AFP GBR Monthly Mentoring & Training

When:  Mar 12, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (CT)
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals
Monthly Training Session
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Juban's Restaurant
3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Mentoring 10:45 am - 11:30 am

Training 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Creative Outreach & Engagement Strategies

Presented by 

Dr. Nikki Godfrey

Managing Director, Emergent Method


Training Session

  Fundraising or Facilitating? Finding and Cultivating Donors and Building Quality Relationships

Presented by 

Bernard Dumond

President and CEO, Catholic Vitality 360


In the non-profit sector today, we often hear about an over reliance on frenzied fundraising, unrealistic expectations and staff burnout. In this inspiring session, Bernard challenges us to focus on building a culture of Philanthropy through cultivating donors and sustaining quality relationships. Learn how to properly evaluate your fundraising efforts and make the transition to securing legacy gifts and identifying and visiting with key donors through the 100 in 100 Engagement Campaign. 






Dr. Nikki Godfrey

For over 20 years, Nikki Godfrey has built a reputation as a respected and accomplished leader in both the public and private sectors. She has a wealth of experience developing and implementing successful strategies in strategic communication, higher education, event production, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and other sectors and disciplines.

At Emergent Method, Nikki is responsible for leading and supporting various client engagements that leverage her significant communication and leadership expertise, deep knowledge of the Louisiana community, and experience leading and managing complex projects that often involve diverse audiences and creative outreach and engagement strategies. She is certified in both the Hogan Assessments and Everything DiSC® professional development tools. Recently, Nikki received her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida.

Nikki previously served as assistant commissioner for public affairs for the Louisiana Board of Regents, where she developed and executed communication campaigns on policies and higher education initiatives that fostered engagement among institutions, students, legislative personnel, and stakeholders. She also served as the director of promotions and event management at Louisiana State University. Prior to that, Nikki worked at ESPN for 11 years, where, in addition to serving as a member of the diversity recruiting task force, she led the production of major NCAA and professional sporting events and ceremonies, including Heisman Trophy presentations and NFL drafts.

Nikki is a graduate of Southern University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, and the S.I.Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, where she earned a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism, with a concentration in African American Studies. Additionally, Nikki earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University.

She is a graduate of Leadership Baton Rouge and Leadership Louisiana and is active in the community, including serving as an assistant chair in the Junior League of Baton Rouge and a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Special Education Advisory Council. Nikki sits on the boards of directors for the Brace B. Godfrey Foundation, the Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana, and the Charles W. Lamar YMCA.


Bernard Dumond

Catholic Vitality 360 is an innovative consulting group committed to providing full-circle strategic partnerships that build capacity and meaningful relationships, ensuring vitality and viability for parishes, schools and dioceses.

Based in Lafayette, LA and serving Catholic vitality partners across the United States, the Catholic Vitality 360 team is led by Bernard Dumond, President & CEO, with over 25 years of experience in church governance, strategic visioning, leadership coaching, marketing, enrollment growth, major gifts, capital campaigns, parish discipleship and resource development.

A sought-after speaker, leadership coach, writer, product of Catholic schools and creator of the success framework, The Seven Circles of Catholic Vitality, Mr. Dumond has demonstrated that his work is indeed a ministry and that every parish and school is capable of building capacity and sustainable vitality. 

Bernard is also a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Baton Rouge Chapter and has served on the AFP Board of Directors and many other community engagement projects.

Personally, Mr. Dumond has been married to Joleah, an educator, for 33 years. Together they are the parents of two daughters, Maeve and Sarah. As parishioners at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lafayette, LA, they remain active on parish, school and diocesan committees.


Juban's Restaurant
3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808


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