Tuesday, October 7 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Using Special Events to Build Community and Advance Your Mission

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Events are a key component of many nonprofit organizations’ annual development plan. The most successful events are ones that are strategic and focused on building community to advance an organization’s mission. In this session, we’ll share the building blocks for a successful event and offer some suggestions on how you can use the information you already have to make your next event more strategic and more successful than ever!

This session will:
1. - Identify the main components of a strategic, successful event: timing, purpose, budget, message and volunteers
2. - Provide concrete examples on how to best utilize data to develop and run a successful strategic event
3. - Show you how to increase your staff capacity with the use of volunteers and build a team that will help you reach your goals


Lynn Poly

Director of Annual Giving, Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community

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Chris Bicknell

President, Little Green Light
I started fundraising out of college and have many years of experience serving as a campaign consultant with CCS Fund Raising and leading seasoned fundraising staff at the local, regional, and national levels. I'm proud to be Little Green Light's chief product strategist. I graduated... Read More →
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Timi Paccioretti

Account Manager, Little Green Light
With over 25 years of development and management experience working with non-profit organizations, I am passionate about assisting mission driven organizations to better manage their constituent and fundraising data so that they can be more strategic in their outreach and development... Read More →

Madelyn Thompson

Director of Corporate and Community Relations, University of Illinois at Chicago
Madelyn Thompson has more than 20 years experience in fundraising. Her experience encompasses corporations, (corporate foundations as well as corporate sponsorship) foundations and governmental agencies. Madelyn has planned and staffed special events for premier donors as part of... Read More →

Tuesday October 7, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Salon H

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