Responsive Nonprofit Summit: Where Fundraisers Belong

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2024 Featured Keynote Speaker

Sixto Cancel - Responsive Nonprofit Summit

Sixto Cancel

Founder and CEO of Think of Us

Sixto Cancel is a highly recognized and influential figure in the field of child welfare. As the Founder and CEO of Think of Us, he has been driving systemic changes in child welfare.

His expertise spans across technology, service delivery, research, data, and policy at state and federal levels.

Think of Us, under his leadership, focuses on mobilizing cross-sector partnerships and leveraging lived experiences to develop innovative solutions.

This organization, functioning as a Research + Design Lab, is committed to reshaping child welfare systems by bringing about significant policy and practice reforms at various levels.

Speakers

Join the Brightest Minds in Responsive Fundraising

Sixto Cancel - Responsive Nonprofit Summit

Sixto Cancel

Founder and CEO, Think of Us

Gabe Cooper

CEO, Virtuous Software

Sonya Perez-Lauterbach

Sonya Perez-Lauterbach

Impact Cultivator, Change Expert, Transformational Leadership Coach

Dr. Bertrhude Albert

Dr. Bertrhude Albert

CEO, P4H Global

Shereese Floyd

Shereese Floyd

Founder, AI Consultants for Nonprofits

Becky Endicott, CFRE

Co-Founder, We Are For Good

Jon McCoy, CFRE

Co-Founder, We Are For Good

Taneshia Nash Laird

President & CEO, Greater Roxbury Arts & Cultural Center

Iara Peng

Iara Peng

Founder + CEO, JustFund

Nic Prenger

Nic Prenger

Founder and CEO, Prenger Solutions Group

Dulari Gandhi

Founder, D. Gandhi Communications

Brady Josephson

Brady Josephson

VP of Marketing & Growth, charity: water

Tiffany Allen

CEO + Founder, Boss on a Budget

Scott Curran

Scott Curran

CEO & Founder, Beyond Advisers

Mia Henry

CEO, Freedom Lifted

Diaris Alexander

Anti-Burnout Strategist & Impact Architect to mission-driven leaders

Carolina Garcia Jayaram

CEO, The Elevate Prize Foundation

Jonah Nigh

SVP for Development and Alumni Engagement, The New School

Virginia Almendarez

Founder, Fund Strategy

Erik Lucht

Technology Strategic, Microsoft

Miry Whitehill

Founder and Executive Director, Miry’s List

Vik Harrison

co-creator of charity: water, nonprofit coach, and founder of Mission Critical

Nathan Hill

VP of NextAfter Institute

Channon Lucas

Chief Administrative Officer, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Erik Tomalis

Erik Tomalis

Chief Evangelist, Virtuous Software

Michelle Flores Vryn

Social Impact Consultant & Speaker

Neda Nazafar

Founder, Nazar Works

Jason VanLue

VP of Product, Virtuous Software

Ivan Leon

Chief Strategist, Kerux Group Inc.

Jessica Allen

Director of Customer Success, Virtuous Software

Lindsey Fuller

Executive Director, The Teaching Well

Jeff Rosenblum

Cofounder of Questus

Jennifer Mulholland

Co-Principal, Plenty

Shaun Lee

Co-Founder + CEO, 6 Levers

Amy Freitag

President, The New York Community Trust

Nelvin Johnson

Development Officer, The Bowery Mission

Erin Davison

President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana

Brooke Richie-Babbage

Founder & CEO, Bending Arc

Jon DeLange

Direct Mail and Digital Fundraising Manager, Summit Ministries

Dana Snyder

CEO and Founder, Positive Equation

Dave Raley

Founder of Imago Consulting

Beth Fisher

Senior Strategist, Grey Matter Group; CEO, Fisher Strategic

Stephen Boudreau, VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software

Stephen Boudreau

VP of Brand and Community, Virtuous Software

Nhu Te, Virtuous Writer

Nhu Te

Founder & Content Strategist, NTB Content

Mallory Erickson

Founder of the Power Partners Formula and Host of What the Fundraising

Aidan Augustin

Co-Founder & CRO, Feathr

Tony Martignetti

Founder, Planned Giving Accelerator

Brandon Leong

Vice President of Development & Communications at YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

Susan Mchabcheb

Chief Development Officer at Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Karen Englert

Chief Executive Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County

Tammy Tibbetts

Co-Founder and CEO, She's The First

Josh Hirsch

Senior Strategist, Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc

Julia Campbell

Founder & Principal, J Campbell Social Marketing

Rapinder Dhinsa

Director of Mass Marketing, Make A Wish Canada

Scott Richards

Scott Richards

Director of User Experience, Virtuous Software

Kyle Roosen

Sr. Marketing & Communications Director, Tim Tebow Foundation

Evan Wildstein

Director of Community Philanthropy (CDO), Every Texan

Kelly Lyndgaard

Founder and CEO, Unshattered

Megs Yunn

Founder/Executive Director of Beverly's Birthdays / Beverly’s Babies

Paige Chenault

Founder, The Birthday Party Project

Meena Das

CEO, Namaste Data

Justin McCord

CMO at RKD

Candace Cody

Director of Events, Community Boost

Javan Van Gronigen

Founder and Creative Director, Fifty & Fifty and Donately

Liz Meckes

Director of Development, Easterseals of Southeastern PA

Agenda

Empower Your Mission with Expert Knowledge

Times are listed in Pacific Time.

Kick off the morning by getting to know our sponsors and engaging with fellow attendees during our networking session.

Welcome to The Responsive Nonprofit Summit! Thousands of nonprofit leaders have gathered to learn fresh insights and tactical strategies to create deep, personal connections with every donor.

  • Stephen Boudreau, VP of Brand & Community, Virtuous
  • Becky Endicott, Co-Founder, We Are For Good

In the keynote “Transforming Child Welfare Through the Lens of Lived Experience,” we will explore how integrating the insights and experiences of those directly impacted by the child welfare system into policymaking and practice redesign has begun to forge new pathways for systemic improvement.

This experience will illuminate the transformative power of co-design with individuals with lived experience, showcasing concrete examples of how their involvement has led to significant systemic changes and improved outcomes for children and families.

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the strategic importance of lived experience in creating effective, human-centered solutions in child welfare.

  • Sixto Cancel, CEO of Think Of Us

The fundraising models that drive nonprofits were designed for a world that no longer exists. As a result many donors feel disconnected from the cause, and nonprofit teams feel siloed and ineffective.

Modern nonprofits are using responsive fundraising to put the donor at the center and grow giving through personalized donor journeys that respond to the needs of each individual. The responsive approach builds trust and loyalty through peronalized engagement.

Responsive nonprofits are turning the tide on donor retention and giving by:

  • Increasing giving by 30%
  • Increasing donor retention by 12%
  • Saving 20% in administrative staff time

But how do you begin. The Responsive Maturity Model provides clear, actionable building blocks for healthy, effective teams and increased giving. In this session you’ll learnthe 5 key shifts for your team, tactics, and technology to drive increased giving.

Top 3 Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the 5 steps to mature your digital donor engagement
  2. Actionable steps to better segment and communicate with donors
  3. Bridge the gap between your data, KPI’s, and impact

Erik Tomalis, Chief Evangelist + Director of Business Development, Erik Tomalis

Things are never going back to “the way it’s always been.” It’s time to embrace creative solutions, new business models, collaborative partnerships, and technology-driven strategies to enhance our impact and adapt to the evolving landscape of social change. It’s time to ask ourselves, “Is there a better way?” Tune in to this dynamic panel of experts for the playbook to help you feel equipped to evolve and advance your mission today.

  • Shereese Floyd, Founder of AI Consultants for Nonprofits
  • Scott Curran, CEO & Founder of Beyond Advisers
  • Iara Peng, Founder + CEO, JustFund

Improving your donor communication and driving team effectiveness are virtualy impossible if you don’t trust your data. Clean, complete, and easily accessible data is at the very core of a Responsive Team. Among other things, data health helps to:

  • Create confidence in your communication
  • Avoid embarrassing communication mistakes
  • Allow for team-wide visibility into (trusted) metrics
  • Create increased data coverage (contact info, attribution, project impact/funding, etc.)

In this conversation, we’ve gathered the leading nonprofit experts in data readiness to explore the key KPI’s every team should align to, best practices in data health and reporting, and the role technology plays to fundraise in the modern world.

  • Kieran Raval, Managing Director & Chief Solutions Officer, AmPhil
  • Devon Ironside, Director of Data & Technology, AmPhil

What does it really mean to optimize your online giving?

Raising more money online isn’t magic. It’s the result of optimizing your processes and platforms to get better and better results.

The choices you make about each element of the experience have the potential to inadvertently demotivate, confuse, or alienate your donors. Or, they can motivate donors and demonstrate the value of giving.

During this session, Stephen Boudreau offers quick advice for nonprofit leaders who want to grow online giving. With a combination of real-life critiques and the latest research, this session gives practical suggestions and the reasons you should try them.

  • Stephen Boudreau, Co-Founder, RaiseDonors + VP of Brand & Community, Virtuous Software

See how Virtuous gives your team the tools to put Responsive Fundraising into action.

  • Ashley Keene, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

Setting the right ask amount for a donor is the ultimate high-wire act. If you ask for too much you might alienate your donor. But if you ask for too little, you’ll raise less money for your mission.

So how do you set the perfect amount – not too high, and not too low?

Join Nic Prenger as he presents the latest research and proven strategies behind setting the perfect ask amount for each potential donor on your list.

Attendees will learn practical tips on how to set ask amounts, including:

  • Which data points are most important when setting ask amounts?
  • How much more will you raise with responsive ask amounts?
  • How much can you realistically expect to increase one person’s gift?
  • Should your pledge card include one-time ask amounts, recurring amounts, or both?
  • What’s the best way to use wealth research data when setting ask amounts?
  • What’s the best way to get started setting better ask amounts?

Nic Prenger, Chief Executive Officer, Prenger Solutions Group

Looking for the playbook to fundraise more by creating journeys that guide donors from their first interaction to becoming lifelong advocates? The answer isn’t a complicated one. It’s threaded through an intentional donor journey.

Tune into this panel as our experts walk us through how to create a modern donor journey within our organizations today.

  • Dulari Gandhi, Founder, D. Gandhi Communications
  • Brady Josephson, VP of Marketing & Growth, charity: water
  • Tiffany Allen, CEO + Founder, Boss on a Budget

Declining donor participation, increasing time spent online, a generational shift, and ruthless competition for attention (and wallet). Digital marketing is the answer to all of these headwinds facing traditional development efforts in 2024!

In this session, Aidan will:

  • Shatter common myths about nonprofit marketing and advertising,
  • Demonstrate how digital marketing can support both online giving and traditional development,
  • Showcase practical digital marketing tactics your team can apply immediately

Aidan Augustin, Chief Revenue Officer, Feathr

How do nonprofit teams build relationships with donors, volunteers, and supporters collaboratively and effectively across the national and local chapter model organizational model in today’s modern philanthropic environment?

This panel will dive into a dynamic discussion on how nonprofit teams can navigate these funding models with ease, solve the greatest challenges and pain points, and generate more mission impact.

  • Liz Meckes, Director of Development, Easterseals of Southeastern PA
  • Brandon Leong, Vice President of Development & Communications at YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
  • Susan Mchabcheb, Chief Development Officer at Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
  • Karen Englert, Chief Executive Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County

Data health and integrity is the foundation of good donor communication and stewardship.

See how Virtuous gives your team the tools to you need to clean your data and put processes in place to keep it clean.

  • Lisbeth Fernandez, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

Responsive fundraising is a methodology that helps nonprofits create deeper connections with our donors by listening, connecting with relevance, making the right ask at the right time, and taking what we learn to adapt and evolve. As your organization becomes more responsive, what so that mean and look like for you not just as a fundraiser, but as a human being?

Join this session to learn more about how showing up authentically and strategically with intentionality will go beyond improving your bottom line: it will change the life you’re living.

  • Beth Fisher, Senior Strategist, Grey Matter Group; CEO, Fisher Strategic

In today’s rapidly evolving world, nonprofits face an ever-increasing need to adapt and innovate to remain effective in their missions. Join us for this conversation, where we’ll explore the dynamic landscape of managing change within the nonprofit sector.

Our expert panelists will share practical strategies, case studies, and lessons learned for navigating transitions and driving positive transformation within your teams, boards, partners, and mission.

  • Shaun Lee, Co-Founder + CEO, 6 Levers
  • Mia Henry, CEO, Freedom Lifted
  • Taneshia Nash Laird, President & CEO, Greater Roxbury Arts & Cultural Center
  • Tammy Tibbetts, Co-Founder and CEO, She’s The First

For your nonprofit to succeed in the long run, it’s essential to unify your teams and integrate your data. One of the biggest barriers to breaking down silos within a nonprofit is the lack of centralized data. The fundraising, marketing, volunteer, and program teams often use different systems to track data—and nonprofit leaders struggle to gain a clear view of what’s actua ly happening across the organization. When data and software systems are not integrated, nonprofit departments can’t see how their work impacts other teams. This lack of visibility leads to missed insights, reduced team effectiveness, and a disconnected donor experience.

In this session, we’ll dive into the key reasons every nonprofit should integrate their software and data and how to get started today. Learn how to dimsantle barriers between your data and teams to create a culture of transparency and collaboration.

  • Rachel Specht, Manager of Customer Training, Virtuous
  • Sally Heaven, Co-Founder, RaiseHECK
  • Charlotte Kresse, Co-Founder, RaiseHECK

Giving is shifting, competition for funds is increasing, and retention is at an all-time low. Now more than ever, it is imperative for organizations to embrace personalization and individualized approaches to donor engagement.

But how do you do this with limited resources and a wide range of diverse responsibilities?

Join us to dive into the new standard of modern fundraising, fundraising intelligence, and the transformative power of big data, automation, and AI.

Learn how to optimize efficiency, overcome resource constraints, and deliver a personalized engagement experience to every donor, thus empowering your organization to thrive in an ever-evolving nonprofit landscape.

  • Josh Hirsch, Senior Strategist, Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc
  • Julia Campbell, Founder & Principal, J Campbell Social Marketing
  • Rapinder Dhinsa, Director of Mass Marketing, Make A Wish Canada

See how Virtuous’ baked donor insights, integrated wealth data, and automation give your team the tools you need to suggest the right ask for every donor, every time a possibility.

  • Cath Kutys, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

Meet us at the Main Stage for the Day 1 Closing, where we’ll unearth the biggest takeaways from the day and give you a sneak peek into the agenda for day 2 of the Responsive Nonprofit Summit.

That’s a wrap on Day 1 of the Responsive Nonprofit Summit. Tune into this backstage conversation as we share the biggest moments and top takeaways learned throughout the day.

Times are listed in Pacific Time.

Kick off the morning by getting to know our sponsors and engaging with fellow attendees during our networking session.

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Responsive Nonprofit Summit!

  • Stephen Boudreau, VP of Brand & Community, Virtuous
  • Becky Endicott, Co-Founder, We Are For Good

Driving innovation at a nonprofit can often feel like a herculean task. As nonprofits grow, “institutional inertia” often sets in, and the status quo is protected as sacred. Processes begin to calcify, and risk-taking is discouraged. And, despite the increasing pace of change in the world around us, many nonprofits struggle to adapt quickly and maximize their impact.

Over the last 15 years, Gabe Cooper has had a front-row seat, observing thousands of nonprofit executives, fundraisers, and marketers as they navigate the challenges and triumphs associated with creating transformational change. He’s had the privilege of watching forward-thinking nonprofit leaders beat the odds and create outsized impact for their cause. And, after a decade and a half of seeing innovative nonprofits in action, he’s still blown away by leaders who are able to dream big and produce new forms of impact in their communities.

Gabe asks three questions about nonprofit innovations:

  1. How are the very best nonprofits continuing to drive increased generosity and innovation to tackle the world’s toughest challenges?
  2. Why are the top nonprofits succeeding where others fail?
  3. What are the key inhibitors of innovation and change in the nonprofit space? And how can these inhibitors be overcome?

After years of listening and research, Gabe will share the eight core practices for responsive nonprofit innovation, and the tactical advice to begin implementing change.

Each of these eight practices represents a pressure-tested best practice for innovation. And while the practices themselves may seem relatively simple, they are not easy. Driving increased generosity, embracing innovation, and building healthy teams requires hard work. But it is possible! And this session will provide a roadmap for innovation within your organization.

  • Gabe Cooper, CEO of Virtuous

How can we flip the downward trend of individual gifts into something good? We live in a subscription economy that’s projected to grow to $1.5 trillion by 2025!

In this session, you’ll walk away with 5 practical strategies to build a donor acquisition plan that generates passionate monthly donors. Say goodbye to low donor retention numbers and unpredictable revenue!

Takeaways:

  • 5 steps to building a successful monthly donor program
  • How to do a self-audit of your existing platform
  • Unconventional donor acquisition and retention strategies to stand out!
  • Dana Snyder, CEO and Founder, Positive Equation

Responsive nonprofits take innovative and holistic approaches to transforming our sector—and it starts with our people.

Nonprofit leaders are responsible for aligning the mission, engaging stakeholders, making ethical decisions, and fostering innovation—all while grappling to solve complex social issues.

The task is daunting, particularly for the heart-wired humans who work in social good. All too often, we neglect our personal needs for “the greater good,” not realizing that our lack of well-being makes us and our team less effective.

Tune into this panel of experts to get advice on combating burnout, recognizing signs of perfectionism, and how we can show up as our whole selves to our work to advance our missions.

  • Diaris Alexander, Anti-Burnout Strategist & Impact Architect to mission-driven leaders
  • Carolina Garcia Jayaram, CEO, The Elevate Prize Foundation
  • Virginia Almendarez, Founder, Fund Strategy
  • Jonah Nigh, Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement, The New School

One of the biggest barriers to shared donor insights and shared goals within a nonprofit is the lack of centralized data.

More often than not, the Fundraising, Marketing, Volunteer, and Program teams use completely different software and tools to track their data — and nonprofit leaders struggle to fully understand how constituents are interacting with different parts of the organization.

Are you ready to solve for the unintended consequences of process and data silos? Does your nonprofit struggle to see how internal data impacts other teams?

Introducing: Generosity Operations—the way innovative nonprofits are structuring their teams to achieve:

  • A clear view of metrics to align teams around common goals
  • Sharing insights that help optimize the donor journey
  • A strategy for scaling innovation and learnings across your nonprofit

Jason VanLue, VP of Product, Virtuous

Join the Planned Giving evangelist as he smashes the insidious myths around Planned Giving. Like the one that says it’s a death conversation. And another, that Planned Giving will hurt your other fundraising.

Tony Martignetti is an attorney, but he doesn’t talk like one. In plain language—weaving in his stand-up comedy—he’ll leave you inspired and empowered to get going with Planned Giving.

  • Tony Martignetti, Planned Giving Evangelist

See how Virtuous gives your team the tools to put Responsive Fundraising into action.

  • Cath Kutys, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

Donor retention tops the list of the most critical metrics for fundraisers to improve. Yet proven donor retention strategies continue to be elusive in the nonprofit sector.

In this data-driven & research-backed session, you’ll discover a hidden metric that has the potential to unlock drastically better donor retention rates—improving everything from donor acquisition performance to lifetime donor value.

Join this session based on first-hand research and real-world experimentation to discover this critical retention metric and proven tactics that can meaningfully improve your performance.

  • Nathan Hill, VP of NextAfter Institute

Recurring giving isn’t just a fundraising strategy; it’s a catalyst for sustainable impact.

In this dynamic conversation, our panelists—seasoned leaders in the nonprofit and fundraising fields—will share actionable insights, best practices, and innovative approaches to cultivate and maintain a successful recurring giving program.

From leveraging storytelling to nurturing donor relationships, we’ll explore the essential elements that drive donor retention and engagement.

  • Miry Whitehill, Founder and Executive Director, Miry’s List
  • Vik Harrison, co-creator of charity: water, nonprofit coach, and founder of Mission Critical
  • Nhu Te, Founder & Content Strategist, NTB Content
  • Kyle Roosen, Sr. Marketing & Communications Director, Tim Tebow Foundation

Human-centered design helps organizations co-create solutions shoulder-to-shoulder with their community by asking questions to unearth the community’s true needs and desires. And, importantly, it helps nonprofit leaders see past the obvious symptoms of the problem and instead focus on upstream systemic solutions.

For nonprofits, human-centered design represents a more empathetic approach to fundraising and program design. in today’s rapidly evolving world it has become a cornerstone of successful innovation for many leading nonprofits.

Learn how innovative nonprofits are adopting human-centered design and how you can start today to create a donor-centric framework to grow giving.

  • Jason VanLue, VP of Product, Virtuous
  • Josh Gunkel, Technical Account Manager, Virtuous

Fundraisers have started to recognize the opportunity multicultural donors represent. But most struggle with questions such as: where do I start? Would my cause resonate with these donors? What type of appeals are most engaging? How do we budget and estimate ROI?

In this session, we will answer these and other similar concerns to provide you with clarity and confidence. We will present real examples of organizations that have started on a path to building a multicultural donor base.

  • Ivan Leon, Chief Strategst, Kerux Group Inc.

See how Virtuous’ holistic platform allows your team to work together in one system.

  • Ashley Keene, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

Nonprofits are amazing and full of servant leaders. These nonprofiteers deliver life-changing programs, research, and more to impact and uplift communities. In this social impact work, we tend to serve others before ourselves. The result? Our personal health and the health of our organizations suffer.

The dialogue around health has been shifting. Yet the myriad global experiences since 2020 have demonstrated the health necessary to truly change the world. Nonprofiteers are taking stock of what they value most. Recent research shows three-fourths will be looking for new work this year.

This real, honest, timely conversation will deconstruct the misconceptions of servant-leadership. Together we will explore practical ways to dive into servant-leader healing: for ourselves, our organizations, and, when necessary, our relationship with supporters.

  • Evan Wildstein, Director of Community Philanthropy (CDO), Every Texan

It’s time to invest + fuel + activate around cause areas through the power of media.

Influence is currency. Connection is currency. Activation is currency.

Embrace the tension and release control of your message.

Tune into this panel of experts to learn how to leverage modern media to scale your impact.

  • Jeff Rosenblum, Cofounder of Questus
  • Neda Azarfar, Founder, Nazar Works
  • Dr. Bertrhude Albert, CEO – P4H Global
  • Kelly Lyndgaard, Founder and CEO, Unshattered

Traditionally, nonprofits have leveraged direct response fundraising tactics that send the same email or mail piece to every donor at the same time. This one-to-many approach to fundraising can feel incredibly impersonal (everyone gets the same thing!), but these campaigns are also largely based on the nonprofit’s timing and not the donor’s timing.

On the other hand, dynamic campaigns are based on each individual’s behavior and timing. Instead of receiving an email or letter at exactly the same time as everyone else—donors receive individualized campaigns based on their own behavior, persona, or intent. Not surprisingly, this personalized approach consistently leads to higher retention, engagement, and average gifts.

Join this session to unlock the keys to how dynamic campaigns drive donor engagement and are turning the tide on donor retention.

  • Barbara O’Reilly, Founder and Principal, Windmill Hill Consulting
  • Samantha Mellen, Development Director, A Kids Place Tampa Bay
  • Colin Kooyer, Database Administrator, Mel Trotter Ministries

85% of volulnteers will go on to donate to the nonprofits they give their time to. Your committed team of volunteers are some of your organization’s greatest advocates and supporters. While they donate their time and skills to your cause, they can also make generous monetary donations as well.

However, it can be a balancing act to ensure you aren’t asking too much of your supporters. Since volunteers already invest in your nonprofit, turning volunteers into donors is a natural next step.

Fostering meaningful engagement with existing volunteers through good management, communications, and activities will deepen commitment to your cause. This increases the likelihood of converting them into donors along the way.

That said, investing in an exceptional volunteer engagement strategy will set your organization up for long-term success.

In this session, we’ll discuss the powerful strategies you can adopt to help turn your volunteers into donors.

  • Megs Yunn, Founder/Executive Director of Beverly’s Birthdays / Beverly’s Babies
  • Paige Chenault, Founder, The Birthday Party Project
  • Lisbeth Fernandez, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

Meet us at the Main Stage for the Day 2 Closing, where we’ll unearth the biggest takeaways from the day and give you a sneak peek into the agenda for the final day of the Responsive Nonprofit Summit.

That’s a wrap on Day 2 of the Responsive Nonprofit Summit. Tune into this backstage conversation as we share the biggest moments and top takeaways learned throughout the day.

Times are listed in Pacific Time.

Kick off the morning by getting to know our sponsors and engaging with fellow attendees during our networking session.

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Responsive Nonprofit Summit!

  • Stephen Boudreau, VP of Brand & Community, Virtuous
  • Becky Endicott, Co-Founder, We Are For Good
  • Gabe Cooper, CEO, Virtuous

The pace of change today can feel a lot like the unending pounding of the waves. Overwhelming. Exhausting.

It turns out that just like in surfing, there are several lessons that leaders can apply to master themselves and their approach to selecting and riding the right trends, at the right time, and in the right direction.

Dave Raley brings two decades of experience helping national and international charities navigate the waves of change. As we navigate the vast ocean of possibilities,

Dave will help us understand the rhythms of change and harness them into actionable strategies that propel your fundraising and marketing efforts forward.

  • Dave Raley, Founder, Imago Consulting

It’s time to name the elephant in the room: Retention. But we aren’t just talking about retaining our donors—the greatest retention issue that isn’t talked about enough is the retention of our nonprofit staff.

For a sector built on relationships, we have to build a culture that creates retention from the inside out.

After all, if our staff isn’t compelled to stay, why should our donors?

  • Channon Lucas, Chief Administrative Officer, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
  • Lindsey Fuller, Executive Director, The Teaching Well
  • Jennifer Mulholland, Principal and Co-Founder, Plenty
  • Michelle Flores Vryn, Social Impact Consultant & Speaker

The intersection of AI and the nonprofit sector requires a subtle and delicate balance. A thriving nonprofit sector will utilize and unleash strong governance and best practices in AI to create unparalleled donor experiences that accelerate giving.

Where do we start? How can AI be leveraged to deepen trust and collaboration with donors, and what is on the horizon in nonprofit innovation?

  • Meena Das, CEO, Namaste Data
  • Mallory Erickson, CEO and Founder of the Powers Partner Formula
  • Justin McCord, CMO at RKD
  • Erik Lucht, Technology Strategic, Microsoft

See how Virtuous gives your team the tools to put Responsive Fundraising into action.

  • Ben Harney, Solutions Engineer, Virtuous

In this session, Javan Van Gronigen will explore the dynamic intersection of nonprofit and for-profit sectors, highlighting the evolving landscape where purpose and profit converge.

He’ll examine how companies are responding to changing consumer preferences, with a focus on the adoption of corporate social responsibility initiatives and the integration of social impact into business models.

From it, you’ll receive practical insights applicable to nonprofits of all shapes and sizes, including understanding the evolving landscape, embracing innovative funding models, and building strategic partnerships with for-profit entities and influencers to amplify your social impact.

  • Javan Van Gronigen, Founder and Creative Director, Fifty & Fifty and Donately

Looking for insights on future-proofing your organization against the ever-evolving landscape of challenges and opportunities in the sector?

We’ve got you covered.

From leveraging technology to building resilient teams and fostering innovation, discover actionable approaches to ensure your nonprofit remains agile, sustainable, and impactful in the face of uncertainty.

  • Amy Freitag, President, The New York Community Trust
  • Nelvin Johnson, Development Officer, The Bowery Mission
  • Erin Davison, President & CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana
  • Brooke Richie-Babbage, Founder & CEO, Bending Arc

Stop missing opportunities and start making connections. Nonprofit automation can help your organization build both external and internal workflows that will help you:

  • Listen effectively to donors
  • Connect with donors through multi-channel workflows
  • Streamline your entire team’s internal workflows

This session will dive deep into the practical steps you can take today to begin scaling your automation efforts to increase giving and organizational efficiency.

  • Carly Berna, Director of Product Marketing, Virtuous
  • Justin Ferris, Database Administrator, JVMI
  • Rachel Specht, Manager of Customer Training, Virtuous

Our 2023 industry projections said to expect fewer supporters, and our budget projections said to expect a 6-figure drawback in funds.

Instead, our team grew the donor base by 25% and beat our fundraising goal by more than $1 Million with 7 small shifts to our strategy.

Join Jon Delange of Summit Ministries to discover the tactics we used to succeed.

  • Jon Delange, Summit Ministries

Get a deeper look into VirtuousBI and our new version of our Online Giving Tool, RaiseDonors

  • Kayla Schneider, Solutions Engineer Manager, Virtuous

The final keynote will share inspiring ways to create sustainable energy for your mission, team, and most importantly your personal leadership in an age of burnout.

Change expert and holistic leadership coach Sonya Perez incorporates research-based coaching methods, neuroscience, somatics, psychology, and a plethora of insights gained from personal breakthroughs and mental shifts to help others lead and live with more ease and joy.

She began her career at an international microfinance fundraising organization. From prospect research, major events, program creation, and board development she experienced the deep inner workings of the nonprofit world. The change, stress of wearing multiple hats, and navigating the weird power dynamics within nonprofits inspired her to find a better way to lead and grow organizations.

She created Leadership Atlas™—a holistic approach to leadership development that integrates the mental, emotional, and embodied aspects of leading.

She knows that when a leader feels better they lead better – creating healthy, more effective, and sustainable organizations.

  • Sonya Perez-Lauterbach, Impact Cultivator, Change Expert, Transformational Leadership Coach

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