Raise

Reimagine Generosity

Inspire. Connect. Grow.

Nashville, TN

September 11-12, 2023

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Raise

Reimagine Generosity

Inspire. Connect. Grow.

Nashville, TN

September 11-12, 2023

Register

Raise

Reimagine Generosity

Inspire. Connect. Grow.

Nashville, TN

September 11-12, 2023

Register

Conference Highlights

“I love RAISE! In my opinion, it is the best fundraising conference. I get to meet like-minded individuals to learn from and lean on.”

Katie Koglman, CEO, United Way of Wayne and Holmes

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Learn from fundraising experts
  • Interact with amazing speakers
  • All-Star networking
  • Receive CFRE Credits

Session Tracks

Event & Auction Fundraising

Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement

Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving

Storytelling & Brand

Want to see what Raise is all about? Check out the industry-leading content from last year with Raise On Demand.

Registration

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$699

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All-access pass to RAISE 2023 in Nashville, TN
Ends January 31st at 11:59 P.M. EST

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“The RAISE sessions left me feeling energized and bursting with ideas on how to implement strategies to raise more money for the cause I deeply believe in!”

Karen McWhorter, Family Service Center of Galveston County

General Admission

$899

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All-access pass to RAISE 2023 in Nashville, TN

VENUE LOCATION

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203

Three hotel room blocks available.

Hotel Block

A Look Back at the Raise 2022 Speakers

Deborah Barge

Deborah Barge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Chief Development Officer

T Clay Buck

T Clay Buck

TCB Fundraising, Founder & Principal

Shelby Davies-Sekle

Shelby Davies-Sekle

Inova Health Foundation, Associate Director, Foundation Events

Patrick Kirby

Patrick Kirby

Do Good Better Consulting, Founder

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Deborah Barge

Chief Development Officer

Deborah Barge is a leader of philanthropic culture and partnership at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America serving as Chief Development Officer in service to the largest JEDI-focused your mentoring program in the nation. Over the past 20+ years, Deborah has led teams and partnerships that have generated more than $1 billion to the causes and missions she has served. As a BIPOC female in the industry, Deborah brings an authentic perspective to our work to solve the worlds most complex problems through our mission-based endeavors.

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 12
9:05 AM

JEDI Is for ALL of Us to Learn & Embrace

55 minutes | 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM | Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement |

JEDI (Justice, equity, diversity, inclusion) is not just about race, is not just about who we serve, it is about all of us as fundraising staff, as vendors, as volunteers, and as donors. This session will explore key themes of activation for organizations and event leaders to own in their own organizational JEDI journey.

Using the JEDI model implemented by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Deb will take the attendees through the strategies and practical approaches used by BBBS. This session is a MUST SEE for any fundraiser looking to explore, learn, or implement inclusion practices into their organization and fundraising.

Key Takeaways:

  • Actionable steps to begin your own JEDI-focused initiatives.
  • Understand JEDI and your personal role in the work.
  • Real examples of tactical actions a group can take now.
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T Clay Buck

Founder & Principal

Clay is a thirty-year fundraising veteran and has been both a front-line fundraiser at several nonprofits and a senior consultant with major national firms. He has experience in all aspects of fundraising, with expertise in individual giving and building the systems and infrastructure achieve high-level results. He has held the Certified Fund Raising Executive certification since 2010, served as the President of the Las Vegas chapter of AFP, and is an AFP Master Trainer. He co-wrote the U.S. Critical Fundraising Report for Rogare, the fundraising think tank and teaches the fundraising courses for the Nonprofit Management and Fundraising certification programs at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds a BA from the University of Georgia, an MFA from Michigan State University, a Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of Chicago, and completed a Certificate In Philanthropic Psychology, With Distinction, from the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy. He makes his home in Southern Nevada where he’s owned by two Labrador Retrievers.

 

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 13
1:30 PM

19 Things Your Donors Told You During The Pandemic

1 hour | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement |

If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that “Donors are gonna donor.” Whether you were asking or not, pivoting or standing still, donors across the board told us a lot about how they feel about the sector, causes that are important to them, and the importance of good in the world. Were you listening? During this interactive session, we’ll look at the major trends in giving during the pandemic, particularly through the lens of philanthropic psychology and interpreting the data. We’ll use all of that information to help you create a fundraising and communications plan that can weather any storm by applying the lessons from what donors have told us through their giving and who they are as individuals with big, caring hearts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Articulate the lessons learned and impact of COVID on fundraising and the nonprofit sector
  • Create a data-informed fundraising/communications plan that integrates principles of crisis communications.
  • Understand principles of Philanthropic Psychology and how they inter-relate with data & metrics.

 

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Shelby Davies-Sekle

Associate Director, Foundation Events

Shelby Davies-Sekle, CMP, DES is an event planner in the DC Metro area for Inova Health Foundation. Inova Health Foundation is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider and has a mission to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve.

Shelby, a graduate of Virginia Tech, is a certified meeting professional and digital event strategist with over a decade of combined experience in the events, fashion, marketing and interiors industries. She has been recognized throughout her career including having been a 2019 National Kidney Foundation – National Capital Region All Star Award recipient for her involvement in their annual fundraising gala, The Kidney Ball. She also was a feature in the Fall 2020 Meetings Issue of Associations Now Magazine. Shelby is passionate about sharing her skillset with her community through volunteering and has done so with the National Kidney Foundation, ASAE’s Meetings and Expositions Professionals Advisory Council. She is currently serving as the Regional Director for Fashion Group International’s DC Chapter.

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 12
2:05 PM

Playing in a New Arena: Scoring with a Successful Virtual (Now Hybrid!?) Fundraiser

55 minutes | 2:05 PM - 3:00 PM | Event & Auction Fundraising | Virtual

In this session, Shelby Davies-Sekle and Nicole Kinard will discuss fundraising good that came out of the pandemic – pushing them out of their typical, nonprofit fundraising dinner box and stretching their strategies to adapt to the times and provide a fresh experience for our donors.

Join this dynamic duo as they share new insights and learned strategies from 2+ years in the pandemic trenches. They will share how they converted a 700 person gala (2019) that struggled for fundraising engagement into widely successful virtual and hybrid formats (2020, 2021), and how they are embracing the future of fundraising with new event ideas learned (and tossed out) during the pandemic.

What’s next? What’s new? How can you grow your events? Learn their secret roadmap for fundraising event strategy including: innovative sponsorships, marketing and communications, and programming and production.

Key Takeaways:

  • Analyze current fundraising event strategies for opportunities to expand to a virtual/hybrid format.
  • Determine components needed to successfully activate and engage both an in-person and virtual audience.
  • Reimagine the typical annual fundraising dinner format and think creatively about introducing new elements to provide variety to guests.
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Patrick Kirby

Founder

Patrick Kirby is the Founder of Do Good Better Consulting, author of the Amazon best seller Fundraise Awesomer! A Practical Guide to Staying Sane While Doing Good, host of The Official Do Good Better Podcast, and a believer that “we’ve always done it this way” is the most dangerous phrase in the English language.

Patrick has spent nearly fifteen years working as a fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, for organizations of all shapes and sizes, and strives to ‘Do Good Better’ every day. From organizing $10,000 cure walks to $1 million galas, Patrick’s passion lies in creating creative solutions to make fundraising less boring.

He cut his donor relations/fundraising teeth as the Alumni Coordinator at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, MN, before trying his hand as a manufacturing sales rep to companies such as Target and Best Buy. Tired of being yelled at for uncontrollable international shipping issues in both English and Chinese, Patrick re-joined the world of nonprofit work as the Sr. Development Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation MN/Dakotas Chapter before taking the Chief Development Officer position at the Anne Carlsen Center.

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 12
8:30 AM

Go Getters Day 1

30 minutes | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Activity |

Hit the ground running and enjoy some fast and furious fun. See what’s on tap for Raise Day 1 with the one and only Patrick Kirby. The Go Getters Show – part Raise overview and part variety show – will include fun activities and showcase the hottest sessions + speakers. A must see to get you pumped for the Raise 2022!

September 12
5:15 PM

Virtual Raise Party

30 minutes | 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM | Activity |

For all our virtual #FearlessFundraisers! Gather to recap and celebrate the end of Day 1 with the ever-enthusiastic Patrick Kirby. We’ve got a fantastic party planned for you!

September 13
8:30 AM

Go Getters Day 2

30 minutes | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Activity |

For those go getters who want to hit the day running, join us for some fast and furious fun. See what’s on tap for Raise Day 2, with the one and only Patrick Kirby. The Go Getters Show – part Raise overview and part variety show – will include fun activities and showcase the hottest sessions. A must see to help you get the most from your last day of Raise 2022!

September 13
12:30 PM

Ask Me Anything Nonprofit Therapy Session

45 minutes | 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM | Activity |

Join Patrick Kirby for a lighthearted look at the tougher side of fundraising in this segment featuring industry pros seeking advice on their woes. Hope to see you there!

Lauren Ready

Lauren Ready

Forever Ready Productions, Owner and Principal Storyteller

Mia Willis

Mia Willis

Highlander Research and Education Center, Interim Co-Coordinator of Development & Communications

Lety Martinez Hermosillo

Lety Martinez Hermosillo

International Community Foundation, Director of Philanthropy

Pam Orr

Pam Orr

Fellowship Housing, Executive Director

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Lauren Ready

Owner and Principal Storyteller

Lauren is an Emmy Award winning storyteller who specializes in untold stories. She began her career at 17 years old in her first TV job as a production assistant. She ran cameras during the evening newscasts after school. Eventually she worked her way up to a job in front of the camera and spent time as a reporter in Iowa, Nebraska and Memphis.

After a decade working in newsrooms, she transitioned from a life in front of the camera, to a life behind the camera telling stories for nonprofits.
As owner and Principal Storyteller for Forever Ready Productions, her vision for storytelling is at the heart of every production. She is a four time Regional Emmy Award winner from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

It’s this background in reporting — where production happens fast and complex human stories are at the center — that reminds Lauren to dig deeper than the headline; telling untold stories. Lauren’s specialty is taking moments of human experience and turning them into dynamic and compelling videos.

Lauren was named Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work in the Memphis community and her mission-driven business. She received the Vistage Impact Award for growth and leadership. Her company, Forever Ready Productions, received the Small Business of the Year Award in 2020 from the Memphis Business Journal.

Lauren is an Iowa native and a graduate of Loras College. She is based in Memphis, TN with her husband, Scott and their son Max. She’s a part 107 certified drone pilot, loves rock climbing and photography.

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 12
1:05 PM

The Power of Untold Stories: How Impactful Video Drives Everything

55 minutes | 1:05 PM - 2:00 PM | Storytelling & Brand |

It’s easy to get caught in a rhythm of telling the same kind of video stories for fundraisers (patient stories, client stories, voiceover videos with graphics and stats, etc.). In the past, they have worked well for many organizations. But what we’ve done in the past no longer works! In this session Lauren Ready will walk fundraisers through how to find and tell untold stories inside their organization, specifically designed to help raise funds and awareness. We’ll also talk about how the capture (not recreate) impactful moments on camera. Lauren will be using 3-5 real life examples of impactful moments she’s captured on camera and explain how each story was planned, executed and edited – intentionality behind us every step of the way but with an openness to letting things happen.

Given her years of experience in TV News, Lauren challenges participants to be their own investigative journalists and find stories that people aren’t expecting. Participants will walk away with 5 ways to guarantee they capture an impactful moment on camera, 2-3 new story ideas that go beyond “the usual headlines,” and techniques for when and how to share that story at an event.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Identify untold stories that take supporters “beyond the headline.”
  • 5 ways to guarantee you’ll capture a real moment on camera, every time.
  • Identify unexpected characters to feature in unexpected ways.
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Mia Willis

Interim Co-Coordinator of Development & Communications

Mia S. Willis is a cultural worker, popular educator, and fundraiser based in Atlanta, Georgia. Although their initial efforts supported the arts and cultural programs in which they participate, Mia began fundraising on behalf of education and social justice nonprofit organizations after the 2020 Uprisings. They have served in a number of development roles, including as the Tournament Director of the 2019 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (Cambridge, MA), the Development Coordinator of Reading In Motion (Chicago, IL), and most recently as the Interim Co-Coordinator of Development and Communications at Highlander Research and Education Center (New Market, TN).

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 13
11:20 AM

[Virtual Session] Community Centric Fundraising at Highlander: Campaigns of Abundance in Times of Scarcity

55 minutes | 11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement |

This session explores community-centric fundraising and its current applications in Highlander’s development strategy. Through the lens of a case study, attendees will learn to identify and differentiate common giving motivations (scarcity and abundance) and understand how they impact donor base, and short-term and long-term fund-raising goals.

Fundraisers Mia and Isaac will review the 10 core principles of community centric fundraising and the programmatic fixtures (2021 year-end campaigning and 2022 donor education offerings) that are in place to convert one-time givers into recurring supporters. They will also cover how Highlander’s use of a common curriculum and lexicon unify it’s network of peer-to-peer fundraisers, as well as other strategies to activate donors.

Using real-life examples, this session will give any fundraiser practical insights and the chance to learn strategies and ideas to help you design and implement a community-centric fundraising initiative at your nonprofit.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify and differentiate two common giving motivations (scarcity and abundance) and discuss how said motivations can impact an organization’s donor base as well as its short-term and long-term fund-raising goals.
  • Understand the ten core principles of community centric fundraising and the philosophy’s thought leaders.
  • Learn how to for apply community centric fundraising principles in your own position/organization.
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Lety Martinez Hermosillo

Director of Philanthropy

As Director of Philanthropy, Lety Martinez leads the planning, development, and implementation of all communications, marketing and fundraising activities across the organization. She stewards ICF’s relationship within Mexican foundation networks and has helped ICF earn recognition as key funder for Mexican organizations. She magnifies the culture of philanthropy across ICF staff and board members.

Lety was recently awarded Outstanding Development Professional of the Year 2021 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Diego Chapter.

She joined the International Community Foundation in August 2017 as the Marketing & Development Manager.

Lety has over 12 years of experience successfully fundraising and stewarding donor relations for several Mexican nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining ICF, Lety served as the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Tijuana. She was previously Youth Program and Fundraising Director for Centro de Formación Humana and a Social Investment Director for Fundación Dibujando un Mañana. Lety has also served as a volunteer in Budapest, Hungary at Szent Benedek Iskola and the Regnum Christi.

Lety is a graduate of Universidad Anáhuac México Norte where she received a Master of Family Sciences for Counseling, and she is certificated in Non-Profit Management by United Way Mexico and USAID. Previously she earned her B.A. in International Business from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus San Luis. She’s currently a graduate student in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.

Lety’s devoted to the growth and sustainability of Mexican nonprofits. She is a proud Mexican living in San Diego, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog, reading and traveling. She is also a Human Rights and LGBTQIA+ advocate.

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 12
2:05 PM

Boost Latinx-Focused Philanthropy & Charitable Efforts

55 minutes | 2:05 PM - 3:00 PM | Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement | Virtual

Latinos are projected to maintain the highest labor force participation rates among racial or ethnic groups, and by 2021, the Latino gross domestic product (GDP) will reach $1.7 trillion (a quarter of the U.S. GDP). Who are Latino donors and what makes them tick?

Many in the philanthropic sector have acknowledged that the Latinx community is a driving economic, political, and cultural force in America. Join Leticia Martinez Hermosillo to explore Latinos living in the U.S., their giving rates, and how they give.

Leticia will use anecdotes, videos, and personal fundraising experiences in an interactive format. Participants will learn how fun and generous Latinos could be if we speak to them directly and learn how to engage them in our missions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to better engage with Latinx communities in the U.S.
  • Find a “common ground” between both cultures to work towards Binational Philanthropy and collaboration.
  • Create binational and bicultural fundraising campaigns.
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Pam Orr

Executive Director

Pam Orr is the Executive Director for Fellowship Housing, a nonprofit that serves single moms and their children through safe, affordable housing and financial literacy training. She loves seeing single moms transform as they gain confidence and are empowered to build new legacies for their families. Pam has over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in both executive leadership and board oversight.

Under her leadership, Fellowship Housing has increased the number of families served by 33% and increased its revenue by 190%. She is incredibly passionate about equipping single moms to create a generational impact for their families and excited that Fellowship Housing continues to expand its reach with a 2021 launch into McHenry County and a 2022 launch into DuPage County.

Sessions

  • Activity
  • Event & Auction Fundraising
  • Fundraising Strategy & Donor Engagement
  • General Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer & Online Giving
  • Storytelling & Brand

September 13
11:20 AM

Fueling the Flames of Your Special Event Fundraising!

55 minutes | 11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | Event & Auction Fundraising |

Discuss the fundraising cycle and come take a look through the eyes of an auctioneer, an executive director, and a wealth screener to discover 4 key strategies for securing the gift from prospects and how to move donors to higher giving levels. The experts will elaborate on these 4 strategies: Culture of Philanthropy, Donor Centric, Cultivation, and Stewardship – demonstrating to donors the impact and value of their gift in advancing your mission.

Key Takeaways:

  • Create a strategic plan on who should attend their special event.
  • Designing creative means to securing at least 50% of your fundraising goal through pre-committed gifts and attendee wealth screenings.
  • Develop a stewardship plan that will keep your donors giving year after year.

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