State Policy Network

SPN Tuesday Talk Development Series

State Policy Network is launching an expanded development Tuesday Talk series on the foundations and principles of non-profit philanthropy. This Tuesday Talk series will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about the big picture theory and strategy in development as well as practical skills and tools in executing a fund development plan.

Whether you want to expand your knowledge in development to apply to your current role or you would like to explore development as a potential career path, we hope you’ll join us each week as we highlight how you can cultivate relationships that lead to philanthropic partnerships to support the mission of an organization.

Previous Tuesday Talks

Philanthropy and Public Policy

Speaker: Peter Lipsett, Donors Trust

Roles in Development & How to Get There

Moderator: Peter Lipsett, Donors Trust


  • Francisco Gonzalez, National Review Institute
  • Emily McCallister, Illinois Policy Institute
  • Max Morrison, Heritage Foundation (DAP Alum ’18)
  • Richard Tren, Searle Freedom Trust

Principles & Techniques of Fundraising (Part One)

Speaker: Laurel McCombs, The Osborne Group

Developing Your Personal Brand

Speaker: Rebecca Primis, State Policy Network

Top 10 Things Every Fundraiser Should Know

Speaker: Claire Kittle Dixon, Talent Market

Crafting Powerful Donor Communications

Moderator: Kristina Mitten Sanders, State Policy Network


  • Taylor Dawson, Beacon Center of Tennessee
  • Sydney Jansen, Washington Policy Center
  • Ladan Nowrasteh, State Policy Network

Direct Mail 101: Building a Strong Direct Mail Campaign

Interviewer: Victoria Bartolomeo, State Policy Network

Interviewee: Eric Streiff, American Philanthropic

Principles & Techniques of Fundraising (Part Two)

Speaker: Laurel McCombs – Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group

Donor Research: Key Concepts and Tools to Get Started

Moderator: Laurel McCombs – The Osborne Group


  • Doug Angle – Institute for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College (DAP Alum ’19)
  • Michelle Jehring – Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Don Orrico – Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • Christina Pajak – State Policy Network

Foundation Fundamentals

Speaker: Liz Palla, American Philanthropic

Where Have All the Donors Gone? Re-engaging Donors Who Have Left Your Cause

Speaker: Daniel Erspamer, The Pelican Institute

Strategies in Stewardship

Moderator: Rebecca Painter, State Policy Network


  • Rachel Hays Roberts, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
  • Buckley Morlot, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Dan Remmenga, Foundation for Government Accountability

Principles & Techniques of Fundraising (Part Three)

Speaker: Laurel McCombs – Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group

Leading the Next Generation of Philanthropy

Moderator: Katie Vernuccio, State Policy Network


  • Hunter Estes, Mississippi Center for Public Policy
  • Grace Fendrick, Georgia Center for Opportunity (DAP Alum ’19)
  • Thomas Gallopini, Stand Together (DAP Alum ’19)
  • Tashina Kreilick, Washington Policy Center (DAP Supervisor ’19)
  • Nick Murray, Maine Policy Institute