Kait Sheridan and Dana Rinderknecht

October 8, 2014   

Featuring: Kait Sheridan,
Director of Partnerships & Programs for the Center for Innovation & Social Impact, 92nd Street Y and Dana RinderknechtPast President, Junior League of Denver and Director of Online Giving, Community First Foundation

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A Giving Day—whether it’s specifically #GivingTuesday or another day designated by local communities—leverages social media networks to bring together nonprofits and individuals to build awareness of the work nonprofits are engaged in, generate excitement around giving and philanthropy, and attract new donors to great causes.

For example, in 2013 Community First Foundation’s Colorado Gives Day raised $20.5 million dollars for 1,449 local nonprofits, from 38,760 individual donors…in ONE day. And that does not include the multitude of efforts by everyday people like the 92nd Street Y’s international giving day, #GivingTuesday—whose viral hashtag reached 2 billion users on Twitter.

So, how can you get involved and what makes a community giving day successful? Access our webinar recording to hear first-hand from the women who drive the success of #GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day as well as how you can harness the spirit of philanthropy for good in your community.

You’ll hear from experts in the field on:

  • History of community giving days and the “gamification” of online fundraising
  • The story behind #GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives
  • How to leverage resources to plot your strategy and make a successful case for support
  • Examples of Junior League’s that successfully raised funds through giving days

Meet the presenters:

Kait Sheridan

Director of Partnerships & Programs for the Center for Innovation & Social Impact, 92nd Street Y

As Director of Partnerships & Programs for the Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92Y, Kait helps to develop and scale innovative programming across all of 92Y’s multi-disciplinary areas. One such initiative is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In its second year, the #GivingTuesday movement united more than 10,000 corporate and nonprofit partners in the U.S. and around the world. Kait manages operations and partner outreach for #GivingTuesday, and helps curate the educational program. Before joining the Center for Innovation, Kait worked in Development at 92Y, The New York Botanical Garden, and Oxford University, and specialized in corporate sponsorship.

Dana Rinderknecht

Director of Online Giving, Community First Foundation

Dana joined the Community First Foundation staff in December 2007 and serves the organization as its director of online giving. Soon after she joined Community First Foundation, she helped launch, a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Three years later, she was the driving force behind the introduction of Colorado Gives Day, the state’s largest online giving day. Through these two programs, more than $81 million has been raised online for Colorado nonprofits.

Prior to joining Community First Foundation, Dana served as the Director of Resource Development for Dental Aid and as the Executive Director of Family Pathways of Colorado. A past Junior League of Denver President, she has volunteered and serves on the Boards of several Denver-area nonprofits. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Colorado Women’s Golf Association, serves as a board member of the West Chamber Foundation and is a Commissioner with the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. She holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics from Colorado State University.