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BCC's Cape attends meeting of fundraising professionals in El Dorado
College representatives attended a convention for fundraising professionals on June 19. Back row, from left: Tano Tovilla, Seward; Larry Pankratz, Salina Area Technical; Dana Sneed, Hutchinson; Barry Fisher, Pratt; Rob Wyrick, Johnson County; Keith Jaloma, Highland; Hayley Hobbs, Butler. Middle row: Gayle Goetz, WSU Tech; Heather Gennette, Cloud County; Jessica Forbes, Labette; Christina Haselhorst, Dodge City. Second row: Mandy Monroy, Independence; Lindi Forbes, Labette; Tracy Geisler, Manhatt

EL DORADO — Nearly 25 development staff and fundraising professionals convened at Butler Community College June 19 for a one-day conference to share ideas, hear from experts, and network.

Coleen Cape, director of institutional advancement at Barton Community College, joined representatives from 17 other community and technical colleges in Kansas at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus for the first time in several years. The event, which used to be annual, was resurrected by Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer who is retiring July 1 after 18 years of leadership at the Butler Foundation.

“In the world of nonprofits, having a system of colleagues you can lean on for advice and support is absolutely invaluable,” Cofer said. “I felt strongly that one of my final acts as a fundraiser should be to bring all of these talented individuals together again to learn from one another.”

Six of the attendees presented on topics ranging from donor recognition to investment and spending policies. Two independent consultants who specialize in campaigns and data management, respectively, were also invited to present to the group providing another level of expertise and knowledge to an informative day.

Lunch was held at the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex so attendees from the other institutions could see the stadium and hear about the collaborative process that brought it to fruition. 

The group plans to continue to hold the event annually, with the location rotating.