it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves only equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." -Eric Hoffer
Do you feel directionless in your fundraising career?
Are you feeling stuck doing work you don't like?
Do you wonder how to be a more successful fundraising consultant?
Are you wondering what the right path is for you?
Are you looking for just ANY job right now?
The truth is, you won't be happy with just ANY fundraising job. This conference will help you pinpoint the exact right fundraising job for you.
Do you want to stop wasting your time and energy?
Then join us at the Fundraising Career Conference.
"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
“I normally don't send emails like this, but I wanted to let you know that the resources from the Fundraising Career Conference work!
I used your cover letter template to apply for a job, and less than 24 hours after submitting, I was contacted by a recruiter. He told me,
"You don't technically have the experience, and this is a stretch position, but your cover letter was amazing and it read like a perfect fit for this job, so I am forwarding you up to the hiring manager."
A followup survey was sent to past attendees, and here are the results:
of survey respondents got new jobs.
know what skills they need to acquire to get a better job.
created better boundaries at work.
said the conference is helping them make progress in their current job.
feel that the conference helped them achieve their goals.
Did you ever have a workplace that just didn't seem to care about promoting you?
Have you ever wanted to have more people help you move up in your career?
Well, me too. When I worked full time at small nonprofits, it was difficult to get ahead. There was always a crisis, always a reason to run around, and never any time to think of professional development.
I looked around and I had no idea what to do to get a new, better, fantastic job. I started researching how people got their nonprofit jobs. I put together two career fairs. I talked with booth vendors. I talked with fair attendees. I put together a nonprofit job club. I got speakers who were executive directors, chief development officers, consultants, and founders.
People started to come to me to have me help them with their cover letters, their resumes, their interviews, and more. Suddenly I had success stories. Recently a person joined my meetup in Portland, then she bought my career book, and a week later she left the meetup, because she had used my techniques, found the job she wanted in Colorado, and gotten the position. That made me so proud.
I want to help you get the job of your dreams.
Whether you dream of being an executive director, development director, chief development officer, or simply dream of working in a workplace where everyone respects fundraising and helps to fundraise, this conference is for you.
In the last two years we've had over 900 people sign up for this conference, and they have gotten real results. (See some of the comments on this page.) Now that we're in our third year, we're going to go even DEEPER with you. Sure, you can learn about cover letters and resumes, but what about career pathing? How about what recruiters really want to see? How about renewal through creativity and play? It's all in here.
I hope you will join us. It's gonna rock!
Fundraising Career Conference
Author, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide,
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"I have used your invaluable information over and over again. It has been hugely helpful in pushing my candidacy for several jobs I never thought I could get near. Thank you!!!
I’m very far along in the interview process for a Development Director position for a performing arts venue at a very well regarded university. Thanks for everything!!!!! Your advice has been a godsend!" -Susan
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
“I want you to know, I used what you taught me to go to my Executive Director and change my career inside our organization and restore work/life balance to the crazy Jenna Cosmos, and I am forever in your debt for that!”
-Jenna Smith Communications Coordinator, Virginia
FUNDRAISING CAREER CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Session times and topics may change subject to presenter availability
Day 1: Monday, April 17th, 2017
Conference Welcome: 8:00am-8:15am PT (11am ET)
Our profession in 2017-Challenges and Opportunities 8:15am PT-9:30am PT (11:15am ET) -Taught by Mazarine Treyz
Salary Negotiation! 10am PT-11:15am PT (1pm ET) -Taught by Meghan Godorov
Interviewing Strong for a fundraising role 12pm PT-1:30pm PT (3pm ET) by Claire Axelrad
Day 2: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Managing up and helping your boss understand fundraising 8am PT-9:30am PT (11am ET) -Taught by Kishshana Palmer
What Recruiters Want and How to Work With Them Effectively 10am PT-11:15am PT (1pm ET) -Taught by Phil Gerard, fundraising recruiter
CREATIVITY and PLAY! And how it helps you at work 12pm PT-1:30pm PT (3pm ET) -Taught by Sheena Greer
How to Create a Better Relationship with Your Boss and Build Trust 2pm PT-3pm PT (5pm ET) -Taught by Marc Pitman & Mazarine Treyz
Day 3: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Advancing Your Career and the Careers of Others 9:30am PT-10:30amPT (12:30pm ET) -Taught by Peter Drury
Authentic Communication at Work 12:00pm-1:00pmPT (3pm ET) -Taught by Pearl Waldorf
Fundraising Consulting - Lessons learned 2pm-3pm PT (5pm ET) - TBD Panel
Conference Thank Yous and Close 3:15pm PT (6:15pm ET)
What if you could negotiate a good salary for your next fundraising job? What if you could know, right from the beginning, what would make your boss give you a raise? When we take a job, we hope for a raise, but we don't know how to get there. This session will provide you with the tools, perspective and power to ask for what you are worth and demonstrate your value to your supervisor and organization. Presenters will share their own experiences and tips on how to ask for what you want, be transparent about what you need and build effective relationships with your supervisor. You will learn:-- How to quantify and qualify your value to the nonprofit employer
Have you ever wanted to create a better impression during and after an interview? Your teacher Claire Axelrad, former Development Director for Jewish Family Services, and the San Francisco Food Bank, tells you what she likes to see in interviews, and how to prepare to make the best impression possible.
She will share her experience with hiring and firing, is here to help you. Attend this session and you will learn:
-- The 9 Keys to a Strong Interview
-- Fundraising job specific fundraising interview questions
-- Follow up strategies that will help you stand out from the pack.
The days when recruiters only worked with senior fundraising executives are over. Now organizations are engaging the services of search firms for mid-level and sometimes even for junior roles because they want to have a proactive recruitment approach and reach candidates who are not actively looking.
In this session we will discuss what recruiters are looking for in fundraisers, what fundraisers can do to get noticed by recruiters, and how fundraisers and recruiters can effectively work together.
-- Characteristics recruiters look for in a fundraiser
--The role of a recruiter
--The role of the candidate
--How to work together effectively
Play and creative thinking are critical skills for a sector that faces multiple challenges. Yet "innovation" feels like a mouthful and somehow beyond the grasp of everyday people who are trying to make their fundraising efforts more successful. Creativity is no longer a “nice to have” soft skill, but a survival skill. If we are going to change the world, we need a fresh perspective on the problems we face.
In this session, participants will:
- Discover what creative play is (and isn't)
- Learn how creative play changes one's approach to work, life, and problem solving
- See examples of how play helped change organisation's fundraising and culture
- Receive ready-to-use exercises to help "find your play" and gain fresh perspective
Play will change your approach to problems and give you more tools to solve them. Play will increase your effectiveness and improve your performance. Play will change your workplace culture and help to align your team. Play will open up your life – to fun, to new experiences, to enjoyment!
If your belly fire could use some fuel, this is the session for you.
The stats for our fundraising profession are abysmal. Most people don't stay after 18 months. Why is that?
According to the Underdeveloped Report by Compasspoint, many development staff leave because they do not get along with their boss.
How can you get along better with your boss? You must build trust, deliberately. Not just assume trust will happen but intentionally build it. In this session, we'll talk about exactly how to build trust and make your fundraising office even more effective. You'll learn:
-- The Cost of not building trust in our organizations
-- How to build credibility-even with yourself!
-- 10 ways to build trust at work
-- 3 Key elements of Trust
-- 7 Phrases to set expectations and more!
This session is perfect for executive directors too. Building trust ideally is a 2-way relationship. And your revenue stream is worth figuring this piece out.
Have you ever wanted to get more help in your work? Get a better fundraising budget or a better database? How do you manage to get these things if your boss doesn't understand fundraising? In this session, Kishshana Palmer, MBA, CFRE, will share her notes from the field as a Vice President of External Affairs and Development for a national organization, and other development roles. She will help each attendee get a better understanding of what they must do to support their own success. We will cover conversations we must have with our bosses to create structures and processes to help the fundraising program succeed.
-- Helping your boss understand their relationship to money
-- How to educate your boss and other staff about fundraising
-- Discovering the strengths in your staff to help them plug into fundraising tasks
-- Exactly how to create processes and materials to support their work for you
Tips for Mentoring and Leadership Development
Learn a refreshing new framework for professional development and mentoring. Tools and tips will be practical! You can change your approach to leadership development. This session will be particularly relevant to you if your opportunities and resources seem limited.
-- How to find and leverage a mentor relationship
-- How to mentor in a manner that builds coalitions
-- How to manage a fundraising team for growth and joy
In our doing obsessed culture it’s easy to forget the importance of pausing to take stock. Knowing what’s true now and getting clear about what we want from an interaction gets glossed over in the flurry of our busy nonprofit work days.
This session shares ways to incorporate invaluable reflection time, which leads to a new way to view our colleagues. You’ll come away from this workshop with applicable tools that support self-connected, clear communication. This will help you reach your goals.
-- Tactics to assess your boss’s engagement style and orientation.
-- Options for communication that work with their style.
-- How to experience satisfaction from even the most difficult interactions.
-- Ways to reflect and clarify your needs before taking action.
In this one hour session, Linda Lysakowski will share her 30 years of knowledge about nonprofit consulting, along with Mazarine Treyz.
You will learn:
1. How we started.
2. An idea of what kind of consulting you would like to do
3. How to make a side-hustle work
4. How to market your business starting out.
5. How to build relationships with potential clients.
6. Comprehensive Resources
Peter works daily to integrate business smarts with philanthropic intent. He is respected for his teachable wisdom integrating content across silos as disparate as fundraising, accounting, finance, planning, management, org culture, and leadership. Peter holds M.B.A., M.S.W., and M.Div. degrees from Seattle University, the University of Illinois, and Yale University, respectively.
Pearl Waldorf will be speaking about how to create space for authentic communication at work.
“This was so seamless, easy, and convenient. This was so frank and honest - not the usual cheerleader stuff. Bravo! And thank you!”
“I really appreciate that I can go back and listen to the sessions I was unable to catch due to schedule.” -Anonymous
“The topics were perfect for were I am right now in my life.” -Anonymous
Q: When is the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference 2017?
A: It's Monday April 17th, Wednesday April 19th, and Friday April 21st 2017 from 8am PT to 3pm 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 45-60 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: From March 29th to April 16th, the price is $297. Then we will sell the conference recordings for $397. Save some serious cash and register now!
Q: Will this conference be focused on America only?
No. This is an international conference. We will focus on the US and Canada in our discussions of how to move up in your fundraising career. We currently have two speakers from Canada, Sheena Greer, of Colludo in Saskatoon, and Phil Gerard, of Gerard Consulting in Vancouver, BC. We are also sponsored by the Canadian nonprofit job site, CharityVillage.
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 have got 13.25 credits for your attendance and completion of each conference session.
Q: I want to learn how to fundraise more effectively, not just about my career. Do you offer that?
A: Yes! The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is from September 24th-29th 2017 and covers how to take your nonprofit to the next level with fundraising. To get both conferences and all fundraising materials for a serious discount, we also offer Fundraising Mastermind Elite.
Q: When I register for the Virtual Fundraising Career conference, does that include the Nonprofit Leadership Summit too?
A: No. The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is for senior nonprofit leadership to learn how to take their nonprofits to the next level in fundraising. But if you become a member of Fundraising Mastermind Elite, both conferences are included in your membership.
Q: Where can I learn more about the Nonprofit Leadership Summit?
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.
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 we are adding a private Slack channel for those people who want to chat with each other before and after the conference. We also 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.
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 @ fundraising-career-conference . 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 @ fundraising-career-conference . com.