Upcoming events

    • 12/12/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Sam's of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains

    So you’ve researched and produced a list of prospective donors to your organization! Now what? How do you turn them into engaged, generous supporters of your cause? This presentation explores both the art and the science of major gift fundraising. We’ll focus on the three steps to successful major gift fundraising: getting organized, scheduling meetings, and making the “ask.” Attendees will leave with a process and tools for major gift success, as well as ideas for engaging donors and strengthening their relationship to your organization.

    Key Takeaways

    Attendees will leave with….

    • ideas for building and strengthening relationships with donors;
    • tools to organize their major gift work for success;
    • techniques for making phone calls and sending emails to secure major gift meetings;
    • powerful strategies for structuring a major gift donor meeting that includes an “ask”.

    Speaker:  Betsy Steward, Heller Fundraising Group

    • 01/09/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam's of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains
    A “giving and getting” board can seem like something other organizations have… perhaps it feels like that conjunction is wrong: your board members give OR get… or maybe the whole concept is one that makes your board queasy. During this discussion of the board role in fund development, we’ll explore how to make engagement in fund development accessible to everyone and build the long-term sustainability of your fund development program. 

    Participants will:

    • Explore how to build an asset-based approach to fund development planning with their board members
    • Receive a sample board fund development plan template
    • Understand the five key roles that every board member can play in fund development

    SPEAKER:  Laura Goodwin, Girls Inc. National

    • 02/13/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Sam's of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains


    • 03/06/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, 81 Highland Avenue, Tarrytown

    2019 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast


    • 04/10/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville


    • 05/08/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Sam's of Gedney Way, 52 Gedney Way, White Plains


Past events

11/14/2018 Prospect Research: Google and Beyond
10/10/2018 "Ask the Experts" Roundtable Workshop (FREE!)
09/12/2018 Social Media – WHAT’S NEW, USEFUL, OR A WASTE OF YOUR TIME
06/21/2018 Free Summer Networking Mixer
05/09/2018 Convince Them! Get Stakeholders to Say "Count me in!"
04/11/2018 Breaking Down Barriers to Fundraising Success
03/14/2018 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast *NEW DATE*
02/14/2018 Will You Be Mine? Attracting and Retaining New Members (and Donors!)
01/10/2018 Strategic Solicitations: Matching Donor Interests with Your Needs
12/13/2017 Want That Big Gift? Get Authentic.
11/08/2017 Major Gifts: Starting Where You Are
10/17/2017 Meet the Funders Panel Discussion
09/27/2017 Making the Case for Direct Mail in the Cyber Age
06/22/2017 Free Summer Networking Mixer
05/10/2017 Drive New Business with Social Media: Guide to Successful Social Media Marketing
04/20/2017 Building In-house Communications Capacity: An Experiential Workshop
03/08/2017 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast
02/08/2017 Capital Campaigns / Beyond Feasibility – An Innovative Approach to Campaign Planning
01/11/2017 Grant Seeking: Find me the Money
12/14/2016 Using Storytelling to Help Engage Donors
11/02/2016 The Major Gifts Challenge: How to Start (or Grow) Your Major Gifts Program
10/06/2016 "Ask the Experts" Roundtable Workshop
09/14/2016 Handling Those “Uncomfortable” Situations with Donors
06/01/2016 Free Summer Networking Mixer
05/11/2016 United We Succeed: The Impact of Collaboration in Fundraising

What our members are saying after attending our programs:

“I was able to get approval on increasing the frequency of an event from every two years to annually, and helped increase online giving by 12% through crowdfunding for a climate change research organization.”

“A fundraising audit prompted the creation of our first annual report…which led to three times the $$$ on our annual appeal. (And we won a design award for the report as well!)”

“I’m engaging my donors as I like to be engaged: thoughtfully, respectfully, a dash of humor, and building the relationship – and the gifts are coming!”

“I am watching our board and staff move from skepticism about being able to raise money to being engaged and empowered.”

The Association of Development Officers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

333 Mamaroneck Ave #221
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 281-1731

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