Greg Johnson reveals which key major donors will share their philanthropic experience with fundraisers at a Melbourne seminar next month.

Fourth generation Myer family member Anna Shelmerdine and Melbourne businessman Paul Wheelton will share their insights into giving as philanthropists at The Art and Science of Major Gifts Fundraising training event next month. The pair will take part in a Michael Parkinson-style interview with Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine editor Jeremy Bradshaw and field questions from attending fundraisers.

As a member of the foundation and Sidney Myer Fund Commemorative Grants Taskforce, Shelmerdine has researched, developed, and refined projects culminating in $26 million worth of funding for 14 different projects. She currently sits on the boards of The Butterfly Foundation, The Myer Foundation, and One Disease at a Time Foundation, as well as being a member of several committees including the Sidney Myer Fund Poverty and Disadvantage Large Grants Committee.

Wheelton, on the other hand, has grown an empire of resorts and Budget Rent-A-Car franchises, and gone on to support a wealth of causes. Amongst his recent major gifts is a $500,000 donation to Northern Health Foundation’s new teaching, training and research precinct, which will help train over 400 health professionals.

Also presenting on the day will be major gifts experts Michael Downs from DVA Navion, Frankie Airey from Philanthropy Squared and prospect research guru Conor McCarthy. Also sharing their experience on the day will be JBWere Philanthropic Services’ David Knowles and Blackbaud Pacific’s Stephen Mally.

This one-day seminar contains the techniques, insight and case studies to help fundraisers understand the principles of major gifts fundraising, the motivations of major donors, and how to build a major donor program.

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