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Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands
Announces A Roundtable Luncheon
 to be held on September 15, 2015
at Hyannis Golf Course

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands is pleased to announce that its next luncheon will offer roundtables on a variety of topics of interest to Executive Directors, Board Members and Development professionals. The luncheon will be held on
September 15, 2015 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hyannis Golf Course, Route 132, Hyannis.

This luncheon is free to members of the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands and non-members pay $35. To register, please call (508) 280-1822, email [email protected] or register online at Deadline for registration is Friday, September 11, 2015.

Attendees will be able to rotate through roundtables during lunch, ensuring that they receive a lot of information in a very short period of time. Roundtable topics will include the following:

Christine Merser
Social Media: Christine Merser, Blue Shoe Strategy
Christine Merser grew up on Cape Cod and spends a good amount of time here when she’s not at Blue Shoe Strategy’s ( New York City offices, where she counts as her marketing clients some of the best known brands in America. In addition to Fortune 100 clients such as IBM and Coca Cola, the Blue Shoe team she leads also works on emerging brands with a specialty in Social Media content and creative. From Pepperidge Farm to This Chick Bakes. From BBC International to the Academy Award Campaign for the documentary, India’s Daughter, Blue Shoe never works for more than one ‘type’ of company in an industry at a time and revels in the luck of getting to create things that garner results that change a company’s make up. “Social Media levels the playing field, and means Downtown Cookie can compete with Chips Ahoy. How cool is that?” Ms. Merser lectures and writes on topics surrounding marketing in today’s world, and also has a personal blog and podcast site that reviews all things surrounding the screen, where she presents under the pseudonym Justine Hollister,

Stacie Madden
Marketing/Branding: Stacie Madden, HopeHealth
Stacie Madden is a marketing and sales leader with over 20 years experience in nonprofit, education, healthcare and consumer products. She is vice president of marketing and sales at HopeHealth, formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, with responsibility for marketing, communications, sales and community outreach. She has worked in healthcare since 2001 and joined the nonprofit sector in 2007. Stacie held leadership roles at EMD Serono, HealthBridge, IFAW, ModusLink, Dunkin’ Brands and Reebok. She has an MBA from Babson College and teaches healthcare marketing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Elyse DeGroot
Special Events: Elyse DeGroot, Duffy Health Center
Elyse DeGroot has lived in Falmouth and worked on Cape Cod since 1989. Elyse has been the Director of Community Relations and Marketing for Duffy Health Center since 2007, working previously as the Director of Development for Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands and as the Director of Senior Services for the town of Barnstable.

Elyse has been an active volunteer for her church, the United Way, Falmouth Public Schools, Falmouth Band Parents and has served on the Falmouth Service Center board of directors since 2007 and Mothers and Infants Recovery Network, Inc. (MAiRNi) since 2014.

A graduate of Union College, Elyse received an MSW from Boston University and an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management. Elyse is married to Dr. Bob McGowen and is the proud mother of Matt McGowen, a software engineer at SoundHound in San Jose, CA (25) and Liza McGowen, currently a Wrangler in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming (22). When not thinking, planning or worrying about the next Duffy Gala, Elyse can be found (depending on the season) sailing, at the beach, skiing, on a road trip or visiting her adult children.

Joy Hunter Chaillou
Generating Legacy Gifts: Joy Hunter Chaillou, U.S. Trust

Joy Hunter Chaillou is a Senior Vice President, Institutional Philanthropic Specialist.  Joy began her career working with nonprofits in 2002. Her areas of focus include: investment management, charitable administration, planned giving and endowment development and nonprofit governance.

Joy joined the Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions group in 2010 serving as a consultative resource for qualified nonprofit clients of U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch.  In this role, she worked closely with organizational leadership and boards of directors. By providing tailored services, solutions and best practices to institutional nonprofit clients, she assisted them in capitalizing on opportunities and addressing challenges in support of successful mission fulfillment.

Prior to joining Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions, Joy was a partner on an investment management team at Morgan Stanley where she worked with nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity. Additionally, Joy spent six years at the American Heart Association serving as the Vice President of Planned Giving and Chair of their National Planned Giving Marketing Committee.

Joy earned her B.S. degree from Old Dominion University through the Centre d’Etude Franco-Américain de Management (CEFAM) and her M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California. She is a founding Board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Westchester New York where serves as the Membership Chair.  Joy is also on the Board of Girl’s Inc. Westchester and the Children’s Support Foundation. She is the Co-Chair for the American Heart Association’s Heart Advisory Committee on Long Island and serves on the Professional Advisory Committees for Central Park Conservancy, Lighthouse International, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Joy recently co-authored a book titled, Nonprofit Investment & Development Solutions: A guide to thriving in today’s economy.

Calendar Year-End Strategies: Michael Bordonaro, American Cancer Society

Michael is Senior Development Manager, Distinguished Events, American Cancer Society. He has 23 years of solid experience in the field of fundraising and event management. He has worked for a variety of organizations Such as Liberty Science Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, the YMCA of America, and currently with the American Cancer Society.

His focus has always been on building/managing relationships for various educational and not-for-profit organizations. For the past 10 years he has specifically focused on strategic outreach, special events and program development. This includes identifying key leadership volunteers and community leaders to collaborate with to raise visibility and achieve financial and organizational goals.

Understanding the valuable aspects of professional relations and marketing strategies for not-for-profit institutions, he have been able to yield higher results than expected, even in tough economic times.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University in Athens Ohio. Michael currently resides in Wrentham Massachusetts with his family.

Roundtables Luncheon – September 15th, 2015Click here to register!


Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod –  November 10, 2015
Early Bird Registration is now open!  Click here to Register Today!


Time to renew your membership with PPCI!

2014 Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands membership expired on December 31, 2014.  Renew your membership now by clicking here!

Open Invitation to Join the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands!

Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that has been in existence on Cape Cod since 1991.   PPCI members participate in lunches four times a year featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to members, including non-profit administration, fundraising, social networks, and special events.  Click here to see what’s coming up for luncheons and workshops!

PPCI also hosts the annual Philanthropy Day conference.   The recent 2013 Philanthropy Day was a full day of speakers knowledgable on a multitude of topics, extended networking opportunities, and a luncheon featuring philanthropic award presentations. Cape & Island non-profit employees, estate planners, board members, and non-profit enthusiasts all around the area attend Philanthropy Day. PPCI members receive discounted admission to this event.  Philanthropy Day 2015 will take place on November 10, 2015!

If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join!  Members can attend quarterly luncheon meetings at no charge and receive discounted admission to Philanthropy Day. In addition, becoming a member means being associated with other members who share your interest and knowledge of philanthropy, offering networking and collaborating opportunities throughout the area.  Click here to join!