OCTOBER 19-20, 2020 | BRONX, NY

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.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN IN EACH SESSION:

Acknowledgments

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.

 

Stewardship

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.

 

Recognition

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.

 

Engagement

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 on day two for a half-day Donor Experience Workshop. It’s no secret that fundraising events are the least effective way to raise money. However, memorable, donor-focused experiences are key to cultivating, stewarding, and engaging donors.

Are your events making donors feel more connected to your mission? Are you providing them with an experience that they can’t get anywhere else? What would experiential programming even look like at your organization?

On the evening of October 19, you'll join our team for an unforgettable, custom experience. Then, we'll come together on October 20 to discuss what went into planning the DRG experience, how we put it all together, and how you can do the same for your donors.

Whether part of a large organization or a member of a small team, you’ll gain valuable insight from this hands-on learning experience as we examine the changing landscape of our attendees’ needs and discuss how to design memorable event experiences for them that communicate the mission of your organization and more!

Join us for a truly unforgettable learning experience and discover how you can liberate your events stuck in the past with these innovative methods.

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!

HERE'S WHAT OUR ATTENDEES ARE SAYING

"This was one of the best conferences I have attended, and I took away so much information and best practices to implement at our organization. I gained so much joy in such an interesting and fun environment. The day flew by and was so impactful!"

"I was blown away by what this conference offered in terms of quality content and atmosphere. You packed a lot of insights into two short days. Thank you for keeping your conference costs down so public employees, such as myself, can further our professional development!"

"Absolutely wonderful conference; one of the best I have been to. It was very organized, informative, relevant, and interesting. Great presenters. Thank you!"

"One of the best conferences I've been to. The mix of practical advice, statistics, best practices, and humor left me eager to return to my team and begin rethinking how we do our work"

"Professional development that makes you take a step back and look at the whole picture. You leave feeling motivated to make changes and implement new things while being creative."

"Best conference I've ever attended. This was my second time and I learned even more! I brought my leadership team this year and it has opened the door for a culture change in donor relations! We are blown away!"

AGENDA

DAY 1 | OCTOBER 19, 2020

Conference registration includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack*

9:00 AM

INTRODUCTION: ROADMAP TO THE FOUR PILLARS

 

9:15 AM

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

10:30 AM

BREAK

10:45 AM

STEWARDSHIP AND REPORTING

 

12:00 PM

LUNCH: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

 

1:00 PM

RECOGNITION

 

2:15 PM

BREAK

 

2:30 PM

ENGAGEMENT

 

3:45 PM

WRAP-UP

*If you are registered for Day 2 of this conference, your registration also includes access to the evening experience on October 19. 

DAY 2 | OCTOBER 20, 2020

Workshop registration includes breakfast

9:00 AM

ENGAGING YOUR ATTENDEES​

10:00 AM 

BREAK

10:15 AM

4 PILLARS OF PUROSE-DRIVEN EVENTS

11:15AM

CASE STUDIES 

12:30 PM 

WRAP-UP

SPEAKERS

ANGIE JOENS

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Development Outreach

University of California Davis

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LYNNE WESTER

Principal and Founder,

Donor Relations Guru

MATTHEW HELMER

Assistant Vice President, University Advancement

Colorado State University

OUR SPONSORS

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. 

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OCTOBER 19-20, 2020 | BRONX, NY

Conference Location Information:

Montefiore Medical Center

Conference Hotel Information:

More details coming soon

 

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