You know what makes the difference between a good campaign and a campaign that truly transforms your institution? Volunteers. Institutional leaders work with donors to secure gifts and make projects happen, but volunteers sacrificially commit their time and financial resources to advance your campaign. Leveraging their expertise to help plan, market, and execute on the effort will propel the outcome of your work to new heights and truly set your campaign apart from all the rest.
If you see working with volunteers as draining, time-consuming, and requiring lots of planning on your part, you’re not wrong! But that doesn’t mean that working with and for volunteers can’t also be some of the most rewarding, engaging and meaningful work you will ever do on behalf of your institution.
In this workshop, hosted by Gonser Gerber, senior consultants Mike Littell and Charlie Shepard will work with you on the most valuable aspects of recruiting, training, deploying and appreciating a stellar volunteer campaign steering committee, using their most recent experience as practitioners as well as their best-practice experience as consultants. In addition, we will welcome several volunteers to share their stories, answer your questions, and join us as we work together to enhance the volunteer experience.
Topics we will cover:
- Panel conversation with volunteers
- Identifying and recruiting volunteers to serve on your steering committee
- Training and staffing volunteers throughout the life of your campaign
- Deploying volunteers in the work of the campaign
- Establishing goals and measurable outcomes for your volunteer squad
- Recognizing and thanking volunteers at multiple points throughout the campaign
Registration and Hotel Information:
Gonser Gerber Institute workshops cost $995 per registration, $895 for each additional registration from the same institution. Current clients of Gonser Gerber receive a discounted fee of $795 per registrant. This fee includes breakfast both days of the workshop, lunch on Thursday, and morning and afternoon snacks. The workshop will take place at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. A limited number of rooms have been secured at the rate of $169 a night. Reservations must be made by June 25, 2018. Check out our hotel fact sheet for more information and details.
Gonser Gerber Institute workshops allow you the opportunity to work with experienced faculty, learn from your peers, and offer you the tools you need to develop work plans that will help you do your job better. Join us for this program to refresh your skills, learn new techniques, explore what your peers are doing, and provide you with the time to enhance your program.
Who Should Attend
- Senior-level Advancement Professionals – Strategic resources for senior-level leaders.
- Mid-level Advancement Professionals – For staff who already know the basics and need to refine skills in defined areas.
- 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
- Major Gift and Planned Giving staff
- Campaign staff
Charlie Shepard, Senior Consultant at Gonser Gerber, provides development consulting services to non-profit organizations, including developing and strengthening Boards, gift programs, campaign planning and execution, advancement team building, and other aspects of institutional advancement. Prior to joining Gonser Gerber, Charlie served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Asbury University in Kentucky and The University of Findlay in Ohio.
Michael Littell joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Associate, and has been in the advancement field since 1982. Beginning his 31st year with Saint Xavier High School, a private Catholic school for young men, Saint Xavier’s advancement program has earned several honors and awards including ten CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for Overall Development Performance most recently in 2013 and a Grand Gold CASE award for video productions.