Client Support for the "Hometown Team:" University & Community-Based Philanthropy

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Webers Inn
Speaker: Neel Hajra, JD Shelley Strickland, PhD, Katie Fraumann


Neel Hajra is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF), and previously served as its COO & VP for Community Investment. During Neel's tenure as CEO, the foundation has shared a national award from the Department of Housing & Urban Development for innovative public-private partnerships, received a local NAACP award for our pioneering scholarship work, and was identified by Crain's Detroit as the fastest growing foundation in Southeast Michigan for 2016. He has also lectured for a decade at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy, where he's been consistently named to its teaching honor roll. Neel has received the Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and the American Express NGen Fellowship, both of which recognize 12 individuals nationally for emerging and visionary leadership. Neel holds a BS with honors in Physics from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. 



Shelley Strickland is the Vice President for Development at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF). Under her tenure at AAACF, the foundation has enjoyed record success in fundraising. Shelley has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, as both a practitioner in development and communications as well as a philanthropy educator and scholar, with numerous national publications and presentations. Shelley created the curriculum and for nine years taught the educational course for the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) at the University of Michigan, an award-winning program designed to expose undergraduates to fundraising and philanthropy. She enjoys training development professionals, volunteers and nonprofit board members about the joy of giving. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MA from the University of VA, and a BA from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University.



Katie Fraumann is the Executive Associate Director of Athletics for Development at the University of Michigan. She is responsible for overseeing all fundraising efforts related to Michigan Athletics and manages a team of 15 development professionals within the department. 

Katie received her AB in English from the University of Michigan in 2002. During her college years Katie  captained the basketball team as a senior in 2000-01, capping the season with the program's third trip to the NCAA Tournament in her four-year career. She earned the program's M-Zone Award for Character, Leadership and Academics in 2001, the Wolverine Award for Character, Work Ethic, Leadership and Academics in 2000 and 2001, and the Mary Carmel and Tom Borders Women's Basketball Award for Character, Leadership and Scholarship in 1999.

Prior to coming to the Athletic Department, Katie served as the Executive Director for Development and Alumni Engagement at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. There she was responsible for oversight and strategic direction for all annual giving, major giving, corporate and professional foundation fundraising efforts, and alumni engagement programs.  In her previous role within athletics, Katie was responsible for setting strategic direction for the major and planned giving fundraising efforts. Prior to her role in the athletic department, Katie worked throughout the university in development roles, first with increasing responsibility at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business (2005-09) and, later, in the Office of University Development (2009-11).  Katie got her start in professional higher education development at the University of Illinois in 2004. 

Katie and her husband, Bob, a former U-M football student-athlete, reside in Ann Arbor with their three children.

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