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Conferences & Workshops

CAPitalize Virtual Workshop Series

Redesigned for our "Now" Normal, the CapDev workshop was reinvented as a build-your-own virtual webinar series to inspire you and give you tools to "CAPitalize" on this moment. This series that was available for a limited time in 2020, and we will be returning to in-person workshops later in 2021.
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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"
  • 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
  • Mastering Donor Retention: Learn techniques for building donor relations - both high tech & high touch - in order to improve dismal donor retention trends
  • Journey Mapping the Donor Experience: Use a journey mapping tool to understand, empathize and energize donor relations and build major giving

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 typically delivers a full-day workshop geared toward major campaign planning training for board and staff, usually held twice each year. This sought-after day, filled with popular session topics, always sells out. We plan to resume in-person workshops later in 2021:

  • October 7, 2021 - Hotel Ballast, Waterfront in Wilmington NC - Registration opens Summer 2021

Space is limited to 2 per organization and a max of 36 total participants. 

It is 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

  • HandsOn NWNC: Blueprints Philanthropy Course

    May 25, 2021
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    Virtual course taught by Clare Jordan

  • UNC Advancement Symposium

    June 02, 2021 - UNC Chapel Hill
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    Virtual Conference Session with Allan Burrows & Clare Jordan

  • Triad AFP

    June 29, 2021
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    Journey Mapping for Donor Relations with Allan Burrows & Clare Jordan


    September 23, 2021 - Asheville
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    NC Community Colleges Conference on Resource Development

    Topic TBA; Clare Jordan and Allan Burrows

  • CapDev Workshop

    October 07, 2021 - Wilmington, NC