Join us on August 9 and 10, 2018 for our next Gonser Gerber Annual Conference where we will address the theme “Your Best Campaign – A Transformational Impact on Your Institution”. The program is scheduled from 7:30 am on Thursday, August 9th, through 12:30 pm on Friday, August 10th, 2018. It will take place at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.
As we celebrate our 50th year of bringing you the Gonser Gerber Annual Conference, we want to focus on a topic that never stops being the most critical work of our clients – campaigns.
Pooling your entire organization’s resources toward one goal takes a lot of planning, focus, and dedication. You have to educate all of your constituent’s on the front end, monitor the actions and activities of all your staff and faculty during the process, and you have to be prepared to give 110% all the time.
So why do them? Why put yourself and your institution through that?
Nothing can escalate the fundraising and vision of your institution like a campaign that requires unparalleled communication inside and outside of your organization’s walls.
But you need to be prepared for the work it takes to have a successful campaign, focusing on a variety of issues including volunteers, data mining, discovery visits, closing the gift, planned giving options, policies, and procedures, and recognizing successes. It’s no small feat and takes leadership from every area of your institution to participate in the process.
In our 50 years of annual conferences, nothing continues to light a spark like reexamining the importance of a successful campaign. Join us as we discuss how to plan and execute the right campaign for your institution in today’s fundraising environment of sky-high campaign goals, cutting-edge building designs, and increasing competition for philanthropic dollars.
Schedule and Location
Our Annual Conference is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 9 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10. 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.
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 $165/night until July 18, 2018. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Westin Lombard. Participants can 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!
Who Should Attend
- Governing and Foundation Board Leaders
- Executive Committee
- Committee on Trusteeship
- Nominating Committee
- Advancement Committee
- Development Committee
- Presidents, Heads, and CEOs
- Campaign Volunteer Leaders
- Chief Advancement Officers
- Development Directors
- Annual Giving staff
- Major Gift and Planned Giving staff
- Alumni/Constituent Relations staff
- Prospect Researchers
- Campaign staff
- Communications and Public Relations staff