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Thursday, May 7 • 11:10am - 12:40pm
(Civic) Impact on Fundraising

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Civic impact activities can extend the reach of opera companies into their communities — but can they also impact the bottom line with new funding? With a focus on Washington D.C. as a case study, as well as varied perspectives from opera, ballet, and the national funding scene, this session will explore how civic impact and community engagement can lead to new relationships with individual and institutional funders.

Moderators
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Dan Cooperman

Director of Development, OPERA America
Dan Cooperman joined OPERA America in February 2015 as director of development. He previously served as director of development for BalletX, a contemporary ballet company in Philadelphia, from 2012–2015, during which time the company's budget grew by 40 percent. Cooperman's interest in opera is rooted in his academic study of music history. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in music and German studies and McGill University with... Read More →

Speakers
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Rose Ann Cleveland

Executive Director, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Rose Ann Cleveland is the Executive Director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.  She joined the Foundation in August 2005, as Program Officer in the arts and humanities, and served as Acting Interim Executive Director from September 2005 until May 2006. With more than twenty years of experience in arts and education, she previously worked for Washington Performing Arts as Director of Programming, overseeing a... Read More →
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Septime Webre

Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet
Septime Webre was appointed Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet (TWB) in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and... Read More →
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Gae Whitener

Development Director, The Dallas Opera
With a strong background in communications and marketing, Gae Whitener joined the Dallas Opera in 2004 as Grants Manager and Corporate Associate. Her energies soon moved beyond grant writing to handle special projects including OPERAtion HQ, the campaign to construct TDO’s administrative offices in the Winspear Opera House, as well as the three-year, $20 million Cultural Renaissance Endowment Fund initiative. | While the company... Read More →


Thursday May 7, 2015 11:10am - 12:40pm
Salon D - Washington Marriott 1221 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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