David Hessekiel, Founder and President, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Canada

David Hessekiel has one marathon for charity under his belt and a passion for helping nonprofits and businesses succeed at doing well by doing good. Since 2006 the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum has brought thousands of peer-to-peer fundraising professionals together via its annual conference, workshops and webinars to share best practices and provided them with access to the information they need to raise more for their organizations.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Canada and Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum are units of Hessekiel’s Cause Marketing Forum, Inc. Since 2002, CMF’s events, online offerings and membership program have helped thousands of executives gain the practical knowledge they need to succeed, make valuable connections, and honor outstanding accomplishments in this expanding field.

The recipient of a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, David’s background in journalism, magazine management, consumer marketing and the dot.com world equipped him to launch CMF. He lives in Rye, New York with his wife Andrea and their two daughters.

Peter Panepento, Communications

Peter PanepentoPeter Panepento is principal for Panepento Strategies, a consulting company that provides digital and social-media strategy, communications, and marketing services to nonprofits, foundations, and media companies. Previously, he was senior vice president of Knowledge and Community for the Council on Foundations and assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Canada, Peter is responsible for content development including the blog, Peer Review Canada and webinars.