The Buck Starts Here



Heritage Ohio, with the generous support of the Jeffris Foundation, will host a fundraising workshop in Columbus February 25-26.

The Buck Starts Here will be a two-day interactive workshop with experts in the field focusing on the following topics designed to move your projects forward in 2013.

Board Development Speaker: Janus Small has built the consulting firm of Janus Small Associates on her deep and solid experience as a leader of nonprofit community organizations with Northeast Ohio clients such as the Chagrin foundation for Arts and Culture, Cleveland Film Society, Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Valley, National Park Association, Cleveland Foundation, Jewish Community Center, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, Greater Cleveland Partnership, City of Bedford, Ohio Community Development Finance fund and Dean Brook Watershed Partnership.  Janus shares her knowledge and abilities not only with her clients, but also with the next generation or administrators by teaching in the nonprofit management program at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. She previously taught for 10 years at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Case Statements Speaker: Lori Hunter Overmeyer, CFRE, has more than 25 years of professional fund-raising experience with a focus on the arts, and social and human service organizations. As a development director, Lori acquired an expertise in implementing annual and capital fund-raising plans, strategic analysis, major donor solicitation, and establishing development procedures to maximize effective operations and communications. A consultant with Goettler Associates, Inc. since 2005, she has lent her knowledge of marketing research, proposal writing, personal donor cultivation, recognition strategies and volunteer leadership to some of the Columbus, Ohio’s most successful capital campaigns, many of which exceeded their original fund-raising goal by millions of dollars.

Annual Campaign Speaker: Ken Frisch, ACFRE, is the Director of Development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, and received the Community Counseling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional presented by AFP in 2009. Frisch is one of just 84 fundraisers in the world to have earned the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential, and served on the committee that recently revised the ACFRE written exam.   He is also just one of 125 fundraisers in the world to be certified as a Master Teacher through AFP’s Faculty Training Academy.  Hospice of Northwest Ohio hired Frisch in 2003 1o raise the final S6.4 million of a $9 million capital campaign. Upon doing so successfully, he was hired to create the organization’s first comprehensive fundraising plan, including the introduction of employee giving programs and a planned giving initiative, as well as increasing board member involvement in development activities. He now raises S2 million annually to support hospice patient and family care, education and community outreach.

Stewardship Speaker: J. Kay Coughlin joined the Office of University Advancement at Capital University as a Major Gift Officer in November, 2011. Prior to that, she led the Office of Stewardship at Oberlin College, where she was responsible for overseeing all major fund and gift agreements, reporting to donors annually on 400 funds, gift acknowledgements, and divisional paper records. Kay’s background in donor relations and non-profit management is reflected in her approach to development in a university setting, focusing on making the most of limited resources.


We are pleased to be partnering with the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Local History Alliance, and Goettler and Associates in planning this workshop.

To preview the agenda, click here.

To register for The Buck Starts Here, please click here.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Historic Westin Hotel. Rate is $109 per room. Mention room block is reserved through Heritage Ohio when you register to receive this discounted rate.

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11 Responses to “The Buck Starts Here”
  1. Pat Murphy says:

    Where will this event be held? What is the agenda and cost?
    Thanks for letting me know.

  2. please forward info and registration material asap

  3. Ruth Brindle Dobyns says:

    Please include me on any mailings or emails about this event. Very interested in attending.

  4. Alice says:

    Please send me registration information when it is available. I am very interested in this program.

  5. devin says:

    Hi everyone. Registration for the event will open on January 1st. We’ll keep you up to date. If you haven’t yet, sign up on the home page for our newsletter and you will receive all of the latest news from Heritage Ohio.

  6. Mark Boley says:

    Please send me information as soon as released on location and cost. Thank you
    Mark Boley
    Director Holmes County Historical Society

  7. Pat Morrisson says:

    Please send me more info and registration materials along with cost and where it will be held.


    Pat Morrisson
    Black River Historical Society
    309 West Fifth Street
    Lorain, OH 44052
    (440) 245-2563

  8. devin says:

    Hello everyone. Registration is now live. Please click the link above to register. You’ll find the location and cost on that page.

  9. Debi Huffman says:

    Registration indicates that two people from organization MUST attend. If we do not have two, who can attend, does this mean that no one can? Please advise. Thanks!

    • Joyce says:

      We want this to be a very successful experience for the participant organizations, if two people aren’t committed to coming, the likelihood of success is dramatically reduced. This was a suggestion of the funders, and we are very happy to reserve the space for the most committed organizations. We will keep a wait list for solo registrations, but its looking like we will fill up. Staff need the support of board members, and those smaller organizations without staff need it to be a “movement,” two people are the start of a movement, one person is just bringing information back. This is about serious commitment to become effective fundraisers.

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