Sessions and Speakers

Sessions and Speakers
Tom Ahern

2017 Keynote speaker announced!

Tom Ahern is one of the world's top experts on making donor communications more profitable. He specializes in applying the discoveries of psychology and neuroscience to the day-to-day business of attracting and retaining donors.

Tom Ahern's training is about just one thing — helping your nonprofit make more money from its investment in donor communications.

Tom has authored five books on donor communications and trains thousands of fundraisers internationally through conferences and webinars. He is an award-winning copywriter and journalist who works with Prof. Adrian Sargeant and psychologist Jen Shang at the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Plymouth University (UK), the world's top fundraising think tank.

"Every donor communication sends a message. Unfortunately, it's often the wrong message

— Tom Ahern

Stay tuned for more information about the 2017 lineup of speakers and education sessions.

Education Session Tracks / Handouts

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Education Sessions are organized in the following tracks:

*The AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action planning committee is pleased to introduce a new track which is designed exclusively for Directors and C-level staff to better understand, discuss, and collaborate on key issues facing nonprofit leaders in 2016 and beyond. It will include discussions facilitated by high-level professionals on the economy, talent recruiting and management, leadership, and social entrepreneurship.

Click here for a list of all sessions including program descriptions, presenter bios, and learning objectives. These presentations (and handouts or presentation decks as provided) are copyrighted by the respective author(s). These materials are not to be distributed, copied, or duplicated without the author's express consent.

Annual Giving

Get the Party Started: Creating Events that Lead to Major Gifts
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Mack E Campbell, CFRE (Lambda Legal)

Designing and Implementing a Successful DIY Tour Program and Ask Event: Creating a Snoopy Happy Dance for Your Organization
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Michelle Crim, CFRE (JPS Foundation)

Raising the Fundraising Bar: Engaging in Cultural Philanthropy
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): M. Ann Abbe, M.A. (Abbe & Associates: nonprofit and fundraising consultants), Dameon E. Madison (Hope Clinic )

The Art of Special Events: Cultivation of High-Level Executives
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): William Bryant (National Office- Boy Scouts of America), Angela Sanchez, CFRE (National Office- Boy Scouts of America)

Best Practices

Sold on Philanthropy
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): D. Patrick Powell (University of Tennessee Foundation Inc.)

Grantwriting 101
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Heather Ferguson Himes (United Way of Lamar County)

Worth Discussing: Finding and Retaining Effective Development Staff in the Social Services
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Barbara Clark-Galupi (creative!mpact), Missy Gale, CFRE (M. Gale & Associates)

Fundraising with Soul: Women of Color in Philanthropy
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Lenita Riley Dunlap, MPA, MA (Heart House), Shawn L. Wills, CFRE (Dallas Women's Foundation)

Board & Volunteer Leadership

How to Coach an Organization Through an Evolution
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Alice L Ferris, CFRE, ACFRE (GoalBusters Consulting)

Thinking Big; Achieving the Transformational Power of a Board and Staff
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Sally Ingalls Rudd (VolunteerNow), Ben Casey (VolunteerNow)

Philanthropy and the Board: A Practical Guide to Finding Fun in Fundraising
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Sheridan Joslin (Dini Spheris)

Launch Now! — Building the Train While It's Going Down the Tracks
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): TD Smyers (United Way of Tarrant County), Leah M. King (United Way of Tarrant County)

Donor Relations

What's new in Relationship Fundraising? The latest research from Adrian Sargeant
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Rachel Muir, CFRE (Pursuant)

What Every Fundraiser Can Do To Stop Falling Donor Retention Rates
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Steven Shattuck (Bloomerang)

The Road to Success is Paved with Good Retention: Practical Tools to Measure, Benchmark, and Understand Your Organization's Donor Retention
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Kimberly McGinnis (Cook Children's Health Foundation), Chase Robinson (Cook Children's Health Foundation)

When You Know Your Friends Have Become Family
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Missy Gale, CFRE (M. Gale & Associates, LLC)

Executive Leadership

Leading Change — C-Suite Perspectives on Shaping Culture & Effective Talent Management
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Milton Key (Alexander Haas), Robert C. Heard, MBA, CAE (American College of Emergency Physicians), Kim Jefferies, MS (Brighton Center), Paula Voyles, CFRE (OSU Foundation), Suzie Upton, CFRE (American Heart Association)

Leading Change — C-Suite Perspectives on Shaping Culture & Effective Talent Management
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Milton Key (Alexander Haas), Robert C. Heard, MBA, CAE (American College of Emergency Physicians), Kim Jefferies, MS (Brighton Center), Paula Voyles, CFRE (OSU Foundation), Suzie Upton, CFRE (American Heart Association)

Closing & Recognizing Million Dollar Donors
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Melanie Schnoll-Begun (Morgan Stanley)

Elevating Your Management Style
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Kevin J. Foyle, CFRE (University of Texas Health Science Center)

Gift Planning

Blended Gifts: Accomplishing Philanthropic Goals Today, Tomorrow and in Perpetuity!
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Cathy Sheffield, MBA, CAP, CFRE, CSPG (All Saints Health Foundation)

Charitable Planning Under the New Administration: A General Tax & Estate Planning Update
Experience Level: All
Presenter(s): Jeffrey N. Myers (Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C.)

Charity is Family: The Importance of Legacy Societies
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): R. Michael George, CFRE (The Catholic Foundation), Elizabeth G. Murray, CAP (University of Dallas)

Tools for Your Toolbox: An Overview of Gift Planning Vehicles
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Joe Hancock (HighGround Advisors)

Major Gifts

Campaign Readiness and Preparation
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Gary Hawkins (CCS Fundraising), Peter Kane (Diocese of Tyler)

Why Should I Give to You? — Answering the Fundamental Question that Every Donor is Asking
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Tim Kachuriak (NextAfter)

Asking for Major Gifts: Expecting the Unexpected
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Carolyn M Appleton (Carolyn M. Appleton, Inc.)

Lessons to Learn for Young Professionals
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): John R Gilchrist, CFRE, FAHP (Philanthropy Focus LLC), Karen K Martin, CFRE (Serve Denton)

Marketing & Communications

How Telling your Brand Story Increases your Giving Power
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Paul A Dunne, CFRE (thinkpadsolutions), Bryan Peterson (Peterson Ray & Company)

Loverizing: The Lucrative Difference a Few Well-Chosen Words Will Make
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Tom Ahern (Ahern Donor Communications)

Turning Likes Into Donors — The Definitive Guide to Facebook Advertising for Nonprofits
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Jeff Giddens (NextAfter)

Making Virtual Reality a Reality for your Organization
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): James S Anderson, CFRE (GoalBusters Consulting)

Research & Analytics

Donors Want Outcomes - Now What?
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Katherine Curtis, CFRE (Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains), Lindsay Tooker (Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains)

Data-Driven Fundraising: Using Data to Find Major Donors
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Carole Rylander, CFRE (Rylander Associates), Bill Tedesco (DonorSearch)

Crazy Important! PCI and protecting your donor's data
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Gretchen Carter (Greater Giving ), Joshua Allen (Greater Giving, Inc.)

Data to Design: Using Research to Drive the Creative Process
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Cheryl Sturm (The Stelter Company)

Hotel Accommodations

Omni Mandalay

We are pleased to announce that once again, The Omni Mandalay is the official hotel for the DFW Conference with a special AFP Deluxe Guest Room Rate of $159 per night (plus taxes) for single / double occupancy. The Mandalay Suite rate is $189. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI and referring to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The special room rate is only good until April 15, 2017.

2017 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference
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