Everence Development Conference 2019
Registration is open! Learn how to nurture generosity into a strong and promising future.
Oct. 8-10, 2019
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 South Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Make your lodging reservations now at the Lancaster Marriott. A hotel conference rate of $124 is available when you make reservations before Sept. 16, 2019. To book your stay, click here or call 888-850-6146 and mention "Everence."
A discounted self-parking rate is available at the hotel when you validate your ticket at the hotel registration desk
All attendees will have access to a conference app to conveniently follow the meeting activities.
Learn about speakers, find your workshops and take advantage of special activities all during the conference. More information to come!
We welcome you to this conference!
Learn about funding ministry for your context from a fresh perspective.
A special registration subsidy from the Everence Pastoral Financial Wellness Program is available to active, credentialed pastors currently serving congregations. See registration section.
|2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
||Registration in Lobby
|2:00 - 3:30 p.m.||Pre-conference session (pre-registered only)|
|6:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Welcome and dinner|
|7:50 - 8:20 p.m.||General session I - Joe Manickam|
|9:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Dessert reception|
|6:30 - 8:00 a.m.||Breakfast buffet|
|8:00 - 9:30 a.m.||General session II - Penelope Burke|
|9:30 - 10:00 a.m.||Break|
|10:00 - 11:30 a.m.||Workshop session 1 (Options 1 - 6)|
|11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:15 - 2:30 p.m.||General Session III - Panel of Donors and/or short talks|
|2:30 - 2:45 p.m.||
|2:45 - 4:15 p.m.||Workshop session 2 (Options 7 - 12)|
|6:30 - 8:00 a.m.||Breakfast buffet|
|8:00 - 9:30 a.m.||Workshop session 3 (Options 13 - 18)|
|9:30 - 9:45 a.m.||Break|
|9:45 - 11:15 a.m.||Workshop session 4 (Options 19 - 24)|
|11:15 - 11:30 a.m.||Break|
|11:30 - 12:30 p.m.||General session IV - Ted Swartz|
|12:30 - 1:30 p.m.||Lunch|
President, Hesston College
A walk on thin ice
President, Cygnus Applied Research
Being Donor-Centered in Changing Times
How to use donor trends and changing technologies to make more profit
Founder and Leader, Ted & Co.
Telling a Good Story Well
Tuesday, October 8, 2019; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Spiritual and emotional well-being/self care for fundraisers, development folks and anyone working in advancement.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019; 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Workshop number: 1
Development professionals from schools, churches and other nonprofits are constantly searching for insight into how to reach younger donors.
In this workshop, four people representing four generational segments of the population will explore generational giving patterns and talk with professionals about how to engage each segment with specific tools and tactics.
Workshop number: 2
With the increased focus of regulatory bodies on fundraising activities and a more educated public donor base, it's critical that fundraisers in schools and nonprofits understand the regulatory aspects of fundraising activities.
Focus will include:
Workshop number: 3
"Drawing from latest research, Penelope Burk shares the answer to fundraisers’ ultimate question: What would unleash donors’ giving at a whole new level?
Hear what her research reveals about the very different motivations of young, middle age and older donors; learn how to adjust acknowledgment, communication and recognition strategies to meet each generation’s unique needs.
Find out why your e-communications are reaching far fewer donors today and how print and mail is developing a whole new cachet.
In Being Donor-Centered in Changing Times, Penelope connects her latest research findings to her breakthrough fundraising philosophy — Donor-Centered Fundraising.
She unfolds an evidence-based argument for understanding what donors want from their philanthropic relationships today, what that means for your bottom line, and how to apply a Donor-Centered Fundraising approach in an ever-evolving environment."
Workshop number: 4
What does it take to lead through change? Mennonite schools pre-K-12 board chairs will respond to key questions about finances, leadership change, strategic planning and organizational change.
Workshop number: 5
Planned gifts for beginners, new development people, board members and leaders. Everence also will introduce its Planned Giving Roadmap.
Workshop number: 6
Redefining the visit is fast-paced, interactive and packed with practical ideas for annual, major and planned gift professionals of all experience levels.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019; 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Workshop number: 7
You know that you need to attract more prospects by incorporating marketing tools into your fundraising system but get confused or overwhelmed by the HOW?
This session will help you incorporate the right strategies and tools to get your marketing and donor development efforts working in sync to maximize your returns.
Workshop number: 8
As leaders, you are expected to be “fixers” who sustain your mission-driven organizations while you overcome human failures, conflicts of interest, unpredictable circumstances, regulatory oversight, failures in organizational infrastructure and pressure to act quickly.
Do you have the tools that will allow you to solve problems big and small?
This workshop will address organizational governance, legal matters, and financial and strategic management, so you can maintain accountability to those you serve.
Workshop number: 9
Organizations considering a capital campaign are advised to have a campaign feasibility study conducted by a seasoned fundraising consultant.
The study includes an internal review of fundraising-related organizational abilities (staffing, systems, etc.) and identifies any required inputs. It also involves interviews with high-net-worth individuals, corporate executives, business owners, and foundation trustees.
The study provides a basis for determining the campaign goal and can identify top donors, lead gifts, and potential campaign leaders.
This workshop will discuss goals and methods of a feasibility study and answer your more general questions about pre-capital-campaign planning.
Workshop number: 10
Jesus and Paul had specific support teams providing funding for their ministries.
We'll look at these models and consider the implications for how nonprofit organizations can do the same thing today. The focus must be about having a clear mission and effective storytelling.
Workshop number: 11
Whether you are working in a church, school or other nonprofit, development is a process of actions that lead to results.
Dashboards are a way to track actions, progress and results in a clear and compelling way that will engage your whole team.
In addition to looking at different types of dashboards, we'll learn about the role of leading indicators and lagging indicators in charting success, and review three case studies to illustrate the process.
Workshop number: 12
This fast paced, informative workshop will help you if you are new to non-profit board service, or just want a refresher in best practices and creative ideas for your board and its governance.
Our workshop leader is experienced as a successful CEO of non-profit organizations and consults regularly with boards, their chairpersons and lead/chief executives to optimize board performance or address challenges in their governance and leadership.
Thursday, October 10, 2019; 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Minimize fear as you meet new potential donors and make the ask. And when the answer is "no," learn to redirect that "no" to a "maybe" or a partnership with your school or nonprofit that could be mutually beneficial.
Workshop number: 14
Identify the value for your school or nonprofit by creating a development plan that flows from and is aligned with strategic mission, and then creating a detailed action plan that focuses on facilitation of face-to-face meetings.
Workshop number: 15
What's it like on the other side of the fundraising table?
Join Shirley to hear her perspectives gained as chief fundraiser at a college, a decision-maker at a foundation, and a prospective donor now solicited by Mennonite institutions.
Shirley also has been involved with a board of directors as a chief executive and as a nonprofit board member.
Workshop number: 16
Endowment funds can provide money for special ministries in your church, school or nonprofit for many years.
Hear how they've worked in real life and how to set them up.
Presenters also will debunk some common misconceptions.
Workshop number: 17
The returns are in!
Your donors have filed their tax returns in the first year of the new tax law. We'll take a look at what we learned in the first year of the new law and provide tools and strategies to take advantage of the new charitable environment.
Workshop number: 18
The workshop will highlight stories of compassionate donors and best practices in fundraising.
We will look at fundraisers’ ability to develop, cultivate and sustain relationships with donors.
The nonprofit organizations ability to form partnerships around the globe to provide support to those uprooted and displaced by war and/or natural disasters will be explored.
Attention will be given to the culture of philanthropy that delivers sustainable programs to empower those at the receiving end, so they become independent in their own environment.
The workshop will also provide conference participants with the opportunity for interactive dialogue and exchange.
Thursday, October 10, 2019; 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Panel presentation on how development, communications and organizational branding come together to support fundraising as a strategy.
Workshop number: 20
Donor devotion -- How is your organization responding to your donors' desires to give as a part of their spiritual practice?
Many of your donors are motivated by their faith and devotion.
How is your church, school or nonprofit authentically responding to this impulse?
Presenters will give examples from their experiences with donors in various organizations and provide some theological tools and reflections that you can use in your organization.
Workshop number: 21
Join us for an exciting discussion about how to engage donors in a conversation about sustaining your mission through an endowment fund.
These seasoned leaders and fundraising professionals will share unique campaign strategies, marketing materials and best practices for donor relations from their endowment fundraising experiences.
Workshop number: 22
Explore strategies for encouraging a culture of philanthropy within your board, with real-life illustrations based on the Eastern Mennonite School board's steps toward greater involvement in fundraising efforts.
Workshop number: 23
How do donor relationships relate to improvisation and theater?
Learn from actor and playwright Ted Swartz.
*All registrations for the group must be submitted together to receive the discounted rate.
Contact Everence Conference Planner Lisa Doutlick:
800-348-7468 ext. 3202