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National Philanthropy Day Conference

National Philanthropy Day Conference

Thursday, November 15

Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel
111 E 2nd Street, Davenport, IA 52801

8 a.m. to 4 pm. Conference
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon (*Only want to attend the luncheon? Purchase tickets here.


Early Bird Registration - Ends October 26th

Lunch is included with the conference fee.

Member: $90 / after October 26th $110
Non-Member: $110 / after October 26th $150

Featured Speaker

Brian Saber, President, Asking Matters

Brian is one of the field’s prominent experts on the art and science of asking for charitable gifts face-to-face. He has spent more than 30 years working in the non-profit world and has personally solicited thousands of donors as a director of development, executive director, and consultant.

Brian harnessed all that front-line experience to become a sought-after trainer, coach and consultant around the country and abroad. His work is transformative. He leads workshops, creates training courses, presents webinars, and coaches top-level staff, taking organizations to the next level.

In 2008, Brian co-founded Asking Matters, the most comprehensive online resource on asking in the field.  Asking Matters is home to the Asking Styles, a revolutionary concept in the field that helps people understand and embrace their unique strengths as fundraisers.

Brian has led training programs and presented at conferences for Prevent Child Abuse America, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Social Venture Partners International, National Public Radio, Volunteers of America, the U.S. Olympics Committee, the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the North American YMCA Development Conference, AFP International, and others. Brian’s book on the Asking Styles will be published this spring.

Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.                       Registration, light refreshments served

8:15 a.m.                       Welcome and Announcements

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Morning Session

Asking – Art & Science: Part I
Almost 90% of all charitable gifts come from individuals, and the biggest gifts come from asking in person.  If you and your team – staff and volunteer – aren’t out there cultivating and soliciting individuals face-to-face for gifts, you can’t fulfill your vision and have the impact you desire.

  • Learn the power and importance of asking in person

  • Understand your mindset

  • Learn about your Asking Style, how to apply it to choosing the best prospects

  • Understand how you and your donors’ Asking Styles impact your relationship

  • Develop and practice your strong, personal case for support

11:30 - Noon                Networking with your peers

Noon - 1:30 p.m.         Awards Luncheon
During this luncheon celebration, numerous awards will be given to honor those that are making a difference through philanthropy. Learn more here to nominate someone for National Philanthropy Day.

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.          Afternoon session

Asking – Art and Science: Part II
The Ask is an intentional conversation. Everything you do beforehand is critically important to the outcome, and the meeting itself must unfold in an organized and strategic way.

  • Figure out what you need to know in advance to be prepared

  • Learn how to partner effectively

  • Learn and practice how to set up meetings successfully

  • Learn how to run a powerful meeting

4:00 p.m.                Networking and Cocktails

Earlier Event: October 10
Re-energizing your Capital Campaign
Later Event: November 15
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon