Working Together: Partnerships for Major Gifts & Research


Working Together: Partnerships for Major Gifts & Research

Event Detail: 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Event Presenter: 
Women in Development of Greater Boston
Event Cost: 
$20 for members (until 3/21/18) $35 for non-members (and for members who register late, after 3/21/18) Remember, it’s a WID networking tradition to swap business cards – bring yours! No refunds within 7 days of program

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“Studies have shown that the top 20 percent of fundraisers work with prospect researchers twice as often as all other fundraisers, proving that a strong partnership between gift officers and prospect researchers is a powerful tool for reaching fundraising targets.”
– Joshua Birkholz, principle at Bentz Whaley Flessner, national fundraising consultancy

Achieving robust collaboration between a gift officer and prospect researcher requires identifying and maximizing each department’s strengths and expertise, as well as bridging differences in communication and work flow.

This program, co-presented by WIDGB and New England Development Research Association (NEDRA), is targeted toward gift officers and prospect researchers and designed to share tips and advice on how researchers can enhance their approach to best collaborate with the front line—and vice versa.

This program will:

Share case studies in best practices on developing and enhancing the relationship between researchers and gift officers.
Explore the challenges and opportunities in building lines of communication and collaboration between gift officers and researchers.
Highlight the complexities of relationships between research and frontline between shops of different sizes and sectors.
Audience/Target Market: Major Gift Officers, Prospect Researchers, those interested in career development in these two areas.


Moderator: Kristen Watson, Director, Prospect Development at Tufts University
Kristen Watson joined Tufts in March 2013. She is responsible for the overall operation of the department, including the oversight and management of all prospect researchers and the prospect management team. Prior to joining Tufts, Kristen served as Associate Director of Prospect Development at Boston College. Kristen joined the prospect research field in 2003 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and continued her career at Northeastern University before joining Boston College. Kristen is an active member of APRA and NEDRA. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University, with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. In 2007 she earned a master’s degree in leadership with a concentration in non-profit management also from Northeastern University.

Panelist: Emily Hatch
Associate Director, Annual Leadership Giving, MIT
Emily is currently an Associate Director for Annual Leadership Giving in MIT's Alumni Association working with a portfolio of 350 alumni in New England and Washington D.C. who give between $2,500 and $100,000 annually. After starting as a Development Assistant at MIT in 2014, Emily has forged a path to the frontline by leveraging collaborations and taking on entrepreneurial challenges. She is dedicated to generating financial support for education and research at MIT and has a keen eye for streamlining processes and effectively communicating out. Prior to MIT, she worked as a Fundraising Projects Coordinator at WGBH in Brighton. Emily received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Boston University’s College of Communication, focusing on Public Relations and Non-profit Management. A native of South Florida, she now lives in Foxboro with her husband and puppy.

Panelist: Meryl Stowbridge
Director of Prospect Development, UMass Boston
Meryl Stowbridge is the Director of Prospect Development at UMass Boston. A long-time member of the WID program committee and former WID board member, she chaired the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series, and initiated joint programs with NEDRA and PGGNE. She has been a NEDRA member since 2001, and has written for APRA Connections. A former member of PGGNE, she has led roundtables on the importance of Planned Giving skills for Prospect Researchers at several NEDRA conferences. Meryl’s current volunteer activities include serving as a Community Ambassador for WGBH, as a Development Committee and costume crew member for The Revels, and as a Harvard Alumni Association Appointed Director and Co-Chair for three of her college class reunions.

Panelist: Scott Rosensweig
Assistant Director of Prospect Management
Scott Rosensweig has served as Assistant Director of Prospect Management for MIT since 2014, where he focuses on working with frontline staff and managers to optimize portfolios, provide training, and increase efficiency. Prior to joining MIT, Scott worked in progressing roles in Prospect Development for Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital. He also served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Memphis, Tennessee, where he taught 3rd grade.