OCTOBER 24-25, 2019 | CHICAGO

The Donor Relations Guru Group has created one-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.


Lynne's engaging sessions will cover each of the Four Pillars of Donor Relations—acknowledgment, stewardship, recognition, and engagement. She will bring each topic to life as she shares 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

Join us for an additional half-day 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!



9:00 AM | Introduction
9:15 AM | The Role of Gift Agreements & Fund Acceptance in Stewardship
10:00 AM | Fund Audit & Utilization Best Practices
10:45 AM | Break
11:00 AM | Fund Impact Reporting
12:00 PM | The Role of Donor Relations & Next Steps

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The 4 Pillars Austin Conference has been approved for the following CFRE points: October 24 (6 points), October 25 (3 points), both days (9 points).


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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