“Optimize Advancement Growth—Increase Your Capacity and Enhance Your Outcomes”
“We continue to raise the same amount over the last several years while the demand to raise more increases at my institution.”
“I am concerned that we don’t have enough new major donors emerging to meet the demands of our program.”
“Donors don’t increase their giving year after year, and we don’t have as many repeat donors as we should.”
Every year we look to the future and know that we need to raise more money and reach more people than the year before. This can feel daunting when you know you have a great program. How can you buckle down and get even better results using the same staff and working with the same constituents year after year?
Joins us for our Annual Conference, as we celebrate 70 years of Gonser Gerber, and get practical ideas and suggestions to help you get the most out of your advancement program. No matter how much you are doing now, we can continually work at finding ways to engage with donors and prospects! We need to start by making effective plans that include objectives, actions, and assignments to all the members of our internal teams. We also need to rethink the way we engage and deploy volunteers and board members, those who care deeply about our institution and are willing to give time and resources to help us succeed.
In our 2020 Annual Conference, Gonser Gerber consultants will tackle the critical issues that we see for institutions who have an increasing demand for more dollars and donors. We will present ways to increase your potential, your capacity, your growth and your outcomes. This includes crafting a case for support, maximizing your donor pipeline through prospect management and discovery work, engaging volunteers in meaningful ways, using campaigns and other giving opportunities to encourage increased donations, partnering with faculty and staff to reach more constituents, and powerful communication tools and messages.
Our consulting faculty will share the challenges we continue to see after 70 years of working in this field and make tangible and actionable suggestions to help you achieve success and push you to do your best work. In addition, our conference allows you to pick up practical tested ideas from other attendees through focused roundtable discussions designed to provide multiple 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
- 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, July 30 and end at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31. 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 $170/night until July 15, 2020. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Westin Lombard. Participants can also call 800.228.3000 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. There is no charge for clients (up to six representatives per client institution are allowed at no charge).
Make plans today to attend – we look forward to having you with us!