The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Relationships between Executive Directors and Development Staff

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • 2157 University Park Drive Okemos MI 48864-5956 (Child and Family Services of Michigan)

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In a nonprofit organization, no single internal relationship is more important than that between the executive director and development director. One carries the responsibility of leading the organization to the efficient execution of its mission, and the other shoulders the burden of finding the money that makes it all possible.

They are joined at the hip - and one is not successful without the other.  Getting this relationship right is absolutely crucial to a successful fundraising program.  


We strongly encourage EDs/CEOs to attend with their Development Director/Lead Staff:

  • Nonprofit Network Members: $20 + Guests are Free
  • Nonmember rate:  $30 + Guests rate of $20


Our hosts:  Child and Family Services of Michigan, 2157 University Park Drive Okemos MI 48864-5956 

Facilitators: 

Brian Philson, President/CEO at Highfields

Brian started with Highfields in July, 2006 as the director of residential services. He was promoted to vice president of programming before being promoted to President/CEO in August 2008. Brian earned his master’s degree in social work at Michigan State University and bachelor’s degree in social work at Spring Arbor College, where he later became an instructor. He is a member of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, a Board Member of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, Governor Appointee to the Michigan Board of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Bev McGill, Director of Fund Development at Highfields

Bev came to Highfields in September, 2011. She has ten years of experience in fund development, most recently as the Director of Development at Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Michigan. Bev earned her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, a BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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