Meet the Speakers

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson, CFRE

Bio

Jim Anderson has more than 30 years of sales and training experience through his positions with local media and national consumer research companies. Consistently recognized as a top revenue producer, Jim earned the Sales Executive of the Year, Negotiator of the Year, the New Business and Over Achiever awards among many other accolades. Jim migrated into the nonprofit arena in 2005, and specializes in marketing and branding strategy, multimedia production, direct sales and sponsorship training programs, board and organizational training, and innovative approaches to storytelling. He was honored as AFP Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year in 2010 and achieved his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2013.

Together with Alice Ferris, they are partners in GoalBusters, a consulting firm specializing in hands-on, comprehensive fundraising leadership for small to medium sized charitable organizations. Their team offers services in development and campaign assessment, strategic planning, campaign direction, board and team training, grant writing, and specialty services for public and community media. Alice and Jim are in the trenches with several organizations, helping inspire and facilitate growth and evolution in fundraising programs ranging in scope from $100,000 to $54 million. Alice and Jim are seasoned international speakers and AFP master trainers.




Alice Ferris

Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE

Bio

Alice Ferris, GoalBusters founder, began her career at age 16, blowing bubbles onto the set at Wisconsin Public Television during a fundraiser for the Lawrence Welk Show. Alice thrives in finding creative solutions for the fundraising challenges of small organizations, as well as teaching and training about practical and realistic tactics. Alice is recognized in North America for her appearances on public television fundraisers, including Downton Abbey, Ken Burns: America's Storyteller, and Suze Orman's Financial Solutions for You. Alice was the 90th professional to receive the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential and is a three-time honoree as Outstanding Fundraising Professional from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern Arizona Chapter. She serves on the advisory boards for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the Wisconsin School of Business, and the Communication Arts Program at the University of Wisconsin.

Together with Jim Anderson, they are partners in GoalBusters, a consulting firm specializing in hands-on, comprehensive fundraising leadership for small to medium sized charitable organizations. Their team offers services in development and campaign assessment, strategic planning, campaign direction, board and team training, grant writing, and specialty services for public and community media. Alice and Jim are in the trenches with several organizations, helping inspire and facilitate growth and evolution in fundraising programs ranging in scope from $100,000 to $54 million. Alice and Jim are seasoned international speakers and AFP master trainers.




Laura Fredricks

Laura Fredricks, JD

THE ASK©: It's Always Their Idea

Session Description

How many board, staff, and volunteer members feel "pressured," "uncomfortable," "self-conscious," or "afraid and unwilling to hear no," that they don't ask their friends, colleagues, new or current supporters to meet, come to an event, or heaven forbid, for money! Well what if I could show you that in just one simple conversation we reverse the dynamic so that the potential supporter ASKs you "What can I do for you?" Game Changer! You don't want to miss how you now can get everyone on board to make THE ASK©!

Bio

Laura Fredricks, JD is the Billion Dollar ASK Maker Powerhouse, who as CEO and Founder of THE ASK©, trains and coaches individuals, nonprofits and businesses on How to ASK and GET exactly what you want. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy, and her structured "5-Step Process for any ASK" has brought resounding sustainable monetary success worldwide. Her six books, including three on THE ASK©, are the international industry leading go-to guides. Her latest book: THE ASK: For Business, For Philanthropy, and Everyday Living has helped hundreds of boards, fundraisers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, teenagers, artists and philanthropists get their Best Life Possible, through THE ASK.

As a "seasoned 29-year member of AFP" she has served on the Philadelphia and NYC AFP Chapter Boards, and in 2018 was bestowed the Ralph E. Chamberlain Award for extraordinary leadership in the field of fundraising and lifetime of service to the profession.




Tim Kachuriak

Tim Kachuriak

Secrets Revealed from Over 2,000 Digital Fundraising Experiments

Session Description

By testing using a rigorous scientific methodology employed by Fortune 100 companies, we've debunked traditional fundraising best practices and uncovered breakthrough principles that produce transformational results.

In this rapid-fire session, we will look at dozens of real-world online experiments with nonprofit organizations and share the secrets to acquiring more emails, donors and dollars through the web. And we'll demonstrate how you can apply these principles today to your own online fundraising campaigns.

Objectives

  • Attendees will learn the "fundraiser's fundamental flaw" that keeps them from getting better results and how they can overcome it.
  • Attendees will learn how you can turn your web site into a living laboratory and collect rich behavioral data that helps you continue to evolve your understanding of your donors and what makes them give.
  • Attendees will learn how effective storytelling can trigger a biological chemical reaction inside their supporters that forms a powerful bond to their organization and makes them give more generously.

Bio

Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.

A nonprofit thought leader, Kachuriak is the author of the book Optimize Your Fundraising, lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, Why Should I Give to You? (The Nonprofit Value Proposition Index Study), and The Midlevel Donor Crisis. Kachuriak has trained organizations in fundraising optimization around the world and is a frequent speaker at international nonprofit conferences.

Kachuriak is also the co-founder and board member for the Human Coalition, a member of the board of directors for Open Doors USA, an Advisory Board Member for the SMU Digital Accelerator, Advisory Board Member for Kids Prosper Kids, and an Advisory Board Member for the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact.

Kachuriak lives in Prosper, TX with his wife Rebecca, and their four children: Max (13), Charlie (11), Gracie (10), and Joey (4).




Rachel Muir

Rachel Muir

The Future of Fundraising

Session Description

Can you snap your fingers to see the future of fundraising? Get a front-row seat to the future of fundraising in this eye-opening session full of practical and aspirational fundraising ideas you can apply immediately to delight your donors. See eye candy advances in technology and be inspired by how the world's most loved brands might treat your donors. This heavily illustrated action-packed session will challenge you to rethink fundraising in new ways, with plenty of actionable take-away tools to get you there!

»» Perfect for nonprofit professionals, board members, executives, managers, and marketing professionals

Bio

Rachel Muir has worked every side of the Rubik's cube that is the nonprofit sector. When she was just 26 years old, Rachel launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering, and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card. Several years later she had raised over 10 million dollars and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show.

A winner of Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three-time finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named "Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazines "Fast 50″ Champions of Innovation.

Rachel has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Fundraising Success, Fast Company, Glamour, and Texas Monthly. Her career spans leading an online fundraising consulting practice and managing major gift portfolios for some of the country's largest and most successful nonprofit brands. Rachel is a sought-after speaker, trainer and internationally recognized nonprofit founder and thought leader.




Shariq Siddiqui

Shariq Siddiqui

Bio

Shariq is Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Shariq has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He also has a JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Indianapolis. Shariq authors research on Muslim philanthropy and the Muslim nonprofit sector. Most recently, he conducted a national survey of full-time Islamic schools in the United States. This project resulted in the book (that he co-authored) Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions, published in November 2017. Shariq also serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, Journal on Education in Muslim Societies and as the Series Editor of the Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society Book Series. All three of which are published by Indiana University Press. He has served as a nonprofit practitioner for over 20 years for international, national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations. Previously, Shariq served as the Executive Director of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).




Bill Strathmann

Bill Strathmann

Bio

Bill Strathmann is CEO of Network for Good and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a social entrepreneur, who throughout his career has traversed sectors, bringing good business practices to corporations and nonprofits alike. Bill has led Network for Good through sixteen years, six acquisitions, $3 billion to charity and its spinout from nonprofit to B corporation. He came to Network for Good from Andersen Business Consulting as a strategy and merger specialist, where he built and led a consulting practice serving large nonprofits including the Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Society, National Association of Home Builders and United Way. Bill has also served as Chairman of the Social Enterprise Alliance and currently serves on the boards of nonprofits A Wider Circle and Soles 4 Souls. He is a co-author featured in the book, People to People Fundraising — Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities. Bill has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Haverford College and a master's degree in business administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.




Eddie Thompson

Eddie Thompson

How to Develop and Implement a Fundraising Strategic Plan

Session Description

Learn how to develop and implement a Fundraising Strategic Plan that will help you do more with less! We've all heard the famous quote, "If you're failing to plan, then you're planning to fail." This is truer today in the world of fundraising with so much competition for your donors' dollars. Discover the secrets from a professional fundraiser who has done this for over 40 years.

Come away from this presentation with a clear idea of what next steps you can take to reach your organizations true fundraising potential.

Bio

Dr. Eddie Thompson holds a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. His doctoral dissertation was on successful fundraising methods. His academic achievements include two Master of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Fine Arts degree. He has served in many capacities with nonprofit organizations, including Assistant to the President, VP of Institutional Advancement, Director of Planned Giving and Chief Executive Officer.

Eddie is the Founder and CEO of Thompson & Associates, the nation's premier charitable estate planning firm. Thompson's innovative and proven process is engaging organizations and their donors nationwide. The Thompson & Associates' team, consisting of over 49 attorneys and experienced professionals, help individuals and families plan to pass their assets to their family and to the organizations they support in a manner consistent with their values and objectives. This proven process delivers unprecedented results for donors, their families and nonprofit organizations. This unique process resulted in the successful completion of estate plans that directed several billion dollars to charities and billions more to families.

Eddie is an active instrument pilot with land and seaplane ratings.


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