On August 10-11, 2012 over 700 social justice fundraiser organizers from across the country came together in Oakland to build and strengthen our collective resources, grassroots fundraising skills, and vision for our movements.

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Keynote Speakers Saru Jayaraman and Attica Woodson Scott shared inspiring stories of how integrating fundraising and organizing can create real change for marginalized communities.

GIFT 2012 Conference August 10-11

Saru Jayaraman is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College. Founded by Saru and displaced 9/11 workers, ROC now 8000 members in eight affiliates nationwide. Saru co-edited The New Urban Immigrant Workforce, (ME Sharpe, 2005). Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, and was named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, 1010 Wins’ “Newsmaker of the Year,” and one of New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York.

Attica Woodson Scott was appointed as the District 1 representative to Louisville Metro Council in October 2011. District 1 spans the west and southwest areas of Jefferson County. She served as Coordinator of Kentucky Jobs with Justice from 2004-2012. Attica previously served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Bellarmine University from 2009-2011 having recently taught a course on “Social Networking for Social Justice.” In 2005, she was selected to serve as a Forum Fellow for the Courier-Journal and featured in “People to Watch” in Louisville Magazine, and was awarded the 2011 national “Woman of Vision” honor by the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Conference Co-Chairs: Ryan Li Dahlstrom & Nisha Anand

Organizing Committee Volunteers 

Alia Trindle, Causa Justa: Just Cause

Anouska Cheddie, Environmental Defense Fund

Chad Jones, Community Investment Network

Jose Dominguez, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Laurene Francois, Causa Justa: Just Cause

Margie Fine, Consultant

Meredith Gray, RoadMap Consulting

Russell Roybal, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Sophia Kizilbash, Native Youth Leadership Alliance

Yee Won Chong, GIFT Board Member

Program Advisory Committee Volunteers

Abel Valladares, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Bianca Escalante, Level Playing Field Institute

Chauniqua Young, GIFT Internship Alumna

Dara Silverman, Consultant

Dolores Garay, California Rural Legal Assistance

Jackie Kaplan, Consultant

Jessica de Jesus, Ella Baker Center

Jordan T Garcia, GIFT Board Member

Mario Lugay, Mitchell Kapor Foundation

Natalia Lopez, Consultant

Pam Pompey, Ujaama

Stephanie Roth, Consultant

Uma Rao, Pride Foundation

Thank You to Our 2012 Conference Sponsors!

(list current as of 6/20/12)

“Share the Gifts” Consultant Sponsors

Funding Change Training & Consulting

Window Box Consulting



Shiree Teng, Teng & Smith, Inc.

Mary Morten, The Morten Group

Earp Events & Fundraising

Ma’ayan Simon, Converge Consulting

Klein & Roth Consulting

Peggy Mathews Consulting

Natalia López Consulting

Nisha Anand


Andy Robinson

Robert Weiner Consulting

Topakian Communications


Donating Sponsor: To $499

Adriana Rocha

Alexandra Carter

Alia Trindle

Anna Couey

Anne Tapp

Ari Wohlfeiler

Audrey Reyes

Aurea Montes-Rodriguez

Bianca Escalante

Bob Norris

Cathy Howell

Cristina González

Daniel Bao

Daniel Chin

Darren Isom

David Wight

Elena Featherston

Ellen Anderman

Frances Kunreuther

Gloria Leyba

Heddy Nam

Helena Wong

Hendrick Hartog

Jamie Sims

Jasmin Thana

Jennifer Emiko Boyden

Jessica de Jesus

Jordan Garcia

Jose Dominguez

Joshua Schare

Judy Levine

Judy Hatcher

June Rostan

Karen Boyden

Karen Blumenthal

Kathleen Mahoney-Norris

Kay Archer Bowden

Kelly Costello

Ken Stern

Kevin Ryan

Kristen Cashmore, GIFT Intern Alumna

Leslie Griep

Linda Wiggins

Lisa Knoblauch

Manuela Esteva Martinez

Mario Lugay

Marjorie Fine

Marla Cornelius

Martin and Jane Schwartz

Merry Demarest

Michael Gast

Miya Yoshitani

Nan Jessup

Nan Parks McCarthy

Natasha Kerr

Paige Kruza

Paul Saunders

Priscilla Hung

Rachel Efron

Ramesh Kathanadhi

Regina Demis

Rory Brown

Rosie McCormick

Ruth Herring

Ryan Li Dahlstrom

Sandra Martinez

Scott Ullman

Sonia Plata

SooJin Pate

Sophia Kizilbash

Stacy Kono

Steve Lew

Steve Bromer

Uma Rao

Veronica Flores

William Bromer

Yee Won Chong

The Greenlining Institute

Supporting Sponsor: $500 – $1,999

Development Executives Roundtable

Fund for Santa Barbara

Marion Sweeney

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

North Star Fund

Ramzi Abadou

Russell Roybal

Southern Partners Fund

Y & H Soda Foundation

Sustaining Sponsor: $2,000 – $4,999

Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock