DonorDrive/Peer-to-Peer Forum Conference Scholarship awarded to Megan Cammarata of the Summit Center

Blog January 18, 2017 By Kevin Wolfe

The Peer-to-Peer Forum Conference is the largest event for nonprofits that depend on peer-to-peer fundraising for their revenue. Hundreds of staff from some of North America’s most prestigious and innovative organizations will gather in Atlanta on March 1st and 2nd to learn from the industry’s best and to share their successes with their peers. Each year DonorDrive awards the DonorDrive/Peer-to-Peer Forum Conference Scholarship to someone at a deserving nonprofit that will benefit from attending the conference. And each year our awardees tell us that their experience at the conference has led to organizational improvements that helped them better deliver on their mission.

This year we’re awarding the scholarship to Megan Cammarata, Special Events Manager at The Summit Center in New York: “I’m incredibly excited. I wouldn’t have been able to go without the scholarship.” Megan goes to the conference with big aspirations for her organization’s annual walk: “I’m solely responsible for our largest annual initiative, our Autism Walk that has about 3,500 participants, and I’m looking to grow it from $350,000 to $1 Million.”

For Megan, the scholarship couldn’t have been awarded at a better time: “For the last 17 years the Autism Walk has been an awareness event. This year we’re starting to shift that culture so our participants view it as our largest fundraising event and engage them to become fundraisers.” Megan is really looking forward to the networking: “In addition to the programs, the value of attending will be the networking piece, to learn how other organizations have instilled a culture of philanthropy into their event and how they’ve helped participants become fundraisers and ambassadors.” And what would she’d like to come away with? “We’re looking for best practices to tackle this cultural change. We’ve been doing this event for 18 years, but it’s almost like we’re starting from scratch. Attending this conference will give me the inspiration and skills I need to reach our goal.”

At this year’s conference DonorDrive clients Kate Nare of World Vision and Pam Sandonato of Covenant House will be speaking. We look forward to introducing Megan to some of our other DonorDrive clients who have successfully completed the transition that Summit Center is about to embark on.

Again, congratulations to Megan.