Lunch and Learn Seminar Series Featuring Bobby Thalhimer & Lisa Pratt O’Mara
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Mitchell Wiggins Richmond Office
In the nonprofit development field many consider 3 years’ commitment to a job to be a success. We don’t believe it. This session is about how to create, motivate and grow a development team in a learning environment where team members remain challenged and rewarded. Great development at its root is about relationship-building. We will talk about how to build meaningful productive relationships with donors and with team-mates, and how to nurture all of these relationships in a learning environment. For nonprofits, long-term success depends upon a successful hand-off of relationships as staff members eventually retire or move on, and we will talk about how to pass the baton successfully.
About our speakers:
Bobby Thalhimer brings a broad range of experience to The Monument Group, which he joined in 2015. Professionally, Bobby served for 16 years as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Services at The Community Foundation. In that capacity, he worked with hundreds of donors to frame their charitable thinking and develop funds that would carry out their plans. Bobby helped develop three affiliate community foundations in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. He hosted quarterly meetings of Community Foundations of Virginia and provided counsel as the members faced growth issues, including speaking at many of their functions for donors and professional advisors.
Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Bobby served as Executive Director of the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation and Deputy Director of the Science Museum of Virginia. During that time, the museum completed a $36 million capital campaign in just three years and grew its endowment from $600,000 to $11 million.
Bobby serves on the Board of Impact Makers, a B Corporation providing consulting services to businesses and government with a specific focus on the health care industry. Impact Makers recently donated its equity to The Community Foundation (70%) and Virginia Community Capital (30%), which ensures that all of its profits benefit the community beyond its annual support for nonprofit partners that include Family Lifeline, Peter Paul Development Center, and Rx Partnership. Bobby is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
Prior to his career in nonprofits, Bobby worked for Central Fidelity Bank as a branch manager and later as a commercial loan officer. Subsequently, during a time of transition at Thalhimer’s, he served his family in the family office to help refocus and diversify their assets and activities.
Bobby graduated from Williams College with a major in Economics, and he received his MBA from University of Richmond. Bobby is also a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.
Lisa Pratt O’Mara has served in various roles at The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia (TCF) since 2003. As Vice President of Donor Engagement, she directs the suite of philanthropic services the Foundation provides to assist individuals, families and organizations with their charitable giving. Under Lisa’s leadership, the Donor Engagement team also focuses on creating new and innovative options to allow donors to achieve their charitable goals and leverage community benefit. Working closely with TCF’s Civic Innovation team and key community volunteers, Lisa provides strategic direction for the Foundation’s collective giving networks: Impact 100 Richmond, Ujima Legacy Fund, and SisterFund.
A career in the nonprofit sector has afforded Lisa the opportunity for past Board service with the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and the Virginia Gift Planning Council. She currently serves on the Board of the Advancement Network, a national association for community foundation professionals serving in philanthropic advisory roles.
Prior to serving with TCF, Lisa worked with the development teams for Randolph-Macon College and Rochester Institute of Technology, her alma mater. She also served in campaign and fundraising roles for political candidates and action committees in upstate New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.