This product includes 3 speed sessions recorded from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference:
Fantastic Female Recreation Leaders and Where to Find Them
Female contributions to recreation, parks and open space in our country are far-reaching and often underrepresented in the national conversation about the future of our parks and recreation spaces. This session will highlight women who have influenced land conservation, social equity, and health and wellness in our communities, like Dorothy Enderis, who in the early 20th century advocated for leisure as a necessary element of mental and physical well-being and Cora Masters Barry who founded Recreation Wish List which geared towards teaching urban youth how to play tennis and engage them in team sports. The session is meant to provoke meaningful discussion that highlights strong females devoted to positive impact on their communities.
Engage the Silent Voices
As stewards of community resources, charged with providing services to all residents, we ask: What segments of your community have “silent voices”? Does your entire community feel the services are fair and equitable, and that you’re meeting their needs? Who are you not serving, and how do you know you’re not serving them? Explore some ‘pulse strategies’ and create a plan that helps you listen to and engage with the diverse perspectives in your community.
Unlock your Fundraising Future: 10 Rules for Attracting - and Sustaining - Donors to your Mission
In a time of ever-shrinking budgets, many public agencies are considering how they can tap into America's culture of philanthropy to diversify revenue and achieve their mission. From partnering with external "friends" groups, to hiring professional fundraising staff, to establishing a 501c3 supporting organization, there are many models for turning your users into life-long donors, advocates, and ambassadors for your mission. But which is right for you? And what messages inspire people to give beyond their tax dollars? This session will present 10 rules for establishing - and growing - a vibrant donor community to take your agency to the next level.
Consultant, DW Recreation Consulting
Dannielle Wilson, owner and senior consultant, has worked as a practitioner for three park and recreation agencies, two special districts, and one municipal department. With undergraduate and master’s degrees in recreation administration as well as continuing education experiences like NRPA’s Revenue Development and Management School, she backs up her nearly 15 years of practical experience with a solid educational foundation. Dannielle has served in senior leadership roles at two organizations and has, since 2016, consulted on over a dozen projects for agencies across the nation.
Chief Development Officer, Lake County Forest Preserve District
Rebekah Snyder is chief development officer of the Lake County Forest Preserve District and executive director of the Preservation Foundation, an independent 501c3 charity with a mission to extend and accelerate the Forest Preserves impact. In this capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of raising charitable support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies, including board and committee management, budget and program development, the Annual Fund, grant-writing, capital campaigns, and major and planned giving. Rebekah is a member of the District’s senior management team, reporting to the Lake County Forest Preserves Board of Commissioners and the Board of Directors of the Preservation Foundation.
Prior to joining the District, Rebekah was associate director of development for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and senior development officer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Yale University.
Urban Planner, Agency Landscape + Planning
Rhiannon is an urban planner with Agency Landscape and Planning, a women-run business which works with diverse and innovative public organizations across the country. She has considerable experience communicating communicating information to broad audiences to promote strong community exchange and empowerment within a planning process. She has worked with many driven women leaders in the recreation field, including Howard County, Maryland and Greensboro, North Carolina. She helped facilitate the NRPA Innovation Lab in Boston and will speak on the topic of diversity at the National ASLA conference in October 2018. Rhiannon has a bachelor degree in architecture from Philadelphia University and a master degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.