Civil Society Conclave Flight 2 - September 18th 2020

Civil Society Conclave Flight 2 - September 18th 2020








Join us for the second of three installations of expert virtual panels, capacity-building workshops, and networking sessions designed by civil society for civil society. In Flight 2: Rallying our Resources we investigate how CSOs can identify and cultivate diverse sources of funding, especially now with the economy, and funders, heavily impacted by COVID-19.

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10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

10:05 AM

Opening Panel: Funder's Perspectives - The Inside Info on Getting the Grant

Join our Panel of some of the biggest institutional and private funders in The Bahamas as they discuss what they look for and expect from the Organizations that they fund. Learn tips for a more successful grant application and what to avoid when trying to catch the eye of funders. With an opportunity for Q&A this is the inside info on successful fundraising you have been waiting for!

11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions

    • Donor Stewardship

Lessons in keeping your donors engaged... and giving. 

    • Grant Writing 101

The do's and don'ts of applying for grants

    • Accessing Capital for Social Entrepreneurs

Want to get creative and supplement your income with commercial enterprise? Here is how to gain the capital to get started!

    • Communications in a Digital World

There is no resource more precious than your community. This session explores how to continously engage and communication with your audiences in a world gone digital. 

12:00 PM

Virtual Lunch n Learn Networking activity

12:20 PM

Closing Panel: Building Online Giving in The Bahamas

Bringing together leaders in the National Technology space and the International Online Giving space this panel is designed to give fundraising professionals the tools and know-how to stay on the edge of digital fundraising in our country and beyond. 

1:25 PM




Matthew Aubry

Executive Director
The Organization for Responsible Governance

Moderator | Opening Panel: Funders' Perspectives - The Inside Info on Getting the Grant

Matthew is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a graduate of the Hunter School of Social Work with more than 25 years’ experience leading dynamic teams at award-winning not-for-profit-organizations. He served as a Director at YAI Network, an international recognized disabilities agency and at Action Against Hunger, a renowned global humanitarian and hunger relief organization.

In The Bahamas, Matt was the Director of Community Relations and Partnerships for Baha Mar; overseeing the BELIEVE Foundation. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for REACH, Young Marine Explorers, The Seahorse Institute and the Ministry of Social Services. Over his career. he has worked on advocacy and social justice efforts in the United States, Jordan, India, Bangladesh, The Bahamas and The United Emirates. Matt is recognized with an expertise in fundraising, marketing, community organizing, corporate social responsibility and not for profit management.

Donna Callejon

Chief Business Partnerships Officer
Global Giving

Panelist | Opening Panel: Funders' Perspectives - The Inside Info on Getting the Grant

Donna Callejon is GlobalGiving's Chief Business Partnerships Officer and Director of Disaster Recovery Network. She joined GlobalGiving in 2003. Donna loves working with companies to help them and their stakeholders contribute positively to communities around the world. Donna serves as a board member for the Washington Area Women's Foundation and Water for People. During her first career chapter, Donna was a senior executive of Fannie Mae, leading business units as varied as strategic planning, negotiated transactions, international consulting, marketing, product development, and customer technology. She holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis, but is most proud of her high school basketball team's CCS championship in 1980.

Felicity Humblestone

Executive Director
Lyford Cay Foundations

Panelist | Opening Panel: Funders' Perspectives - The Inside Info on Getting the Grant

A Lyford Cay Foundations Scholar (’98), Felicity earned a degree in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics from McMaster University. She worked in fundraising at McMaster, served as the Director of Alumni Relations &Development at University of The Bahamas, and joined Lyford Cay Foundations as its Programme Director of FOCUS, a tuition-free college access programme serving public school students of demonstrated need and potential. In 2018, she was appointed Executive Director.

Felicity has expertise in non-profit management, fundraising, programme development, talent management, and leadership. She has volunteered with and provided pro bono fundraising consulting to various non-profit organizations in The Bahamas. She is a former volunteer facilitator and organizer for the launch of Character Day Bahamas and has previously served on the Education Committee for ORG Bahamas. She is a member of International Women’s Forum (IWF), Bahamas Chapter and the National Food Distribution Task Force.

Image may contain: 1 personKara Ingraham

Program Officer
Templeton Religion Trust

Panelist | Opening Panel: Funders' Perspectives - The Inside Info on Getting the Grant

Kara Ingraham first joined Templeton Religion Trust (TRT) in 2015, as TRT's second employee on the programs team. Since then, she has been an integral part of the team’s growth and development not only related to our grant-making portfolio but also our operational capacity and team culture.

Kara’s main responsibilities relate to project management for the office of the VP of Grant Programs, overseeing the proposal pipeline, and budget forecasting. As a Program Officer, Kara has responsibility for local giving, our sibling foundation in Europe, as well as our external advisors.

She holds a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MA in International Development from American University. She previously worked in grant-making in Washington, D.C.

Mark_Palmer.jpgMark Palmer

Head of the OEF Social Enterprise Accelerator (OEFSEA)
One Eleuthera Foundation

Presenter | Breakout Session: Accessing Capital for Social Entrepreneurs

Mark Palmer brings over 20 years of commercial experience to the nonprofit sector. His forte is strategic and tactical planning, with experience in marketing, branding, business planning, communications, finance, and human resources. He has served as Finance Director and HR Director in the corporate world and brings Commercial Board level experience from a variety of industries. Latterly, he was Co-Chairman of Bahamas Copier and Office Products (BCOP) a company that employed over 150 people with revenues of $13 million per annum. As a consultant to Agape Foundation Bahamas Ltd (Agape), he brought his commercial experience to help strengthen and build the sustainability of nonprofit organizations (NPOs).

He now works with the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) as the Head of the OEF Social Enterprise Accelerator (OEFSEA), which incubates and accelerates NPOs and Social Enterprises in Eleuthera, and also provides mentorship and training to entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses or become self-employed.

Mark is a published author (The 10 Deadly Sins Of Antipreneurship) and wrote a weekly column for the Tribune Newspaper on business matters from 2004 to 2007. He won an international poetry prize in 2006 and he is married with three children.

Eric Carey

Executive Director
Bahamas National Trust

Presenter | Breakout Session: Donor Stewardship

Formerly the BNT Director of Parks and Science, Eric Carey is currently the Executive Director at the Bahamas National Trust and a Board Member of the Bahamas Public Parks and Beaches Authority. He has served on the Wildlife, Ornithology, and Game Birds Committees of The Bahamas National Trust and is a member of Birds Caribbean, previously serving two 2-year terms as President.

Eric is a member and former Chairman of the National Wetlands Committee of the Bahamas as well as a former Board Member for the Cape Eleuthera Foundation and One Eleuthera Foundation

He has had extensive training in wildlife conservation and Non-Profit management and his prior experience includes time as the Wildlife Conservation Officer with The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture. He is co-author to several peer-reviewed publications on the Kirtland’s Warbler and Plant Conservation in the Bahamas and was appointed by the US Department of Interior as a member of the Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team in 2000.

Eric has received international awards and recognition for conservation including the Partners-In-Flight International Conservation Award in 1999 and the 2005 Wings Across the Americas Research and Management Partnership Award. He has presented on marine conservation at various conferences throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States, including at the United Nations HQ in NY.

Eric holds an Associates Degree in Biology/Chemistry from the University of the Bahamas and a BSc from the University of the West Indies in Zoology and Botany and is an inductee into the University of the Bahamas’ Alumni Hall of Fame.

Lucas Metropulos

Founder and Board Chair
Lend a Hand Bahamas

Presenter | Breakout Session: Donor Stewardship

Lucas founded Lend a Hand Bahamas where he led their effort to open their community center in Nassau, Bahamas. The Neville and Nora Dorsett Community Center has been working with children and adults in the Bahamas to provide opportunities and access to educational activities and opportunities. Recently, after Hurricane Dorian Lend a Hand Bahamas assisted with multiple containers of relief supplies and thousands of dollars to support individuals in impacted areas and evacuees of this devastating storm.

Lucas also founded Marine Education Initiative, a Florida NGO educating over 2,200 children in South Florida and the Caribbean children about marine and freshwater ecosystems; as well as provided over 3,000 meals of fresh fish to local soup kitchens in Florida. Lucas is an accomplished fundraiser recognized as a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has fundraised millions for multiple charitable causes and educational institutions. Lucas is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Studies. He also holds a Certificate in Blockchain Strategy from Oxford University. He has been the recipient of multiple national accolades including being Environmental Educators 30 Under 30 recipient, SeaWorld’s Environmental Educator of Year, a Nantucket Project Scholar, and receiving the USA Weekend Magazine National Make a Difference Day Award in 2010.

Stacey Moultrie

HD Wells Professional Planning Services

Presenter | Breakout Session: Grant Writing 101

Stacey Moultrie was born and raised in New Providence. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences and Fisheries from University of the West Indies, a Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from University of Florida. She is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Chartered Scientist with the United Kingdom Science Council.

Stacey owns and manages HD Wells Professional Planning Services which helps local organizations fund work in protecting the environment as well as plan for conservation. She has written many grants, securing more than $47 Million for organizations through The Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Bahamian non-profits.

She is President of the non-profit, Smart and Strong Sisterhood (SASS) to support girls in pursuing careers in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. She is also a founding member of Bahamas 350 Climate Action, a grassroots organization started by Bahamian scientists and activists to raise awareness about climate change and its impacts on The Bahamas.

Kirsten Stevens

Chief Executive Officer
The Kannico Agency for Global Good

Presenter | Breakout Session: Grant Writing 101

Kirsten was born in Panama and raised in Latin America. After completing her undergraduate degree at FIU in Miami, Florida, she moved to The Bahamas where she lived for 18 years. Her family relocated in 2012 to Black Mountain, NC and then to Boca Raton, Florida, where she currently lives with her husband and two girls. Kirsten has been engaged in the philanthropic sector for over twenty years. Her expertise lies in the strategic and operational development of non-profits, foundations and corporations, focusing on areas such as startup support and execution, executive recruiting, leadership coaching, board development, and grant writing.

Kirsten has her MBA from Florida International University, is certified in Non-profit Management, is a Certified
Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a Certified BoardSource Non-profit Consultant.

In her work with startup organizations, Kirsten assists with non-profit incorporation and registration, IRS filing and reporting, and ongoing charity compliance. Her focus is on working with entities that seek to develop a high-performance culture and obtain measurable outcomes with significant social impact. For more established entities, her firm provides strategic consulting, team-building, board development and executive search.

Kirsten regularly conducts workshops, board retreats, coaching, and seminars to foundation grantees. Through her consulting company, The Kannico Agency, she and her team work with foundations, for-profits and non-profits, advising on alternate revenue streams, identifying
opportunities for maximizing social impact, and ensuring non-profits achieve organizational excellence. Kirsten and her colleagues have also started their own nonprofit to support other nonprofits, where they provide services and resources to the nonprofit sector including scholarships for professional development for nonprofit leaders. In September of 2019, Kirsten and her team launched Bahamas Strong, a fiscally sponsored entity that has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of relief to the Bahamian people in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Royann Dean

Founder and Director
Royann Dean Consulting Ltd. 

Presenter | Breakout Session: Communications in a Digital World

Royann Dean is a strategic communication consultant and director at Royann Dean Consulting Ltd. She has two decades of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in marketing, branding and PR with premium organizations like Heineken, Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and Bristol Wines & Spirits.

She is a board member at the National Training Agency and a director at the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (Bahamas). She is a former member of the Ease of Doing Business and Competitiveness and Innovation committees at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation.

Royann holds a BBA in marketing from the University of Georgia and an MA in design management (Hons) from University of the Arts London. She holds a certificate in Blockchain and Bitcoin Fundamentals, a project management certificate from the Association for Project Management in the United Kingdom, and certificates in Art as a Global Business and Alternative Investment from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and a certificate in Storytelling for Business Influence from Ideo, a global design firm.

Royann is the creator and moderator of Inspired/By, conversations on design, business and the creative economy. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau where she has served as the PR Chair and is currently the director of the Save Planet Earth committee.

Paige Hanna

Assistant Director of Marketing
Access Accelerator

Presenter | Breakout Session: Communications in a Digital World

Paige Crystal Hanna is a passionate communications and hospitality professional with a keen interest in event planning, marketing, and multimedia production. She has sharpened her skills within the non-profit sector with over 5 years of experience having managed brand and communication strategies, fundraising campaigns, multimedia content creation, event logistics, and much more.

Currently, Paige is the Assistant Director of Marketing at the Access Accelerator and the immediate past Multimedia Manager of Hands for Hunger. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management both achieved at Florida International University. 

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a Youth Leader and Video Editor at Grace Community Church, and an avid food waste warrior and home cook as the newly minted Island Foodie. She says she lives her life with the aspiration to leave the world a little better than she met it.

Paige Creigh

Senior Field Program Manager
Global Giving

Panelist | Closing Panel: Building Online Giving in The Bahamas

As GlobalGiving's Senior Field Program Manager, Paige manages and supports the In-the-Field program, which sends representatives to monitor and evaluate GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners on the ground and to interact with our global community face-to-face. Previously, Paige was GlobalGiving's Champion for Customer Bliss. Before joining GlobalGiving, she was a marketing specialist at the Santa Catalina Island Co and, at age seven, the official taste tester at her parents' candy store on Catalina Island. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in International Relations. She also spent a semester studying in Cairo and, after graduation, she traveled and volunteered in eastern and southern Africa. A California native, Paige is an avid horseback rider, beach lover, and photographer; she's been chased by monkeys on three different continents thanks to her determination to get the perfect shot.

Kendrick Delaney

Senior Business Development Manager
Aliv Together

Panelist | Closing Panel: Building Online Giving in The Bahamas

Kendrick Delaney Jr. is the Head of Digital Architecture at Aliv.  He is responsible for digital products development and solutions.  Before joining Aliv, he was a senior consultant and business professional with 12 years of experience in the fields of enterprise building, process digitization, training, and business management. Kendrick most recently lived in Singapore and Toronto where he worked as a consultant for hotel groups and restaurants hoping to grow their enterprises by digitizing off-line processes and creating new revenue opportunities. After returning to The Bahamas 2 years ago, he became a serial entrepreneur launching an innovative local dessert company called ‘The New Duff’, ‘Tin Ferl’ - a Food Truck Park/Collective and ‘Ferry’s Tale’ a children’s book and collector's piece celebrating the legend of the Bahamas’ swimming pigs. He has lived and worked in Providence, Rhode Island; Southeast Asia, and Toronto, Ontario.  He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in International Trade.


Our Partners


The Organization for Responsible Governance

Global Giving

The Clinton Global Initiative - CGI Action Network


Templeton Religious Trust

Aliv Together

One Eleuthera Foundation


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