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Grants Professionals Association Meeting: Making the Transition from Fundraiser to Executive Leader

Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  ET
In-person | Cleveland, OH

Join GPA at their first meeting of 2018 for an exciting panel discussion on making the transition from Fundraiser to Executive Leader!

Panelists will be Jeffrey M. Bowen and Dani Robbins. Please see their bios below. Our panel discussion will be moderated by GPA Board member Anna Hartzell. Time will be allotted for questions at the end of the discussion, so please come prepared to learn more!

About the panelists:


Jeffrey Bowen is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), with a BA in Psychology from Kent State University, and both a Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) and an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Jeffrey earned a Certificate in Fund Raising from The Fundraising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and was trained by Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland at Cleveland State University. In addition to many years in Sales & Marketing, Jeffrey's career as a nonprofit professional includes working as a Crisis Intervention Counselor, Youth Services Caseworker, After-School Program Fundraiser, as Director of Development & Public Affairs for the Lake Erie Girl Scout Council, and as the Executive Director of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.


Dani Robbins is the new Director on Nonprofit Administration at John Carroll University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor’s from Kent State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 22 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advanced Leadership Program, offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Dani previously, introduced and led Non Profit Evolution, a consulting firm dedicated to building capacity, including board governance and organizational development, in small to mid-size nonprofit organizations and working with communities to set strategies for change.  Dani has served as the chief executive of two domestic violence shelters/rape crisis centers and two Boys & Girls Clubs and introduced the Women’s Coalition – the prelude to the Women’s Center – at Case Western Reserve University.

A light lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to this invitation by emailing Do feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer.

Foundation Center Midwest is proud to host this meeting for Grants Professionals Association.  If you have any questions about the program, email Maddie Wallace at


1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH 44115

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