Create Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities for Your Top Donors

Create Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities for your Top Donors

April 26, 2023 | Eastern Time

Enhance donations by aligning the passions of your leadership volunteers with your institution's key objectives.


Leadership volunteers can help to advance your institutional goals not only through their major gifts, but also through their ambassadorships as advocates of the mission you convey, and by opening access to opportunities by leveraging expertise and input that only they can provide. However, if you don’t have a defined objective on what these volunteers can help you to accomplish as part of your fundraising strategy, you won’t have the momentum required to achieve the fundraising outcomes your institution desires.

Layering a leadership volunteer’s time and effort into a capital campaign or major fundraising initiative is accomplished by developing an engagement plan that aligns their core passion with your fundraising goals. Once you have them on board, creating a meaningful experience worthy of their time can then lead to lifelong engagement and sustained success.

Join us at this live event and learn how to approach and manage leadership volunteer recruitment and sustainable engagement for top donors, while also cultivating these relationships as a central part of your fundraising strategies.


Who Should Attend

This training is for advancement and institutional leaders who currently work with top donors who aspire to serve on academic, philanthropic, and advisory boards.


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“The virtual design of this conference coupled with the amazing work of our program manager promoted a high level of engagement and sense of community among attendees. The speakers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share their experiences. It was a refreshing shift from long days of traditional meetings on Zoom!”

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Eastern TIme


Welcome and Opening Icebreaker

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET



Aligning Leadership Volunteer Passions to Fundraising Strategy

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
Your leadership volunteers are willing to utilize their valuable time and resources to help support institutional goals. Yet, if you don’t clearly define and articulate precisely how they can help, they may take their volunteer efforts elsewhere. Learn how to frame a fundraising strategy that sustains engagement with your leadership volunteers. You will understand how this approach contributes toward stronger, more genuine, relationships that you can uniquely recognize for their contributions by aligning their values with your goals.




12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET



Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Leadership Volunteers

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
With a committed volunteer, you must ensure that their experience is meaningful. By involving them in planning documents, white papers, and strategic initiatives focused on the direction of where leadership wants to take the institution, treating them as year-round partners serving a specific purpose will best ensure that they remain invested. Learn how to secure buy-in from leadership that helps to incorporate the expertise and willingness of your leadership volunteers to serve.



Long Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET



Identifying Successfully Engaged Leadership Volunteers for Your Own Program

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
Most leadership volunteers have a long history of giving and service to their institutions. Using donor profiles as examples, learn the ways in which leadership volunteers have been involved with the University of Houston, how the leader grows their contributions, and the specific volunteer opportunities they participated in over the course of their lifetimes. In small groups, you will have the opportunity to share your own stories on how you’ve engaged leadership volunteers, while walking away with a better understanding of the type of donor you want for the specific fundraising strategy you have in mind.




3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET



Connecting the President and Other Institutional Leaders to Leadership Volunteers

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Once your fundraising strategy is established, your boards have engaged and dedicated leadership volunteers who are serving, knowing when to bring the President and other institutional leaders into your donor solicitation cycle becomes paramount to successful giving. As part of their role, your leadership volunteers want to be part of decision-making conversations. Learn the best moments to bring them to the table in order to have those critical conversations with your president and institutional leadership.



Closing Q&A

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET


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Rebecca Gentry

Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, University Advancement, University of Houston

Rebecca is a fundraising and communications executive with proven experience in capital campaign planning, strategic planning, integrated communications strategies, national and regional partnership development, board development and relations, individual, corporate and foundation fund development, media relations and messaging, donor relations and stewardship, sponsorship, training, and event strategy and execution. She believes in creatively connecting people to ideas and initiatives and leading through strategy and relationships.

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  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice


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