2014 Programs

Meeting times vary as listed below.

Jan 22

The Whats, Hows and Whys of Soliciting you Major Donor
Presented by Jill Pranger, ACFRE

Feb 26 

Creating a Fund Raising Board
Presented by Tom Mesaros, CFRE; President & CEO, The Alford Group

Mar 26 

50 Lessons Learned in 10,000 Days of Fundraising
Presented by Jerry Smith, CFRE, President & CEO of The J.F. Smith Group

Apr 23  

Panel Discussion
The Secret Life of a Board Chair: Harnessing the Board-CEO-Staff Partnership to Achieve Fundraising Success (Moderated by Janet Jobe, CFRE). Distinguished panel participants include:
Deborah Elwell Arfken, Ed. D., Past Board Chair, The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
Nini Davenport, Chair of the Board, GPS
Elliott Davenport, Chair of the Board, McCallie School
Susan Elliott Rich, Esq., Past Board Chair, Chattanooga Symphony Opera

May 28  

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today to Bring In Lots of Planned Gifts Tomorrow
Presented by Claire Meyerhoff, The PG Agency

Jun 25   

The Power of Thinking Big
presented by Sandy Rees, CFRE

Sept 24  

New Trends in Philanthropic Behavior by Gender: Will Mars and Venus Converge?
Presented by Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE Boardsource Senior Governance Consultant

Oct 22  

Mastering the Art of Conversational Fundraising: Dramatically Transform All Your Asks

Do you want to improve the results when you ask for charitable contributions?  Have you ever wondered how to get free from assuming how to ask and guessing what to ask?  Would you like to employ simple, effective, proven techniques for soliciting contributions and recruiting volunteers?  Kent Stroman, Stoman & Associates, will share techniques that you can use to assist donors in maximizing their philanthropic experience, cultivate gifts more confidently, and find larger donations. 

Regarded as America's ASKING Coach, Kent Stroman is a talented speaker, insightful advisor, effective communicator and published author. He has an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation. Since 1976 he has been involved in teaching and organizational leadership, impacting numerous organizations with his passion for excellence. Kent is a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) and CPA (Certified Public Accountant).