Trends in Giving with Aly Sterling


As a development professional, have you ever thought about doing something daring or bold but fell short of making it happen? Or considered “what if” you turned off some portion of your current development efforts in order to create the space to try something different? What would you do? What kind of “permission” would you need and how would you sell your case?

In this provocative workshop Aly Sterling, of Aly Sterling Philanthropy, will share new trends in giving, donor expectations, and not only why dreaming big is critical to take your organization’s development program to the next level, but how to build the case for “why” to your team and your leadership. We’ll also hear from a panel of local leaders who said “yes” to much-needed change in their development program trajectory, what worked and what surprised them along the way.


  • Nina Holden, Sr. Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Detroit Institue of Arts
  • Ryan Davis, Vice President and Chief Development Officer at University Musical Society





Aly Sterling
Aly Sterling is the president and founder of a partnership-driven philanthropy consulting firm that powers fundraising, strategic planning and board leadership solutions for the well-positioned nonprofit. Aly also serves on boards for The Giving Institute, Giving USA, the University of Toledo’s Family Business Center, the Bowling Green State University Paul J. Hooker Entrepreneur Leadership Center, and St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. 

Aly holds a master’s degree from the University of Toledo and is a fellowship graduate of the executive leadership program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Most recently, she earned certification in the 21/64 approach to working with multigenerational families with funds, foundations, and other family enterprises.

In 2020, she published a book about her experiences overcoming personal and professional barriers to becoming a female entrepreneur. Learn more about Ally.