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 (And get a raise!) 12pm PT-1:15pm PT (3pm ET) by Elaine Lou Cartas
Accelerate to 3X growth in your non-profit career with a sponsor 1:30pm PT-2:30pm PT (4:30pm ET) by Christie Lindor
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
Building Trust Deliberately as a Nonprofit Leader 9:30am PT-10:30amPT (12:30pm ET) - Taught by Mazarine Treyz
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
Conference Thank Yous and Close 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.
People will learn:
1) What’s currently going on.
2) What makes us fail?
3) Unconscious patterns we play out- Our coping strategies- Our archetypes
4) How we can support each other in leadership
This session is aimed at people looking to work for International Non-Profit Organisations (INPOs) in their country and for individuals that are looking to make the break in the international fundraising arena.
-- What are INGOs are looking for in candidates for national and international fundraising roles?
-- How do salaries in fundraising compare globally?
-- Discussion on the organisations that are leading in international market expansion.
-- Discussion on market maturity and “markets to watch” to highlight where international fundraising jobs are.
-- Roles we have recruited in light of this development.
-- What roles are easily transferable internationally?
-- The opportunities and challenges of working internationally.
-- Brainstorming on commonalities across markets i.e. country wide collaborative legacy programmes, international partnerships in corporate fundraising.
-- Advice on how to make the break into INPO´s and into international fundraising.
Top Ten Secrets from a head-hunter
-- How do Resumes/CV´s compare globally?
-- Where it is hardest to recruit?
-- Which roles are most difficult to recruit?
-- Where to look for international jobs.
-- What information does a good fundraising CV have?
-- What information does a good fundraising CV NOT have?
-- How do you make a national experience on your CV relevant for international jobs?
-- LinkedIn and its importance in recruitment.
-- How to maximise your LinkedIn profile.
-- What would I do if I was a North American fundraiser?
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.
Accelerate to 3X growth in your non-profit career with a sponsor
Did you know that the #1 way to catapult your career growth & success boils down to who you know -AND- how much time people are investing in you? If you feel like you are always working hard, waiting, and hoping for someone to notice your efforts but on a treadmill going nowhere really fast, maybe all you need is find a sponsor.
According to the Harvard Business Review, 68%+ of sponsored men and women felt they are progressing through their career at a satisfactory rate compared to unsponsored peers. Yet the path to obtaining career or business sponsorship is sometimes elusive.
This workshop will demystify what a sponsor is, sharing the difference between a sponsor, mentor, and coach. You will learn how you can identify sponsors, as well as how to begin cultivating sponsor relationships.
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
We know fundraisers are socialized to be nice to everyone- donors, board members, and foundation funders. But what's the dark side of this? How is our socialization hurting us when it comes to workplace harassment? When might it be critical to identify your boundaries and communicate them to others?
If you've ever been harassed by a staff, board or donor, even if there was a bit of a grey area there, this session will help you:
- Learn how sexual harassment is defined under federal law
- Consider the realities of positional power
- Explore your personal boundaries related to unwelcome conduct
- Understand the importance of having an anti-harassment policy
- Learn why some might be hesitant to report harassment
- Discover the administrative avenues for your complaint if your employer does not respond to an internal harassment complaint
(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.
1. Learn how the Communication Matrix is used to face conflict.
2. Understand how Discovery and Direction are integrated for assertive communication.
3. Complete self-assessment and develop plan to course correct.
How do leaders influence the people around them?
Is leadership about having particular personality traits or is it about what leaders actually do and the types of relationships they build? How does oppression play into how we view leadership and the ways we lead?
Attendees will learn:
--- The nature of power dynamics that leaders encounter as they attempt to create change in organizations
--- How to identify the five distinctive types of power dynamics
--- How to build transformational networks and accountability structures that work for all not just some
Desiree is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work. Her style is positive, approachable, engaging, service-oriented and audience-centered.
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.
Christie Lindor is a management consultant that advises global organizations on how to create and sustain high performing, inclusive workplace cultures in a digital world while transforming their business in times of disruptive change.
With 15+ years’ experience working at top consulting firms in the world such as Deloitte Consulting LLP & IBM Business Consulting Services, she specializes in helping private & public sector clients solve critical workforce of the future challenges.
Christie is also a speaker, blogger, and host of the MECE Muse Unplugged podcast, a show focused on helping consultants along their journey to greatness. A Forbes Contributor, Christie has been mentioned in publications such as TIME magazine, Boston Herald, Yahoo! Finance, Chief Learning Officer magazine, and many more on a wide variety of human capital topics.
Christie is the author of The MECE Muse: 100+ selected practices, unwritten rules, and habits of great consultants.
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.
Based in Madrid, Daryl has 35 years working with over 230 non-profits in 62 countries. Known for his leadership & innovation he pioneered digital fundraising and is a co-creator of what is known as face to face fundraising during the 1990s when leading Greenpeace International fundraising worldwide.
Daryl Upsall & Associates SL provides strategic consulting support to the world’s leading UN agencies and INPOs whilst his recruitment agency Daryl Upsall Consulting International SL has hired 529 positions for 196 different organisations in 123 different locations worldwide.
He is the founder and co-owner of Spain's leading telephone fundraising agency, The Fundraising Company SL and the face to face fundraising agency International Fundraising SL raising funds in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Mexico, Colombia and Peru. In Spain alone, these agencies have raised over 1 billion Euro for NGO clients over the last 15 years. In 2016, he and colleagues launched the integrated digital fundraising agency dgtl fundraising SL.
Daryl has spoken at fundraising conferences in over 30 countries and writes regularly for the leading non-profit sector journals. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Fundraising, former Chair of EUConsult, and former Vice-Chair, Center for Fundraising Innovation at the Association of Fundraising Professionals responsible for education & professional development.
“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! I believe I am creative! Looking forward to more inspiration this afternoon!”