Aspen Academy for Healthcare Philanthropy
April 28-May 1, 2019
East Lansing, MI

The Aspen Academy for Healthcare Philanthropy was first held in 1974 as a comprehensive training program exclusively for clients of Hillary Lyons Associates and is now open both client and non-client organizations.  

Development officers, health care administrators, and community leaders from organizations throughout the United States have taken advantage of the opportunity to attend this energizing program.  Whether one comes as a newcomer to the field or as a seasoned professional, the Aspen Academy offers unsurpassed training on operating a successful development program.

Attendance is limited, allowing for the opportunity to develop a detailed 12-month plan of action specifically tailored to your individual organization.

The Aspen Academy will provide you with:
  • A practical, step-by-step approach to establishing a successful development program
  • The opportunity to build and present an effective case statement
  • Detailed program approaches and samples
  • Individual counseling for your own program
  • A chance to exchange ideas and successes with development professionals from across the country
  • Training by an accomplished faculty with over 100 combined years of professional, hands-on development experience
  • A twelve-month Plan of Action designed for your organization

Aspen Academy Agenda:
Sunday, April 28
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Welcome Reception at the East Lansing Marriott
Monday, April 29
8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Overview of the Aspen Academy Program and Schedule
Healthcare Trends: The Growing Importance of Philanthropy
The Development Department and Your Role
Developing the Case for Support
Your Primary Sources of Philanthropy and Challenges
  The Development Council and Donor Process
1:00 p.m.
Organizational Family Engagement
Community Relations: Expanding Your Organization's Fanbase
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Dinner in East Lansing with Hillary Lyons Associates
Tuesday, April 30
8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Annual Support: Essential Base Building
Special Prospects: Entry Point for High Capacity Donors
Major Gifts: The Key to Capital Funding
Making the Ask
Planned Giving: The Legacy Gift
12:15 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
Business Relations: Differing Donor Expectations
Team Solicitation Prep
4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1
8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Major Gifts Solicitation
Presentations Recap
Meetings Management
Volunteer Recruitment and Relations
12:15 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
Preparing for Major Capital Projects and Determining Financial Goals
3:00 p.m.


The seminar will be held and lodging is available at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place in East Lansing, Michigan.  Located in the heart of the downtown business district, one block north of the beautiful campus of Michigan State University, the East Lansing Marriott features well-appointed guestrooms, an indoor pool, exercise facilities and dining in Bistro 43. 
A limited number of rooms have been set aside and are available at $164.00 per night. 

For reservations, please either call the Marriott directly at (517) 337-4440 and indicate that you are with the Hillary Lyons Associates' Aspen Academy. Or register online with this link: Book your group rate for Aspen Academy for Healthcare.
The reservation deadline is March 29, 2019. Reservations after that date will be accepted based on seminar and hotel space availability only.


Shuttle service to and from the Lansing Capital Region International Airport is provided by the East Lansing Marriott.  Please call the Marriott directly at (517) 337-4440 to arrange for shuttle pick-up.  Shuttles are scheduled on the hour and arrive on the 1/2 hour.  Taxi service is also available.  If you choose to arrive/depart from Detroit Metro Airport, it is approximately an hour and a half drive to East Lansing.
Rental cars are also available at the airport.  
Detroit Airport: 90 miles
Grand Rapids Airport: 70 miles
Bishop/Flint Airport: 46 miles

East Lansing

To help plan your trip and for information regarding things to do and see while in East Lansing, we recommend the following links:


Tuition for the Aspen Academy is $395.00 per person and includes fees and materials for the Academy.  For clients of Hillary Lyons Associates, the tuition is waived.  Travel and lodging for seminar attendance are at the expense of the registrant. 

Please make checks payable and send to:
Hillary Lyons Associates
PO Box 99
Dimondale, MI  48821


April 28-May 1 - Aspen Academy for Fund Development
East Lansing, Michigan

Registration Deadline: March 29, 2019



If you have any questions, please give us a call at (517) 646-2096 or Email at! 

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