2019 Success in Fundraising Conference
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2019 Success in Fundraising Conference

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Gather with your fellow fundraising professionals, board members, and those considering a career in philanthropy for a one-day workshop. The day is filled with a variety of sessions surrounding annual fund, corporate giving, event planning, major gifts and more - you can pick what is most relevant to you!

This is a low-cost way to educate you, your staff, your volunteers and board members. Each session is taught by a local or regional expert.

Join us for a fulfilling day for a very low cost!

8:00 – Registration

8:30 – 2:00 – Conference and Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 4:30 – Post-conference Social

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Conference Speakers

Christine Caves, Andrea Olson, TEDx Davenport
Brand Presence

Jeff Adamson, Comedy Sportz
Having fun taking your Board from “bored and tired” to engaged and inspired!

Steve Goebel & Trista Foster, QC Planned Giving Partnership
Planned Giving

M. Linda Wastyn, Ph. D. - President, Wastyn & Associates
Writing More Compelling Grant Applications Using Stories

Patrick Hoesing, QTego Fundraising Services
Enhancing Fundraising Events through technology

Jennifer Schroder & Belinda Mielenhausen, River Bend Foodbank
Increasing Volunteer Engagement Through 2018 Year of the Volunteer Campaign

M. Linda Wastyn, Ph. D. - President, Wastyn & Associates
Identifying, Recruiting, and Retaining Board Members

Josh Krakauer, CEO, Sculpt
Post with Purpose - Building an Audience-centric Social Media Strategy

Barb Melbourne, Palmer College
Tax Law Rules

M. Linda Wastyn, Ph. D. - President, Wastyn & Associates
Taking the Guesswork out of Fundraising - Data Driven Fundraising that will impress your colleagues and raise more money

Jodi Prosise, Tedx Davenport
Feature Video:  Empowerment Through Technology

Jodi Prosise & Christine Caves
What's Your TED?

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2019 Introduction to Fundraising Course (Mentoring Included!)
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2019 Introduction to Fundraising Course (Mentoring Included!)

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This free program allows beginning fundraisers and those interested in learning more about the field to learn from experienced professionals.  Each session is taught by a development professional who has expertise in their subject area.  At the end of the seven class sessions, those students who have attended at least five of the seven sessions will be matched with an experienced fundraiser who will serve as their mentor in subsequent months.

This program has introduced and mentored numerous local nonprofit professionals about this fun and rewarding work. 

Classes meet in room 137 in Sorensen Hall on the Augustana Campus.  Sorensen Hall is located on the northeast corner of 38th Street and 7th Avenue in Rock Island and the address is 639  38th Street.  Parking is in the Centennial Hall parking lot (northwest corner of 38th Street and 7th Avenue)– with visitor parking located on the west side of the lot next to Centennial Hall.

Each class will meet from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The following dates and topics are planned (subject to change):

  1.  Friday, March 29, Introduction to Development with Gray Rowe

  2. Friday, April 12, Getting Organized for Development with Jenny Von Kaenel

  3. Friday, April 26, Annual Giving with Sue Rector

  4. Friday, May 10, Grant Writing with Linda Wastyn

  5. Friday, May 24, Major gifts with Barbara Melbourne

  6. Friday, June 7, Working with your Board of Directors, Volunteers and CEO with Missy Gowey

  7. Friday, June 21, Donor Relations and Stewardship with Anne Calder

This is a FREE program offered by AFP Quad Cities so we can invest in the growth and prosperity of our non-profit professionals with the support of the Regional Development Authority and the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

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Creating Partnerships through Corporate Giving - July Educational Luncheon
12:00 PM12:00

Creating Partnerships through Corporate Giving - July Educational Luncheon

The partnership between corporations and non-profits can extend beyond the financial contribution to make an impact on employees, clients and community engagement.

 Join Amy Jones, Director of Philanthropy, Royal Neighbors of America, and Matt Mendenhall, CEO, Regional Development Authority, for a discussion on how you can work with your corporate partners as they strive to make an impact on society through your mission.

Cost is free for members and $10 for non-members.

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Development Officers Roundtable
3:30 PM15:30

Development Officers Roundtable

  • Sorensen Hall - Room 150 - Augustana College (map)
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Join fellow Development Officers Sue Rector, Augustana College, and Maureen Dickinson, Blackhawk College for a discussion about how personality styles can impact our work with our donors.

All are welcome to join this open discussion.

To register email Sue at suerector@augustana.edu.

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 Case Study: Mission-Based Fundraising, the IMMERSE Program
11:45 AM11:45

Case Study: Mission-Based Fundraising, the IMMERSE Program

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Wednesday, September 12
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Learn how the concept of bringing Title 1 elementary school kids classrooms to the museum and totally immerse them within it to learn in a different way and use the rich resources a museum can offer came to fruition and how it has become a fundraising platform that all community can embrace.

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General Session: 8 -8:50 a.m.

Digital Trends for 2018 and Beyond Justin Ware, Co-Founder & President, Groundwork Digital

Flying cars? Not quite, but it is 2018 and we are using Facebook to (gasp) engage major donors. Digital concepts that seemed ridiculous just a few years ago are now proving to be rock solid development strategies.

Justin Ware, president and co-founder of Groundwork Digital, will talk about the three big areas for growth he sees in 2018 and beyond.

Online ambassadors – Doing digital volunteers the right way Digital major donor engagement strategies True multi-channel fundraising that leads to big increases in giving During this session, Justin will also share case studies and offer actionable tips and resources for making 2018 the year your organization fully embraces the digital revolution.

Session One: 9 - 9:50 a.m.

Staying Out of Hot Water: Legal Pitfalls of Fundraising Barbara Melbourne, JD - Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Palmer College of Chiropractic In our day-to-day efforts, it is easy to overlook the rules and regulations that govern our work, with high stake consequences. In this session, you will be able to create a checklist of legal and best practices to guide your organization's fundraising efforts!

Extravaganzas – Planning, Retooling, & Ramping Up Your Organization’s Signature Event Deanna Woodall | Owner, Event Solutions Group and Quad Cities Regional Manager, Iowa Women Lead Change Learn from one of the Quad Cities' premier event planners about how to make your organization’s signature event the extravaganza of your dreams. Learn how to set the stage for an event to remember – from venue, theme, food & drink, entertainment, auctions and every detail in between – on a budget.

Stop! Collaborate and Listen Angie Kendall - Director of Development & Communication, Child Abuse Council Nisha Ladlee – Director of Development, Family Resources Aside from measurable outcomes, nearly every grant application we seek asks about collaboration. How are you collaborating? Does it mean something more than a signed MOU or linkage agreement? We will spend time looking at the collaborations built between Family Resources and Child Abuse Council learning from their failures and successes. Leave this session knowing how you can better answer the question from funders on your next grant application.

Session Two: 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Working with a Planned Giving Professional Trista Foster, JD, AAMS – Vice President & Trust Officer, American Bank & Trust David Wierman, JD – Wessels and Wierman Law Firm What does a trust department do? What cues can I can take from a donor and how do I spot a charitable gift prospect? When is it time to call in a planned giving professional? How can I facilitate a conversation with a donor and planned giving professional? Join Trista Foster and David Wierman to learn the important cues, questions and steps in engaging a planned giving professional.

Events You Want to Attend and Support Kayla Kiesey – Director of Events & Community Partnerships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley By engaging their program participants, corporate teams and community members, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley is raising funds and creating awareness through their annual Plant Sale and Putt-A-Round miniature golf tournament. Learn about two of our area's most successful fundraising events – that do not include meals or auctions!

Need an Extra Hand? Everything You Need to Know to Get an AFP Intern Linda Wastyn, Ph.D. – President, Wastyn & Associates Panel – Kelly Giovanine, Marketing Development Coordinator, Moline Public Library; Sue Rector, Assistant Vice President of Development, Augustana College; Leslie Scheck, Associate Director of Career Advising and Education, Augustana College

Did you know that the AFP Quad Cities Chapter offers FREE internships – with a mentor – to qualifying organizations? Learn how this program has helped organizations like yours and how you can apply for an intern to help your fundraising efforts. We will discuss questions like “Do you qualify?” “How can you apply?” “What do students want in an internship?” “How can this benefit my organization?” and “What does the mentor do?”

Session Three: 11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

In the Know with Your CFO Lee Gaston, MBA – Director of Finance, CASI Want a better understanding of how the non-profit financials work and how to better relate to your CFO and other leaders when it comes to your organization’s financials? Join Lee Gaston to learn how the important work you do in raising money for your organization impacts the overall financials. Learn Key Performance Indicators you should be looking at to measure your impact. Discover how important your work is in planning for the financial health of your organization from the perspective of a CFO.

Fully Charged Events, with Board and Volunteer Support Lysa Hegland, MOL, CFRE – Assistant to the President & Foundation Director, Scott Community College An in-depth look at moving your board and volunteers to engage them in your organization’s events, filled with helpful tidbits direct from a panel featuring a board member, volunteer, and support staff from the SCC Foundation. This is an opportunity to learn from the successes and avoid the failures as you too engage your board.

The Art & Science of Collaborative Grant Writing Linda Wastyn, PhD – President, Wastyn & Associates Alex Kolker, PhD – Community Impact Manager, United Way of the Quad Cities Area More and more funders look for community collaborations in programs that their grants fund. As the grant writer you need to collaborate with front-line staff and others in the organization to write the most compelling application. Learn from our experiences – good and bad – ways to most effectively collaborate with others internal and external to your organization and submit the most compelling application possible while meeting the deadline and remaining (relatively) sane.

Lunch and Learn: 12:20 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2018 Tax Changes Barbara Melbourne, JD, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Palmer College of Chiropractic A quick overview of the impact of the 2018 tax changes on fundraising and philanthropy – with key takeaways for your organization.

Closing Session: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Giving Days – Launching Your First or Growing Your Best Ever Justin Ware, Co-Founder & President, Groundwork Digital

Massive celebrations of giving that expand your organization’s culture of philanthropy to enthusiastic hordes of new supporters. Or at least that’s what an online giving day should be, when done right.

Justin Ware, president and co-founder of Groundwork Digital, has helped plan more than three dozen online giving days for higher education, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. Justin will draw upon that experience to offer attendees actionable steps toward launching their best possible giving day or #GivingTuesday. During this session, expect to learn:

--->The four "must haves" for giving day (or #GivingTuesday) success

--->How giving days depend on major donors and how major gifts programs are increasingly turning to giving days to expand their reach

--->Why an online giving day is one of the most effective marketing tools your organization can employ (in addition to a tremendous fundraising mechanism)

Post Conference Networking Social: 2:00 p.m.

Join us upstairs at the River House Bar & Grill (1510 River Drive – Moline) immediately following the conference for networking and connecting! Cash bar.

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