June 9, 9:00-3:30pm
A Development Primer: Build Capacity and Bolster Your Fundraising Efforts
Cohen Education Center at the Osher Map Library, Portland, ME
9:00-9:30: Registration, coffee
9:30 - 10:30: Trends in Philanthropy
Dana Baldwin, Program and Communications Director, Maine Philanthropy Center will give an overview of the latest trends in philanthropy in Maine, and lessons learned about funder/fundee relationships since transitioning out of a 25 year career in museums to become a new employee of the Philanthropy Center. An overview resources available at the Maine Philanthropy Center will be provided.
10:30 - 11:45: Back to Basics: Annual Fund and Major Gifts
Kate Lewis, Development Director, Greater Portland Landmarks will lead a session focused on the foundations for a successful annual and major gifts fundraising program. Kate will examine the building blocks of leadership expectations, sharing your case for support, defining prospect goals and strategies, making the ask, and keeping donors engaged for the long haul.
11:45 - 1:00: Lunch and tour of Osher Map Library
Enjoy a boxed lunch followed by a guided tour of the Osher Map Library and its latest exhibit, Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune.
1:00 - 2:15: Development in the Small Shop
Kathryn Diphilippo, Director/Curator, South Portland Historical Society will share strategies on how to focus on fundraising and accomplish the mission when you are a staff of one.
2:15-3:30: Moving Toward a Mature Development Function
Stephen Podgajny, Director, and Emily Bray Levine, Development & External Relations Director, Portland Public Library will share approaches for planning past the next week and assessing and committing to development functions while keeping operations running smoothly. In addition to sharing their perspectives about the Executive Director and the Director of Development partnership, Stephen and Emily will discuss how to work with your board and set advancement-related expectations for individual board members and how to create a development committee – your make-or-break volunteers and how to cultivate, educate, and position them for success.