Regional Development Group Meeting

The Regional Development Group Meeting is open to all Camphill community members and is especially appropriate for those who are responsible for fundraising and institutional development.  If you are a member of a Camphill community and would like to be added to our distribution list for this group, please contact us at


September 12 & 13, 2018
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

1601 Pughtown Road,Kimberton, PA 19442


Camphill development staff, coworkers, and friends are invited to attend the annual Regional Development Group meeting which will focus on exchanging best practices within the field of philanthropy, sharing successes, and discussing challenges and opportunities related to development work at Camphill communities and affiliate organizations.

Camphill Foundation will host the event, including covering the cost of lunch and dinner on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday.  Dinner Thursday evening after the meeting adjourns will be at leisure.  If you can’t attend but would like to consider joining remotely, contact us to discuss options.



Please use the form at right to register so that we have an accurate headcount to make plans with our host community Kimberton Hills.


If you will require housing, please contact Don Dubay at Kimberton Hills:;  or Sabine Otto at Camphill Soltane:





If you will need transfer assistance to/from the Philadelphia airport, please contact Erin Byrne at


2018 PROGRAM: 




Noon – 1:00pm

Arrivals and Lunch in Kimberton Hills Camphill Café


1:00pm – 1:05pm

Welcome  (Karen Murphy)


1:05pm – 1:30pm

Introductions (Felicity Jeans)


1:30pm – 3:30pm with mini-break halfway through

The Current State of Philanthropy and the Camphill Fundraising Dashboard (Karen Murphy)

In this module, we will explore the national philanthropy landscape in the United States, including funding by service sector and donor, and giving trends and opportunities.  We will also survey development efforts throughout Camphill in North America.


3:30pm – 4:00pm



4:00pm – 5:30pm

Capacity Building in Camphill Communities

Five panelists will present their experience in key areas of development practice.  Presenters and topics to be finalized.


5:30pm – 7:00pm

Dinner and Break, Kimberton Hills Camphill Café


7:00pm – 7:30pm

“What is ….?”  Camphill Jeopardy!  (Mark Ohi and Judith Hokky)

Recharge your battery for the evening’s final session with this light-hearted quiz game that offers a fun and unique way to educate donors about your community!


7:30pm – 8:30pm

Talking About Money:  An Anthroposophical Approach to Fundraising (Guy Alma)

How do we engage in the functional work of development while remaining in integrity with our anthroposophical foundation?  How can we approach fundraising from a posture of allowing money to serve?




8:30am – 9:00am

Coffee / Tea / Juice / Morning Meet & Greet!


9:00am – 10:00am

Business Meeting (Leila Kaplan and Karen Murphy)

Reviewing practical concerns that all communities need to keep in mind regarding fundraising and communications outside the US;  strategies for supporting this group’s ongoing efforts and relationships.  Additional items will be added at participants’ request.


10:00am – 10:15am



10:15am – 12:30pm with mini-break halfway through

Unlocking the Magic of Major Gifts (Kathy Downes)

This module will cover moves management processes, donor identification and cultivation, wealth screening and donor research, building the major donor “pipeline,” crafting your case for support, and other key Major Gifts elements.


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch and Break at Kimberton Hill Camphill Café


1:30pm – 3:30pm with mini-break halfway through

Legacy Giving and Planned Gifts (Craig Williams)

This module will explore the variety of planned giving options, strategies for building a strong planned giving program, legal and financial considerations, and accounting best practices for planned gifts.


3:30pm – 4:00pm



4:00pm – 5:30pm

Putting It Together (Karen Murphy)

All the strategy and technology in the world is useless without the “perfect” sincere, authentic story to inspire your donors.  In this final module, we will break into small groups and help each other refine our storytelling skills.  We will then share our stories in the large group and leave reconnected to our inspiration!


5:30pm – 6:00pm

Program Evaluations and Closing

The event is free but all participants must register below to attend.




Guy Alma has been a coworker at the Camphill School since 1990. During that time he has been a house parent, high school teacher, and vocational instructor, as well as a teacher in the Camphill Academy. He has led the development department since 1998, helping the school to successfully complete several capital campaigns and build the Transition Program at Beaver Farm.


Kathy Downes is an energetic and proactive results-driven fundraising professional with over 15 years of success developing and managing fundraising initiatives in the non-profit sector.  Kathy holds the credential CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive).  Kathy is the Executive Director of The Camphill FoundatIon of Canada.


Karen Murphy served as a high-level fundraiser in New York City and the northeast, working for CCS Fundraising, the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.  Among her clients were Doctors without Borders USA and the Archdiocese of New York.  In her more than a decade of development work, Karen raised more than $75 million for capital, endowment, and operating campaigns.  Karen is Executive Director of Camphill Foundation.


Craig Williams is the Director of Development at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills.  An attorney by training, Craig worked in senior management legal positions for companies including John Hancock Financial Services and Prudential Insurance Company.  His nonprofit service as a senior-level fundraiser includes leadership roles with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation. Colgate University, and Boston University.  Craig has been a guest speaker at Fundraising Day in New York and has appeared on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Martha Stewart Living Station.

Event Registration

Please register here to attend the Regional Development Group meeting.