Panelists include Jodi Sommers, Elena Fracchia, and Mija Andrade. Facilitated by Liora Sponko.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

LCC Mary Spilde Downtown Center
101 W 10th Ave


Success in cultivating sponsors and building strong partnerships requires learning a new vocabulary and approach to development. This panel workshop will explore ideas of cause-based marketing and how to create mutually beneficial partnerships that increase visibility, deepen impact, and help you meet your mission or accomplish your goals. We will learn from different perspectives on how to create network of prospective partners and sponsors, find the right match, craft incentives and benefits, and build relationships that are rewarding for all.


About Jodi Sommers
Jodi Sommers is the Marketing & Business Development Manager for Essex General Construction. In her role Jodi manages Essex’s charitable giving. During her time at Essex they have won two awards for their charitable giving including the 2017 Outstanding Business Patron of the Arts by the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene, and the 2018 Community Applause Award from the Oregon Bankers Association. Jodi collaborated with the Lane Arts Council in 2018 to raise funds to provide Artists in Residence in all of the Bethel School District’s elementary schools. Jodi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Florida. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and a LEED Green Associate.

About Elena Fracchia
As a Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor at Columbia Bank, Elena Fracchia does more than just wrangle financial statements. She serves as a point of contact and strategist for nonprofits, business owners, and individuals as they navigate life and business transitions, identifying financial decisions they may come across along the way. In addition to her role at the Bank, Elena has been on faculty at the University of Oregon for the past five years, where she teaches Fundraising for Nonprofits as part of the Nonprofit Management program. With over a decade of prior experience in the nonprofit sector, Elena understands the challenges of building funding streams, allocating resources, and keeping donors engaged. She believes in the power of people and by harnessing that power, we can build strong organizations that help our community thrive.

About Mija Andrade
Mija grew up in California but has lived and worked in Eugene since 1995. Mija’s first career was in the graphic arts field and she attended the UC Santa Cruz graphic design and production program. She has been working in non-profit management since 2006, having been the Executive Director of MECCA as well as the Development Director for Oregon Supported Living Program and is currently the Director of the Arts & Culture Program for OSLP. She has also served on the Board of Directors of a few local non-profits and is currently the Board President of Centro Latino Americano. In addition, she is an artist and long-time member of the local philanthropic women’s art group the ArtChics. She also loves being out and about in her community, organizing community arts events, dancing and playing with friends and family and singing with her daughter.

About Liora Sponko
Liora Sponko was named Executive Director of Lane Arts Council in March 2011 bringing several years experience in nonprofit administration. Locally, Liora worked for the Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall, Centro Latino Americano, Womenspace, and the University of Oregon. She also lived and worked for community-based organizations in Costa Rica for three years. Liora earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA in International Peace and Development Studies while living in Spain. Liora is passionate about the arts and strongly believes in its ability to impact us on an individual and community level.



Workshops are presented by Lane Arts Council in partnership with the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division. Thank you to our 2019-2020 workshop sponsors Columbia Bank and Lane Small Business Development Center.

Please contact Lane Arts Council at or 541-485-2278 with any questions.

Register here, then process your $20 registration fee here or call 541-485-2278 to pay over the phone.

This workshop fee is $20.

Contact Stacey Ray at or 541-485-2278 with questions.