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Giving USA 2023 Cincinnati Briefing 
Tuesday, 20 June 2023
7:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction of Melissa S. Brown

9:00 a.m.: Session 1 – “Reading the Tea Leaves”

10:15 a.m.: Break (leave if you must)

10:30 a.m.: Session 2 – “Stay for a Second Cup”

Cincinnati Museum Center
Reakirt Auditorium

(free parking)
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203



“Reading the Tea Leaves – Giving USA 2022”
Melissa S. Brown

Principal, Melissa S. Brown & Associates

Melissa S. Brown returns to this Cincinnati program for the 20th consecutive year. As former editor of Giving USA and respected consulting researcher her annual commentary provides practical perspectives on the research conducted by the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  She founded her firm in 2011 and helps charities “turn knowledge into action” with program evaluation, planning, and research. Melissa is a highly rated national speaker about charitable giving, a faculty member of The Fund Raising School, and immediate past chair of the Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC).

This program has been pre-approved by CFRE International for 1 Continuing Education Point on the CFRE application for both initial certification and recertification.



Who We Are

Founded as Smith Beers Yunker & Company in 1995 on the principle Helping Others Make a Difference®, The Yunker Group offers guidance to volunteer leaders to help them govern more passionately, choose C-level executives more strategically, and steward funds more effectively

Our team members provide behind-the-scenes coaching and advice to nonprofit staff, helping them make a greater difference in their vital roles. We believe remaining behind the scenes is imperative in providing nonprofit executive search and fundraising counsel. We never seek recognition or take credit for the successes of those who devote their lives to making a difference in their communities.


Whether assisting seniors, educating children, caring for the poor or disabled, sustaining the arts, protecting the environment, or any other worthy endeavor, it is their work we strive to further and the reputations we seek to enhance. We are proud to be associated with and eager to be of service to all who are involved in the noble work of philanthropy.

What We Do

Although each organization is different, there are certain management and fundraising needs most share in common. The scope of our services is reflected in the following list; however, we welcome your inquiry about any other need you might have as well.

We Help
C-Level Executive Search

Organizations turn to us to help develop CEO succession plan and guide comprehensive CEO and CDO searches.

We Provide
Friendraising & Fundraising Counsel

Our seasoned Group provides objective and practical advice to nonprofits wanting to refresh, energize, enhance, or expand friendraising and fundraising efforts.

We Facilitate
Leadership Development

Our experienced Group coaches boards on strategic leadership issues, facilitates retreats, and assists in scouting new talent.

We Coach
Volunteer Coaching

As experienced volunteers ourselves, our Group helps volunteer leaders build confidence in carrying out leadership duties including raising funds.

We Provide

The perspective of an objective third-party can be helpful, even if it’s just “over coffee.”

Who We Serve

We take seriously our mission of Helping Others Make A Difference®

Check us out with organizations we have helped in a variety of ways and learn we’ve developed a reputation for telling leaders what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear. We like Teddy Roosevelt’s admonition, “People Don’t Care What You Know Until They Know How Much You Care.” You will learn we care!

How may we help you? Contact The Yunker Group Today