Always a popular program, Meet the Funders is your chance to find out directly from the funding sources what they are looking for, how your grant request can catch their eye and how to improve your fundraising efforts to get the results you want.
For fundraisers pursuing their CFRE, full participation in Meet the Funders is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.
Chris Sedlacek, Senior Director & General Manager, Canon
For nearly 36 years, Chris Sedlacek has been employed at Canon U.S.A., Inc. in Melville, NY. She currently leads the Corporate Communications Division and oversees Branding, Public Relations, Social Media, Web Operations, Internal Communications, Crisis Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. In her spare time, she is an avid golfer.
Raymond Schwetz, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations with Jovia Financial Credit Union
Ray Schwetz has over 30 years of experience in financial services, commercial banking, and community outreach working previously with New York Community Bank (Roosevelt Savings), TIAA-CREF, and WaMu/Chase. He joined the Jovia team in 2008 to develop business for the Credit Union and was award his current position within community relations in 2019. He has been involved as a committee member for various non-profits including the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), and the Long Island Imagine Awards. Ray currently serves on the board for the Nassau Community College Foundation. He was also awarded Outstanding Alumni from his Alumni Association and hosts a business talk radio show/podcast on 90.3 WHPC called 'Tower Talk'. Ray is a Nassau Community College and dean's list graduate of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Nanette Gerson - Corporate Affairs with Bethpage Federal Credit Union