2015 NC Philanthropy Conference
Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, August 20 - Pre-Conference August 18-19

We hope that you will join us for our 11th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference.

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Balancing Balls

The 2015 NC Philanthropy Conference is the 11th annual conference co-hosted by the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte chapters of the Association of Fundraising professionals. Each year we attract between 400 and 500 fundraising professionals from nonprofits across the state of North Carolina and surrounding states. Our sessions are CFRE approved and yearly we bring 30+ industry leaders (consultants, practitioners and philanthropists) selected to present dynamic, interactive breakout sessions.

The conference attracts fundraising professionals, executive directors and other staff of nonprofits from small grass roots to large universities and foundations serving the people of North Carolina.

This year’s conference is all about our nonprofit fundraisers- the staff who wear multiple hats, have more and more responsibilities and are charged to do much more with much less. Nonprofit institutions have to do more with less as they build effective boards, increase engagement with existing donors and volunteers, and utilize technology and metrics to carry out their mission. The fundamentals of fundraising are still the same – but our fundraisers are eager to learn fresh, new perspectives for success. In order to increase job satisfaction and reduce employee turnover, they want to learn strategies to help prioritize their time and their workload, reduce and manage stress, and learn effective communication techniques.

Our marketing communications emails are sent to nearly 7,000 people across the state and surrounding areas. It is also advertised on Triad, Triangle and Charlotte chapter websites, newsletters and at monthly meetings. The conference is also posted at the International AFP site www.afpnet.org. Besides regular communications, the three chapters have a combined membership base of nearly 700 regular AFP Members. We also communicate with and through the NCSU Institute for Nonprofits, NC Planned Giving Council, NC Center for Nonprofits and NC Community Foundations.

The 2012 Greensboro Conference attracted over 430 attendees from 225 nonprofit and for profit organizations and last year’s conference in Raleigh attracted over 440 attendees, representing over 250 organizations. Our conference is well respected, evaluated highly and continues to grow. Volunteers from the boards and membership of the three chapters give their time and expertise to ensuring a quality education experience for all.

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Breakout Sessions
00:00 What would YOU do? Boards, Ethics, Fundraising, and You

Case studies focused on awkward, ethically challenging situations will be the fodder for small group discussions. Workshop builds on adult learning principle of using experience to allow the attendees to provide the real depth of the content. My role is facilitator or “guide on the side”, not “sage on the stage” with the goal to increase attendee interaction and model a format that truly involves the attendees.

Presented by: Jeanne Allen, CGT
BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT)

00:00 Keeping All of Your Fundraising Balls in the Air: Integrating Traditional and Innovative Fundraising Methods for Success

Session participants will learn how to integrate traditional fundraising such as in person solicitations, direct mail and events with new and innovative ways to solicit donors such as crowd-sourcing and pop up events. If you represent a large shop or a one person shop, learn how to get the most bang for your time by integrating old and new solicitation methods while keeping all of the fundraising balls in the air. Attendees will create an integrative plan as a session takeaway.

Presented by:  April Anthony
Senior Consultant, Armstrong McGuire

00:00 Succeeding in the Midst of Change: The Impact of Leadership Transitions on Your Development Program

Attendees will learn strategies for sustaining healthy relationships with donors through the inevitable turnover that occurs in nonprofit executive, professional and board leadership. Group discussion and sharing of real-life stories of how organizations have turned difficult transitions into opportunities for deeper donor engagement. The session will include the story of the Children’s Home Society of NC’s unexpected death of their long time President in the middle of its planning for a major capital campaign. The current President of CHS will talk about the impact of this loss and what the agency did to maintain donor confidence and engagement.

Presented by:  Bert Armstrong CFRE
Principal, Armstrong McGuire & Associates

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Speaker Lineup
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Ellie Yearns

Ellie Yearns
Ellie Yearns is the Senior Director of Philanthropy at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. ...
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Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith
Since obtaining a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies from ...
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Buck Cochran

Buck Cochran
Buck Cochran is the Executive Director of Peacehaven Community Farm in Whitsett, NC. ...
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Brian Crawford

Brian Crawford
Mix equal parts nerd and creativity and that’s Brian. He draws upon his experience as a ...
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Michelle Hamilton

Michelle Hamilton
For more than 20 years Michelle Hamilton has worked as a development officer experiencing ...
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