AFP Austin Virtual Summit Schedule 

Join us virtually on August 21, 2020 for an engaging one-day conference for fundraising professionals focusing on fundraising fundamentals, emerging topics in philanthropy, and inspiring dialogue. 11 dynamic educational sessions (including two keynote presentation) and endless opportunities to engage with leaders in the fundraising field.  

Registration: $50 Members; $75 Non-Members

Friday, August 21, 2020

9:00-9:10 am - Welcome Remarks/Kick-Off 

9:10-10:00 am - Breakfast Keynote 

10:30-11:15 am - Breakout Sessions 

12:00-1:00 pm - Luncheon Keynote

1:30-2:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

3:00-3:45 pm - Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:10 pm - Thank you and Closing

 More information on speakers and session topics coming soon. 


Breakout Session Topics & Presenters: 

From Ballroom to Living Room: Taking Your Fundraising Event Virtual in 2020


Travis Craddock, Director of Development - Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation 

Gemma Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer - Children's Clinics

In 2020, large events are looking different. With social distancing in mind, events across the nation are transitioning to virtual platforms. You’ll leave this session with all the dos and don’ts of transforming a 650+ person event, like National Philanthropy Day, from the standard in-person event into a dynamic, live-streamed, living room ball. View a sneak peek of this fun and informative session. 

Cultivating and Soliciting Major Gifts, Even When You Can't Meet in Person

Presenter(s): Mollie O'Hara, CFRE, CFRM - Beacon Nonprofit Consulting

Lisa Lee, CFRE - Beacon Nonprofit Consulting 

Rachel Elder, CFRM - Beacon Nonprofit Consulting 

With the reality of social distancing and the recent stay at home order, major gift fundraising may seem as challenging as ever. The soliciting of major gifts has long been conducted in person, face to face with potential donors. The ask often occurred over a shared meal or in a conference room and now we are communicating primarily by phone and over teleconference. How has soliciting major gifts changed? How can we continue to be effective major gift fundraisers if we can’t meet in person?Beacon Consultants Mollie O’Hara, Lisa Lee, and Rachel Elder will guide you through proven cultivation and solicitation techniques that will be effective during and beyond this unpredicted time when donors are hesitant or not willing to meet in person. The team at Beacon will discuss how to cultivate individuals and ultimately solicit major gifts over the phone, via teleconference tools like Zoom, or by special proposal delivery. This session is ideal for fundraisers responsible for major gift fundraising as well as executive directors and fundraising volunteers engaging in building philanthropic relationships with current and potential donors.

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