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Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium


Symposium Chair

Colin Hennessy

Colin Hennessy
Executive Director, The Penn Fund
University of Pennsylvania

As executive director of The Penn Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, Colin Hennessy oversees the global undergraduate annual giving program, and the largest of the university's annual funds. His team includes fundraising functional areas responsible for marketing and donor participation, class giving and reunion programs, young alumni and student advancement programs, operations, loyalty and leadership annual giving, and international annual giving development. Under his direction The Penn Fund has won national awards from CASE, for partnership with Wharton School faculty on fundraising experimental design and testing, and has steadily increased annual alumni donor participation and both unrestricted and endowed scholarship revenue to the university.

Prior to joining Penn, Hennessy held positions at the University of Iowa Foundation, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and as a global training and implementation manager specializing in the implementation of complex information technology solutions for local government, healthcare, and direct store delivery vendors.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in higher education management from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Kim Julian Bowden
Executive Director of Annual Giving
Emory University

Kim Julian Bowden is the executive director of annual giving at Emory University. She oversees the central annual giving program and works closely with development officers across the university to develop strategies to support targeted fundraising initiatives in Emory's schools and units. She has been in development and alumni relations at Emory University since August 2004; she served as associate director of development and alumni relations for Emory's School of Nursing for two years before joining the Office of Annual Giving in 2006. She was named executive director of annual giving in July 2010.

Prior to her time at Emory, Bowden worked for the High Museum of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta and was responsible for membership acquisition, renewal and upgrade campaigns. She also managed special projects targeting current members for additional support during the museum's capital campaign.

She received her bachelor's degree in English and theater arts from Furman University and graduated from Emory's Evening MBA Program in May 2011. Bowden is currently serving as chair of the Annual Giving Directors Consortium.

Jasmine Stewart Carter

Jasmine Stewart Carter
Director of Alumni Relations
University of Texas at Dallas

Jasmine Carter is the director of alumni relations at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of alumni programs that strategically engage Jindal School of Management alumni.

Prior to joining the UT Dallas team, Carter was the assistant director for constituent programs at Georgia State University, where she coordinated alumni networks nationwide. She joined the university in October 2010 to create a student alumni association. In two years, the organization reached 2,200 members.

Her accomplishments include receiving the CASE ASAP national award for Outstanding Adviser and Outstanding Student Organization and five CASE District III and District IV recognitions including the Faculty Star award. Previously, she worked at the University of Texas at Arlington as the assistant director of alumni and student programs. She advised the Student Alumni Association, growing it from 14 members to 2,600.

Carter is a frequent presenter at CASE conferences and is a past member of the CASE ASAP executive board. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Texas.

Brian Gawor

Brian Gawor
Vice President for Research
Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Brian Gawor serves as vice president  for research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. His focus is research and strategy to help propel the fundraising results of clients.

Gawor has 14+ years of higher education experience in student affairs, enrollment management and development. He began his career directing the student ambassador phoning and campus tour programs of Knox College, his alma mater. His efforts supported the achievement of record enrollment at Knox which continues today. He then joined the college's $3 million Knox Fund and, with the help of Ruffalo Noel Levitz's on-site management, set an institutional record for alumni donors during a tough economy. Most recently, Gawor served for four years as director of development for the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.

He is currently completing a doctorate at Illinois State University, where he is studying higher education donors, fundraising and the experiences of student fundraisers.

Lori Hurvitz

Lori Hurvitz
Executive Director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
University of Chicago

Lori Hurvitz is the executive director of alumni engagement and annual giving at the University of Chicago.

Hurvitz earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and political science from the University of Michigan and her master's degree in administration, planning and social policy with a focus in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She completed her doctorate in 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research examined student philanthropy initiatives at nine Ivy-plus institutions and earned the merit of distinction from Penn GSE faculty as well as the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy, Doctoral Dissertation, from CASE.

She has presented with both CASE and NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education on the subject of student philanthropy and published a chapter on student philanthropy in Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors (Routledge, 2013), which received the 2014 Skystone Partners Research Prize in Philanthropy and Fundraising by the Association for Fundraising.

Daniel Nugent

Daniel Nugent
Assistant Vice President of Advancement Services and Campaign Manager
Seton Hall University

Daniel Nugent currently serves his alma mater as assistant vice president of advancement services and manager of the university's comprehensive capital campaign. For more than 12 years, he held a number of positions in Seton Hall's alumni relations department. His experience includes engaging constituents at every level. His passion is working to involve students in all aspects of engagement, cultivation and stewardship. 

Nugent founded Seton Hall's award-winning Student Alumni Association, worked to enhance opportunities for student philanthropy, implemented philanthropy education programs, and created new and meaningful ways for students and alumni to form new connections to the school and each other. He believes in a model of integrated advancement that encourages partnership between campus departments and meaningful involvement from students.

He speaks regularly at conferences and seminars regarding his experiences with student engagement and has served as an adviser for the CASE ASAP Executive Board.

Nugent has a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations and a master's degree in strategic governance and policy.

Jenny Cooke

Jenny Cooke Smith
Senior Solutions Consultant

Jenny Cooke Smith manages the donorCentrics Benchmarking Services for Higher Education for Target Analytics, a division of Blackbaud. In her role she oversees the reports, meetings, and collaborative peer groups for over 200 independent schools, colleges and universities who participate in donorCentrics, a collaborative benchmarking service. In addition, she helps analyze overall industry trends for Alumni Giving in Higher Education and partners with schools to interpret these trends to effect fundraising strategy. She has over 15 years of experience in the fundraising industry, as both a consultant and development officer and is a frequent speaker at CASE and other industry conferences. She has additionally worked as a Fundraising Specialist for Blackbaud, coaching nonprofit board and staff members in implementing strategies to increase annual funding. Before joining Blackbaud, she spent four years at Hospice of Charleston. She has also worked in media relations for the Humane Society of the US and a local community hospital. Jenny holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.