Speaker Bios – Giving USA 2018

Peter Fissinger


Peter Fissinger has more than 25 years of professional experience in institutional advancement and has been directly involved in designing and implementing major capital fundraising, annual giving programs, planned giving programs, and marketing and publication efforts. As a member of Campbell & Company, Mr. Fissinger has served a wide range of nonprofit institutions, including independent schools, institutions of higher education, healthcare institutions and cultural organizations.

A skilled communicator and facilitator, Mr. Fissinger excels at maximizing his clients’ development efforts. He is committed to helping organizations systematize fundraising best practices, which create effective and successful campaigns and development programs. Mr. Fissinger focuses on building strong philanthropic relationships and guiding organizations as they develop compelling cases for support that staff, board members and other key constituents can embrace.

Mr. Fissinger’s previous development experience includes positions with institutions such as the Higher Giving Institute, Chair of the Giving USA Advisory Council on Methodology, a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a member of the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and a member of the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission. He is also a frequent lecturer at a variety of institutional advancement conferences. Mr. Fissinger is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

August Napoli
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Greater Cleveland

August Napoli has been President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Cleveland since June 2016. Prior to joining United Way, Mr. Napoli served from 2010-2016 as Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he oversaw the successful campaign to raise $320 million in support of the renowned institution’s historic renovation and expansion project and led the Division of Institutional Advancement that included fundraising, community engagement, marketing, visitor experience and audience research.

Mr. Napoli has more than forty years of nonprofit executive experience in the northeast Ohio region, and has served in leadership roles at Cleveland State University, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, the Catholic Charities Corp. of the Diocese of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Summa Foundation.

A graduate of Franciscan University, Mr. Napoli has served as adjunct faculty for Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He is affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations including the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations, the City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Transformation Alliance, and the 50 Club of Cleveland, as well as The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

Mr. Napoli is married to Joan Katz Napoli, Senior Director of Education and Community Programs for The Cleveland Orchestra. Their son, Gabriel, is a graduate at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Brad Milius
Senior Director 
Cleveland Clinic

Brad Milius is a Senior Director at the Cleveland Clinic.  He developed a training program for the Philanthropy Institute and currently manages a team of major gift officers covering regions across the country.  In addition to managing the Central Fundraising Team, he also continues to work with potential and current donors utilizing his ten years of experience in frontline fundraising.  Brad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Purdue University, and graduate degree in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University.

Jill Koski
Holden Forests & Gardens

Jill Koski has 25 years of experience working in the nonprofit community. In November 2017, she was appointed to serve as President and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens, the 12th largest garden in the United States. Holden Forests & Gardens was created with the merger of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden three years ago.

Jill’s career has been defined by taking on the challenge of new roles during transformational periods of time within organizations.  While serving in fundraising-focused roles, her leadership experience extends to strategic planning, governance, audience development, and exhibit/program planning at major cultural institutions.

Starting her career at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, she was part of a development team that was launched into a capital campaign virtually overnight when land for a new museum became available. It was all hands on deck to design, plan, and raise funds for the new museum while moving out of the building that had been home to the organization for nearly a century.

At Shedd Aquarium, Jill was hired to build individual giving for a philanthropic program in its earliest phases.  Her work resulted in growth of the donor base from 4,500 members/donors to 46,000 members/donors, and individual giving increased nearly five times during her tenure.  Additionally, she raised $4 million to close the public phase of a $51 million capital campaign.

Jill was appointed Vice of Development at The Morton Arboretum in 2007 to build a formal philanthropic program for the first time in the organization’s 85 year history.  Over the next ten years, contributed income more than doubled and the membership program grew by 41%.  With a new culture of philanthropy in place, the Arboretum launched a $63 million capital campaign in 2013, only the second campaign in the Arboretum’s history. The campaign will successfully close in 2018, exceeding goal, with nearly 100% of funds from private individual donors.

Jill has served in leadership roles with the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Chicago Chapter, including service as Chapter President; launched the Development and Membership Section for the American Public Gardens Association; and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums.  Additionally, she is a regular guest lecturer for college and university classes on nonprofit and museum management.

Outside of work, Jill enjoys traveling to National Parks, visiting museums, cooking, baking, and simply spending time with her husband and two teenage children.

Dani Robbins
Director of Nonprofit Administration
John Carroll University

Dani Robbins is the director of Nonprofit Administration programs at John Carroll University. After serving in the nonprofit arena for over 25 years, primarily in executive leadership positions for social justice agencies, she has ascended to what she considers her dream job and the continuation of her life’s work: advancing social justice.

Her education includes a M.A. in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a B.A. 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 Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Robbins founded and led Non Profit Evolution, a consulting firm dedicated to building capacity, board governance, and organizational development in small to mid-size nonprofit organizations. Robbins has served as the chief executive of two domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, as well as two Boys & Girls Clubs. She introduced the Women’s Coalition – the prelude to the Women’s Center – at Case Western Reserve University.

She is also a speaker and trainer, and a former instructor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and fundraising coach for Network for Good. Robbins is the author of a blog on issues relating to nonprofit organizations, and the co-author, with Maureen Metcalf, of the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Nonprofit Executives.