Encore: Navigating Challenging Conversations with Donors

December 7, 2022 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern
Available 10 business days after the Live Training


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Gain confidence in your ability to engage with donors around polarizing topics.


Your donors’ views of current events may not always align with your personal or institutional values and mission, which can create tension when cultivating the relationship. How do you navigate through those conversations in a way that sustains or even builds the connection?

Join us for a re-airing of the training that took place in May 2021. You will hear from our expert facilitator on how the University of Utah is approaching challenging conversations with prospects and donors. You will hear stories and examples of how the university has responded to some of the most challenging situations on their campus and walk away with guidance for how to facilitate dialogue that aligns your internal stakeholders, prospects, and donors around these often difficult-to-talk-about topics:

  • Racial Justice and Student Activism
  • Politics
  • Leadership Transitions
  • The Value of Higher Education

How This Works

60 minutes | Watch a Re-airing of the Training
If you missed the event when it took place in May 2021 or you have been meaning to engage with the on-demand training, this is your chance to watch it together with higher ed colleagues from across the country. Mark your calendar now to set aside this time for yourself.

Who Should Attend

Frontline fundraisers that work in leadership annual, major, principal, or planned giving, along with folks in donor relations and alumni relations, who need practice in navigating challenging conversations with alumni and donors, will benefit most from this training. Those who want to train others on becoming more comfortable with challenging donor conversations will also find this training valuable.


Portrait of Dhiraj Chand

Dhiraj Chand

Deputy Chief Philanthropy Officer for Principal Gifts, University of Utah

Specializing in higher-education fundraising, Dhiraj lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he is the Deputy Chief Philanthropy Officer for Principal Gifts at the University of Utah. In this role, he sits on the advancement leadership team and works to generate philanthropic support for health sciences, academic initiatives, donor relations, student programs, research activities, and presidential initiatives. With over 14 years of experience in higher-education leadership, major gift fundraising, campaign planning and strategy, corporate and foundation relations, board development, and communications, Dhiraj helps benefactors to be a force for good in the community.

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Questions about this event? Contact this event's manager, Austin Joseph at austin@academicimpressions.com.

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