The Donor Relations Guru Group has created one-day, regional conferences based on Lynne Wester's book, The Four Pillars of Donor Relations. Our energetic speakers represent the best in the profession and deliver an interactive learning experience filled with dynamic content and real-life examples that will teach you the basics of donor relations as well as new industry trends.
Our engaging sessions will cover each of the Four Pillars of Donor Relations—acknowledgment, stewardship, recognition, and engagement. Our experts will bring each topic to life as they share personal stories of tragedies, triumph, ridicule, and redemption. You’ll leave inspired and energized, equipped with tangible ideas that you can implement immediately with any size staff or budget.
Designed for intentionally small audiences to maximize collaboration and idea sharing, the Four Pillars conference offers something for both new and experienced professionals—and it’s a great networking opportunity! This conference is an excellent learning opportunity for any fundraising professional, and we encourage those outside of donor relations to attend as well.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN IN EACH SESSION:
A good acknowledgment is about more than just saying, "thank you." In this session, we'll teach you how to craft expressions of gratitude that will surprise and delight your donors. We'll discuss gift acceptance and receipts, thank you letters, pledge reminders, behavior-based thank you's (e.g., first-time donors), and more.
Discover unique ways to show donors the true impact of their generosity. Demonstrating transparency and remaining donor-focused are key. We'll discuss broad-based and individual impact reports, how to prioritize your work based on audience and resources, and the components that go into an effective report.
Events, giving societies, public displays - there are many ways to recognize donors (and a few you should avoid). We'll discuss how to create meaningful experiences that will make lasting impressions and leave donors wanting more.
A donor is engaged once they are emotionally invested and committed to an organization. In this session, we'll show you what it takes to get them there. We'll share examples and ideas that you can implement at your organization to connect donors to your mission and turn them into loyal supporters of your organization.
Our sponsors allow us to keep our prices low while still providing you with the best experience possible. Thank you to our friends who partner with us to make these conferences and workshops possible. We couldn't do it without you! Click on their logos to learn more about the incredible work they're doing.
Donor Relations Guru is recognized by CFRE International as an approved provider for continuing education.