Speaker Bios – Giving USA 2020

Peter Fissinger

 

 

Peter Fissinger is President and CEO of Campbell & Company, a national consulting firm serving the nonprofit sector. In his 25 years with Campbell & Company and throughout his 35-year career, Peter has served as an advocate and a student of generosity. He is a second-generation fundraiser with a lifelong commitment to collaborating with donors and nonprofit organizations to advance critically important missions. Peter has worked to help Campbell & Company evolve from a fundraising consulting firm to a diversified professional service firm addressing the full scope of institutional advancement needs of the nonprofit sector. A frequent speaker and writer on philanthropy and generosity, Peter serves as Vice Chair of the Giving Institute and is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Managers of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross.

Kaye Ridolfi
Senior Vice President of Advancement
The Cleveland Foundation

As Senior Vice President of Advancement, Kaye Ridolfi has direct responsibility for all of the foundation’s fundraising activities. As such, she leads the 18-member Advancement staff, with backgrounds in estate law, banking, wealth management, accounting, and nonprofit leadership. This team of seasoned professionals works in charitable gift planning, donor relations, and donor communications, to bring new donors into the foundation and then steward these donors on an ongoing basis as they strive to achieve their philanthropic goals. Kaye is a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Executive Committee and oversees the Advancement Committee of the foundation’s board of directors.

An experienced development professional, Kaye joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2011. Prior to that, she spent two decades in the field, primarily in the academic sector. Her previous positions include five years at Case Western Reserve University, where she served as associate vice president of institutional development and director of the $1 billion capital campaign. She joined CWRU after six years at The Ohio State University, initially as director of the campaign to renovate the main library and then as assistant vice president for major gifts, which included eight regional major gift offices on the east coast, west coast, and southeastern U.S. Previous positions were with Ohio Wesleyan University, initially as director of its annual fund and ultimately as director of alumni development, and the American Lung Association of Ohio in 1990, initially as the organization’s first director of planned giving and later as vice president.

After moving to Cleveland in 2005, Kaye planted deep roots in her new hometown. She has served on the boards of several area organizations, including the City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and on the Union Club of Cleveland’s Membership Committee and Engaging Women Committee. She is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizens Academy and is a member of the Citizens Academy Foundation. Kaye is a frequent speaker on capital campaigns, board development, and nonprofit leadership.

Kaye graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later earned a master’s degree in public policy and management from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Policy.

Mary LaVigne-Butler
Vice President of External Affairs
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Mary LaVigne-Butler has been with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank since 2016 starting as a Major Gifts Officer and Director of Development. She has more than twenty years of experience working at an executive level in the legal field and non-profits. She is a Northeast Ohioan by birth but spent much of her career in California where she was a partner at a law firm before moving into the nonprofit sector.

She served as VP of Development and General Counsel for a large nonprofit healthcare organization in the Silicon Valley. In her role, LaVigne-Butler managed several departments including human resources, development, marketing, public affairs and volunteer services. She encouraged a culture of innovation and professionalism in order to meet maximum fundraising goals.

She started in her new role as Vice President of External Affairs in September 2017, and is responsible for directing and leading the Food Bank’s fundraising, communications, volunteer and advocacy efforts. LaVigne-Butler holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University; a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University, a Master’s of Science in Labor-Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and a law degree from Rutgers University.

Eileen Saffran
Founder and CEO
MTN Strategies

Eileen Saffran is the Founder and CEO of MTN Strategies. MTN Strategies consults with nonprofit organizations to “move the needle” (MTN); partnering with organizations to identify and evaluate their challenges and develop customized solutions.

Eileen has wide ranging experience working in all dimensions of nonprofit management, including but not limited to fundraising (operating, capital and endowment), financial health, board relationships, staff leadership and organizational administration. That extensive experience gives her a perspective that is comprehensive in scope. Additionally, she has mentored other nonprofit professionals in the Greater Cleveland area and has been a guest lecturer for John Carroll University’s Graduate Nonprofit School of Management and Case Western Reserve’s Graduate School of Social Work.

Eileen founded The Gathering Place (TGP) in 1998 and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2020.  After twenty-three years as a clinical social worker and being personally touched by cancer, Eileen envisioned a place that would focus on the mind, body and spirit aspect of the cancer journey; with programs and services complementing and integrating with traditional medical care while enhancing quality of life. The organization opened its doors to serve in January 2000. TGP is a nonprofit cancer support center that grew from a grassroots organization to one that had an operating budget of $2.5 million at the end of 2019 having served over 50,000 individuals via programs and services all provided free of charge. Governed by a 35-member Board of Directors, TGP, as of January 2020, engaged 21 permanent staff, 14 contract professionals and over 400 active volunteers.

Under Eileen’s watch, TGP raised over $35 million for operating, capital and endowment support relying 100% on private funding.  TGP has developed collaborative working relationships with all cancer care providers in the Greater Cleveland area and operates out of two main facilities in the Greater Cleveland area (Beachwood and Westlake) with an additional separate wellness center in Beachwood. TGP also operates a warehouse of donated fine home furnishings and furniture that is an earned income stream of revenue for the organization.

In addition to providing leadership for TGP, Eileen served on the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County and presently serves on Leadership Cleveland’s Alumni Advisory Council and the Community Advisory Board for the Master of Nonprofit Administration at John Carroll University. She is an alumnus of Leadership Cleveland (2003). Eileen has received many prestigious honors including:

  • the Maurice Saltzman Award from Mt Sinai Health Care Foundation in 2019
  • the Reminger Women’s Initiative Vanguard Award in 2013
  • Crain’s Health Care Hero Non-Profit Administrator of the Year Award in 2012
  • the YWCA Woman of the Year Award in 2011
  • Inside Business Athena Award Finalist in 2010
  • a Distinguished Career Award from the Ohio State University College of Social Work Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009
  • named a Rainmaker through Northern Ohio Live in 2005

Eileen holds an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Supervisor. She has a son, daughter and four glorious grandchildren. In addition to her professional life, Eileen enjoys yoga, fitness training, golf, bicycling, swimming, skiing, tennis, hiking and exploring the world.