Fundraising During Crisis: Major Gifts

Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (Check-in at 8:45 am)

Join us online to learn what is happening with major gift programs on Cape Cod during the pandemic. Are you shying away from asking for large gifts? Are donors shying away from committing to large gifts? Is this the perfect time to get those big commitments?

Hear from Rose Resnik, Rosemarie Resnik & Associates, with an overview of the major gift landscape on Cape Cod. Rose will present with Jennifer Bryant, Director of Development, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. We will also hear from Deborah Dougherty, CFRE, Director of Major Gifts, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, on the health system‘s experience with its major gift program these last few months.

Then we will break into small groups to discuss your own experiences, issues, and questions. This is the second session in the series Fundraising During Crisis.

This event is FREE to attend with advance registration for current PPCI members; and $10 per person for non-members. To attend this event, please register online via the link below.

Register by August 17th to receive event login details.

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About Our Speakers

Rose Resnik

Rose ResnikRosemarie Resnik is President of Rosemarie Resnik and Associates, Inc., a full service nonprofit and fundraising  consulting firm located in Osterville. She has consulted with nearly 50 non-profit organizations on Cape Cod since 2009. She is a veteran fundraiser and external relations professional with more than 35 years of local, national, and international experience. In the role of practitioner, Rosemarie has career-long experience planning, directing, and executing successful fundraising operations.

Rosemarie has previously held positions in alumni relations and fundraising at Harvard University/Radcliffe College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). She has also served as Chair of the Education Committee for Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, and currently chairs Cape Cod Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, and is a board member of Philanthropy Partners of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Rosemarie has previously presented at Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, and is also a regular instructor at Cape Cod Community College’s Workforce Education Resource Center (WERC).

Jennifer Bryant

Jen BryantJennifer Bryant is the Director of Development for the Fishermen’s Alliance. Being a native Cape Codder, she feels fortunate to have grown up by the ocean and to be raised in a close-knit community. Jennifer has been involved in the non-proft world since she was a teen and has years of both professional and volunteer experience. She has successfully led several fundraising efforts for large and small nonprofit organizations, locally and across New England.

With a degree from the University of New Hampshire in Social Services, she has always been dedicated to helping people and coming together to build strong communities. The highlight of her career was the experience she gained as Social Services Coordinator with Head Start for 6 years in Florida, Maine and New Hampshire. Jennifer’s primary responsibilities at the Fishermen’s Alliance include managing the annual fund, community partnerships, major gifts and foundation relations.

Deborah Dougherty, CFRE

Deb DoughertyDebbie has over 40 years experience in healthcare marketing and philanthropy. She was named Director of Marketing for Falmouth Hospital in 1991 and later was appointed Director of Marketing Communications for Cape Cod Healthcare after the merger with Cape Cod Hospital in 1996. In 2002, she joined the staff of the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation as a major gifts officer.

Today she is the Director of Major Gifts for the Foundation which is in a campaign to raise $125M to support capital projects and services at Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, the VNA of Cape Cod and the JML Care Center.

Previously, Debbie held management positions at Gosnold on Cape Cod, American Red Cross Blood Services, and the Harvard Community Health Plan.

Originally from Michigan, Debbie is a graduate of Boston University. She serves on the boards of Highfield Hall, the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce and Recovery Without Walls, a charity founded by her husband, Bill.

The parents of two grown daughters, Debbie and Bill live in North Falmouth with their beloved, three legged cat Dexter.

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Fundraising During Crisis: Annual Fund and Direct Mail

Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (Check-in at 8:45 am)

Hear experiences from Cape colleagues with focus on how they managed raising funds for their annual fund and how they moved forward with direct mail. Then break into small groups to discuss your own experiences, issues, and questions. This is the first session in a series of Fundraising During Crisis.

Mark A. Schmidt, Executive Director of the Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green; and Gerry Desautels, CFRE, Sr. Development & Communications Officer at Outer Cape Health Services will be our guest speakers.

This event is free to attend for current PPCI members with advance registration. Non-members fee to attend is $10 per person.

Register by July 14th to receive event login details.

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About Our Speakers

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt, who almost singlehandedly ruined the INP experience of nearly everyone he met and brings down the property values in both Plymouth and Falmouth, somehow has managed to keep his job at the Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green, where he has been the executive director since 2011. Born and bred in suburban Chicago, he moved to New England in 1985 and has been here since. He has been in the nonprofit world since 2001, managing museums in Natick and Marshfield, MA, prior to coming to the Cape. He got his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and did his Master’s and Ph.D. work at Northeastern University in Boston. His wife of 30 years has somehow not traded him in yet for a sleeker, sportier model. They live with their son in Plymouth and avidly root for the Chicago Cubs, which explains some of his neuroses.Thankfully for his sanity, he also discovered the New England Patriots.

Gerry Desautels, CFRE

Gerry DesautelsGerry Desautels of West Yarmouth has worked in nonprofit development and communications for two decades. Previously he held marketing and public relations positions in the student travel and high-tech industries of Boston. Since moving to Cape Cod in 1999, he has assisted in raising more than twenty million dollars for various health, environmental and educational nonprofits. In development positions at HopeHealth and Outer Cape Health Servies, he has had the pleasure in helping to attract transformational $1M gifts—the largest for each organization. Gerry holds his CFRE certification, and graduate and undergraduate degrees from Boston University. A former co-chair and presenter of Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, he continues to serve on the conference committee. Gerry is also a board member of the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape & Islands and the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. He lives in West Yarmouth.

Update from the PPCI Board of Directors

March 26, 2020

We don’t need to tell you that this an unprecedented time when it comes to the non-profit landscape, with things changing by the day, by the hour. As members of the strong non-profit community on the Cape and Islands, we applaud everyone’s efforts to help get our community through this difficult time. As a primarily-volunteer run organization, PPCI is right here with you, and we want to be sure that you have the resources and information you need to keep moving forward.

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands team has created a page on our website with resources that may help you professionally and personally as we deal with the COVID-19 situation. You can view the COVID-19 resource link here, and we will continue to update it as we find more information that may be valuable. There is also a feedback form available on this page to indicate if there are any additional resources that would be helpful to you.

Keep up the good work that you are doing, and we can all get through this together. PPCI is here for you as a network of like-minded non-profit professionals, and we wish everyone the best.


~ The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands Board of Directors

March and April Events Postponed

Good afternoon,

Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, along with so many other groups here on the Cape and Islands, continues to monitor the ever-evolving situation related to the coronavirus.  In the wake of Governor Baker’s State of Emergency and other updates, we want to be sure that PPCI does its part in ensuring the health of our community.

Therefore, we have decided to postpone the March and April events that we have scheduled, including:

  • The Business After Hours scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at Cape Wildlife Center and
  • The Quarterly Breakfast event scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at Hyannis Golf Club

For any individual who paid for registration for the breakfast, we will refund the charge to you in the coming days.

If you would like any resources related to COVID-19, we have included a few here that may be of interest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  We appreciate your understanding of this decision, and we wish you all the best as you deal with this situation in your respective organizations!


~ The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands Board of Directors

Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands Elects Cynthia Cotton to Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is pleased to announce the addition of one new member to its volunteer Board of DirectorsCynthia Cotton, CFRE of Osterville, who was voted in during the sold out PPCI Annual Meeting, held at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Cynthia “Cyndy” Cotton, CFRE, is the Executive Director of the Osterville Village Library. A Cape Cod native, Cyndy previously served as a childhood volunteer at the Osterville Village Library, a library trustee and member of the library’s capital campaign where her contributions helped achieve the desired result of a brand new 20,000 sq foot library facility in 2012. She is a graduate of Boston University Professional Fundraising Program and recently received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International. Cyndy also serves on the board for “EforAll,” and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce.

Also during the annual meeting, the following board members were voted in as Officers: President, Sarah Tribuzio of Sandwich; Vice-President of Marketing/Membership, Christopher Ellis of Brewster; Vice-President of Education, Jennifer Cummings of Onset; Treasurer, Kathy Zagzebski of Buzzards Bay; and Secretary, Beatrice Gremlich of South Yarmouth; and Immediate Past President, Kristin O’Malley of W. Barnstable.

The board further consists of Directors: Barbara Cotton of Mashpee; Wendy Cullinan of Sandwich; Gerry Desautels, CFRE of West Yarmouth; Tammy Harper of Harwich; Douglas McDonald of Falmouth; Pauline Neves, CFRE of Mashpee; and Rosemarie Resnik of Osterville.