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Attitude of Gratitude

We all know that showing gratitude and appreciation for our donors and funders is vital to fundraising success.  But in order to build long-lasting relationships with donors, simply thanking them isn’t going to cut it.

Join us for a candid conversation with regional experts in donor stewardship to examine successful strategies and tactics to maintain and deepen relationships with donors that will have long-term results for you and those you serve.


Bridgette Brant – Director of Stewardship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Wendy Kobler – Chief Development & External Relations Officer at Cincinnati Works 

Emily Fay – VP of Agency Advancement at 4C for Children

Bethany Doverspike, MBA – Director of Development, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 


Date: Wednesday, April 5 , 2023

8:30-9:00 – Doors open/Networking
9:00-10:30- Program

United Way of Greater Cincinnati
 2400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(United Way has a free surface lot for attendees.)

AFP Members & Students (with valid student ID) – FREE
Non-Members – $45.00


This event will be approved for 1.5 CFRE Credits.

About the Speakers:

Bridgette Brant 

Bridgette Brant has over 11 years of nonprofit experience and currently serves as Director of Stewardship at Cincinnati Children’s. In her role, Bridgette works with leadership and frontline fundraisers to ensure each donor receives impactful stewardship.  She oversees the stewardship efforts including strategy and planning of impact reporting, individual stewardship plans, and stewardship event approaches.  

Wendy Kobler 

Throughout Wendy’s career in non-profit and higher education leadership, she has turned around underperforming advancement divisions at several organizations. By generating impactful fundraising campaigns, prospect solicitation messages, and donor relationship strategies, she is consistently able to establish new fundraising records and many “firsts.” Through developing a campus-wide culture of philanthropy and creating meaningful and lasting affiliations with stakeholders, she has personally closed more than $115M in new gifts. Wendy’s educational background includes a PhD in Global Leadership at the Indiana Institute of Technology, her Master of Science from Alabama A&M University, and her Bachelor of Science in marketing is from the University of West Florida. 

Emily Fay

Emily Fay is currently the Vice President of Agency Advancement for 4C for Children where her role is to facilitate the overall financial makeup of 4C’s programmatic needs, including private fundraising and government grants, to ensure that resources are available to meet the needs and opportunities facing our child care community and the families they serve. Prior to 4C, Emily served 8 years at United Way of Greater Cincinnati in several roles for the development team focused on corporate fundraising, affinity groups, and lastly as the Director of Individual Giving which included major gifts, segmented donor groups and planned giving.  

Bethany Doverspike, MBA

Bethany Doverspike is the Director of Development at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, overseeing all components of contributed revenue to both the annual and capital campaign. She earned her MBA at Northern Kentucky University, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in psychology. 



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