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2018 Fundraising Accelerator

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MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

15 Blandin Ave.

Framingham, MA 01702

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Join us and your development peers for our 2nd Annual Fundraising Accelerator, a half day of networking and learning!

Agenda

  • 8:30 AM - Registration, breakfast, and networking
  • 9:15 AM - Welcome remarks
  • 9:30 AM - Session 1
  • 10:45 AM - Networking
  • 11:15 AM - Session 2
  • 12:30 PM - Wrap-up

Who Should Attend

This year we are introducing two tracks for participants:

  • Roundtable Discussion: Intended for senior leaders (EDs, CEOs, CDOs, and DoDs) who hold the responsibility of shaping, hiring for, and leading development strategies.
  • Hard Skills: Intended for development professionals who are seeking to hone their skills.

Participants either register for the Roundtable Discussion track or the Hard Skills track. Sessions cannot be mixed and matched.

Roundtable Discussion Track

Session 1 - Talent Recruitment and Retention

  • This participatory discussion will cover questions such as: How are organizations thinking about attracting and retaining fundraising talent? What are we seeing with respect to average tenure for roles in the field today? What are strategies for keeping your top performers and creating a high-morale, high-productivity work environment?
  • Facilitators: Andrea R. Finnerty, Chief Development Officer of Cambridge School of Weston and President of Women in Development, and Cindy Joyce, CEO/Founder of Pillar Search & HR Consulting

Session 2 - Fundraising for Sustainability

  • This participatory discussion will cover questions such as: Given shifts in funding sources, increased competition, and changes in consumer behavior, what strategies should non-profit organizations be thinking about for survival? What trends have Curtis Strategy seen as a result of these shifts? How can CEOs/CDOs revolutionize their organization for sustainability while making it attractive to funders? What conversations should CEOs/CDOs be having with donors? What fundraising successes have Curtis Strategy seen with their clients? How should Development professionals be thinking about mergers / partnerships / shared services?
  • Facilitator: Barbara Sierota, Consultant with Curtis Strategy

Hard Skills Track

Session 1 - Raise More Money Online - The 5 Key Characteristics of a Great Donation Form

  • Are your online donation forms ho hum? Have you made changes to your forms but aren’t seeing more gifts come in? Get ready to dissect some high-performing donation forms with an industry expert! We’ll review the five most important characteristics of a great donation form, and talk about why they are so important to your online giving program. No need to be a tech whiz to get a lot from this session- you’ll see awesome examples of those key characteristics in action and take away some new ideas for end-of-year giving.
  • Presenter: Maureen Wallbeoff, Nonprofit Strategist & Technology Coach

Session 2 - The ABC's of Corporate Sponsorships

  • Nonprofits are consistently turning to local businesses, seeking their support for programs or specials events. Is a sponsorship a qualified charitable donation? How do you secure a corporate sponsorship? What are corporations looking for from their nonprofit partners? Set your organization up to effectively pursue corporate funding streams, and learn from an industry pro!
  • Presenter: Heather Amsden, Amsden Consulting

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MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

15 Blandin Ave.

Framingham, MA 01702

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