Join us on August 1 and 2, 2019 for our next Gonser Gerber Annual Conference. The theme this year is “Inspiring Major Gifts“. It will take place at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.
Inspiring Major Gifts can be interpreted two ways:
- The art of inspiring others to make major gifts to your institution, and
- The type of major gift that is inspirational, either because of the relationship between the donor and your institution, the purpose of the gift, or the impact it will have.
At the heart of great major gift work is collaborating with donors to understand what inspires and drives them, and then inviting them to assist your institution to fulfill its mission by matching their passion with your vision. At Gonser Gerber, we hear this message over and over in our conversations with donors at all levels – making this impactful gift was much more about my own passion than it was making a financial gift.
Our 2019 Annual Conference will guide you every step of the way in creating the climate and culture to nurture the prospect–gift officer relationship. Gonser Gerber consultants and other experienced professionals will talk about the importance of inspiring major gifts, and the process and purpose which it takes to secure them.
Our program will provide you with insights into the best practices of principal and major gift fundraising, including the commitment required by staff, the President/ CEO, the board, and key volunteers, and deeply engaging with those you serve. Developing thoughtful cultivation efforts, effective solicitation strategies, and planning donor recognition and stewardship programs are key elements in highly productive major gift and principal gift programs. Information is imparted through presentations, question and answer sessions and focused roundtable discussions designed to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.
Who Should Attend?
We encourage you to bring a team of administrators, board members, and volunteers for optimal benefit to your institution. This workshop will be helpful to:
- Presidents, Heads, and CEOs
- Board Chairs and Trustees
- Campaign Cabinet Volunteers
- Board Advancement/Development Committee Members
- Chief Advancement Officers
- Development Directors
- Major Gift, Planned Giving, and Principal Gift staff
- Major Gift Volunteers
- Annual Fund/Giving staff
- Alumni/Constituent Relations staff
- Stewardship staff
- Communications and Public Relations staff
Schedule and Location
Our Annual Conference is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 2. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided each morning, as well as refreshments provided throughout the session. The lunch period on each day will be left open so that you may arrange to meet prospective donors or other friends of your institution while in the Chicago area. On Friday morning, breakfast will be part of a Roundtable Conversation, so please look for signup sheets on Thursday to select your Roundtable Conversation Topic. (You can also submit topic ideas while registering.)
Our Annual Conference is located at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois. Designed as the premier hotel and conference facility in Chicago’s western suburbs, the Westin is just 12 miles southwest of O’Hare International Airport in the heart of the Lombard/Oak Brook business and shopping corridor. Located amidst popular restaurants and department and specialty stores, the Westin provides opportunities for evening entertainment and venues for meeting with supporters of your institution.
A block of rooms for conference attendees has been reserved and will be held at the rate of $169/night until July 10, 2019. Please make your hotel reservations online directly with the Westin Lombard. Participants can also call 888-627-9031 and ask for the Gonser Gerber room rate.
This block of rooms is limited, so please make your reservations as early as possible to avoid paying the higher, regular rate.
Registrations are open to current clients of Gonser Gerber as well as non-client institutions that are interested in the conference topic. The cost for non-clients to register is $795 for the first participant, $700 for each additional participant. There is no charge for clients (up to six representatives per client institution are allowed at no charge).
We look forward to having you with us!