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SUNY Oneonta to Host Northeast Annual Giving Conference

More than 250 professionals from as far away as Oregon and Florida are expected to attend the ninth annual Northeast Annual Giving Conference March 20-21 at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt College Union. SUNY Oneonta is the first public college selected to host the annual event, which examines trends and issues facing annual giving professionals at educational institutions and other not-for-profit organizations.

The conference, which has expanded from one to two days for the first time this year, will include networking events, keynote speakers and breakout sessions on topics such as managing volunteers, using social media, direct-mail strategies and persuasive writing. It will begin at 9 a.m. March 20 with registration and opening remarks by SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Nancy Kleniewski.

Penelope Burk, president of Cygnus Applied Research Inc., will give the keynote address. Burk has more than 40 years of experience in not-for-profit management, fund raising and research and is the author of two books and a series of national research studies on donor behavior. She has also written more than 60 seminars, training programs and dramatic plays specifically for not-for-profit organizations.

The second day of the conference will open with a keynote address by author, lecturer, teacher and fund-raising consultant Jerry Smith. Bob Burdenski, an internationally recognized annual giving consultant, author, speaker and trainer, will give the closing keynote address.

The cost of the two-day conference is $100, and the registration deadline is March 14. Registration information and the conference schedule are available at More information on this event is available from Mark Piekarski, Director of Annual Giving at SUNY Oneonta, at (607) 436-2563 or

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