National expert to lead JFSA Campaign training

national expert in multigenerational fundraising will be on hand for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona 2019 Campaign training next month, dubbed “Inspire and Inquire.”

Dirk Bird is a former Wexner Graduate Fellow and a certified trainer at 21/64, a nonprofit practice providing advising, facilitation, and training for family foundations and other organizations.

“I look forward to learning with and from Federation’s volunteer leadership and to partnering with the Federation’s professional team to facilitate a campaign training that will be motivating, compelling and empowering. We hope to explore that which inspires us so that we may inspire others to engage and to give,” says Bird.

“As a Tucsonan, a Jew and a volunteer, I am both proud and passionate about the work our Federation does,” says 2019 Campaign Chair Melissa Goldfinger. “I am deeply proud of the fact that, through our $4 million community campaign, the Federation is the largest single donor to our five agencies (Tucson Hebrew Academy, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Tucson Jewish Community Center, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging). Whether it is bringing young families Jewish holiday and value-based books through PJ Library or feeding over a hundred elementary school children through weekends and holidays who may otherwise go hungry, JFSA is there.

“I am as deeply passionate about making sure that our Federation is here for years to come through engaging younger generations, my almost 16-year-old son included. With the help of Bird, JFSA Past Chair Kathy Unger, and young leader Sarah Cohen, I believe our 2019 Campaign team will have an opportunity to inquire and inspire so that we can continue supporting our Jewish and local community,” Goldfinger says.

Bird is co-founder of Illumination Strategies, Inc., and a member of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Community Consulting Team. He is the former chief development officer for JEWISHcolorado and former executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Denver.

Those interested in volunteering for the 2019 Campaign may contact JFSA Senior Vice President Fran Katz at fkatz@jfsa.org.

The training will be held Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3817 E. River Road. Dinner is included. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/dirkbird or geri@jfsa.org.