Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon, trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to customize a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with individual donors, ultimately creating sustainable funding. Benevon has trained and coached more than 4,000 nonprofit teams over the past nineteen years.
Terry has more than 30 years’ experience in the nonprofit field, including founding three nonprofit organizations in healthcare and affordable housing. She realized early in her career that the only path to sustainable funding was to systematically connect donors to the mission of the organization, then involve and cultivate them until they were clearly ready to give—in short, to treat donors the way you would treat a close friend or family member, someone with whom you planned to have a lifelong relationship.
Terry created the Benevon Model in 1996 after serving as development consultant to a private inner-city school. There she designed and implemented the fundraising and marketing programs that yielded $7.2 million in two and a half years, a significant endowment, and much national recognition of the program (including a cover story in The Chronicle of Philanthropy).
She is the author of seven books and several DVDs, including her most recent book, The Benevon Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right. Terry’s passion and commitment to the possibility of sustainable funding for all nonprofits drive the mission of Benevon and each of its programs.
Terry is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan, where she received her Masters of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degrees. She currently serves as a Life Trustee of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
National Catholic Development Conference
Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF has been President/CEO of NCDC since 2001 and served as the administrator of the organization for one year prior to her permanent appointment.
In 2014, Sr. Georgette was named for the ninth consecutive year by The NonProfit Times as on one of the “Power and Influence Top 50″ in the nonprofit sector.
Previously, Sr. Georgette was elected to the Board of Directors of NCDC and served her religious community, the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, as Development Director, Director of Communications, Director of Justice and Peace, Director of On-Going Formation and as a member of the leadership team. She has served on numerous boards and committees for organizations such as NCDC, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Habitat for Humanity, Campaign for Human Development, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Sr. Georgette also has experience in education and administration and is a trained facilitator.
Sr. Georgette served as a member of the Independent Sector’s Public Policy Committee and represented NCDC on the Noncash Coalition. She is currently a member of the Board of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, the Affordable Mail Alliance, and the Nonprofit Coalition. She also remains actively involved in postal reform issues and has testified before the Postal Regulatory Commission on behalf of the charitable sector. Sister also collaborates with other leadership groups within the Catholic community.
Sister Georgette is a noted speaker on the ministry of fundraising and has spoken at the conferences of: the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes (NATRI), the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Independent Sector. She has also presented at the Ascension HealthCare Council on Philanthropy, Catholic Charities USA Ministry Conference and at the Caritas gathering of charitable fundraisers in Lima, Peru, which represented 24 countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean.