The Kindelsperger Forum: Buffalo or a Cow? Lessons in turning adversity into opportunity.

When:  Oct 18, 2023 from 11:30 AM to 01:15 PM (ET)
Associated with  AFP IN, Indiana Chapter

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Cows and buffalo have different approaches to surviving storms. It’s a great metaphor for fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders. It’s how we respond to the storm that can make or break our success.   

Participants will: 

  • Reflect on the four natural responses to adversity, and which they gravitate to.
  • Understand the dynamic between how adversity is managed and its impact on trust, according to research.
  • Learn strategies for leading well through adversity to increase donor and team loyalty and retention.
  • Consider new ways of thinking about the biggest challenges facing fundraisers and nonprofit professionals.

Tammy Zonker has been named among America's Top 20 Fundraising Experts by the Philanthropy Media Network. She's an envelope-pushing fundraising practitioner, an inspiring international speaker, and a powerful trainer in the discipline of transformational fundraising. In the past decade she has coached, trained and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $600M including a single gift of $27.1M. She moved to Detroit in 2008 specifically to fundraise in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and has turned those experiences into strategies, tools and processes for creating transformational fundraising results in any economy. When she's not speaking at conferences, she's training nonprofit fundraisers through webinars, on-and-offline masterclasses, private workshops and retreats through her company: Fundraising Transformed or hosting an episode of The Intentional Fundraiser Podcast.

AFP Member:  $30
Non member:  $45

About The Kindelsperger Forum

The Kindelsperger Forum is a program of the AFP Indiana Chapter which brings thought leaders in fundraising and philanthropy to Indianapolis to discuss strategic issues impacting the profession in honor of Kris W. Kindelsperger. Kindelsperger was a valued and influential advancement professional who helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations make a lasting impact through his nearly 35 years of service to the community.


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