Tony Poderis

Tony was the founder of Even when no longer involved in the day-to-day activities and direction of Tony continued to be an inspiration to all who believe in the great value of nonprofit organizations to their communities.

For 20 years Tony was director of development for The Cleveland Orchestra and its summer home, Blossom Music Center. As such he was responsible for Cleveland’s largest annual institutional fund-raising campaign. Since 1993, Tony was a fund-raising consultant serving the need of all non-profit institutions’ to develop and to maximize their potential to raise annual, endowment, capital, sponsorship, and underwriting funds.

Tony’s experiences won him a wide audience at hundreds of workshops in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. He addressed every facet of raising contributed income for social service, medical, educational, religious, and cultural institutions, and was a speaker/specialist consultant to the United States Information Agency and the Mexican Government.

He authored the widely used and praised book It’s a Great Day to Fund Raise, a step-by-step guide to help volunteers and professionals be as successful as possible as they carry out their fund-raising responsibilities.