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Do you know your Unique Value Proposition?

15 March 2018

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What is a Unique Value Proposition, and how can it help your non-profit organization? Kasandra Verbrugghen, Executive Director of SpyHop Productions, knows. SpyHop Productions has been dedicated to mentoring young people in the digital media arts to help them find their voices since its establishment in 1999. 

Kasandra is excited to share her expertise with Utah's fundraisers at the 2018 Fundraising Day conference on April 11. Her workshop "The Selling Point: How Your Organization's Unique Value Proposition Can Lead to Greater Funding Success" is designed to help you learn principles used by for-profit corporations to articulate their work in a way that is simple, compelling, and sellable. 

Register HERE for Fundraising Day and save your spot at Kasandra's workshop at The Hilton Salt Lake City Center!

 

 

Write on with Lisa & Dave of Pathway Associates

15 March 2018

Lisa Arnette

As fundraisers, we know that crafting the right message for the right funder is a critical component of our success. A large part of crafting that message is written word--a challenging obstacle for many in the development world, regardless of experience.  

If writing compelling copy is not your strong suit, 1) you're not alone, and 2) have we got a conference session for you!

Lisa Arnette, Fundraising Consultant at Pathway Associates (and AFP Utah Chapter's very own Underwriting Co-Chair) is excited to team up with Dave Jones, Co-Founder of Pathway Associates, to bring you "Persuasive Writing for Effective Fundraising" at the 2018 Fundraising Day Conference on April 11. 

This session will give you tips for tuning up your messaging and polishing your writing skills to create clear, donor-centric communication pieces that build on the power of storytelling—whether you’re writing letters, case statements, grant applications, or more.  Click HERE to read more about Lisa's and Dave's extensive fundraising backgrounds, register for Fundraising Day, and check out other keynote and breakout sessions offered at this one-day-only conference. 

Lindsay and her $100K

12 March 2018

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Do Giving Days work?  You bet!  Just ask Lindsay Nelson, Associate Director of Development at David Eccles School of Business at University of Utah, as well as Underwriting Co-Chair for the AFP Utah Chapter Board of Directors.  She and her colleagues raised a whopping $100,000 during their inaugural 24-hour giving day last year!  

How did they do it? Register HERE to attend AFP Utah Chapter's 2018 Fundraising Day and catch Lindsay's breakout session "$100K in a Day."  You'll hear what strategies her team used to make their day of giving such a huge success and leave with ideas to apply to your own fundraising day strategy.

With over 12 years of fundraising and alumni relations experience at the David Eccles School of Business, Lindsay has held roles in alumni events management, board management, stewardship, and annual fund and major gift fundraising. 

Fundraising Day Lunch Keynote: auGi

12 March 2018

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.

 

Fundraising Day Breakfast Keynote: Bridget Cook-Burch

10 March 2018

bridget cook burchAFP Utah Chapter's biennial Fundraising Day Conference is coming to The Hilton Salt Lake City Center on April 11, there to kickstart our day with inspiration and energy will be Bridget Cook-Burch!

Known for her riveting tales of transformation, Bridget is a New York Times Bestselling Author and transformational Speaker. Her books have been showcased on Oprah, Dateline, Good Morning        America, Today Show, and in People Magazine, among others. As a single mother, she owned and operated several successful businesses throughout Utah and Colorado, including PR, publishing and  trucking companies. Bridget is delighted to use her abilities as a trainer to “Wake people up to their possibilities” and how to use every experience as a stepping stone to their most glorious life. 

During her breakfast keynote at Fundraising Day 2018, Bridget will provide practical takeaways for finding your organization’s voice, translating that voice into compelling stories for donors, and using storytelling to turn enthusiastic funders into organizational ambassadors. 

Read more about Bridget, as well as our lunch keynote speaker auGi (founder of auGtricity) and conference breakout sessions at https://afputah.org/news/calendar/102-fundraising-day-2018.   

August Appreciation: Turner C. Bitton

22 August 2017

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."