Fundamental to advancement success is building a strong leadership team, including the partnership between advancement staff and your volunteer leadership.
Your work in supporting, managing, and preparing your institution’s board members, volunteers, and other institutional leaders is one of the most critical roles you play as an advancement leader. Helping them manage their time, preparing them for prospect visits, and strategizing with them on committee issues are just a few examples of the essential work you must do to help your volunteers and leaders be active and effective members of the advancement team.
In this workshop, brought to you by the Gonser Gerber Institute, our faculty will guide you, your board members, volunteers, and/or institutional leaders as you think about the best ways to work together to build a successful advancement program.
This workshop is designed for all board members and dedicated volunteers and their team of gift officers, development leaders, president, CEO, and others who are asking donors for major gifts. This is a great opportunity to invite your president or CEO and key advancement volunteers to join you in learning more about advancement, and for advancement staff to learn more about their volunteers.
Topics We Will Cover Include:
- Great Volunteers Equal Great Advancement Staff
- How Staff Members Can Be Better
- How Volunteers Can Be Better
- Identifying, Recruiting, and On-Boarding The Best Volunteers
- Making Meetings Better (For Everyone)
- Committees and Committee Structure
- The Work That Happens Between Meetings
- Establishing Goals For Your Work Together
- What To Do When Things Go Off Track
The fee for this one-day, hands-on workshop is $595 for the first registrant, and $495 for each additional person from your institution. Current clients of Gonser Gerber consulting get a discounted rate of $495 per person. That fee includes a binder of materials, lunch, and a one-day workshop presented by Gonser Gerber consultants. Attendance is limited to 14 people. (Attendees of the Thursday program, “Implementing Phonathons,” can also register at the reduced rate of $495.)
For those of you who are traveling, there are several hotel options available that are within walking distance to our workshop. Check out this Resource Document for a list of your options and rates.
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.
Jason McNeal, Ph.D., Gonser Gerber partner, is a recognized authority on advancement leadership for non-profit and educational organizations. Having served as the chief advancement officer at East Georgia College and Maryville College (TN), he also has consulted with institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada for the last decade. Dr. McNeal has written extensively on key issues in non-profit fundraising and leadership including his blog that you can find at http://www.jasonmcneal.com.
Michael Littell joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Associate and has been in the advancement field since 1982. Beginning his 34th 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 2017 and a Grand Gold CASE award for video productions. He recently received The Robert Bell Crow award from CASE – the highest honor bestowed upon an independent school advancement professional, recognizing dedication to an institution and to the entire profession.
Agenda – Friday, June 12, 2020
8:00 – 8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
8:30 – 9:15 am Great Volunteers Equal Great Advancement Staff
9:15 – 10:00 am How Staff Members Can Be Better
10:00 – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 – 11:00 am How Volunteers Can Be Better
11:00 – 12:00 pm Identifying, Recruiting, and On-Boarding The Best Volunteers
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (included)
1:00 – 1:45 pm Making Meetings Better (For Everyone)
1:45 – 2:30 pm Committees and Committee Structure
2:30 – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 – 3:15 pm The Work That Happens Between Meetings
3:15 – 3:45 pm Establishing Goals For Your Work Together
3:45 – 4:15 pm What To Do When Things Go Off Track
4:15 – 4:30 pm Final Questions and Wrap Up