Fundraising Fridays - January 21

Creating a Strong Structure for Long-Term Engagement

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Keynote Speaker:  8:05 - 8:30 AM 

Donor Retention: How to Keep Your Donors Involved, Engaged and Committed


Alphonce Brown, Jr., ACFRE - Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Stetson University College of Law

Every year, most nonprofit donor retention rates hover around 40%. The keynote will address how to increase your donor retention by building a program where donors are engaged and feel directly connected to your mission so they stay longer and give more.

Break: 8:30 - 8:45 AM 

Panel Discussion: 8:45 - 9:45 AM

Engaging Donors in Mission: Your Mission is Your Greatest Saleskit


  • How to tell impactful stories
  • Using different multimedia tools
  • Nurturing new donors
  • Stewarding long time donors
  • Unique ways to celebrate your mission

Alphonce Brown, Jr., ACFRE - Moderator

Meredith Michaels, Chief Development Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

Debbie Kneidl, Chief Fundraising Officer, IGHL Family of Services

Jeff Eichenlaub, Senior Development Officer, Habitat for Humanity


Session One: 9:45 - 10:45 AM

Building and Developing Effective Boards

Carl_Cervi_Headshot.pngAs any nonprofit leader knows, a strong board of directors is critical to an organization’s success and long-term resilience.  You can set your board members up for success – whether they’re brand new or they’ve been with you for a while – by helping them understand their responsibilities and establishing clear expectations for their role in your organization’s governance, work and mission. 

Presenter: Carl Cervi, Senior Vice President, Sales - CCS Fundraising Inc.

Break: 10:45 - 11:00 AM

Session Two: 11:00 - 11:45 AM

Monthly Giving Programs

Monthly Giving Programs are a necessary part of a successful fundraising shop and offer many benefits to any size organization.  Learn all the basics of how to build a monthly giving program and ways to increase or grow a program you may already have in place. 


Michael Baker, Senior Director of Client Services, iDonate

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