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January 22nd Luncheon -- (WE ARE FULL)  

"Proven Strategies to Connect with Major Donors via Special Events"

Fundraising professionals often treat special events like Grandma’s crocheted sweaters: We only pretend to be happy with the gift. “Proven Strategies to Connect with Major Donors via Special Events” includes entertaining, experience-based tactics to transform events into opportunities for prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding. Remember, Grandma’s sweater may be the first indication she’s left you an estate gift!

Speaker - Phoenicia Miracle 

Since 2000, Phoenicia Miracle has led non-profit fundraising and marketing teams to raise more than $64MM. Formerly an English teacher, Phoenicia’s development work began at Second Harvest Food Bank, continued to Savannah Music Festival, and culminated as vice president of Memorial Hospital Foundation. After HCA bought Memorial, Phoenicia launched Miracle Strategies Fundraising and Marketing to immediate success due to her pragmatic ability to meet each client’s need in a budget-friendly, efficient manner. In August, she and her husband, Dan Nale, Ph.D., relocated to Charleston where he teaches engineering at his alma mater, the Citadel.

Please note, this luncheon is full.  If you have already registered, and cannot attend, please send us an email since we do have a waiting list.  Thank you!

As a reminder, ALL programs will be free of charge to members and will include lunch. PLEASE cancel your registration if you later realize you are unable to attend.

Programs are limited to 32 attendees, and members will be given first chance to register.  Doors open at 11:30am and the program will begin at 12pm.  Parking is available on site. When you arrive, you will need to get a parking pass. AFP Board Members will be on-hand to assist with this.


A Capital Campaign: Is your organization ready for the big leap?

Two-Day Intensive Workshop

February 27 and 28, 2020

Stay Bridge Suites in Mt Pleasant

251 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464

Is your organization growing and considering a capital campaign in the next three years? Is the thought of going into a campaign frightening?  AFP Lowcountry and the Winkler Group are presenting a workshop that helps development offices lay the foundation for a successful capital campaign.  

During this interactive seminar, participants will learn:

  • How to assess campaign readiness.

  • How to create a case for support that appeals to donors.

  • How to strategically use the planning phase as a cultivation opportunity.

  • The commitment and responsibilities for staff, volunteers, and campaign leaders.

  • How to properly qualify prospects and identify leadership.

  • How to create a culture of philanthropy that goes beyond the campaign.

  • The cost to raise a dollar.

  • How to ensure pledges are collected.

The AFP Campaign Course is led by Winkler Group CEO, Tim Winkler, and President, Jim Bush 

Tim Winkler founded the Winkler Group to serve clients differently.  He spent the first 15 years of his career in academic advancement and was underwhelmed by the campaign counsel he experienced.  Over the past 15 years, he has built a firm that puts clients and their missions at the center. A highly sought-after and award-winning speaker, Tim is frequently invited to share his insights at both national and regional conferences.  He has a B.A. from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Columbia Biblical Seminary.  

Jim Bush is a seasoned fundraising professional and nonprofit executive with over $100 million raised for capital campaigns over his career. A well-known speaker, Mr. Bush has presented at more than fifty national and international fundraising conferences; he has been named the top speaker at six international conferences.  His articles on fundraising have been published in leading nonprofit journals.

Spots are limited!

AFP Lowcountry members register: Free with AFP membership

Non-AFP members: $300 or become an AFP member today

To register, please visit:  

Comments from past Winkler Group Capital Campaign Workshops

  • "I’ve been to many conferences/workshops over the years and am usually fortunate to walk away with a small bit of useful content.  Your workshop exceeds all expectations – look forward to visiting further."

  • "Very practical and hands on."

  • "I valued the interaction with peers facing similar challenges."

National Philanthropy Day pictures are here for viewing.  Please check out this wonderful day for the awardees and friends!  

NPD 2019 Pictures

Upcoming Programs

Mark your calendar for these upcoming programs:  

January 2020: 
January 21, 2020  - Proven Strategies to Connect with Major Donors via a Special Event 

February 27-28, 2020 - A Capital Campaign: Is your organization ready for the big leap?

Two-Day Intensive Workshop (Seats are limited.  See registration above)  

March 19, 2020 (11:30 am-2:00 pm)

April 16, 2020  (11:30 am-2:00 pm)

May 14, 2020  (11:30 am-2:00 pm)

June 18, 2020 (11:30 am-2:00 pm)

August 20, 2020 (11:30 am-2:00 pm

September 17, 2020 (11:30 am-2:00 pm)

October 15, 2020 (11:30 am-2:00 pm)

In case you may have missed our past 2019 programs, please visit:

February 2019:  Words that Work (Recap): February 2019 Meeting

March 2019: Are you Ready for a Capital Campaign?: March 2019 Meeting

April 2019:  Intergenerational Wealth and Family Philanthropy: April 2019 Meeting

May 2019:  Secrets of Data Driven Nonprofits: May 2019 Meeting

June 2019:  Lessons Learned from Major Giving Donors with Kaky Grant and Clare Jordan of CapDev:  June 2019 Meeting

August 2019:  Your Board and the Top Five Factors for Fundraising Success with Tucker Branham, Ed.D., CRFRE of Change Develop Move:  August 2019

September 2019:  Capitalizing on Fundraising Trends from Giving USA and from the Field with Tim Winkler of the Winkler Group:  September 2019 

October 2019:  Engagement - The Key to Maintaining Successful Relationships with Your Supporters with Jessica Cooper of Charity Proud:  October 2019

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