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Conferences & Workshops

CapDev REfresh 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. Our 2019-2020 season, "REfresh & REady for Campaign Prep" is dedicated to refreshing nonprofits and leaders to ready for campaign preparations. See below for more details:
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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
  • Nerdy & Nice: Using disciplined analytics and research to build a relational major gifts pipeline

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 at least twice each year. Join us for this sought-after day, filled with popular session topics:

  • April 4, 1029 - Park Alumni Center, NC State University, Raleigh NC - SOLD OUT
  • October 10-11, 2018 - Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, SC - Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019-2020 workshop theme is "REfresh & REady for Campaign Prep," dedicated to refreshing and readying nonprofits and leaders for campaign planning and preparations. And our workshops are now approved for CFRE credit!

We will share insights into philanthropic trends, and expertise on campaign-building, including:

  1. REfresh Philanthropy: recent data and current trends
  2. REady: campaign readiness assessment tool
  3. REfocus: articulate campaign's purpose

  4. RElate: preparing leadership

  5. REsource: equip for campaign
  6. REsearch, REport, REsults: building donor prep, engagement & retention

  7. REthink: closing thoughts/discussion

An optional half-day add-on is also now available on October 11th only at Wild Dunes. Click the blue button above for more details on this deep dive opportunity to capitalize on overcoming dismal donor retention.

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. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Virginia Fundraising Institute (VFRI)

    July 24, 2019
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    Allan Burrows & Kevin Jacques on Innovative Philanthropy: New Approaches to Campaigns, featuring CapDev client, UMFS, in Richmond VA

  • Lowcountry Food Bank Agencies Conference

    August 02, 2019
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    Kaky Grant & Clare Jordan, "Build Your Fundraising Toolkit"

    Charleston, SC

  • NC Philanthropy Conference

    August 05, 2019
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    Allan Burrows & Clare Jordan, "Nerdy to Nice: Maximizing Donor Analytics to Build Relational Philanthropy" in Charlotte NC

  • Central VA Academy for Nonprofit Excellence

    September 18, 2019
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    Allan Burrows presenting a 3-hour major gift training session, 9am-12pm, at the United Way.

  • Land Trust Rally

    October 17, 2019
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    Allan Burrows co-presents with CapDev clients: The Nature Conservancy - NC Chapter, and Piedmont Land Conservancy for this national conference in Raleigh NC