Are you an executive director looking for support?
Or are you a mid-level fundraiser wondering how to take your career to the next level?
Do you feel directionless in your nonprofit career?
Are you stuck doing work you don't like?
Do you wonder how to be a more successful fundraising consultant?
Are you looking for just ANY job right now?
The truth is, you won't be happy with just ANY fundraising or nonprofit job. This conference will help you pinpoint the exact right job for you.
Do you want to stop wasting your time and energy?
Then join us at the Fundraising Career Conference.
When I look at the news these days, what I see is that it's our time to rise. I see a groundswell of civic engagement that is bigger than anything before. I see women speaking up, rising up, running for office and WINNING and we are not nearly done yet.
How can you rise? What does becoming a better leader look like for you? This year, we are going to address that question.
From managing more effectively to keeping your good staff, from how to have difficult conversations to deliberately building trust, we are going to have your back as you bravely step out into leadership.
We've had over 1,000 people sign up for this conference, and they have gotten real results. Over the last 3 years of the Fundraising Career Conference, we've had so many success stories. It's incredible what people have been able to achieve, everything from getting a new job to getting a higher salary, to getting a better benefits package and figuring out what to charge as a nonprofit consultant.
Now that we're in our fourth year, we're going to go even HIGHER with you, to help you rise and succeed in your leadership position.
I hope you will join us. It's gonna be the best year yet!
Fundraising Career Conference
Author, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, rated 5 stars by Nonprofit.About.com
“This Conference should really be titled "the insider's conference" because the wisdom shared is the info we all need to be successful. What a breath of fresh air: frank talk about the nitty-gritty of navigating upward in fundraising. ROI is stellar!”
-Tammy Menezes, CFRE, Director of Operations, St. Joseph’s Church
“I learned a lot about building trust at work. I loved the diverse and positive content, the breaks between presentations within a single day (so I can still get my own work done), and the follow-up.”
-Kate Bemesderfer, Earthshare Oregon, Portland, OR
The conference was AMAZING! I cannot wait to go back and listen to it again! I actually had a busy week - 3 job applications done! One of which called me an hour ago and set up an interview. I cannot tell you what this conference and your help have meant to me! I feel like a whole different person and am very ready to take on the fundraising world! Thank you SO much!
“Loved the format. I enjoyed the sharing about managing others up. Those you supervise and work with … guided discovery and awareness of their personal passions as related to both personal and professional goals. So often we just do and don’t really think about the “why I am here” often because there isn’t any time to actually process.”
"I landed a better job with a foundation at a 42% pay increase! They asked for a minimum salary requirements and current salary. Because my current salary was under market I let them know the number was a combination of salary and benefits. I used the language from the Fundraising Career Conference and named my minimum amount. I was able to increase my salary by 42% when I received the offer!
I am happy to say I'm now working for a Foundation at a major Hospital. I'm in my first month on the job and it's going well!"
-Natalie Ramos, Chicago, IL
“My favorite thing about this conference is that even with the range of topics and presenters, all who come with their own energy and style, they all still found a way to make their messages, relatable, adaptable, and practical. I feel like I came away from each presentation with tangible ways I can improve myself as a fundraiser, team member, and future manager. This conference is not just a worthy investment for anyone looking for a job in the fundraising world–it’s for anyone who wants to be a more well-rounded fundraiser (and human being!).”
-Caitlin Wilde, Vancouver, WA
FUNDRAISING CAREER CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Session times and topics may change subject to presenter availability
Day 1: Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Conference Welcome: 8:00am-8:15am PT (11am ET)
Keynote: Now We Rise: Developing Women’s Leadership in a Changing World 8:15am PT-9:30am PT (11:15am ET) -by Mazarine Treyz
How to Get an International Fundraising Job 10am PT-11:15am PT (1pm ET) -by Daryl Upsall
Assertiveness - Speak Your Truth 12pm PT-1:15pm PT (3pm ET) by Elaine Lou Cartas
TBD 1:30pm PT-2:30pm PT (4:30pm ET) by TBD
Day 2: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
Creating a Better Nonprofit Culture from Day One 8am PT-9:30am PT (11am ET) - by Della Rae
The Price of No- Sexual Harassment in your Nonprofit Job 10am PT-11:15am PT (1pm ET) - by Maria Ramos-Chertok
(UN)Stuck in the middle: Moving into a fundraising leadership role with ease 12pm PT-1:30pm PT (3pm ET) - by Kishshana Palmer
Building Your Consulting Pipeline (How to build a stellar consulting business) 2pm PT-3pm PT (5pm ET) -Taught by Sarai Johnson
Day 3: Friday, April 6th, 2018
How to be a more effective ED: Stretching Your Dollar, Staffing, and the Difference between Management and Leadership 9:30am PT-10:30amPT (12:30pm ET) - Taught by Ellen Bristol and Kay Sohl
How to have difficult conversations (and stop being so conflict avoidant) 12:00pm-1:00pmPT (3pm ET) -Taught by Lori Eberly
Leadership as Liberation- 2pm-3pm PT (5pm ET) - Taught by Desiree Adaway
TBD 3:15pm PT (6:15pm ET)
“My favorite thing about this conference was the total focus on the fundraiser. It wasn’t a split focus on agency and fundraiser, but truly conference focused on the personal development of the fundraiser based on their own individual career goals and well being.
I also admired the frankness of the presenters in acknowledging that sometimes the solution is to find another employer or to become a consultant.”
“So many favorite presentations! Really appreciate the nuanced discussion of soliciting feedback without confrontation, and of individual agency in so many challenging fundraising situations."
Because of your fundraising career advice, this year, I’ve moved from a behind-the-scenes admin assistant in a planned giving office at a private college, to a front-line mid-level fundraiser at a small non-profit, focused on strengthening local farms in our region. Thank you for your work – it certainly played a role in me believing I could get here.
-Lisabeth Jasniewicz, Development Coordinator, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Massachusetts
“Sorry to say that today I learned I am a knucklehead. Working very, very late without any real break, coming in nights and weekends, too. While I rarely feel stressed, I am giving too much of myself away. The concept of “violence” to self or from work was a true eye opener even if it is only something I share with people who are subjecting themselves to this.”
“The best thing I learned today was that I need to just go for something if I really want it – don’t hesitate to talk to my supervisor about a title change and especially when job hunting, do not limit myself if I do not meet ALL of the qualifications.”
Keynote: Now We Rise: Developing Women’s Leadership in a Changing World
In this keynote- we’ll talk about what’s currently going on, how we’re moving backwards and how we’re moving forwards. We’ll talk about what makes female nonprofit leaders fail. And how we can support each other in leadership.
In this workshop you will:
And an extra bonus, the exact word-to-word script and resources I personally used to get a $12k raise.
Could your nonprofit use help with employee engagement? More often than not HR is relegated to a transaction-based, back-office function that distributes protocol on behalf of the organization. HR is routinely de-prioritized to a secondary task or only addressed when crises occur. This negatively impacts team engagement and culture.
By contrast, organizations that prioritize HR and culture together as a pillar of the long-term strategy lend themselves to healthier and more sustainable outcomes. Regardless of your role, you can learn more about how to help your organization flourish.
You will discover how to:
--Build team engagement from day one
--Improve performance communication & evaluations
--Track team accountability
--Acknowledge celebrations & wins
--Create successful off-boarding & exits
(UN)Stuck in the middle: Moving into a fundraising leadership role with ease
How to move into management? What if you want to become a manager when you’ve been a front line fundraiser? What's the difference between leadership and management? If you're at the typical nonprofit, no one ever taught you how to be a better manager. Come to this session and find out how to move into leadership and management.
- What are the stretch projects that you need to take to level up?
- Figuring out where you really are on your career path
- Get out of the career quicksand and map where you’re going next
Working with nonprofits as a consultant is a rewarding, challenging, fun, and peculiar career path. Peculiar, in that nonprofits are very unique in their openness to buying what you might be selling - so it's important to learn how to connect with them in ways that work.
It's also a challenge for a lot of us to move from the nonprofit world of charitable giving and heart-centered work into selling your services for cold, hard cash.
This workshop will give you a framework for how you can build a consulting business that allows you to Book Yourself Solid® with as many clients as you can handle - even if you hate marketing and selling.
You'll learn how to:
- Build a solid foundation for your business that allows you to speak with ease about what you do and why you do it.
- Develop authentic trust, credibility, and relationships with people who need what you have to offer.
- Have a super simple sales conversation.
- Build a marketing strategy that's built on human relationships and true compassion so you can do the work you're here to do.
Maria has walked in many worlds, having grown up in a purple house in New Jersey that her mother opened as a shelter for battered women and their children. That experience helped form the foundation for her social justice consciousness and all her work since then has maintained the value of supporting people and organizations through various roles including, lawyer, crisis counselor, law professor, mediator, organizational development consultant, facilitator, coach and trainer.
A graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Maria was a fellow with the National Hispania Leadership Institute, where she attended the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard School of Public Policy. She received her mediation training from the Center for Understanding in Conflict and her coaches training from the Coaches Training Institute.
Her first book, Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases, examined ways to make the legal system more culturally responsive to the needs of domestic violence survivors.
Lean Nonprofit is a firm dedicated to helping nonprofits build better businesses so they can get real mission results. They specialize in building cultures, programs, and systems to allow organizations to operate in environments of extreme uncertainty while reducing waste and improving their measurable mission results. Sarai is also a Management, Business, and Transition Coach. She has a Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon, and certifications as a Book Yourself Solid® Coach, EverythingDiSC Facilitation, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Accreditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Facilitation, and Business Incubator Management.
Sarai is in the business of nonprofit consulting not only to help individual organizations conduct deep, transformative work, but also to transform the nonprofit sector for the better - so people can do the mission work they love without burning out and getting out. That's why she works with nonprofit consultants to help them build sustainable consulting practices that generate livelihoods while serving the nonprofit sector.
Kay co-founded and served as Executive Director of TACS (now known as NAO – the Nonprofit Association of Oregon), the Northwest's largest resource for nonprofit capacity building assistance. She has provided leadership in the development of management support organizations throughout the northwest, developing consulting and training services to address the challenges of management, governance, funding and planning in community based nonprofits. .
Kay is co-author of The Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook. Now it its fifth edition with over 10,000 copies sold, the handbook is the only complete how-to guide for Oregon nonprofits, and includes extensive information for professional nonprofit managers, lawyers, accountants, consultants, and board members.
Daryl Upsall is the CEO of both Daryl Upsall Consulting International and Daryl Upsall & Associates. He has over 34 years’ experience of successfully founding and managing fundraising, communications and advocacy operations for NPOs in more than 60 countries. He is known for his international leadership and innovation in fundraising and his role as an international ambassador for the fundraising profession.
Daryl provides high level strategic advice and mentoring to Board Chairs, CEOs and senior management team members of many of the world’s leading international and national non- profit organisations.
As International Fundraising Director for Greenpeace International he was responsible for turning around Greenpeace’s global income, doubling the global net income whilst raising more than $1 billion for the environment in the process.
“This year’s conference was so thought provoking. The speakers gave me so much to think about and work on in my career/fundraising efforts. Thanks again for caring so much about advancing the fundraising field. We are lucky to have you!!” -Jen
“I love this conference and wish I had learned about it a few years ago. Just the bonus materials were worth the cost of the conference. A great part of the conference was the polls and interactive nature of many of the presentations; we learned not only from the presenter but from other attendees too. Finally, this conference has built my reading list in a very productive way. Overall, a great experience.” -Anonymous
Q: When is the Fundraising Career Conference 2018?
A: It's Monday April 2nd, Wednesday April 4th, and Friday April 6th 2018 from 8am PT to 4pm PT. We may run over the end time but if we do and you have to step away, it's okay, we are recording it for you.
Q: Why are you having the conference over 5 days with two days of rest on Tuesday and Thursday instead of 3 days straight?
A: According to Benedict Carey's meticulously researched book, How We Learn, spacing learning out over several days helps you retain information better.
Q: Where is the Fundraising Career Conference?
A: It is online. That means you can attend from your computer, instead of having to fly somewhere and pay for hotels and taxis. This also means if you don't have time to take 3 days off in a row, you can watch the recordings and take the conference on YOUR time.
Q: How long is each session?
A: Each session is between 60-75 minutes, with 10-15 minutes for questions.
Q: If I register, but can't get to every session, will I get the recordings from this conference?
A: Yes. You'll get the recordings by the end of April.
Q: If I can't make this conference, will there be another one later in the year?
A: Nope, you'll have to wait a whole year for the next one. So join us this year!
Q: What's the cost of the conference?
A: We want to keep it affordable for you. From Jan 10th to Jan 30th, it's $18. What a steal. From Jan 31st to Feb 27th, it's $36. STILL a deal. From Feb 28th to March 28th it's $67. From March 29th to April 6th, the price is $97. Then we will sell the conference recordings for $197. Save some serious cash and register now!
Q: Will this conference be focused on America only?
A: No. This is an international conference. We have speakers from Canada, Spain and the US. We will focus on the US and Canada in our discussions of how to lead more effectively.
Q: Will this conference be focused on fundraising staff only?
A: No. This year we will have two tracks, one for executive directors, and one for fundraisers. You are welcome to come to both. We'll also have a session devoted to consultants (even part time consultants!) who want to build their client pipeline.
Q: I'm outside North America. Will you have a phone number for me?
A: Yes. We will work with our webinar platform to make sure you've got access to the conference with a local number.
Q: Can I get CFRE credits for this?
A: We are working on getting credits for your attendance and completion of each conference session and will get back to you.
Q: I want to learn how to fundraise more effectively, not just about my career. Do you offer that?
Q: When I register for the Fundraising Career conference, does that include the Nonprofit Leadership Summit too?
A: No. The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is in September and you should totally come but your registration is separate. But if you become a member of Fundraising Mastermind Elite, both conferences are included in your membership.
Q: I don't want my boss to know I'm jobhunting. Can I be anonymous?
A: 100% Yes. We respect your privacy and anonymity. This conference is a safe space where we will not use your last name. And if you want us to refrain from using any name at all we can do that too.
Q: I want to network with people from this conference. Can I get the names of attendees as an attendee?
A: We respect people's privacy, so we don't give out the names. Plus JUST IN CASE someone is jobhunting and doesn't want their boss to know, we keep it anonymous.
However this year if you do want to network we have a Facebook group based on fundraising careers that you can join.
Q: Is there a limit on the number of attendees?
A: We are limiting the attendance to 300 people. At this price, it will sell out fast, so get on it!
Q: I have a question about resumes and cover letters. Are you covering that in the conference?
A: You will get two free resume and cover letter webinar recordings as part of your bonus materials for this conference. If you would like more personalized help with resumes and cover letters, go here.
Q: What if I have a hard time accessing the conference?
A: Top tips: Before the conference each day, restart your computer. Don't have a lot of internet tabs or other programs running in the background while attending the conference. If you can't hear, try connecting via phone instead of computer, or vice versa. Worst case scenario, you can call GotoWebinar, they are very responsive to customer service issues.
Q: My organization wants to sponsor. Who do I talk with?
A: Email info @ wild woman fundraising. com
Q: There are some famous presenters. Why is it so cheap?
A: Because we really want people who need this conference to be able to afford it.
Q: I have a question that isn't answered here. Where can I ask my question?
A: Email info @ wild woman fundraising .com and we will get back to you within 3 business days.
“Holy Smokes! What a concept. What an inspiring collaboration. Such high-value content. I was impressed. A mere “thank you” falls way short of an expression of my appreciation.”
“I already have a written sheet full of wisdom from the Fundraising Career Conference! I am feeling so inspired from presenter Sheena Greer! I believe I am creative! Looking forward to more inspiration this afternoon!”