Come to learn, network, gain insights, build skills.
Network and gain inspiration with peers who are passionate about funding values-based missions. Learn together about:
Sept. 28-30, 2021
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 $139 is available when you make reservations before Sept. 5, 2021.
Book your stay: click here or call 888-850-6146 and mention "Everence."
A discounted self-parking rate is available at the hotel. Upon registration onsite, you will receive a discount parking ticket to use when exiting the garage.
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!
1 – 6 p.m. Registration in lobby
1 – 2:15 p.m. Pre-conference workshop (pre-registered only) – Peter Greer
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Pre-conference workshop (pre-registered only) - Colin Saxton
6 – 7:50 p.m. Welcome and dinner
7:50 – 8:20 p.m. General session – Crystal Washington
8:30 – 10 p.m. Dessert reception
6:30 – 8 a.m. Breakfast buffet
8 – 9:30 a.m. General session – Peter Drury
9:30 – 10 a.m. Break
10 – 11:15 a.m. Workshop session 1
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch – Regional groups
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. General session – Panel of fund-raising professionals
2:30 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 4:15 p.m. Workshop session 2
6:30 – 8 a.m. Breakfast buffet
7 – 7:45 a.m. Economic and markets update - Chad Horning
8 – 8:45 a.m. General session – Leonard Dow
8:45 – 9 a.m. Break
9 – 10:15 a.m. Workshop session 3
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30– 11:45 a.m. Workshop session 4
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Break
12 – 2 p.m. Closing words and lunch
President and CEO, HOPE International
Rooting for Rivals
Learn how your organization can multiply its impact by cooperating, rather than competing. It explores the ways to link arms across our organizational boundaries and pursue a calling higher than our own agendas. Peter explores case studies illustrating the power of collaborative partnership and shares failures and successes in openhanded leadership.
North American Ministries Director and Advancement Officer, Friends United Meeting
Soul-Care as Self-Care: Staying Centered in an Off-Balance World
Our work as organizational leaders and advancement staff is demanding and challenging, whether or not we are facing a pandemic, social unrest or economic instability. Beyond good self-care practices, finding ways to tend to our souls, for our own well-being and for the sake of those we serve, is essential.
Technology Strategist and Futurist
Nurturing Relationships for Fundraising Success
In the face of unprecedented world events, too many people have adopted a 'hunker in the bunker' mindset to give their donors and supporters space. Not you! You understand that the key to long-term viability and achieving crucial charitable goals is nurturing relationships. In this interactive session, you will learn innovative ways you can sow seeds that will mature to create a massive impact!
In this session, you will:
• Understand the dos and don’ts of reaching out to donors when stress-levels are in the red and in-person meetings are rare.
• Identify strategic methods of rocking virtual fundraising efforts.
• Learn creative ways to transform yourself from mere nonprofit service provider to superhero in the minds of potential donors during times of trouble.
• Discover and implement tech tools to bring your peers, donors, partners and volunteers from "What now?" to "WOW."
Chief Strategy Officer, Wellspring Family Services
Today's Investment for Tomorrow's Return: The Nonprofit Leader’s Imperative
Nonprofit leaders are consistently confronted with the tyranny of the urgent and can easily get pulled off course from their true and essential priorities. In addition, the public often misunderstands the strategic calculus of an effective organizational leader. These two facts combined can create a recipe for disaster, if you're not careful. To invest in what will last – impact and quality – learn what disciplines to observe today in order to be successful tomorrow.
Vice President of Community and Church Development, Everence
The central message behind the important work of development is about bringing Jubilee. This is the Jubilee that Jesus lays out and then lives out as part of his mission statement (Luke 4:18-19). The biblical themes of generosity (the widow’s mite) and justice (Zacchaeus) are woven into Jubilee (Lev 25, Is 61:1-4,Luke 4:18-19). Hear Leonard’s personal development experiences (successes and failures) that connect to these themes, which he hopes will inspire and encourage you.
Bridging the gap between annual fund conversations and those conversations that can focus on major and planned gifts can be tricky. Join us for a time of practicing conversational tools and practicing the right questions to ask to deepen your relationship with your donor and raise more money.
Presenters: Mitch Stutzman, Stewardship Consultant; and Dave Warren, Vice President of National Markets, Everence
In the United States, the average family wealth for white Americans is seven times the average family wealth for Black Americans. Because of this historic gap, many donors are white and are often donating to organizations that serve communities of color. As development professionals, how can we both focus on the needs of our donors and work toward systemic change to ensure that the wealth gap lessens for future generations?
Moderator: Leonard Dow, Vice President of Community and Church Development, Everence
Panelists: Tina Campbell, CEO, ASSETS; Mike McKenna, President, Tenfold; Vanessa Philbert, CEO, CAP
Panelists: Quaker/Friends leaders
It’s all well and good to talk about strategic leadership, but what practical tools and tips can you use today? Participate in this power-packed session for leaders to learn about dashboards, forecasting tools and board-performance frameworks to advance the sophistication and impact of your nonprofit. This work is both art and science – we'll address both. The art of communication and buy-in, as well as the practical tools that support your success.
Presenter: Peter Drury, Chief Strategy Officer, Wellspring Family Services
Presenters: Chad Horning, Chief Investment Officer, Everence; Garett Hiester, Manager of Charitable Services, Everence; Jasmine Hardesty, Director of Development & Planned Giving, Eastern Mennonite University
For a more advanced investment conversation and economic outlook, join Chad Horning for breakfast on Sept. 30, 7 a.m.
You’ve heard it before; fundraising is all about relationship. In this session, we’ll look at key elements to building personal connection with supporters in a way that honors them and opens doors for deep organizational connection. Discover the art of asking meaningful open-ended questions, reading your donor’s personality, implementing cultivation and stewardship techniques, and of course – learning the art of the ask.
Presenter: Bethany Shue Nussbaum, Senior Development Officer, MEDA
In nonprofit organizations, the immediate needs of daily operations may often overshadow visioning for the future. This interactive workshop provides a basic framework for exploring the inclusion of strategic visioning into the daily work of the organization. Through a set of guiding questions related to critical dimensions for understanding one’s organization context, participants will have the opportunity to begin reflecting on their strategic opportunities and process their ideas with other participants.
Presenter: Andrew Miller, Instructor of Business and Economics/Director of the Collaborative MBA, Eastern Mennonite University
The “Create a Legacy” initiative seeks to identify revocable bequest intentions to Messiah University. Documenting these potential gifts, even when they are revocable, is important for several reasons: 1. Thank those who plan to create their own philanthropic legacy. 2. Utilize each future bequest in the way the donor intended and build a long-term relationship. 3. Enable the university to better plan for its financial future. We will review the value of tracking revocable gifts and share donor stories that highlight the successes and challenges of such an initiative.
Presenters: Jon C. Stuckey, Executive Director of Development, Messiah University; Tiffany D. Burrows, Major Gifts Officer, Brethren Housing Association
Presenters: Lyle Miller, Stewardship Consultant; Randy Nyce, Stewardship Consultant; and Lana Miller, Stewardship Consultant, Everence
How do we keep donors engaged – and invite new ones – amid a changing environment that continues to impact loyalty to organizations? A moderated panel discussion will help unearth today's realities. Learn how varied organizations with similar shared faith values are experiencing donor engagement and how they have kept their donors at the table amid changing and polarizing times.
Presenters: Dawn Y. Graber, Senior Consultant and Executive Coach; and Phil Bergey, Senior Design Partner and Executive Coach, Design Group International
Early bird rate (available until July 30): $295/attendee ($275 for groups of 2 or more).
Standard rate: $345 ($329 for groups of 2 or more)
Book your hotel room: Make sure to reserve your lodging below too!
COVID-19 considerations: We are committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of all attendees. We will follow pandemic guidelines of the state and the CDC, including any mask and physical distancing requirements. If the pandemic situation changes, making it impossible to hold an in-person event, Everence will hold a virtual conference. We will give attendees as much notice as possible of any change in plans.
Contact Everence Conference Planner Lisa Doutlick:
800-348-7468 ext. 3202