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3 February 2015


 February 3, 2015


The mission of the Fundraising Career Conference is to help fundraising people build their careers. Ultimately our conference will help small nonprofits retain fundraising staff, waste less money, and have more fun.


The state of the industry is a mess! With the Haas Jr. Fund Underdeveloped report, plus Penelope Burk’s excellent “Donor Centered Leadership” book, the Forward salary survey of Jewish organizations and their CEOs, and the continuing articles about the sector’s issues with recruiting and retaining fundraisers, we have a lot of work to do.
We want to help fundraisers stay longer at nonprofits, and help them succeed. We want to help nonprofits be less ineffective by reducing turnover in their fundraising staff.


This goal of this fundraising career conference is to educate fundraisers in how to research and pick good job opportunities and make a more functional work environment.


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Who is speaking at this conference?


Tom Ahern authored four well-received books on donor communications, with two more in the pipeline.  Each year, he delivers dozens of workshops internationally, speaking recently at conferences in the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Slovakia as well as across the US and Canada.


Tom will be speaking about how to leave a toxic workplace and start a successful consulting career.
Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, has managed capital campaigns, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 27,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the 50 United States.


Linda is the author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers; The Development Plan; Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?; Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know; Are You ready for a Capital Campaign? workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community; Fundraising for the GENIUS, a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money, co-editor of YOU and Your Nonprofit and The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook and co-author of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook and The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising…And How You Can Fix It.


Linda Lysakowski will be speaking about what a culture of philanthropy is and how to create it at your nonprofit.
Kishshana Palmer Kishshana Palmer, CFRE is an experienced non-profit executive, consultant and Certified Fundraising Executive (CRFE), a designation held by only 4,000 professional fundraisers. For over ten years, she has been advising non-profits on donor/board development, internal fundraising operations and strategic planning.
Kishshana Palmer will be speaking on strengths-based leadership and dealing with difficult people in your fundraising work.
sheena-Greer Sheena Greer is a nonprofit communications consultant. She is a passionate advocate for literacy, families, and living in a way that is mindful of others. In 2013, Sheena decided she needed to do more to help nonprofits & social entrepreneurs communicate their missions. She started Colludo with the hope of sharing her love of simple, powerful communications, and the desire to have fun while doing good.
Sheena Greer will be speaking on naming and claiming boundaries in the fundraising workplace.
Vanessa Chase is the author of the Storytelling Nonprofit. Her goal is to help passionate nonprofit professionals learn techniques and tools to better articulate their organization’s impact in a way that translates to more dollars fundraised.She has had the opportunity to work with Union Gospel Mission, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Cancer Care Connection, Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, and many others.


 Vanessa Chase will be speaking about how to tell your story in your cover letter.
Claire Axelrad
Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE has helped nonprofits raise hundreds of millions over a career inspiring volunteers and professionals to implement innovative fundraising and marketing strategies that advance the mission, vision and values of causes addressing society’s most pressing problems.


Named Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Claire contributes regularly to Fundraising Success Magazine, is a presenter for Next Level Nonprofits, ThirdSectorToday, 4GOOD Nonprofit Webinars, Nonprofit Radio and Chronicle of Philanthropy. She teaches the CFRE course that certifies professional fundraisers.


 Claire Axelrad will be talking about how to make a good impression in your interview.
Joanne Oppelt, MHA, is the author of Moving Up to Executive Director: Lessons Learned from My First 365 Days, and Executive Director of CONTACT We Care, a New Jersey nonprofit. Oppelt is an adjunct instructor at Kean University, the former Development Director of Community Access Unlimited, a former community services director, and the author of three other books about fundraising.


Joanne Oppelt will be speaking about how to move on up in your career to Executive Director.
Phil Gérard, has been a fundraiser for 16+ years, working in the community service, education and university advancement sectors with a focus on major gifts. A Master of Business Administration degree with a Human Resource Management specialization set him on an exciting path within the fundraising profession: Fundraising Talent Management.His firm’s services include recruitment for the nonprofit sector with a focus on major gift roles, career planning services for individuals, and talent management consulting services for organizations (including onboarding, career pathing, professional development, retention strategies, and succession planning).

Phil is an adjunct instructor in the Georgian College Fundraising and Resource Development Graduate Program. He is also the author of Phil’s Careers Blog – Fundraising ONLY!, which features the latest fundraising career and professional development opportunities as well as articles about topics fundraisers care about.

Phil Gérard will be speaking on moving on up to a major gifts role.

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Mazarine Treyz

Mazarine Treyz has connected nonprofit jobseekers and employers for over six years. Treyz has:


  • Directed successful nonprofit career fairs & looked at hundreds of resumes
  • Connected jobseekers with nonprofit career experts
  • Facilitated client job searches resulting in successful jobs in nonprofits and government
  • Moved on up from Development Assistant to Development Director and Development Consultant.
  • Written three books including: Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide (5 star rated by


Treyz will be speaking on how to find a nonprofit job, and how to create a better fundraising resume.


And many others (To Be Announced)
Each day will be devoted to different aspects of your nonprofit career.


How long do I have to register?
Registration ends – April 12 @ midnight Pacific.


For the tiny sum of $9, you get all of these incredible sessions:

DAY ONE: Getting that next job April 13th, 2015


9:30am PT (12:30 ET): Conference opening and welcoming remarks


10am PT (1pm ET): Getting your foot in the door and making your fundraising resume shine -Mazarine Treyz


12pm PT (3pm ET): Your story in your fundraising cover letter -Vanessa Chase


1pm PT (4pm ET): How to interview strong for a fundraising role -Claire Axelrad


2:30pm PT (5:30pm ET): How to discover your strengths and succeed in your fundraising career -Kishshana Palmer


DAY TWO: Creating a healthier, more effective workplace  April 14th, 2015


10am PT (2pm ET) How to make a splash in your first 90 days -Mazarine Treyz


12pm PT (3pm ET) Dealing with difficult people (donors, staff, and others) -Kishshana Palmer


1pm PT (4pm ET) How to create better boundaries at work -Sheena Greer


2:30pm PT (5:30pm ET) Self care in your nonprofit workplace-keeping it up -a panel of self care experts, including Pearl Waldorf, Vanessa Chase, Sheena Greer and others.


TIME TBD: How to negotiate your salary (and why you should) (Speaker TBD)


DAY THREE: Moving on up April 15th, 2015


10am PT (1pm ET) How to start creating a culture of philanthropy -Linda Lysakowski


11:30am PT (1:30pm ET) Planning your career- Moving on up to a major gifts role- Phil Gerard


1pm PT (3pm ET) Empowering yourself to move on up in your career to Executive Director-Joanne Oppelt


2:30pm PT (5:30pm ET) How to leave a toxic workplace and become a successful consultant -Tom Ahern


And 4pm PT (7pm ET) Closing the conference


How much is it?


We’re charging $9 early bird price for this conference until March 1st, 2015.
Secure your spot now, because on March 2nd, 2015, we’re doubling the price to $18.
Then, on March 31st, 2015, we’re doubling the price to $36.


Why are we charging for this conference?


Because often people will sign up for webinars, and then not show up. I believe that this information is so vital for your empowerment that I want to make sure you have the chance to ask questions in our live conference sessions.


Because we want to honor the commitment of our speakers, and make sure that we can promise them a room full of interested, engaged people. That means people need to commit to being there.


Because we want to keep the conference small. It seems counter-intuitive but we really want to make sure everyone has a chance to ask questions. If we make it free, it could get overwhelming for all of us. We want to give everyone who attends the best experience possible.


That said, we usually charge between $67 and $97 per 90 minute webinar.


This conference is three days of presentations, for just $9!


At $9, we’re making it more than reasonable for you to be a part of this exclusive virtual conference with tons of presentations and speakers that can help you take your career to the next level. 


This basically covers our time and costs for hosting the conference, and it helps us know how many people will actually show up.  $9 is affordable to pretty much anyone wanting to learn how to move up in their fundraising career.

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