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Professional Development Meeting

July 28 | 8:00 - 9:45 am

8:00 - 8:30 am ... Breakfast and welcome
8:30 - 9:45 am ... Program

Shaw Jewish Community Center,
750 White Pond Drive, Akron directions

$18 for members | $25 for not-yet members
Reservation/Cancellation Deadline:
July 25, 4:00 pm.

Approved for 1.25 CFRE credits; documentation





Ethics: Don't Get Burned!

Presented by Vern Snyder, ACFRE

Do you know how to apply an ethical solution to a pressing issue? Have you completed a conflict of interest statement? Have your board members? Let this session help you build your ethical firewall so you don't get burned.

Join us for an informative presentation from Vern Snyder, ACFRE, career fundraiser and 2016 recipient of AFP International’s Outstanding Professional Fundraiser award to learn about his formula for ensuring that all fundraising activities are conducted in accordance with ethical principles and standards. Learn from his vast experience as he discusses the basics of ethics and accountability, including gift acceptance policies and agreements, organizational transparency, Donor Bill of Rights and more!

About the Presenter:

Vern SnyderVern Snyder was appointed Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Toledo on July 1, 2002. Prior to his appointment he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Eastern Kentucky University, where he also served as President of the EKU Foundation and at Youngstown State University where his responsibilities included fundraising, inter-collegiate athletics, public relations and communications.

Vern began his career in fundraising as a Campaign Director for Ketchum, Inc.  Vern gained invaluable experience directing numerous campaigns for a variety of nonprofit organizations including Southeast Missouri State University, the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, the Diocese of Bridgeport CT, the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA and Kappa Kappa Gamma National Sorority, directing the first female focused capital campaign in the country.

Vern is a graduate of West Virginia University with a master's degree in music education.  In 1993 Snyder earned Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  The largest professional fundraising organization, AFP has 30,000 members in 22 countries. In 2010 he earned Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive status (ACFRE), one of only 107 individuals with that distinction.  At the 2016 AFP International Conference Snyder was recognized as the outstanding Professional Fundraiser. Snyder serves on the AFP International Conference Education Advisory Committee, the Professional Advancement Division Committee and the ACFRE Certification Board.  He also advises a number of local not- for-profit organizations in Northwest Ohio.

As a professional fundraiser Vern has raised over $500 million. During his tenure at UT, the University has received over $160 million in contributions, including the largest single gift in the institution’s history, 351 endowments have been established and UT successfully concluded its largest capital campaign raising $106 million.

Vern retired from the University of Toledo in July of 2015.


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