Congratulations to our 2017 VIV Award Recipients!

Many thanks to each and every organization that shared a volunteer story with us! We were thrilled by the number of submissions we received for our inaugural VIV (Very Important Volunteer) contest and enjoyed reading about the inspiring men, women and children who give their most valuable resource (their time) to help others. We are pleased to announce our 2017 VIV Award Recipients! 


Story submitted by Teresa L. Heavens, Director, Service Excellence & Volunteer Services

“I’ve had the pleasure of working for the past four years with Clarence Clark, RN, a volunteer for 18 years at Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia. It is an honor and privilege to call this remarkable man my friend. Clarence is a true “Hidden Figure.” Once turned away from nursing school for the color of his skin, Clarence went on to be a successful military nurse in the Army for over 3 decades. At 84, he volunteers at Methodist’s Emergency Department, and has been pleased to assist the nursing assistants and nurses getting beds ready, running for linen and other things to help the ED run efficiently.

Two years ago, Clarence accepted Jefferson’s invitation to be a part of its inaugural Patient & Family Advisory Council. You see, he not only is a nurse, but he was also a patient on a number of occasions at Jefferson, and saw it as an opportunity to give feedback and suggestions to the Senior Leadership at Jefferson through the Council.

Most recently, I received a frantic call from a total stranger. It was from a desperate man who lived about 4 hours away from Philadelphia. He wasn’t even a patient at Jefferson. Rather, this person was receiving lifesaving ketamin-booster kidney infusion at another provider. It was only one of six such centers in eastern part of the US to offer this modality to help save his life. The man was alone in the world and despite many attempts with the other provider, could not get assistance when coming into Philadelphia to get to and from the treatment from his hotel room.

I immediately thought of Clarence since he was a former nurse. I didn’t promise the man anything, but thought maybe Clarence could help. Clarence, being Clarence, accepted the responsibility immediately. In February, and just this month in early April, Clarence met the man at the Greyhound bus terminal, took him to his treatment, transported him to his hotel, picked him up the next day and repeated the process, and took the man back to the bus terminal to return home. All at his own expense.

This may not seem too overwhelming to most people. But, the fact that Clarence is 84 does make it extra special. He’s a man of such warmth, duty and honor, that when I saw this opportunity to celebrate him during April’s Volunteer month, I couldn’t help myself. Clarence is truly a remarkable person who is so deserving of this honor.”


Story submitted by Sophie Tentrop, Development and Communications Associate

“Pat is such an essential part of our programs that we would not know what to do without her. As a college adviser and education expert, she has a truly special gift for guiding the women and mothers in our programs through the jungle of educational opportunities while empowering them to take charge of their lives and gain long-term financial security.

Pat is that knowledgeable, well-connected person that many of the women and children in our programs don’t have – but so desperately need. Her impact has been immeasurable for this particular family:

Eileen came to us 6 years ago when she was in danger of losing her home, while she was battling a brain tumor and unable to work. We supported her in gaining housing security and Pat has been working closely with Eileen and her daughter Katie. Together, they visited college campuses, secured a scholarship and Katie is now studying in Philadelphia. Pat worked tirelessly to open doors for Katie that would have stayed closed otherwise.

Many of the women in our programs are overwhelmed by the complexity and cost of the educational system. Pat takes down these barriers one by one. Her volunteerism has a direct impact on ending generational poverty in our county.”

THIRD PLACE: JOHN FLOYD – Quest Therapeutic

Story submitted by Rose Feldman, Volunteer Coordinator

“Here at Quest Therapeutic Services we serve an average of 85 children a month and our volunteer base is just as large. Every one of our volunteers fills my heart, but a few of them render me without words. One of those volunteers is named John Floyd. The ongoing list of efforts made by Mr. Floyd to engage-in, support, and promote Quest Therapeutic is extensive. Every week for over five years now, he provides a minimum of 4 hours of direct service to our therapists and children. That is over 1,000 hours of service! He also attends, on his own accord, other volunteers’ trainings just so he can “continue to improve his skills with the horses.” He actively seeks guidance and often provides valuable feedback.

That is just the tip of the iceberg for John. Twice a year he puts his sales experience and enthusiasm for Quest to good use and attends a volunteer fair where he helps recruit new students to join our team. Before the fair, he stops in at Quest several times to obtain special flyers that he distributes around campus. By the time we arrive at the fair it seems that half the student body already knows who we are. Since he joined our team, he has easily tripled our sign-up at the fairs and stabilized our volunteer base. Anybody in a non-profit knows the immense gift of a solid volunteer base. John was a key factor in that happening for us.

As if that isn’t enough, there is more! His fervor for Quest has led him to present to local business organizations to aid us in finding financial sponsors for our ponies. He talks about the great work we are doing for children everywhere he goes and frequently stops in to refill his supply of promotional materials.

If you think his loving kindness is filled to the brim –you’re wrong. His kindness spills over even to our staff. On a regular basis, he treats a staff member to a free lunch, just to say thank you for our work here. “Wait, shouldn’t WE be thanking HIM?” You might ask – and we do, with every effort he makes. At this point, the words ‘thank you,’ don’t seem like enough. I cannot think of a better way to show him our gratitude than to nominate him for this award.

John is more than a VIV. John is an extraordinary human being with a heart that keeps on giving, and I hope that your judges will agree. Thank you so much for your time and these important recognitions of outstanding community members.”


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Nancy Dunleavy honored by The Philadelphia Business Journal


Pictured amidst her board colleagues from Gwynedd Mercy University, Nancy was proud to be recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Outstanding Directors of 2017. Left to right: Joe England (Trustee), Maria England, Ken Lawrence, Sr., Charlotte McKines (Trustee), Mike Dunleavy, Nancy Dunleavy, Dr. Kathleen Owens (President), Sister Margaret Taylor (Trustee), Bill Avery (Trustee Emeritus), Sister Rosemary Herron (Trustee)

The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Nancy Dunleavy, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd Mercy University, as one of its Outstanding Directors for 2017.  The black tie awards dinner was held on February 23rd at the Union League of Philadelphia.

Nancy is the Founder & CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a professional services firm dedicated to helping charitable organizations achieve their fullest potential.

Nominated by Dr. Kathleen Owens, the President of Gwynedd Mercy University, who went on to say, “Nancy brings such strength to our Board of Trustees, both her leadership skills, her ability to move the agenda forward and yet deal with the 25 other individuals who are active on our Board.”

Nancy has been a trustee at Gwynedd Mercy since 2006 and is currently in her second term as Chairperson; she shared – “I am humbled to have been nominated by Gwynedd Mercy University and honored to have been selected among this esteemed group of colleagues.

The Philadelphia Business Journal says of its Outstanding Directors: “Behind every great company or organization is a great board of directors – people who are committed and tireless in the pursuit of excellence.”

Nancy also serves on two other boards, The Board of Directors for the Union League of Philadelphia and the Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs.  Additionally, in 2016, she completed nine years of service on the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board.

Along with Nancy, those awarded the Outstanding Director Award include:

  • George W. Gephart Jr., President & CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences; Trustee, Main Line Health board of governors who received the Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Paul Beideman, President and CEO, Avenue of the Arts Inc., Vice-chair of Widener University’s Board of Trustees
  • Walter Cressman, Board member of Penn Community Bank
  • Lauren Dougherty, Design Director at FS Investments, Board President of AIGA Philadelphia
  • Stan Silverman, Board member of Drexel University
  • Lloyd Freeman, Partner at Archer, Executive board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
  • Mark Gittelman, Chief Practice Counsel – Asset Recovery at PNC Bank, Board member of Support Center for Child Advocates
  • Karen Higgins, President of A&E Communications, Immediate Past President of NAWBO Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs
  • Mildred Joyner, President of MCJ Consultants, Board member of DNB Financial
  • Jeffrey Lutsky, Managing Partner at Stradley Ronon, Board member of University of the Arts, Board member of Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA
  • Vin Milano, CEO of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Board member of Spark Therapeutics
  • Robert N.C. Nix III, Of Counsel, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, Board member of FS Investment Corp. III
  • David Pudlin, President and CEO, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller; Board member, Mural Arts Philadelphia
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An Abundance of Gratitude


Each year, as we prepare to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, reflecting upon the gifts present in our lives becomes customary. This time of year provides a special moment of reflection for me, personally, as it coincides with the founding of Dunleavy & Associates.

Throughout the past 15 years, it has been a sincere pleasure to lead and steward the growth and evolution of our firm. I have had the opportunity to hone my superpower for finding great talent; we’ve recruited some of the most talented professionals in the field – women and men with whom I have had the fortune to work and from whom I have learned so much. For each of you, past and present, I am grateful.

I am a big believer in the power of gratitude. I practice it each day, personally and professionally. It has become a daily mantra, waking me up to notice all of the gifts in my life, ever thankful for another day of leading a team that excels at creating sustainable ways to improve the organizations with which we are privileged to collaborate.

We are each stronger due, in large part, to those who are a significant and integral presence in our lives-motivators, teachers, mentors and, most importantly, friends and family. These are the people who provide scaffolding around us in times of triumph, challenge, vulnerability, risk-taking and reward. I am grateful for their honesty, transparency, counsel and the encouragement they provide without hesitation.

As you gather around the table to enjoy a meal this Thursday, take a moment or two (really, as many moments as it takes) to look around at all that is good and brings you joy. THIS, my friends, is what matters most.

On behalf of Dunleavy & Associates, we wish you and all whom you hold dear a very happy Thanksgiving holiday.

In gratitude, 


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Don’t Go Dark: Stay Connected with Constituents During the Summer Months


By Megan Lepore

Ah, summer. Warmer weather, vacations, and memories with family and friends.

And over two months of potential radio silence from an organization’s constituents as they “go off the grid” for fun in the sun.

But, alas, this doesn’t have to be the experience of all nonprofits. The secret to success is strategizing and preparing several meaningful touch points including communication and fundraising that allow you to stay in front of your constituents and for them to remain engaged in your work.

It’s true that once the calendar turns to June, donors are counting the days until school is out and packing bags for vacation. Meanwhile, many nonprofits are preparing for the end of their fiscal year and looking ahead to the next.

Not too far behind is July – representing the beginning of the third quarter and what can typically be a “slow month” relative to donations and activities.

However, there are ways to make sure your supporters don’t forget the sunscreen or your organization. Here are a few ideas to pack away:

Go where your donors are. The summertime can be a great time to plan a grassroots fundraiser with your constituent base at the beach. A small event may be the perfect platform for a more laid back event (beach attire vs. formal attire), such as a happy hour, reunion or family fun event. Depending on the format of the event, the goal may be to host a fundraiser and/or a “friendraiser”. Either way, organizations can raise awareness and engage constituents at a time when they may not have otherwise.

Give your constituents some beach reading. Consider mailing out a quick “end of fiscal year” infographic with a letter highlighting accomplishments – essentially a precursor to an annual report to be mailed at a later date. This can also be sent in electronic form to your donor base for those who just can’t seem to truly disconnect from it all while on vacation.

Know the alternative addresses for your donors. As an organization gets to know its donor base, more personal information tends to be shared. This includes any seasonal change of address for donors who are snowbirds and spend off seasons in the Florida Keys or those who have summer homes. Knowing this information will help to ensure that your message reaches the right audience in a timely manner. In addition, take advantage of the “down time” and work with a mail house to conduct a NCOA (National Change of Address) update to your mailing list (best practice is at least once per year). This is an investment in the integrity of your database, and your postage budget!

Save the Dates for upcoming events. Though we don’t want to ever rush through the delight of summer, there is always planning to be done for upcoming events. Don’t forget to remind constituents of events and opportunities to be engaged that are on the horizon. If at all possible, offer early registration rates for events to begin to build your guest count. Determine if printed or electronic pieces are the best option for your organization.

Conversational Communication. Take a cue from the season and adjust the tone of your communication with constituents. Enjoy the opportunity to be more relaxed in your messages, and even have a little fun with them. For example, posts on social media can be converted to more activity based links than consistent programmatic updates. Share information about community events hosted by your partners, or offer timely tips related to water safety, educational opportunities, child safety, family friendly activities, etc. While making new memories, don’t hesitate to share a few throwback photos.

However you decide to communicate with your constituents during the summer months, continue to be purposeful in your approach. There are always opportunities to engage new supporters and steward current ones.

Happy summer!

About the author: Megan Lepore is a Senior Project Manager at Dunleavy & Associates and has more than 12 years of development experience in the fields of healthcare, education and human services. She holds a Master of Science in Communication Management from Temple University, where she has also taught undergraduate courses in speech communication, public relations and news writing. Building strategic communication plans, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, foundation relations and event planning round out her professional expertise.

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Four Tips for a Successful Volunteer Program

Cheryl Pompeo

Cheryl Pompeo

Most nonprofits readily embrace the idea of a volunteer program. Every nonprofit has tasks they lack resources to complete and enjoy having help from individuals who support their mission. However, starting a volunteer program and keeping it running is something to approach with care. Here are some tips to ensure your volunteer program runs smoothly.

Spread the word. One of the best ways to recruit volunteers is to be highly visible in the community. This can take several forms. Spread the word about your activities by having a good website and being actively engaged on social media. Use current volunteers to recruit new volunteers — people sympathetic to your cause often have friends who also identify with your mission. It’s hard to predict who will be drawn to your mission or good works, so exposing the largest possible number of people to your nonprofit is the best way to attract volunteers. Make sure all your communications project a clear brand and message and get your name in front of community members as often as possible by participating in local events where you can interact with like-minded people.

Focus on fit. Often, a volunteer will say “I’ll do whatever you need me to do,” but a nonprofit needs to drill deeper and find the right role for the volunteer. It’s always best to go over the opportunities and help guide a volunteer to select a role in which they will find value and feel they can make an impact. Putting someone in a job just because it has to be done can backfire if it isn’t a good fit for the volunteer. Get to know your volunteers. Talk to them and find out what attracts them to the work you do. Once you know your volunteers’ interests and motivations, you can find roles in your organization that suit their preferences and personalities.

Show appreciation. The relationship with volunteers must be stewarded like any other. Talk to volunteers to learn what type of recognition is most meaningful. Some volunteers are modest and don’t want accolades. Some enjoy having their photo in Facebook, whereas others really feel adequately rewarded by a warm and heartfelt thank you note. Creating opportunities for regular interaction with other volunteers and holding volunteer events can reinforce your appreciation and keep volunteers connected to your organization.

Check in regularly. It’s good to have ongoing contact with volunteers. As the relationship develops, ask for their feedback. After an event, ask what they think went well or didn’t? How would they have done things differently? Invest time in showing that you value your volunteer’s opinion. The stronger the relationship becomes, the more likely it is that the volunteer will bring more resources and contacts, which would be a long term win for the organization.

Whether your nonprofit is starting a new volunteer program or wants to improve an existing one, Dunleavy can help. We work with institutions large and small to build programs that set them—and their volunteers—up for success. To learn more about what Dunleavy & Associates can do for your nonprofit, contact us today.

About the author: Cheryl Pompeo is Senior Project Manager at Dunleavy & Associates. She brings nearly a decade of experience in special event and volunteer management experience to the firm. Formerly a Director of Special Events and a Regional Executive Director for a Philadelphia area healthcare nonprofit, Cheryl also specializes in campaign fundraising, corporate development, donor cultivation, board and committee development, and program delivery. Cheryl uses her knowledge to help Dunleavy’s clients strategically plan and implement endurance events, including walks, runs, and marathon campaigns.

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How can nonprofits maintain authentic donor relationships throughout the year?


by Debi Hoxter

Congratulations! You’ve identified, cultivated and solicited your donor and he/she has just made a major gift (the amount of a major gift will vary depending on the size of your organization).

At this point, many nonprofits believe their work is complete, but nothing could be further from the truth, for this is when authentic donor stewardship begins.

What is authentic donor stewardship? It is the stewarding of the individual, not just the gift, and is grounded in the desire to treat donors as partners by honoring their generosity and demonstrating how their gifts make a difference.

Remember, donors have contributed to your nonprofit because they feel a connection to your organization, its mission and the individuals involved. Nurturing donor relationships enables those who give to connect more deeply to your organization and those you serve and, as a result, make future contributions. Follow these steps to keep them connected to your nonprofit and aware their gift is appreciated.

Step One: Learn a prospective donor’s stewardship expectations before the gift is secured – or soon after

Ask the donor prospect what would be the most meaningful way to steward his/her gift, and what that would look like. Importantly, determine his/her preferred means of communication early on and for all outreach going forward, whether it be by phone or email (donors always appreciate being asked). This conversation enables you to learn more about who the donor is and what motivates him/her to give.

Step Two: Place a phone call within 24 hours of receiving the gift

Within 24 hours a phone call should be placed by your organization’s Executive Director/CEO and the person with whom the donor has the closest relationship. There is nothing that can substitute for a gracious and heartfelt “thank you,” and a donor will always remember the personal outreach.

Step Three: Send a personalized acknowledgment letter within two business days of receiving the gift

Ideally, a letter should be sent to acknowledge the donor’s gift within two days of receipt. If a template is used to create the letter, it should be personalized so that it appears to be written specifically for that donor and the donor’s partner should also be acknowledged in the letter. The dollar value of the gift should be listed in the letter and a brief explanation of the gift’s benefit to the organization.

The acknowledgment letter should always include a short, handwritten post-script.

Step Four: Communicate with your donor throughout the year to demonstrate the impact of his or her gift

Oftentimes donors feel that the nonprofit they support communicates with them only when it’s time to solicit another gift. To set your organization apart, it is critical to build your donor relationships throughout the year through authentic, customized stewardship tactics, identifying a plan that is meaningful to each donor.

For example, invite the donor to visit your organization and make introductions to staff and clients who have benefited from their generosity. Similarly, a letter from a staff member or client expressing his thanks to your donor for his gift and its impact is especially meaningful.

Smaller, donor-only events are also an ideal way to express thanks to your donors and build a sense of camaraderie among your donor base. If your nonprofit has just completed a renovation, plan an event to thank donors for their contributions and conduct first-look tours of the new offices. For those who prefer one-on-one interactions, a lunch invitation to update a donor on how his or her gift is impacting your organization would be especially meaningful.

Step Five: Make personal connections/touches throughout the year

Staying in touch on a personal basis throughout the year is certain to build your relationships with donors. Invite your donor to participate in a Career Day if applicable to your organization. Send your donor a note when a child is getting married or if a grandchild is born. These milestones should be in your database of details gathered during the cultivation step. Or, in lieu of the standard holiday card, consider sending a Thanksgiving card that expresses your gratitude.

Most important is creating a stewardship plan for each donor and developing a calendar of “touches” throughout the year. Dunleavy & Associates’ development professionals have the expertise to guide you throughout the donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process. To learn more, visit our website at


About the author: Debi Hoxter is Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at Dunleavy & Associates. Pulling from her prior experience as Executive Director, Corporate Underwriting at WHYY, Debi works with clients to build donor and corporate relationships and create strategies for meeting revenue goals. She began her career in advertising, working first at Ted Bates and Grey advertising agencies in New York before serving as Advertising Sales Manager at Philadelphia Magazine.





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How should a nonprofit talk to potential donors about overhead costs?

Megan Lepore

By Megan Lepore

In a world where everything is scrutinized, administrative costs (also referred to as “overhead”) have almost become dirty words in nonprofit fundraising. Everyone’s heard some version of the following, usually from an uninformed friend or family member: “Can you believe [insert organization here] keeps a third of every dollar? They won’t get a dime from me!

With the budgets of even large, nationally respected organizations being targeted for criticism in recent years, the dilemma for small and mid-sized nonprofits is great. How much financial information should you openly offer to donors and prospects, and how can you best convey it? Is it best not to mention overhead costs at all, or perhaps speak in generalities?

At Dunleavy & Associates, we believe strongly in the importance of honesty and transparency. Leaving donors or prospects in the dark about where their money is going will eventually have negative repercussions, and you can bet they’ll never donate again once their trust is broken.

What donors are really concerned about is not just confirmation of where their dollar is going, but whether or not it’s being wasted. Donors by nature are considerate people, capable of understanding that yes, your staff must earn a salary in order to carry out your nonprofit’s mission. And they (should) recognize that there are real costs involved to doing your work.

So, what is the solution? Use your organization’s communication channels to talk about those costs. It’s okay to talk with prospects about the expenses associated with using current technologies to provide integral services to your constituents, the need to sometimes outsource services (such as graphic design), and the everyday cost of running a successful nonprofit organization.

At the same time, it’s not unreasonable for them to want to know how well you steward their dollars. Be prepared to share what percentage of donations goes to overhead costs. You can share how your organization has worked with vendors to make more cost-efficient decisions (bulk printing, shared resources, in-kind services, etc.) and how the staff and board have resolved to more closely monitor expenses to increase revenue in the new year. This type of information will help to build trust that your organization is careful with every dollar.

And don’t be afraid to spice up your communications. Many organizations report their financials only at the end of the year, often in a large, dense report. Let your donors know how their contributions are making an impact in the community – in both big and small ways.

Send out brief recaps that utilize statistical infographics or photos of your clients and staff. Tell them how the campaign they donated to fed 300 families for a month, or helped 30 pups find forever homes. Highlight your top corporate or individual donors to reward them for their support.

And don’t just wait till the end of the year. Break with tradition and send a brief mid-year synopsis detailing the accomplishments of the first six months, as well as your capital and campaign goals for the next six. Not only will your donors feel more involved in the process, you’ll keep up with your financials and avoid the end-of-year pileup.

Always remember, in a time when donors, prospects and journalists have access to your 990s at the click of a mouse, any effort to cloud your financials is a disaster waiting to happen. Instead, get ahead of the conversation and build trust with transparency through smarter, more engaging communications.

About the author: Megan Lepore is a Senior Project Manager at Dunleavy & Associates and has more than 10 years of development experience in the fields of healthcare, education and human services. She holds a Master of Science in Communication Management from Temple University, where she has also taught undergraduate courses in speech communication, public relations and news writing. Annual appeals, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, foundation relations and event planning round out her professional expertise.

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Dunleavy produces Third Annual CORA Family Festival

Dunleavy & Associates produced the third annual Family Festival and Craft Fair on Saturday April 26, 2014, 11am – 3pm at CORA Services (8540 Verree Road). This event brings the community together and features lots of family fun including games, inflatables, crafts, talent show, music and delicious food. Crafters are selling unique items. Local businesses and community members support the mission while children and their families have a great time.

Proceeds help CORA Services support its mission to assist children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity. CORA provides a comprehensive array of services to meet community needs including Early Years Preschool Education, After School and Summer Programs, Intervention and Prevention Services, Counseling and Case Management, as well as Educational, Counseling, and Therapeutic Services in Schools.

The goal of this event is to raise awareness about these services, increase local support, and most of all to provide family fun. Whatever your organization’s mission might be, Dunleavy can create and manage a signature event to achieve your goals. Dunleavy manages three annual events for CORA Services: Champions for Children Celebration, CORA for KIDS Golf Classic and Family Festival.



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Engaging younger generations as donors, volunteers and employees

On Saturday, April 26, Nancy Dunleavy will be presenting the ‘Engaging Younger Generations as Donors, Volunteers and Employees’ panel discussion at the Air Care Alliance 2014 Conference hosted by Angel Flight East. The conference sessions will be held in Blue Bell, PA at Normandy Farms and Wings Field (KLOM). Four Gen X and Y panelists who are involved in the nonprofit sector will join Nancy during the discussion to provide useful insight on the best ways to engage millennials through trust, loyalty and incentives.

Program attendees will gain a better understanding of the millennial generation through the panel and realize the benefits of engaging with the younger generation. Through the discussion, the audience will be learning useful strategies to connect to millennials and build their trust and loyalty.

The panel of millennial experts include:

  • Ms. Brittany Alba: Senior Project Associate, Dunleavy & Associates
  • Mr. Nick Coan:  Medical Student, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ms. Lisa Dickson: Senior VP, Financial and Strategic Planning, Radian Mortgage
  • Mr. Dan Kaufman: Associate Director, Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Wharton Leadership Program

The Air Care Alliance Conference is a chance for those involved with charitable aviation to learn more about hot topics affecting public benefit flying and to get together with friends and colleagues for a great time.

To find out more information on this event, please visit

To book Nancy Dunleavy as a speaker at your next event, contact




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Dunleavy Plans Benefit and Auction for Child Advocates

On April 9, 2014, Support Center for Child Advocates celebrated 37 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social services advocacy organization for children at the Annual Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Approximately 800 legal, corporate and individual supporters attended the cocktail reception, live and silent auction that featured more than 450 unique and exciting items! The event, which honored Ed Satell, Founder and CEO of Progressive Business Publications, raised more than $480,000 to support the organization’s mission. Dunleavy & Associates was honored to assist with the production and management of the event and help Child Advocates raise funds to support it’s very important mission.

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Help SquashSmarts Reach Its Goal

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation offers SquashSmarts a $15,ooo Matching Challenge. If this organization can raise $7500 by May 23rd, Dick’s will match it, for a total of $15,ooo. Please help SquashSmarts reach their goal by making a donation:
all donations must be made on-line via the above link

100% of gifts will be used to help SquashSmarts meet the challenge and, more importantly, enable SquashSmarts Middle School Teams to travel to the 2014 Urban Individual Nationals.

Founded in 2001, SquashSmarts is a free intensive out-of-school time program changing the lives of Philadelphia’s public school students. SquashSmarts is a 501c3 non-profit academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kids in school, in shape, and on track for graduation. 

SquashSmarts works with 5th-12th grade students who are selected based on commitment, effort and attitude, not athletic or academic ability. Operating out of two facilities, the Lenfest Center (North Philadelphia) and Drexel’sDaskalakis Athletic Center (West Philadelphia), students attend practices three days each week focusing on SquashSmarts’ Five Pillars: (1) Academic Support, (2) Squash Instruction, (3) Fitness and Nutrition, (4) Personal Achievement, and (5) Leadership. Students also participate in competitive squash opportunities, community service projects, cultural outings, and special events. For more information,

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Dunleavy and Associates Produces Successful Gala for St. Martin de Porres School on April 10, 2014

Dunleavy and Associates produced the 5th annual gala hosted by The Friends of St. Martin de Porres School at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue on Thursday evening April 10, 2014.  The “Budding Scholars” Gala honored Jerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, seated dinner and an exciting live auction with auctioneer Dave Frankel! The evening’s program, starring EMCEE Renee Chenault-Fattah, highlighted the talents and achievements of St. Martin de Porres School students and alumni.   All proceeds from the event benefit the 440-student elementary school.  Recently accredited by the Middle States Association,  St Martin is educating children with excellence in one of the poorest, crime-ridden neighborhoods of North Philadelphia.  100% of students graduate 8th grade and attend high school, with most going on to top-notch colleges.

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Nancy Dunleavy Mentors at PBJ BizWomen Mentoring Monday

Philadelphia Business Journal held its Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event on Monday April 7 at the Moore College of Art & Design. The event offered attendees the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions. Nancy Dunleavy was delighted to participate as a mentor and share advice on making connections.

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The Arthritis Foundation Will Honor Brittany Alba at April 2014 Event

Dunleavy and Associates is pleased to announce that the Arthritis Foundation will honor one of our project associates, Brittany Alba, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1990. Along with Brittany, Charlotte McKines, Vice President of Global Marketing Communications & Channel Strategies at Merck, will also be recognized as a “Woman on the Move.” These two exemplary women will be honored at the annual “Women on the Move” luncheon at 11:30am on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA.

A Woman on the Move is an extraordinary woman who balances family life, career and community involvement. They are “on the move” professionally, personally, and philanthropically.

This year, the Arthritis Foundation will also honor Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children with its Medical Practice Award.

The organization Women on the Move creates awareness about women with arthritis and the tools available through the Arthritis Foundation to help cope with and prevent the disease, while leading fulfilling and active lives.

A bright, passionate, highly engaging professional, Brittany Alba personifies the attributes of “women on the move.” A talented relationship-builder and energetic volunteer, Brittany served as President of the class of 2006 at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Her educational journey took her south of the Mason Dixon line to Washington D.C. where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the Catholic University of America. Those studies included a semester abroad in England when she realized that in addition to being educational, travel was energizing. At the age of 25 she has visited 10 countries, with many more on her “bucket list.” Professionally, Brittany brings her skills, talent and compassion to the work of helping nonprofit organizations sustain their missions. She is a valued member of the team of Dunleavy & Associates where her enthusiasm for helping others is not only effective, but contagious!

“Women on the Move” includes a fashion reception and auction, luncheon catered by STARR Events and awards ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available. Dunleavy proudly sponsors this event. To read Brittany’s personal reflection on her journey or for more information about this event, please visit

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Nancy Dunleavy Selected as Expert Panelist for Thrive Discussion featuring Arianna Huffington on April 1, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1st, join the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at the Hyatt at the Bellevue for an inspiring discussion featuring Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women and leading one of the fastest growing media companies, Huffington will share experiences and insights from her latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Audience members will hear about her realization that leading a successful life is more than just earning a bigger salary; true success lies in shifting focus to personal well-being, the ability to draw upon our intuition, inner wisdom, sense of wonder and our capacity for compassion and generosity.

Join us for a discussion with Arianna Huffington about her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Huffington will be featured in conversation with WHYY’s Maiken Scott.

After our conversation with Huffington, attendees will benefit from the experience of our panel of experts who will discuss themes from Thrive.


  • Teresa Bryce Bazemore, President, Radian Group Inc.
  • Nancy Dunleavy, Founder, CEO and Chief Talent Scout, Dunleavy & Associates
  • Anne Gordon, Sr. Vice President of Media and Communications, Philadelphia Eagles

Moderated by: Tami Bogutz Steinberg, Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg PC

You can purchase tickets for this inspiring morning by CLICKING HERE.

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