Title: Cognitive Impairment in Donors: How to Identify Issues and Apply Best Practices

Presenters: Anthony Pomonis, Tara Adams

Date: August 29, 2023**

Time: 1 p.m. ET
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Webinar Description: There are an estimated six million people over the age of 65 years old who are showing signs of cognitive impairment. This population often constitutes a significant portion of an organization's donor base, but does your fundraising staff know what to do when they suspect that a donor is suffering from issues related to cognitive impairment? This case study will help attendees identify some of the most common issues that arise when cognitive impairment is suspected in a donor as well as how to apply best practices to this situation so that your organization is prepared for this inevitable scenario.

Speaker Bios: As an experienced entrepreneur and Certified Fund Raising Executive, Anthony Pomonis has spent the last two-plus decades helping individuals unlock meaningful experiences in their lives. He recently was named Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Central Florida. Previously he served as a major gift officer for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois and thereafter at the University of Illinois Foundation. In that role, Anthony developed strategies and initiatives that resulted in philanthropic support of the three Universities in the Illinois System: the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Illinois-Springfield, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Anthony graduated with his BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002, and began a 15-year journey as an entrepreneur, opening and running no fewer than 5 regional restaurants. He served on the Regional Executive Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2010 to 2015, raising funds for his local community. Anthony considers himself to be a lifelong learner, and has sat for the CFP exam. He is the co-founder of the Cognitive Empowerment Consulting Group, LLC, and sits on the Kirby Medical Center Foundation Board in Monticello, IL, and also serves as President of Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council in Champaign, IL.

Tara Adams has spent her professional career dedicated to education, serving in roles within higher education administration at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign. She also worked in the Judicial Education division at the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, assisting in the development and execution of continuing legal education for the state judiciary. In addition to working for half a decade in higher education fundraising, Tara has also spent years raising funds as a member of the Auxiliary Board for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Tara received her BS in finance and international business from Illinois State University. She received her EdM and JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Tara is also a current Ph.D. student focusing on Education Policy, Organization & Leadership. She is the co-founder of the Cognitive Empowerment Consulting Group, LLC, and is dedicated to helping other professionals navigate ethical and legal issues in the development community. 

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