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Lessons Learned in Fundraising

2020 Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising Honoree
and Ethics Presenter
Mary C. Fischer, CFRE

Joy Blang, Paula Brock, and Tanya Cornejo

Start 2021 on the right foot by attending AFP’s Network and Knowledge. Join 2020 Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising honoree Mary C. Fischer and panelists Joy Blang, Paula Brock, and Tanya Cornejo as they share their lessons learned in their careers. Whether you’re new to the profession or have many years of experience, these accomplished leaders will inspire and empower you and share takeaways you can apply in your organization.


Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

9:00-10:30 a.m. Program

Location:   Virtual Zoom Meeting

AFP Members & Students (with valid student ID) – Free
Non-Members – $25.00

About our Panelists:

Mary C. Fischer, CFRE, has made a significant impact in the Cincinnati community through her outstanding work in philanthropy. A Cincinnati area native and a dedicated fundraiser with three decades of experience, Mary has worked tirelessly to help those in need through her fundraising and volunteer efforts..
Mary has worked on numerous campaigns and fundraising projects for Bethesda Foundation where her skills as a fundraiser have helped to raise more than 25 million dollars in support of Bethesda North Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside, A Center for Grieving Children

Mary has a passion for service to others through her fundraising and volunteer work. She has served as President of the Springfield Council of the National Committee on Planned Giving, a member of the Kiwanis Club in Springfield, the Rotary Club in Blue Ash and served as a board member for the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (OAHP) for many years. She was also a board member for Xtraordinary Women Inc., a Cincinnati non-profit that provided support for underserved women in the community. Since 2005, she has been a volunteer for Tender Mercies, preparing and delivering meals to support homeless adults with mental illness.

Mary is an exceptional fundraiser who, throughout her career, has continually demonstrated her love of and dedication to the profession of fundraising.

Joy Blang has served as the Executive Director of Philanthropy for Episcopal Retirement Services since 2015.  ERS is a large non-profit organization serving seniors living in premier residential health care communities, independent living communities for low-income seniors and older adults benefitting from community outreach services. 
During her tenure, Joy has led ERS through a successful capital campaign to complete the comprehensive renovation of the Marjorie P. Lee community, along with several smaller campaigns to enhance safety and wellbeing in various Affordable Living communities and to establish the ERS Center for Memory Support and Inclusion. 

Joy received her undergraduate degree from DePauw University where she was a three-time Division III Women’s Golf All-American and also served on the Alumni Board of Directors.  She received a Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in non-profit management from Indiana University.  Prior to coming to ERS, Joy held numerous professional and volunteer leadership positions within smaller non-profit organizations.  Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Josh Cares, an organization dedicated to funding the Josh Cares Child Life Program at Cincinnati Children’s to ensure no critically or chronically ill children feel alone due to a parent’s inability to be at the hospital by their side. 

Paula Brock, Cincinnati Country Day School Director of Donor Relations and Legacy Giving, is a 16-year CCDS Advancement Office veteran. Prior to her current role, she engaged alumni and parent communities by leading Alumni Relations, CountryDate Auction events, Annual Fund and Parent Association initiatives for Country Day. 
Paula also has held positions with The Mercantile Library and The Cincinnati Art Museum. Paula’s current role includes Stewardship, Planned Giving and Major Gifts – vehicles to preserve and propel CCDS’s tradition of excellence in education.
Tanya Cornejo joined the United Way in May of 2020 as the Chief Philanthropy Officer and leads all fundraising efforts for the sixth largest United Way in the national system. Tanya and her team are responsible for raising $50M a year to support children and families on a path out of poverty by being the unifier that harnesses the collective power of resources to achieve results no one partner can achieve on its own.

This event has been submitted for 1.5 CFRE Credits.