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OAHP's 2023 Conference

March 10, 2023 @ The Fawcett Center

2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH 43210

Speaker Presentations

(handouts will NOT be printed - please bring your own if you would like one)

Handout for Alice Ayers' presentation:

Handout for Nathan Chappell's presentation:

There is no handout for the panel presentation.

Schedule of the Day:

8:45 - 9:30 am

9:30 am

9:45 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 11:15 am

11:15 - 12:30 pm



12:30 - 1:30 pm

1:30 - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Welcome, registration, exhibitors, continental breakfast

Opening remarks

Alice Ayres, President & CEO of AHP

State of the Union for Healthcare Philanthropy

Morning break, exhibitors

Nathan Chappell

Overcoming the Competition for Connection through Radical Connection


Panel Discussion led by Nathan Chappell; panelists include Alice Ayers, Simon Bisson, Jena Pado and Rick Thie

Donors First: Prioritizing Relationships Over Revenue

Closing remarks


Dessert, coffee, exhibitors


3 CFRE credits will be available for the conference. See below for presentation descriptions.

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Presenting Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Coffee Sponsor

Thank you to our Sponsors:

See below for more sponsorship options...

Attendee Pricing:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Single attendees

Members: $200

Non-members: $275*

For 4 or more attendees

Members: $150

Non-members: $225*

*includes membership through December 2023


Sponsors are a necessary part of a successful conference and we have a variety of sponsorship levels to fit with your budget. Please review the Sponsorship Options document and reach out to for more information.

Thank you to our Tabletop Exhibitors...

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 Featured speakers:

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Alice Ayres, joined the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) as President and CEO in April of 2018. Alice is responsible to AHP’s membership by inspiring, educating and serving those who transform health care through philanthropy. As health care continues to transform, philanthropy takes on an ever more critical role in the funding of key initiatives including the traditional ones of major gifts and campaigns as well as new areas like population health and initiatives around social determinants of health. Alice brings deep health care industry knowledge and broad experience across all aspects of the Association’s offerings to the role of CEO, which she employs as AHP develops new educational opportunities and tools to support the important work of health care development professionals. 

Alice has devoted the last 15+ years of her career to supporting the health care industry and improving

patient care. In addition to roles in events and education, Alice served as an executive director with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, technology, and consulting membership organization that partners with 4,500 organizations and more than 200,000 leaders across health care. While there, she spearheaded the creation of strategy sessions for member hospital and health system C-level executives which attracted the leadership of over 150 of the leading healthcare providers in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining The Advisory Board Company, Alice held marketing leadership roles at consumer-driven marketing companies including Kraft Foods and led sponsorship for The Atlantic’s AtlanticLive division. Alice has served on several boards including The Madeira School and Princeton’s Campus Club. She received her MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and her four children. 

State of the Union for Healthcare Philanthropy

Healthcare philanthropy is in a constant state of flux. AHP’s State of the Union series helps you make sense of the changes by addressing current events impacting the healthcare industry, philanthropy industry performance, and a rotating in-depth discussion of an emerging healthcare philanthropy trend.


This year's session focuses on the changing interests of donors, including:

  • Whether the number of donors is truly declining

  • Why philanthropy is more important than ever to hospital margins

  • What younger donors look for when choosing organizations to support

  • How to build strong relationships with the next generation of major donors


Nathan Chappell, MBA, MNA, CFRE  is one of the world’s foremost experts on the future of healthcare philanthropy. As a thought leader, public speaker, author and inventor, his recently published best-selling book, The Generosity Crisis has been dubbed as “Required reading for our generation of professionals in the nonprofit sector” by NonProfit Pro.


Nathan’s subject matter expertise has been featured in several publications, including Fast Company, University of Notre Dame and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Nathan presented the first TEDx on the topic of artificial intelligence and the future of generosity in 2018. 


Nathan is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of Notre Dame, an MBA from University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from University of Cambridge and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT.


Overcoming the Competition for Connection through Radical Connection

The number of Americans making charitable gifts has reached an all-time low and statistics indicate the percentages of people giving to charity annually could decline into the single digits within 49 years.


This presentation will discuss the changing definition of generosity, shedding light on the unprecedented competition for connection facing modern nonprofit organizations.  To this end, nonprofits must develop a renewed appreciation for connection and learn to leverage technology once only used by for-profit organizations.  Using current data and analysis, attendees will learn the importance of measuring and prioritizing connection as well as which technologies can help them to work smarter, not harder to help overcome the competition for connection.

 Panel Presentation:

Donors First: Prioritizing Relationships Over Revenue

This panel conversation would be centered around views on the practicalities of prioritizing relationships over revenue within the fundraising organization.  This panel will discuss the opportunities and limitations of moving from a revenue-first to a donor-first approach.  We will also share and discuss best-practices of how various programs within the fundraising program have found ways to connect with their constituents in creative and meaningful ways.

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Simon P. Bisson, Vice President, Philanthropy, OhioHealth Foundation


Simon Bisson serves as Vice President, Philanthropy for the OhioHealth Foundation. Simon provides executive leadership, management and execution of a comprehensive, system-wide strategy for fundraising, to achieve the full fundraising potential of the OhioHealth Foundation, the charitable arm of the OhioHealth System.


Simon joined OhioHealth from University Hospitals Health System, in Cleveland Ohio, where he served as Vice President, Institutional Relations & Development. His prior leadership experiences also include executive level fundraising roles in human services and higher education, as VP & CEO of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Affairs at Case Western Reserve University.


Simon holds a Master’s degree and certificate in fundraising management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree, with honors from Christ Church University College 

in Canterbury, England. He is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) serving as a mentor and coach to fellow development professionals and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Philanthropy Institute. Simon is a Trustee and board member for Starr Commonwealth, a non-profit child and family services agency.

Simon is married with two daughters and together, they are loved by Dale, their chocolate Labrador Retriever who thinks he runs the household.

Jena Pado, CFRE, Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Dayton Children’s Hospital Foundation

Jena Pado has over 24 years of fundraising experience and currently serves as Vice President, Chief Development Officer for Dayton Children’s Hospital.  Jena has been a part of the foundation team at Dayton Children’s for the last 19 years. 

As the leader of the foundation, Jena sets the strategic vision for securing donations from all funding sources for the hospital. Leading a staff of 18, she crafts the fundraising strategy and manages Dayton Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.  Currently she is spearheading the $60 million do. more. so all kids thrive comprehensive campaign including fundraising priorities for removing barriers, advancing care and elevating mental health.

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Since moving to Dayton in 2004, Jena has actively volunteered in her community for several nonprofits. Jena served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Dayton Region Chapter including a term as Chapter President. On a national level, she currently serves on the CDO Advisory Committee for Children’s Miracle Network. 

Jena earned a Bachelor of Science, Political Science from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. She obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2007. Just last year she was honored as CDO of the Year by Children’s Miracle Network.

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Rick Thie is the President of the Kettering Health Foundation playing a key role in assisting in defining the Hospital's funding needs and then shaping the philanthropic opportunities that invite donors to become involved through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. He is responsible for all fundraising activities and personnel, directing a team of foundation staff.

Before joining the Kettering Health Foundation in August of 2019, Mr. Thie served as Assistant Director of Planned Giving at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation, in St. Petersburg, FL.  Mr. Thie’s previous experience includes serving as Founder and Managing Principal of the wealth management firm Lifetime Invest Management, LLC from 1996 to 2016.  A native son of Cincinnati Ohio, Mr. Thie is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. He went on to earn his Master's in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s prestigious Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, IN. 

Mr. Thie’s prior community service includes the founding of a non-profit in memorial to his mother, The Jane H. Thie Memorial Fund, raising funds to advance research efforts in pancreatic oncology to bring a cure to those suffering from pancreatic cancer,  A longtime Rotarian, Mr. Thie has served as both the President of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys and as the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys Foundation.

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