Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:26

Donors in the Middle

Jessie Strike

In the midst of maintianing basic-level memberships and high-level funders, we fundraisers sometimes neglect our donors in the middle. As Jessie Foster Strike, Manager of Major Gifts at the Natural History Museum of Utah, knows, though, mid-level donor clubs can be tremendously effective tools for providing sustainable annual operating support, driving upgrade potential, and building a pipeline for major gifts.

In her breakout session, "Mastering Your Mid-level Donor Program," Jessie will lead attendees through a case study of the Copper Club at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Over just three years, Copper Club annual revenue grew from $70,000 to $350,000 through in-person visits, purposeful solicitation, and creative stewardship!

Don't miss it!  Click HERE to register for 2018 Fundraising Day now. 

Published in AFP Utah News
Monday, 19 March 2018 18:51

Fear Less, Raise More

Andrea BarnesAndrea Barnes, Founder of The Giving Principles and President of ECHO Connection

Gay CooksonGay Cookson, Director of the Research Development Office at the University of Utah

Are you letting fear get in the way of building relationships with major donors? Look no further than AFP Utah Chapter's 2018 Fundraising Day! 

Andrea Barnes, Founder of The Giving Principles (a consulting company focused on Corporate Philanthropy) and President of ECHO Connection (a corporate foundation) and Gay Cookson, Director of the Research Development Office at the University of Utah, are thrilled to present their breakout session "Taking the Fear out of Major Gift Fundraising" at this one-day conference for local fundraisers on April 11. Drawing on more than 25 years of combined expertise, Andrea and Gay will share with attendees their own experiences in finding major donors and building lasting relationships with them.

To secure your spot at Andrea and Gay's talk, register for Fundraising Day HERE.  









Gay Cookson, Director, Research Development Office, University of Utah

Published in AFP Utah News
Sunday, 18 March 2018 21:24

Giving Trends and Tax Reform: The Future

Katherine Fife Head Sot

Don't know what donor advised funds are?  Unsure of how the new tax laws affect charitable giving for your organization?  

Never fear! Katherine Fife, Founder of Philanthropy Matters, is ready to help you gain a better understanding of the increasingly popular giving-vehicle, donor advised funds, as well as the potential implications of the new tax laws.  Using her two decades of experience working in the philanthropic and social sectors, Katherine will lead the session "Fearlessly Embracing Giving Trends and Tax Reform" at 2018 Fundraising Day conference at The Hilton Salt Lake City Center on April 11. Attendees will leave better prepared for the future philanthropic landscape. 

To read more about Katherine's talk, register for AFP Utah Chapter's one-day-only Fundraising Day conference, and view the schedule of breakout sessions, click HERE




Published in AFP Utah News
Monday, 12 March 2018 11:01

Fundraising Day Lunch Keynote: auGi

AFP2018 auGi Headshot Orange Q: How can I grow my community and increase fundraising?

A: Energize your supporters, empower them to share their most personal stories, and help them overcome their fear of “The Ask.”


Q: Okay, but how esactly do I do that? 

A: With help from auGi, of course!


Q: Who is auGi?

A: Founder of AUGTRICITY and deliverer of the Lunch Keynote ("Electrify Your Community, Amplify Your Results") at AFP Utah Chapter's 2018 Fundraising Day, an exciting, one-day-only conference for fundraisers of all backgrounds and career levels. 


Q: He sounds awesome! Where can I find out more about him? 

A: Click HERE to read more about auGi's background as a standup comedian, fundraiser, and marketer extraordinaire.  You can also read about his breakout session, "Supercharged Storytelling: Craft a Story that Builds Community and Breaks Down Walls," as well as those of other featured speakers.


Published in AFP Utah News
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 11:30

August Appreciation: Turner C. Bitton

Meet Turner C. Bitton, Executive Director of Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and eighth in our lineup of AFP Utah Members highlighted for August Appreciation month!

Having worked in non-profit fundraising for about four years, he notes that the field of philanthropy is in a period of transition. "After a very divisive and polarizing presidential campaign, many organizations are working hard to recommit to their important missions. As development professionals we are on the forefront of providing the resources to the organizations that are working to bring our country together to resolve our country’s most pressing issues," he says.

As his greatest pride and accomplishments, Turner points to his relationships with his nonprofit staff and volunteers that has developed over the past several years. "I’m proud of the incredible dedication, vision, and grit that these fine people demonstrate everyday in resolving the most pressing and difficult issues in our community," he explains. "Each and every day I have the opportunity to establish new relationships and build collaborative partnerships with individuals across the state and country."

Turner says he is an AFP member because of the professional development opportunities the organization offers, saying that every time he has attended an event or networking opportunity, he has "left inspired and enriched."  he adds, "I’ve met friends, mentors, and professionals that have helped me grow as a development professional. I highly recommend membership in this incredibly high caliber organization."  

Published in AFP Utah News
Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:29

August Appreciation: Diane Parisi

Today's August Appreciation spotlight goes to AFP Utah Chapter member Diane Parisi, Development Director at Pioneer Theatre Company!

Diane has been working as a fundraiser for 27 years, and her first job was with Utah Musical Theatre at Weber State University. 

Currently, one of her greatest challenges is working in the nonprofit performing arts, where the business environment is both commercial and philanthropic. "We have to find ways to connect patrons with theatre in a way that helps them see the value beyond the mere investment of a ticket," she explains. "We try to focus on the patron first because it can’t just be about our value to the community, it has to be about our value to that patron."

Diane experiences her greatest sense of accomplishment when she has the opportunity to mentor novice fundraisers. "My own mentor, Patti Choate, had a tremendous influence on me in my early years as a fundraiser. It is very rewarding to witness the professional accomplishments of those I’ve mentored," she says.

When asked why she became a member of AFP Utah Chapter, Diane says, "AFP membership is comprised of so many wonderful and talented people. I value the opportunity to be a part of a professional community where I can commiserate, share ideas, and have 'lightbulb' moments."

Published in AFP Utah News