Schedule Details: 

Morning Keynote:  Strategic relationships: external and internal

 "I am a millennial, but don't hold it against me!" At 53 million strong, the Millennial generation is taking over the workforce and job placement for young professionals is growing in Philanthropy. Marianne will speak about the importance of hiring, training and nurturing young fundraisers while working with them to create strategic cultivation for your donors. 

Marianne Minton, Wake Forest University  

Marianne Minton is currently Southeast Region Director of Development at Wake Forest University. She brings more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, higher education and development. Built a reputation of leadership, loyalty and the ability to thrive in a collaborative and diverse work environment. Natural at creating strategic relationships and managing various personalities and people. Areas of expertise include: Fundraising, stewardship, strategic planning, alumni relations, annual fund, capital campaigns, planned giving, nonprofit management, external relations and leadership.       


Morning Breakout Sessions:  

1: Strategic Relationships Continued with Marianne Minton

In this breakout session, tables will 1) discuss particular situations in training and managing young fundraisers, 2) analyze scenarios in which young fundraisers are cultivating donors, and/or 3) strategies for hiring/retaining quality fundraisers in order to extend donor relationships. Conference attendees will also participate role playing! 

2. Imagining the Fundraiser of the Future with Kristin B. Leutz

Can you picture the skills the next generation of fundraisers will need? What will a typical day in the life of an effective fundraising professional look like? Come hop into the Development Time Machine and take a tour of a brave new world where fundraising jobs are re-designed, nonprofits are a thing of the past, technology actually helps us get more done, and where a deeper understanding of the human brain will drive more resources for mission-driven work. Let's rock the future together! 

Lunch Keynote:                   

The Changing Nature of the Nonprofit and the Future of Philanthropy: Staying Ahead of the Learning Curve  with Alyssa Wright

Millennials are already transforming philanthropy. They bring new expectations to charitable giving and demand new information, engagement and impact measurements from organizations. Sharing her own story as a Millennial philanthropist and examining how a dynamic organizational culture is just as critical to create as tactical fundraising strategies, Alyssa reveals how we can all work more effectively to achieve long-term sustainability for our mission work. 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:  

1: Engaging Millennials for High Impact  with Alyssa Wright

Millennials are already transforming philanthropy. In this era of social media, how do you capture the attention of this generation and steward them to be alongside your mission for decades to come? In this workshop, Alyssa goes over what's working and what isn't for engaging Millennials, from prospecting to upgrading. She takes a look at high net worth donor organizing as well as grassroots fundraising tools, showing how you can build a diverse base of next-gen advocates for your organization. 

2. Can I Put a Puppy on my envelope and other ways to build a successful direct mail campaign with Theresa Utt

It’s time to cut to the chase.

This session will be a no-holds barred conversation on how to stop watering down our messaging and start saying what wereally want to say to our donors.  With charitable dollars being pursued by more nonprofits than ever, we will discuss what you can do to make your direct appeals stand out.


8:00 a.m. 
Registration opens

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  
Morning Keynote:

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  
Morning Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  
Afternoon Keynote

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. 
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

2:15 p.m. 
Conference concludes

Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts (WiP),  PO Box 224, Northampton, MA  01061-0224

Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization registered in Massachusetts.

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