Thursday, January 21: What Every Fundraiser Needs to Know About Falling Donor Retention Rates. Speaker: Andrew Cecil, Account Executive –Bloomerang. Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT. 8:30-10:00 am. This interesting workshop explores the Fundraising Effectiveness Project report commissioned by AFP and the Urban Institute. The dismal news in this report can and should be an eye opener for every nonprofit engaged in fundraising. This presentation will focus on the root causes of poor retention rates, and offer tips for improvement based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Tom Ahern: two world-renowned authorities on building donor loyalty.
Thursday, May 19: Using Events to Leverage Donor Engagement & Increase Giving.Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT. 8:30-10:00 am. A considerable amount of work goes into planning and running a fundraising event. The committee, the sponsors, the venue, the theme, the music and of course the food! But what steps are you taking before, during and after that big Gala Dinner, Walk/Run or Golf Tournament to make sure your attendees become regular donors? This session will not be a “how-to” on planning and running events. It will be a lively, interactive panel discussion that will dive into the subject of using your events as effective donor cultivation strategies to ensure the financial future of your organization. Our panel of seasoned experts will talk about their experiences and how they have successfully used fundraising events to cultivate new donors. Our distinguished panel includes: Tod Van Kirk, VP of Programs, Services and Organizational Development- Vista Life Innovations, Inc., Tara A. Knapp, VP Development, PR & Marketing-Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, and Dina Plapler, Executive Director, CT and Western MA- American Heart Association.
Thursday, September 15:“Meet the Funders” Come with questions and talk to local funders. Liberty Bank Foundation and The Foundation Center will be represented along with other great local funders. Learn how to work with Private and Public Foundations and obtain sustainable support and sponsorships. Radisson Hotel Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT. 8:30-10:00 am.
Principles of Fundraising Series – Spring 2016: April 6, 13, 20, and 27, May 4.Attend all 5 workshops to obtain a certificate of completion. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 am. Workshop will start promptly at 9:00 am. Fee: $70 per session or $300 for all five days. SCHEDULE:
April 6 | Starting a Development Program | Warner Theater - Marine Lobby, Torrington
April 20 | Corporate & Foundation Grantseeking | Norfolk Library, Norfolk
April 27 | Board & Volunteer Development | Northwestern CT Community College - Shirley Draper Conference Center, Winsted
May 4 | Individual Major Gift Fundraising | Warner Theater - Marine Lobby, Torrington
*Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation of Northwest CT organizations in the following towns are eligible for a discount upon check out: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted
CFRE Review Course 2016:Dates: June 23 & June 24, 2016. Location: University of New Haven | 300 Boston Post Rd. | West Haven, CT. Course Fee: $390 for AFP Members / $490 for Non-Members
PROGRAM MEETING ATTENDANCE FEE:*
Pre-registered AFP Member: $20
Walk-in AFP Member: $25
Pre-registered Non-member: $30
Walk-in Non-member: $35
Luncheon and Network meeting:
Pre-registered AFP Member: $35
Walk-in AFP Member: $40
Pre-registered Non-member: $40
Walk-in Non-member: $45
*Programs and fees are subject to change. Registration and cancellation deadlines: 12 Noon the Monday prior to the meeting. Registrations fees are nonrefundable if cancellations are received after 12 Noon on the Monday prior to the event. If you register, do not pre-pay online, and fail to cancel by 12 Noon, you will be invoiced.