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Conferences & Workshops

CapDev "in touch" Workshop

CapDev's popular campaign planning workshops have been running for over a decade and are the ideal training tool for anyone considering, or in the early stages of, campaign planning. For our 2017-2018 season, the "in touch" workshop delved into true relational philanthropy for building innovative campaigns. The button below gives more information. Our next season of CapDev workshops will be announced soon with a new theme and format for 2019-2020. Hope you can join us!
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Education & Training

From neophytes to fundraising veterans, everyone can benefit from new insights and continued education.

CapDev sponsors workshops and presents at numerous conferences where participants gain a deepened knowledge, a fresh perspective and motivation that inspires.

Conference Sessions

Find us at conferences; invite us to conduct a session just for your organization; or join us for one of our CapDev workshops and learn about topics such as:

  • Trendsetting Philanthropy: Annual overview of the latest data, forecasts of philanthropic trends, and thought-provoking discussion on what it all means for your development program
  • Essential Components of Successful Philanthropy: Back to the basics with elements fundraisers at any level can apply
  • Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Distinguish "philanthropy" from "fundraising" and build up board support
  • Giving and Getting: Explore current giving trends and learn how to get your piece of the philanthropic pie
  • Building a Major Donor Program & Building a Donor Cultivation Program: Single sessions or a 2-part series
  • The Art of the Ask: The "ask" is more about planning than asking, so learn how to ask so that you get a "yes"
  • Effective Prospect Research: Conducting good research on potential major donors, a must to identify and cultivate top leaders and donors
  • Mind Your Philanthropic Manners: How "please" (donor cultivation) and "thank you" (stewardship) can make or break a development program
  • Why Leadership Matters: Why enlisting and engaging leadership is the key to fundraising success & how to do it
  • Hiring, Attracting and Retaining Development Professionals: The acronym spells HARD, but we break down the executive search job and make it EASY
  • Ambassador Board Development: A program specifically designed to create "Ambassadors" of your board members

Topics can be presented in 60 to 90-minute sessions or combined to create half or full-day sessions.

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CapDev Workshops

The CapDev team delivers a full-day workshop geared toward major campaign planning training for board and staff alike at least twice each year. Join us for this sought-after day, filled with popular session topics:

  • March 21, 2018 - Hunt Library, NC State University, Raleigh NC 
  • August 23, 2018 - Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC 
  • October 4-5, 2018 - Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, SC 

The 2017-2018 workshop theme is "in touch," and is all based on the importance of relational philanthropy to build truly innovative campaigns. We will share insights into philanthropic trends, and expertise on campaign-building, including:

  1. Inspire supporters with a well-conceived case for support
  2. Invest in your internal capacity to build and support a campaign
  3. Involve campaign leaders who are essential to engaging campaigns
  4. Invite donors to participate in new and thoughtful way

Space is limited to 2 per organization - ideal for a board member to attend with staff! 

CapDev workshops fill quickly and sell out fast, so early registration is always recommended. 

The 2019-2020 workshop season will be announced soon, so watch this space for further details to come!

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Upcoming Events

  • NC Independent Colleges & Universities Development Conference

    January 09, 2019
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    Allan Burrows & Lennie Barton of Meredith College, present "Boosting the Annual Campaign During Major Campaigns," 11am - 12pm, High Point University

  • UNC Advancement Symposium

    May 16, 2019
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    2019 UNC System Advancement Symposium, the only system-wide gathering for Advancement professionals, May 15-17, East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, North Carolina