RHODI Conversations, part of the larger RHODI initiative, are free, peer-to-peer workshops, presentations, and social events for those currently in the history, heritage, and cultural sectors in Rhode Island or who hope to be in the future.

Wednesday, August 21, 6-8PM

At Lippitt House Museum

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RHODI Conversations: Conceptualizing a Strong Grant Project

Join us for an exciting discussion about conceptualizing a strong grant project with Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ Associate Director, Grants & Partnerships, Logan Hinderliter. Our discussion will also include Carrie Taylor, Director of Lippitt House Museum and Marjory O’Toole, Director of the Little Compton Historical Society, both of whom have successfully completed grant projects funded by the Council for the Humanities. Logan will talk about how to develop a sustainable and manageable project that works well with grant support.

As Associate Director of Grants & Partnerships, Logan Hinderliter helps to facilitate the grants program, develop the Council’s humanities programs, maintain the organization’s archive, and support Board engagement. Logan also assists in the development and implementation of special projects and grants.

Originally from Northwestern Pennsylvania, Logan has lived in southeast New England for seven years. A graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, Logan studied Classics and Early Modern Art History. While at Wheaton, he was a founding member of the Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities, serving as a student member of the advisory board, a digital content and strategy outreach assistant, and an alumni member of the advisory board. More recently, Logan has worked as the Council’s strategy and communications intern, program coordinator, program associate, and program officer.

Wednesday, September 18, 6-8PM

At Linden Place

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RHODI Conversations: Attracting New Audiences To Your Site

Come spend an evening with us at beautiful Linden Place in Bristol. We’ll be having round-table discussions about attracting new audiences to your site. During the discussions, you will hear from colleagues around Rhode Island about where they’ve had success and what challenges they’ve faced while also providing your own insights.

You will also have the opportunity to network in the courtyard and take a tour of the mansion during the event.


Friday, October 25, 10AM-12PM

Arnold House, a Historic New England property

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RHODI Conversations: Growing Support from Individual Donors

Presentation and workshop with Danielle Kemsley of Clark University (formerly of the Providence Athenaeum). Join us for a lively presentation about using a donor-centered, relationship-based approach to fundraising and how it can help to increase the amount that your organization raises from individual donors as well as the number of donors. Danielle Kemsley will focus on anecdotes and examples from her seven years spent working as Director of Membership & Development at the Providence Athenaeum (where the amount contributed by individuals increased by 94% and the number of donors by 77% during her time there) and how she and the staff always aimed to exceed donors’ expectations. Topics she will discuss include: the power of handwritten notes; questions to ask at coffees and lunches to deepen relationships; tailoring cultivation efforts to donors’ interests; using a portfolio/relationship manager system; the importance of donor-centered communications and collaboration with Marketing & Communications colleagues; creating a welcoming atmosphere at events; and the involvement of volunteers and front-facing/program staff in fundraising efforts. Participants should come away energized, with multiple ideas to put into practice in their own organizations.

Danielle Kemsley currently works as Associate Director of the Clark Fund at Clark University in Worcester, MA. She serves on a team responsible for raising almost $3 million dollars annually in unrestricted gifts from individuals, works as a frontline fundraiser managing a portfolio of 150 donors, and oversees the engagement and giving of alumni who graduated 40+ years ago. She hails from London, England, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Warwick and worked for the Warwick Arts Centre, the BBC, and the British Film Institute before emigrating to the US. During her time at Trinity Rep Danielle worked in General Management and Administration (as assistant to Oskar Eustis, Curt Columbus and others), then in Development and External Relations, where she managed a portfolio of mid-level donors, led the Community Ambassador volunteer program and coordinated cultivation events. Danielle then served as the Director of Membership & Development for the Providence Athenaeum library for seven years, where she directed all fundraising efforts for the organization and focused on broadening and deepening the base of individual donors, improving stewardship practices and launching a legacy giving society. In 2018 she received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University/The Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Danielle lives in Smithfield with her husband and two young sons.

Parking for Arnold House is located at Gateway Park, next door to the property. An optional tour of Arnold House will be available after the program ends.

RHODI Conversations: Facilitating Dialogues about Difficult History: Workshop and Discussion

Friday, November 8, 10AM-12PM

East Providence Public Library

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Join Dr. Kayon Murray-Johnson for an interactive presentation about managing emotions and tensions while facilitating difficult dialogues on race and ethnicity in America. Dr. Murray-Johnson will cater the workshop to our specific participants but reserve your spot now as we will cap registration at 25 people! We will engage in discussions about using tools like inquiry and balance while also addressing fears many practicing historians have about engaging visitors in such difficult conversations. An educator at the core, Dr. Kayon Murray-Johnson has successfully trained and facilitated diverse adults for over 15 years. Training contexts range from higher education and non profit, to corporate and vocational arenas in the United States and the Caribbean. Her current work, backed by empirical research, surrounds best practices for facilitating (difficult) dialogues on racial/ethnic difference. Dr. Murray-Johnson currently serves as faculty member and Interim Assistant Director for the Office of Advancement for Teaching and Learning at URI. She has a passion for seeing educators in diverse learning spaces succeed in practice, and a passion for facilitating every one at the table of authentic conversations on race, ethnicity and cultural responsiveness to that end.