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The Dynamic Duo: Working with Relationship Managers and Solicitors

Speaker: Elizabeth Kohler Knuppel, President & CEO at Skystone Partners

One component of strategic alumni engagement involves working with alumni who are also on a gift officer’s portfolio. As Alumni Relations professionals, we need to know how to discover, cultivate and engage our alumni, volunteers and donor prospects to help grow the fundraising pipeline. However, how many alumni relations professionals actually know how to collaborate with a major gift officer on managing a prospect?

Skystone Partners president and CEO, Elizabeth Kohler Knuppel shares tips and best practices of how alumni relations and gift officers can effectively collaborate to fully cultivate and steward your constituents.

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Location: Virtual


  • Members – FREE
  • Non-members – $25

About our Speaker:

Elizabeth Kohler Knuppel – is the president and chief executive officer of Skystone Partners.  Her extensive consulting experience includes planning and managing capital campaigns and assisting nonprofits to strengthen their annual giving programs.  She also has considerable experience in the areas of major donor, alumni, foundation and corporate giving, and development and strategic planning.  Liz has consulted with such diverse organizations as University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Fisk University, Claflin University, the Minnesota Zoo Foundation, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and Zoo Knoxville.

Liz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  A former board member of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Ms. Knuppel continues as an active member of the association and served as a founding member of Cincinnati Chapter’s Ethics Committee. Liz has been a Skystone Partners team member since 2007 and acquired the firm in 2013.

This event has been submitted for 1.0 CFRE credits

Questions? Contact Mark Osborne, Co-Chair, Committee of Alumni Relations Professionals, osborne_m@summitcds.org, Laken Sweet, Co-Chair, Committee of Alumni Relations Professionals, laken.sweet@kctcs.edu or contact the AFP office at 513-939-2652 or admin@afpcincinnati.org.

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