Webinar: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Philanthropy

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You will hear real-world experiences and scenarios so that you can put concepts into action right away. The format will be conversational with the opportunity for questions and answers.

Webinar: Telling a Good Story: Changing Hearts, Minds and Action

You will hear real-world experiences and scenarios so that you can put concepts into action right away. The format will be conversational with the opportunity for questions and answers.

Registration is required.

Webinar: A Fulfilling Career in Philanthropy

Just a few things we’ll cover in this month’s webinar:
✔ What can I do to avoid burnout?
✔ What opportunities and resources exist to help me grow in my career?
✔ What do nonprofits look for in their development staff?

We will explore this and more! Registration is required.

Jess Green, Presenter
Jess Green has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years, helping small and medium sized nonprofits achieve their missions through strategic fundraising and marketing. In 2014, she received her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Jess has since relocated back to her home state of Virginia where she continues to pursue her personal mission to help nonprofits and passionate people work smarter not harder to change the world. In 2017 she launched MinimalistFundraising.com, a place for newbie and veteran fundraisers to get real about where to focus their limited time and resources to raise more money for their cause. Jess is currently proud to bring her love of the outdoors together with her love of fundraising as the Director of Philanthropy at the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the official nonprofit partner of Virginia’s backyard national park. When she’s not hiking in Shenandoah, Jess and her husband Ty can be found hanging out at home with their three cats or enjoying the water at the nearest lake, river, or beach.

Liliane Lendvai, Guest Speaker
Liliane Lendvai is the Operations Manager at Blair Search Partners, a retained executive search and recruiting firm in San Diego with a unique specialization in serving nonprofit and public-sector clients. Liliane manages the firm’s daily business operations and works directly with clients and candidates to fill positions at the staff, director, and executive levels. Liliane is a 2018 graduate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) as well as the LEAD San Diego IMPACT program. Her community engagement includes the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), Women Give San Diego, and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). She was also recently honored by LEAD San Diego with the 2018 Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award.

Major Gifts, What’s on the Horizon?

“What is new in major gifts? What’s shifting? What’s exciting?” asks Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University. At the moment, the air is abuzz with talk of blended gifts, the convergence of major gifts and planned giving. Join us to get abreast of changes such as this and to get inspired toward new fundraising strategies.

At this session of the Lunch and Learn series, hosted by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, we will hear from a panel of local nonprofit organizations, particularly those that are doing exemplary or innovative work with major gifts. The conversation will be moderated by Jack Alotto, fundraising consultant at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership and expert in building major gifts programs. Join us for a bite and to hear what tricks your nonprofit peers have up their sleeves, as well as what new fundraising concepts they are exploring. You’ll leave inspired, informed, and more well-connected to your local fundraising community.

Lunch and Learn with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s Lunch and Learn series at John F. Kennedy University invites you to come get on a first-name basis with your nonprofit peers while hearing from an expert on a pertinent issue in the field. A light lunch will also be provided!

Each installment of the Lunch and Learn series begins with a half hour of networking followed by an hour-long lecture-style presentation, and finally, Q&A. “The purpose of the series is to help address an issue that nonprofits are challenged with, including fundraising and other issues that have a bearing on overall organizational sustainability,” explains Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. “It’s also designed to create and build community among folks working in the social sector.”

Donor Cultivation

How much do you really know about your donor’s interests and about what they are hoping will come of their gifts? Such information is crucial to your ability to engage your donor in a personal way and to further cultivate the relationship. This talk will look at how working with community foundations can help nonprofits build meaningful knowledge of their donors.

In this Lunch and Learn session, hosted by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University, we will hear from Jeri Boomgaarden, Director of Donor Services with the East Bay Community Foundation. Jeri will discuss her work in an ever-growing facet of fundraising—the donor-advised fund. The exchange of information that occurs between donor and foundation in this unique relationship is crucial for nonprofits aiming to better understand how to work with and cultivate donors.

“Working with community foundations is coming to be more and more critical,” explains Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University. “It is a way for the foundations to learn more about organizations and what they’re doing, but also for the organizations to learn more about how to work with donors.” Join us for some lunch and to explore this exciting new avenue toward donor cultivation.

Lunch and Learn with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s Lunch and Learn series at John F. Kennedy University invites you to come get on a first-name basis with your nonprofit peers while hearing from an expert on a pertinent issue in the field. A light lunch will also be provided!

Each installment of the Lunch and Learn series begins with a half hour of networking followed by an hour-long lecture-style presentation, and finally, Q&A. “The purpose of the series is to help address an issue that nonprofits are challenged with, including fundraising and other issues that have a bearing on overall organizational sustainability,” explains Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. “It’s also designed to create and build community among folks working in the social sector.”

Developing an Effective Stewardship Campaign

The more the donor marketplace continues to shift and change, the more effective stewardship must come to the forefront as an indispensable practice worth taking the time to develop and hone.

“We need to begin thinking of stewardship in a more systematic way, as a well thought-out strategy,” urges Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University. Effective stewardship is essential for new donor acquisition but also for existing donor retention, which is absolutely key in an unpredictable donor landscape.

In this seminar, hosted by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, we will explore what it looks like to go beyond the casual followup and identify the components of a strategic stewardship campaign, including discerning the difference between stewarding the donor and stewarding the gift. Join us to gain critical insights and techniques for developing, or strengthening, your stewardship efforts.

AFP Webinar: Welcome to the C-Suite: Leadership Transitions from the Trenches to the Top

“The C-Suite.” This is the land of the “Chiefs”: the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operational Officer, and, of course, the Chief Executive Officer. The opportunity to be on the executive leadership team is the goal for many development professionals, but what happens when you actually make it there, and how should you invest in your own leadership development to make the transition? In this panel discussion, we will address the challenges and rewards of moving to an executive leadership role, the leadership skill gaps that can prevent you from being a good candidate, and advice on evaluating your own career progression to see where you should invest in professional development.

AFP Webinar: Navigating Negotiations: More Money & More Vision

Do you want to have more to do more? Join in and learn how to best navigate negotiations. Poor negotiation skills and a lack of confidence can cripple a charitable fundraiser’s ability to obtain the necessary financial resources to fuel its organizational mission. These practical tips will help you secure larger major gifts, obtain more multi-year financial commitments and deliver more value. We will share evidence-based solutions that can assist in the creation of a win-win partnership with prospective and current donors.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Create and introduce negotiation standards aligned with AFP Code of Ethical Standards
  • Frame and rank order organizational priorities to achieve better solicitation success
  • Establish criteria for counter offers and prepare solicitors to cope with discomfort
  • Achieve and celebrate donor-centered negotiation outcomes

2018 Philanthropy Summit – Opportunities for Expanding Philanthropy

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University invites you to attend the 2018 Philanthropy Summit.

This year’s theme is Opportunities for Expanding Philanthropy–Community, CSR, and Advocacy. Specific topics to be determined.

This event is open to all organizational leaders, board members, and staff at no cost. Reservations are required.

AFP Webinar: So You Want to Be a Campaign Consultant

Based on the popular conference session! If you’re a nonprofit consultant or thinking about making the leap into consulting, and would love to consult on capital campaigns, this session is for you. Learn what you need to do to become an expert in capital campaign consulting. We will take you step-by-step through the process of consulting on campaigns from marketing yourself, to proposal submission, working with board members, setting up gift charts, creating campaign plans, and much more.