Speaker Bios – Webinar: Planned Giving Strategies for Small to Mid-Sized Organizations

Moderator:

Tim McCormick
President
McCormick Consulting

Tim McCormick has over 40 years nonprofit management and fundraising experience. Throughout his 25-year YMCA career. he led numerous Capital Campaigns and Major Gift solicitations in Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana.

Beyond the YMCA, Tim has provided leadership to fundraising efforts for arts organizations like the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also provided leadership to several Capital Campaigns, and Fund Development Planning programs throughout Ohio, New York and Minnesota.

He is certified a YMCA Senior Director. He holds a teaching degree from Miami University (Bachelor’s) and did Master’s work at Central Michigan University where he was a faculty member. He is a current member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers and is a past president of the Great Cleveland Chapter of AFP.

Tim has always been active in the community. He has served on boards including the Lorain Schools Foundation Board, Arthritis Foundation and United Way Task Forces. He is a past member of several Service Clubs.

Panelists:

Brooke Laskin
Assistant Vice President
CCS Fundraising

Passion for Philanthropy: Brooke’s passion for philanthropy developed from her own career experiences both relying on and distributing philanthropic funding. She is passionate about the ability of a shared mission to unite communities and create change.

 Experience: Brooke has worked in both private and nonprofit sectors with a goal of maximizing client engagement and community impact. Her areas of expertise include major gifts strategy, planned giving and gifts of major assets, campaign management, feasibility studies, development office assessment, prospective funder landscaping, and staff and volunteer orientation and training. She partners with nonprofit clients throughout the Midwest, and has worked across all sectors with client partners of all sizes. Cleveland-based clients of note include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, St. Martin de Porres High School, and YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

Brooke is a founding member of the Gift Planning Committee at CCS, she holds membership with the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and serves as a central resource for planned giving inquiries.

Prior to joining CCS in 2015, Brooke worked with Chicago-based education and social service organizations including Youth Guidance and One Million Degrees. She also worked at State Farm supporting insurance policies and strategic initiatives, as well as Habitat for Humanity in Indianapolis.

Education: M.S.W. The University of Chicago; B.S. The University of Arizona
Personal: Originally from the Indianapolis area, Brooke now lives in Chicago with her husband.

Diane M. Strachan, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy
Cleveland Museum of Art

Diane Strachan, CFRE has spent nearly three decades working in the non-profit sector as a professional fundraiser seeking philanthropic dollars in support of educational, social service, medical, and arts and culture institutions. She is a national speaker and instructor on such topics as major and principal gifts, gift planning, and annual giving. Currently, she serves as the Director of Philanthropy at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Katherine E. Collin, Esq.
Complex Giving Strategist
American Endowment Foundation

Katherine E. Collin, Esq. joined American Endowment Foundation in October 2020 as a Complex Giving Strategist where she focuses on gifts of non-cash assets. Her past experience includes time as a tax and estate planning associate of Cleveland law firm Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, as well as gift planning roles at the Cleveland Foundation and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, helping donors actualize their charitable goals.

Katie currently serves on the Membership Committee of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, where she also lends her expertise to the team that provides the monthly tax and legislative updates, the Northern Ohio Charitable Gift Planners, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

For nearly two years, beginning in 2017, Katie served on the Foundation Planning Taskforce of Lakewood, Ohio, which launched the Healthy Lakewood Foundation at the end of 2018. As a member of various sub-committees, she helped determine the mission and tax status of the new foundation and selected the first slate of board officers.