JUNE 18-19, 2020 | CHARLOTTE, NC

The Donor Relations Guru Group has created two-day regional conferences based on Lynne Wester's book, The Four Pillars of Donor Relations. Lynne delivers 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.


The first day of the conference will be dedicated to the Four Pillars of Donor Relations—acknowledgment, stewardship, recognition, and engagement. Lynne and her team of 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.



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.

Join us for an additional half-day Fund Stewardship Workshop on the principals of fund stewardship, compliance, and financial utilization. As we know, getting the gift in the door is only half the battle. Once it’s on the books, our jobs in Donor Relations begin with the long-term process of ensuring the funds are spent in accordance with donor intent, to maximum capacity, and reported on annually to the donors.

This dedicated workshop will focus on setting the stage with effective and sustainable gift agreements, fund audit and monitoring best practices, donor-centered stewardship activities including a deep dive into fund reporting, and much more. We will explore this complex issue while identifying key partners and data needs, as well as discuss the role of Donor Relations professionals in this arena. Whether you are new to this space, or need a refresher on the “science side of the house”, this workshop is for you!

Designed for intentionally small audiences to maximize collaboration and idea sharing, this conference offers something for both new and experienced professionals—and it’s a great networking opportunity! An excellent learning opportunity for any fundraising professional, we encourage those outside of donor relations to attend as well!