Improve the effectiveness of your stewardship efforts.
Develop a comprehensive donor relations strategy for every segment of your donors to improve the effectiveness of your engagement and cultivation efforts. This conference will allow you to explore the four pillars of a sound donor relations strategy and help you:
This program is facilitated by donor relations experts Angela Joens (University of California Davis), Sarah Sims (University of Florida), and Lynne Wester (Donor Relations Guru).
This program remains one of Academic Impressions’ highest rated events. Here’s what 2016’s attendees had to say:
“An excellent overview of best practices in donor relations” “Provided me tools and strategies I can apply immediately” “I liked the smaller group size—the instructors were accessible” “Actual, actionable steps to implement to make my program better” “The energy, content, and presenters were top notch” “So much incredible content—breadth & depth” “I have a strong direction to get things going”
This event is designed for those who need to breathe new life into their donor relations programs. Come learn from our expert instructors and walk away with actionable items that can be implemented immediately.
If you are new to donor relations, we strongly encourage you to attend this full-day workshop. You will learn the foundations for a successful donor relations program and examine the four key pillars of donor relations:
You will leave this pre-conference workshop equipped with best practices to leverage in your everyday work.
Advancement professionals and teams looking to build or revamp their donor relations program cannot miss this conference. Our expert instructors will provide useful advice, whether you are new to the field or have worked in advancement for several years. When you register two attendees, a third registration is 50% off!
Contact Gwen Doyle, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-988-1258 if you’d like additional information about the program.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to revitalize your donor relations strategy to improve the effectiveness of your institution’s stewardship efforts.
The donor relations field has grown and evolved tremendously over the last five years. If you are new to the field, this one-day pre-conference workshop will provide you with the foundations of a sound donor relations program. Highlighting the four key pillars of donor relations, there will be sessions covering:
You will leave this pre-conference workshop equipped with best practices to leverage in your everyday work and the foundational knowledge to get the most out of the following two days.
This working session will allow you to work through the strengths and weaknesses of your existing stewardship strategy. Considering your relationships with your entire advancement shop and the four pillars of a sound donor relations program, you will evaluate the strengths through an audit of your current donor relations practices to assess what you are doing well and identify where you can improve. Resources:
In a combination of lecture and working time, this session will give you examples of successful strategies to combat the common challenges that donor relations professionals face when writing to donors, such as:
This morning will focus exclusively on donor relations strategy for your institution’s top donors. These donors represent less than 10% of your supporters, but contribute to more than 90% of your gifts. Our expert facilitators will share a framework for:
Angela has extensive management, development and stewardship experience. In her current role she supervises annual giving, donor relations, research and prospect management, proposal services, marketing and communications, and development recruitment.
Prior to UC Davis, Joens was Vice President of Development Operations for the Mercy Medical Center Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa. She also served as the Senior Director of Donor Relations for the Iowa State University Foundation and worked for RuffaloCODY a for-profit company that assists the non-profits with fundraising. Her career began as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Joens is also a non-profit consultant, an executive coach, and speaks nationally on topics related to stewardship, development and leadership. She has been featured in several industry publications including CASE Currents Magazine and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Joens earned her BA from the University of Iowa, her MPA from Iowa State University, and her Professional Life and Work Coach Certificate from UC Davis. She is a proud volunteer for the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Sarah has been responsible for building new and innovative donor relations programs from the ground up at three different higher education institutions and now heads the donor relations team at the University of Florida as they embark on the University’s first $3B capital campaign.
With more than ten years of experience in donor relations and frontline fundraising in a variety of higher education and non-profit settings, Sarah focuses on building strategic donor relationships while forwarding the mission of the organization. Her specialty areas include top donor strategy, program development, fund stewardship and major gift development.
Sarah is a non-profit consultant and active industry volunteer with positions held on the CASE IV Board of Directors and with the Association of Donor Relations Professionals. Sarah earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2013 and is a frequent presenter for CASE, ADRP, DRG, and Academic Impressions.
Lynne is a frequent conference speaker and a well-known resource for donor relations and fundraising. She has been featured in The Washington Post, CURRENTS magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and other industry publications. Lynne also created the website and blog www.donorrelationsguru.com where she shares her expertise, opinions, and collections of samples on a variety of topics to the greater development world and hosts a monthly webinar series.
Using her hands-on approach, Lynne works with many organizations to help them keep their focus donor driven, technology savvy, strategic, and always with a splash of good humor. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a loyal gamecock alumna, donor, and fan, and holds a master's in strategic fundraising and philanthropy with an emphasis in higher education.
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The rate is $189 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of November 12, 13 and 14, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to October 19, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
Located in the heart of the action on International Drive, Hyatt Regency Orlando brings you within minutes of world-famous theme parks while allowing you to escape in upscale accommodations with premium amenities, that include a number of pools, a gym, several restaurants and complimentary wifi.
The hotel is located approximately 12 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
“Great conference! Thank you for the perfect balance of informative sessions and open discussions!”- Amber Hadvab, Senior Director of Stewardship, Lehigh University
“Wonderful conference! The smaller size allowed us to ask a lot of questions of the faculty and other attendees. Networking was more effective. Great information.”- Jodi Bailey, Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, Alfred University
“The conference drilled deep into several areas of importance. I'm leaving with plenty of useful information, practical advice, and great resources. The faculty was fabulous!”- Debbie Meline, Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, Nova Southeastern University
“AI conferences set themselves apart from other conferences because of the interactive and working sessions. Most definitely a conference for all donor relations professionals on any level.”- Pamela Palmer, Donor Relations Officer, Tulane University
“The comprehensive curriculum and intimate class size made this conference one of the most effective professional development opportunities I've had in my donor relations career. Because of this conference, I feel better equipped to help my institution meet its goals, and more importantly, to engage our donors to help them realize their philanthropic passions.”- Rachel Moury, Director of Donor Communications and Stewardship, Penn State Hershey Medical Center at Penn State College of Medicine
“This conference came at the perfect time in my first six weeks at a new institution. I'm excited and energized to begin revitalizing an existing program as we prepare for a new campaign.”- Debbie Mulvenna, Executive Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, Tulane University
“A must attend for all Donor Relations professionals. It will refresh your thinking on how to manage and maintain a donor-centered approach to your shop.”- Susie Willett, Director of Donor Relations, Westmont College
“This conference will give you the strategy and skills to efficiently and effectively update your donor relations program to make it donor-focused and behavior-based.”- Anne Schmitz, Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations, DePaul University
“This was the most effective conference I have ever attended. Very personable, very hands on. I walked away with a list of things to implement in my office!”- Shannon Zwernemann, Donor Relations Specialist, Texas A&M Foundation
“In just the three days that I have been at this conference, I have grown as a professional. I feel confident in strengthening my donor relations program because I have been equipped with invaluable knowledge.”- Courtney Lopez, Stewardship Coordinator, New Mexico State University
“This was a real-world, hit-the-ground-running conference. I strongly feel that I can effectively evaluate my Donor Relations operations and make significant and measurable improvements after attending.”- Matthew Schueller, Donor Relations Manager, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
“This was one of the best conferences I have ever attended! The low faculty to attendee ratio allowed for greater discussion and addressed specific situations. The conference content was relevant, useful, and applicable to my own university shop. Thank you AI for this awesome conference!”- Andrea Hala, Donor Relations Officer, University of Saskatchewan
“This conference will allow me to go back to my home development shop with tangible action items. The expertise and accessibility of the faculty was truly impressive. I will definitely attend more AI conferences!”- Rachel Fogle, Development Specialist, The University of Texas, Austin
“Great faculty, informative, interactive and proactive. I felt like I did a lot of great thinking about my program and had the opportunity to plan out while the info was still fresh. This was much more productive than any other conference I've attended.”- Debbie Afar, Interim Director of Donor Relations, Occidental College
“A wonderful introduction for fresh donor relations professionals and an informative series for everyone at all levels. Great to reflect on new ideas and collaborate with such seasoned and wise faculty. AI makes it all come together and I am appreciative for it!”- Amy Wetherbee Rodgers, Manager of Stewardship & Gift Administration, Colorado School of Mines
“This conference was transformational! It helped to confirm my suspicions on what I think should be done and equipped me with insights on what needs to be done!”- Cheryl Benadre, Stewardship Manager, Stellenbosch University
“This conference refocused my Donor Relations efforts and re-energized me so that I can be as effective as possible in my role.”- Betty Meehan, Director of Donor Relations, Augusta University
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