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Conferences & Workshops

CAPitalize Workshops

The popular CapDev campaign planning workshops are back! We have planned our one-and-only in-person workshop for 2021 to be held on the riverfront of Wilmington NC on October 7th. Seating is very limited so be sure you register* early to join us and "CAPitalize" on this moment with new insights, tools and inspiration for your campaign and development planning. *Registration opens in August.
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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 delivers a very popular 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 will return with only one in-person workshop in 2021:

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

Space is limited to 2 per organization and we will cap at 20 total participants this year. 

It is ideal for a board member to attend with a staff person.

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

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