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Can You Hear Me Now?

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Can You Hear Me Now?
Active Listening for Better Fundraising

With speaker Martha H. Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE, MInstF, Chair of AFP International and President of Hazen Inc. and HILT

Becoming a better active listener can make or break your ability to interact and build lasting relationships with your major donors…and your boss, employees, peers and board members for that matter! This session features crucial insights about how to be the best possible active listener, and will provide you with the opportunity to put what you learn into practice immediately.

Attend this session if you want to raise more money by strengthening major donor connections and collaborating more effectively with your colleagues. Take-aways include a list of seven active listening tips, a major donor visit “cheat sheet” and a topical article by the presenter.

A variety of boxed lunches will be served.

Date:  AUGUST 16, 2019
Location: Embassy Suites Downtown GR (Haldane room)



Martha H. Schumacher is a philanthropy ambassador, educator, coach, mentor, author and champion. She is President of Hazen Consulting and the Hazen Institute for Leadership Training (HILT), creating global strategies to elevate social impact and philanthropy.

Martha has worked with and within nonprofit organizations for 25 years. Her most recent in-house adventure was leading the Defenders of Wildlife fundraising team for nine years, first as Director of Major Gifts and then as Vice President for Development. Her current and recent clients include American University, AARP Foundation, Best Buddies International, the Library of Congress and National Geographic Society.

Martha is the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global Chair, and previously served as AFP/DC Chapter President. She was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the chapter in 2006. Martha holds the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising with Distinction, and the Certified Fund Raising Executive and Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials, respectively.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Martha earned her B.S. in Law and Public Policy from Indiana University. With an office in Washington, D.C., she takes monthly Billy Goat Trail “Chick Hikes” in Maryland, and resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Casey and their rescue dog Gage.


Friday, August 16, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm




Embassy Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
710 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI
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