Blog - National Politics" at the 2007 Politics Online Conference. Delany started in politics in the early '90s in the Texas Capitol and moved into the online political world in 1995. In 1999, during the first Internet boom, he helped to start a targeted search engine for politics and policy, which lasted about as long as such ideas usually do. Since then, Delany has worked as a consultant to help dozens of political advocacy campaigns promote themselves in the digital world, and from 2003-2007 was the Online Communications Manager at the National Environmental Trust.
Amy Sample Ward
Amy is a nonprofit technology consultant and the Global Community Development Manager for NetSquared, an organization that mines, profiles and accelerates Web and mobile‐based social innovation projects from around the globe. Amy is dedicated to supporting and educating nonprofits and the progressive social change sector about evolving technologies that cultivate and engage communities. She has worked in social media with the nonprofit sector for over seven years and has a background in New Media Journalism. Her work focuses on tools that ignite and empower communities, collaboration, and social impact. Amy has spoken at conferences, workshops, and training days in the US and the UK and hosts an authoritative blog on nonprofit technology.
Kathy is the Founder of the Creative Visions Foundation whose mission is to support creative activists: people who use media, the arts and technology to create awareness of critical issues and catalyze positive change in local and global communities. CVF has supported many worthy social documentaries including Oscar winner Born into Brothels and critically acclaimed films: Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade, Invisible Children and Genghis Blues. She was the Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated documentary Dying to Tell the Story and the PBS series Global Tribe. She is very well known and much loved in the social media and nonprofit community.
David is the Chief Executive at Pi Capital, a unique investor peer network whose members are some of the UK’s most successful and influential business leaders. Members are typically entrepreneurs, CEOs, chairmen and non-executive directors of medium to large private and public companies or full time private investors. Together, they sit on over 600 boards and their combined expertise covers almost all major industries and service sectors in the UK.
Jeremy Goldberg is the President and Founder of Generate Insights, a consulting firm advising nonprofits on strategic planning, development, communications, online strategy, and operations. His clients have included leading international conflict resolution organizations and international media organizations working in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Jeremy played an active role in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign from its inception, serving on the Tri-State Finance Committee as well as National Co-Chairman, Generation Obama, the campaign’s official initiative targeting young professionals (ages 25-40), as well as the Chairman of the Generation Obama chapter in New York City.
Joe Robinson has recently taken the helm of aSmallWorld, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a seasoned management team, after successfully leading and growing several online media companies from inception to sale. In fact, Joe has been involved in the world of digital media content, social networks, media technology and luxury brands for more than ten years. Prior to joining aSmallWorld, Joe founded Signalray Media, an online media sales and consulting group, of which he is currently a board member. Joe was an investor and senior executive of Scout Inc, which, along with Myspace.com, was acquired by the Fox Network as part of its push into online social networking.
Jamie has an extensive background as a social entrepreneur and public servant. Jamie is a Venture Partner at City Light Capital a venture capital firm seeking market-based solutions to major social problems through investments in early-stage businesses that create solutions in Safety and Security, Education and Media, and Energy and the Environment. Prior to joining City Light, Jamie founded and managed Platform Equity LLC, an investment and advisory firm focused on the digital media sector. Jamie has over ten years of experience in the public sector and has helped found a number of successful nonprofit and political organizations. Jamie keenly understands the nexus between the new media technologies and their implication for politics. He was most recently a founding employee of Current, the new TV channel launched by Vice-President Gore and has worked throughout the political and media arena at the Federal Communications Commission, The Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Leadership Council and the 1992 Clinton Campaign.
Chris Young is CEO of Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG), a new online video company that concepts, produces and syndicates branded webisodic content. In 1999, Young co-founded Klipmart and built it into the nation’s largest provider of online video advertising and management solutions. Under Young’s leadership, Klipmart was acquired by DoubleClick in June 2006 where he held the role of Executive Vice President of Rich Media and worked to accelerate innovation in digital video and emerging advertising formats.
Tristan launched the Spark as CTO of Call2Action from 2009 to 2011. Before then, he co-founded Klipmart Corp. in 1999, where he held the position of Chief Technology Officer and Chief Innovation Officer. While there, he successfully filed two patents relating to online video. Klipmart was able to weather the 2000 dotcom crash and emerge as a strong rich media company. In 2006 the company was purchased by Doubleclick Inc., where Tristan held the position of VP of Innovation.
Suzanne Zurn is a strategic communications executive and go-to gal for digital public affairs campaigns. Known for being the "Jill of all trades," Zurn uses her 20 years of experience across many sectors to provide strategic counsel and campaign management to corporate, association and non-profit clients at Adfero Group in Washington, DC. Zurn's efforts to advance her clients' persuasion agendas have earned her many accolades including a PRSA Silver Anvil for best nonprofit public affairs campaign and honorable mention for public affairs professional of the year from PRNews. Zurn previously served on the Board of Directors of Women in Government Relations and is an active member of the Public Affairs Council and other professional groups.