Legal Aid Fundraising in the Time of COVID-19 Webinar
Legal Aid Fundraising in the Time of COVID-19
MIE Presents a Webinar
Meredith McBurney, Resource Development Consultant, MIE
Jim Barrett, Executive Director, Pisgah Legal Services
Shea Conlan, Development and Communications Coordinator, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Bob Glaves, Executive Director, Chicago Bar Foundation
Friday, May 8, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT
Are you struggling to figure out how to modify your development activities to most effectively communicate with donors and raise funds during this time of great uncertainty? This 90-minute webinar provides an opportunity to learn from some of legal aid’s fundraising leaders about how they are making decisions about what to do and when, and to learn from their experience to date about what is working and what is not. They will discuss their short-term plans for this time period while social distancing is the order of the day and what they are considering doing as people are able to return to a more normal life.
Topics to be covered:
- The message – what is most important to communicate to donors now and how do we best do that?
- Mechanisms for communications – E-mails, snail mail, phone calls, social media? When to use each.
- Events and campaigns – Should you cancel, postpone, move on-line? How do you make the decision and then implement it effectively?
- The executive director of a legal aid organization;
- The development director;
- The communications director;
- Other development or communications staff;
- A grants manager; or,
- A board member who wants to understand how to support your organization during this crisis?
If so, this webinar is for you!
Our speakers for this webinar are:
Meredith McBurney, a consultant since 1997, specializes in resource development for legal aid and other advocacy organizations. She is the resource development consultant to MIE, and provides in-depth consulting for individual programs. She began her legal aid career as the administrator for Colorado Rural Legal Services. From 1981 to 1997, she served as the executive director for COLTAF, Colorado’s IOLTA program, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Colorado’s statewide fundraising organization. From 1997 to 2018, she was the resource development consultant to the ABA’s Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. When she isn’t working on access to justice issues, she works as a field ornithologist for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.
Jim Barrett has been the Executive Director of Pisgah Legal Services since 1993 and has served on the staff for more than 30 years. Under his leadership PLS has grown to become a leader in the nonprofit field, not only providing legal services to clients but improving public policies across North Carolina and leveraging millions of dollars to improve life in western North Carolina.
Bob Glaves has been Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation since October, 1999, prior to which he had a successful nine-year career as a civil litigator in a Chicago law firm. As Executive Director of the CBF, Bob brings Chicago’s legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and to make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Since Bob became Executive Director, the CBF has increased the amount of its annual grants and fundraising more than tenfold and has played a lead role in launching a number of groundbreaking access to justice initiatives. Glaves is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of The John Marshall Law School, received a B.A. degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1987.
Shea Conlan is the Development & Communications Coordinator at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, where she manages social media, crafts fundraising appeals, and practices creative storytelling. Prior to this role, she worked on creating educational materials and connecting communities around seed saving at the national nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange. Shea is passionate about connecting people to important causes and empowering others to make positive change in the world.
Eugene R. King will facilitate this webinar. Gene is a career legal aid lawyer, manager, and trainer. He retired from the Ohio Poverty Law Center where he was the founding director. He now consults on training, staff development, executive recruitment and policy advocacy with legal aid programs and nonprofit advocacy groups. He can be reached at
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