Opening Your Door to Diversity

Recorded on May 23, 2013       Buy Now

Session Description:

Community colleges provide educational opportunities for Americans in every ethnic and racial community. Do our donor lists reflect the communities we live and work in?  Come learn from a panel of deeply experienced and committed fund professionals who have broken ground with African American Giving, Hispanics, Asian as well as Native American Philanthropy.  Learn to avoid potential missteps and to identify a common purpose – education for all Americans.

This event provides 1.25 CFRE credits.


Alice L. Ferris, CFRE ACFRE, Founding Partner, Goalbusters

Alice has over twenty years of professional fundraising experience, and is a sought after speaker with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and others. Her fund development work in Arizona has involved creative engagement with Native American groups, including Hopi and Navajo including Planned Giving Programs.Alice specializes in strategic and development planning, capital campaign planning studies, board and organizational training, executive leadership coaching, direct mail, and grant proposal creation and editing. Alice is a member of the AFP International Board of Directors and served as 2009-2010 Vice Chair for Membership Services, supporting the Association’s efforts for the almost 30,000 member organization with 214 chapters throughout the world. In addition, she is Past President of AFP Northern Arizona and is an AFP Faculty Training Academy graduate. She is also a two-time honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year. Alice is the 90th fundraising professional in the world to attain the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential. Alice is recognized for her on-air presence on many public television and radio pledge drives, and on the national PBS fundraisers, among them Downton Abbey Revisited, Orangutan Diary and The End of Illness with Dr. David Agus. Alice also teaches Chinese cooking and an occasional class in ballroom dance.

Ann-Mary Macleod

Manager Development & Donor Relations University of New Mexico Valencia

Ann-Mary was born and raised in New Mexico and works to engage the Hispanic community in support of her college.

She holds a Masters of Arts in Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her professional background ranges from biological research in the field of human non-diseased brain function at Washington University in St. Louis to being the Executive Director of a shelter for homeless families in Reno, Nevada.



Dr. Noah Drezner

Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Drezner also holds affiliate appointments in the International Education Policy specialization; the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies program; and the Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in Maryland’s School of Public Policy. His research interests include philanthropy and fundraising as it pertains to colleges and universities, including higher education’s role in the cultivation of pro social behaviors. Further, his research focuses on the ways in which minority and special serving institutions contribute to the nation through increasing access to higher education and providing empowering environments for underrepresented minorities to attain a college degree. Noah additionally has experience looking at international/comparative higher education (South Africa, Europe, and China).

Dr. Drezner has published numerous articles and given several presentations on related topics. His dissertation Cultivating a Culture of Giving: An Exploration of Institutional Strategies to Enhance African American Young Alumni Giving, was chosen as the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation winner for the 2009 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Research in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement. Additionally, Noah is an associate editor of an ASHE reader on Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in Higher Education (2007) which was named the 2009 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement.

His book Philanthropy and Fundraising in American Higher Education has been adopted in master’s and doctoral programs across the country. In November 2011, Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

In recognition of Dr. Drezner’s scholarship and teaching he has held four fellowships since joining the Maryland faculty in 2008. He was named Civil Rights Fellow by the Interactivity Foundation in 2009, where he was selected to join a group of eight academics, across all disciplines, to explore the “Future of Civil Rights.” In 2010, he was named a Lilly-CTE (Center for Teaching Excellence) Fellow and a GATE (Global Awareness in Teacher Education) Fellow, both at the University of Maryland.

Additionally, Drezner was recently named the incoming faculty director of the Leadership Studies minor at the University of Maryland.

Prior to returning to graduate school Noah was an advancement officer at the University of Rochester, where he gained the practitioner experience that informs his research. Drezner continues to volunteer for a number of organizations; he was the second president of Kol Tzedek, a progressive Reconstructionist synagogue in West Philadelphia, currently serves on the boards of directors for Hillel of Rochester-Area Colleges and the New York Xi Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and is a member of the University of Rochester’s Alumni National Council.

Professionally, Noah serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Educational Advancement, the Association for Fundraising Professionals Research Council, and the University of Maryland’s President’s Commission on LGBT Issues.

Drezner holds his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Rochester, a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, and his Master’s of Science in Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

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