Polly Binns, CFRE, has been actively involved in non-profit and community college planning and resource development for 28 years. Binns Consulting, LLC focuses on strategic and project planning, public/private partnership development, and fundraising counsel for non-profits and community colleges. In this capacity, she helps nonprofits and community colleges create integrated and sustainable resource development models designed specifically for the colleges where she has been engaged. She has facilitated “courageous conversations” between colleges and their foundation boards leading to transformational change benefiting the students they serve.
She is also associated with McNellis Compression Planning®, a 7-step visual planning process used extensively in the non-profit and community college sector, as well as in business and industry. In that capacity she assists in facilitation of Compression Planning Institutes, marketing, web content, and public relations. She conducts planning sessions for both the profit and nonprofit sectors in strategic planning, project planning, grant development, and opportunity and/or challenge solutions.
Her career began at Cecil [Community] College in 1990 where over the course of 14 years she led the Foundation and College in all aspects of resource development. There she revitalized a dormant foundation board, developed the Alumni Association, and initiated the college’s first employee giving campaign, and conducted numerous targeted campaigns. From 2003 to 2013, Polly served as Executive Director for the Council for Resource Development (CRD), the national association of community college resource development officers, representing over 1600 members across the country. She helped bring CRD to national prominence and the organization became the go – to source for information on community college advancement and grant development for their own members, members of Congress, the media and other associations.
Polly has extensive experience in volunteer management, strategic planning; project management; fundraising campaigns including annual fund, capital and employee campaigns; major gift/planned giving programs; grant development; alumni development; and public relations, marketing and freelance writing. Binns has taught at community colleges and in higher education doctoral programs since 1995. She has degrees in theater arts and writing, and holds certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Marsha Drennon, Ed.D., has served higher education institutions for nearly 40 years. Her experience includes both public and private colleges and universities with over 30 years of high-level administrative experience in community college education. Marsha has just recently retired as president of State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO, where her focus for the last ten years has been on developing a strategic vision for the long-term sustainability of the college. Her work has resulted in substantial increases in the college’s reserve funds; significant growth to the SFCC Foundation’s endowment; and numerous state and federal grants and contracts that have diversified the college’s revenue base. She has successfully led capital campaigns and has garnered the support and investment of thousands of individual donors for the community colleges she has served. Drennon has taught the Executive Institute for Fundraising Leadership for the Council for Resource Development. She has worked extensively with presidents and fundraising professionals at community colleges and non-profits who are engaged in realigning their strategic initiatives with the development of a resource diversification model for their institutions.
Hal Chaffee has specialized in public speaking and people management for over 20 years. Hal has worked in both the public and private sector, holding informational speaking engagements ranging from public health to spiritual growth. He has also organized and maintained many personal growth and advocacy groups. Hal is certified by Compression Planning Institute in Compression Planning®, a high output strategic planning program, and often participates in its facilitation. Currently, Hal is an evangelist for the Christian faith, speaking often on college campuses.