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Jeff Shy

Founder
President

Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on Advancement Donor Systems for universities, founder Jeff Shy has created a 21st Century Donor Management System on the salesforce.com platform. This new system for Donor Relationship Management has no peer in its use of the Salesforce platform for prospect management, major gift opportunity management and centralized gift processing management for nonprofit institutions. Affinaquest enables one centralized Donor Database for dozens of new and innovative applications including online and social networking solutions for the nonprofit marketplace.

Jeff has more than 40 years of experience bringing innovative technology and processes improvement to the nonprofit and educational advancement communities. His distinguished career has been focused on developing and applying approachable technologies for the fundraising, development and advancement profession.

Jeff has experienced the information needs of the fundraising professional from every angle.  As a user, he served as the Director of Development Services at the College of William and Mary, providing oversight for the operations of the advancement office. As a software developer, prior to Affinaquest, he founded and sold a successful company which creates, markets, and supports dedicated software packages for fundraising at over 2,200 institutions.  And, as a consultant, he has advised countless advancement professionals regarding appropriate technology solutions for their organizations.

Jeff has designed and directed the creation of fundraising systems on nine different database architectures over the past forty years. He consistently makes sure that fundraisers are on the leading edge in the evolving world of information technology. From mainframe to minicomputers, to Windows-based personal computers and now to cloud-based applications, Jeff has been a leader in nonprofit software platforms. His latest, cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) function flawlessly on multiple operating systems, from Windows to Apple OS X to Linux.

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John E. Walvoord, Ph.D.

Chairman, Affinaquest
Managing Partner, Social Sector Ventures

For more than forty years Dr. John Walvoord has been a pioneer in the application of direct response marketing principles and technology to the task of funding nonprofit organizations.  He has spent much of his professional career as a strategic planner and change agent for dozens of nonprofits and educational institutions.

As an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist he has founded five companies that serve the nonprofit sector and a venture capital company, Social Sector Ventures.

Dr. Walvoord holds several graduate degrees including a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University in NYC.  He has been a pioneer in applying rigorous research methodologies to donor communication and the management of donor relationship value.

In the early 1970’s Dr. Walvoord developed some of the first systems for donor relationship management and over the succeeding decades has helped design and implement more than six generations of donor management systems.  The goal each time has been to use new insights and cutting-edge technology to manage and maximize donor value.

The best-of-class donor database and management tools necessary for multichannel communication have been the natural result of these early landmark successes in the use of personalized conditional content.  The goal of the entire process is to facilitate donor bonding by the careful management of one-to-one communication with donors and prospects.  In the current context this means more effective use of existing channels of communication blended with digital communication and social networking to facilitate and increase donor participation in campaigns and causes.

Currently Dr. Walvoord is the Managing Partner of Social Sector Ventures, a venture capital firm.  He selected Affinaquest as the top contender to become the best 21st century donor management system.  He brings investment muscle and visionary leadership to Affinaquest.  Dr. Walvoord believes Jeff Shy has created an extraordinary donor management system which incorporates all the best practical experience of the past in its database design and functional specifications.  As a new company Affinaquest is not tied to the disparate patchwork quilt of old systems and software being currently sold in the nonprofit marketplace.

Affinaquest has a crisp new database design based on years of experience, but it also has the obvious advantage of the best in state-of-the-art cloud computing and security provided by the Salesforce platform.  Clients on the Affinaquest system have the promise of the continued support and value added by the Salesforce Foundation.

As Chairman of Affinaquest, Dr. Walvoord will have an active role in helping to advance Jeff Shy’s vision for a true multichannel Donor Management System that will meet the needs of nonprofits and universities in a rapidly changing fundraising environment.  Dr. Walvoord and Jeff Shy represent two industry leaders that share a common vision to serve nonprofits. These seasoned professionals began in the nonprofit marketplace and together have deep industry knowledge from 80 years spent in serving universities, humanitarian organizations and world changing causes.

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Geoff Knue

Vice President
Business Development

Geoff joined Affinaquest to drive the sales operation in December 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience in Higher Education Advancement, starting with Master Software (acquired by Blackbaud), CDA Investnet Wealth Screening, SunGard Higher Education (now Ellucian) and iModules Software. For the last 15+ years, Geoff has focused on the top 200 largest Advancement operations in the US and Canada.

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Lori Combs

Lori joined Affinaquest in May 2017 as the Director of Solution Engineering and Engagement Strategy. She has over 24 years’ experience implementing, supporting, configuring, and selling advancement and constituent engagement software in the higher education market. Starting at JSI FundRaising in 1993 as an implementation consultant for their Millennium software, she quickly moved up to managing the implementation staff and providing senior consulting. Upon moving into sales, she was responsible for configuring and maintaining the sales demo environment, conducting in-depth software demonstrations, and carrying a sales quota. After 11 years at JSI Fundraising, she moved to SunGard Higher Education and later iModules, working as a senior solutions engineer supporting the sales team. In her role at Affinaquest, she will not only act as the Director of Solution Engineering but is also responsible for determining our strategy for addressing the constituent engagement needs of our clients.

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Sabre Leek

After working at Babson College and Sage Software and two accounting firms, Tewell Thorpe & Findlay and Foster Pepper, she has assembled invaluable experiences that enable her to straddle all fields with ease. She also has a degree in Statistics and Accounting from University of Washington.

Sabre has overseen many database conversions, software implementations, database redesigns and re-engineering of complicated fundraising processes and systems for large and small clients alike. Along with her technical skills and creative solutions to some of development’s trickiest issues, she is able to help organizations bring about positive change, helping them achieve their fundraising goals and more often than not, under intense deadlines.

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Karen Guaspari

Karen has over 30 years experience in software development for the nonprofit sector. Her career has been focused on developing applications that provide both form and function using a vast assortment of technologies. From programming to database design to system architecture, Karen has been integral in the development of 8 fundraising systems. She continually strives to provide leading edge software for fundraisers.

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