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Session Two

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.


Start With The WHY (Auditorium)

Nonprofits often focus their donor communications on HOW they work – the programs and services they offer, the number of people they serve, their unique approach.  But many organizations fail to communicate the big problem they are trying to solve, skipping over the most fundamental question:  WHY?  Sterling Associates will explore the big WHY questions and share tactics that organizations can use to rediscover and frame the WHY.




Loubel Galik - Senior Consultant, Sterling Associates

Amanda George - Consultant, Sterling Associates



Back to Basics: How to Recover After a Nonprofit Meltdown (Room 169)

Nonprofit organizations must follow strict protocols, and your fundraising staff, executive leadership, and board of directors all need to be vigilant to stay on track. Even with good intentions, an organization can run into trouble. Recovering your fundraising program is essential to keep your mission alive. This session will discuss how to avoid fatal fundraising mistakes and how to restore your fundraising program after an organizational meltdown.




Mona Fluitt - Owner, Fluitt Nonprofit Solutions

Sally Swanson, CFRE - Executive Director, Houston Public Library Foundation



Discover Higher Team Performance Through Strengths (Room 171)

In this interactive presentation in which the Holocaust Museum Houston shares their Strengths journey, learn how identifying and strategically utilizing the unique talents and strengths of your team is transformative.  Those who operate out of their strengths are 6x as likely to be engaged in their work.  Engaged team members are highly productive, connected, committed and enthusiastic to contribute to their organization’s success.  Through the lenses of strengths, learn what motivates you, how to grow and improve performance, and communicate more effectively with your colleagues and manager.  Your organization can be one of those High Performing Strengths-based teams!




Connie S. Boyd, CFRE - Chief Development Officer, Holocaust Museum Houston

Marianita Paddock Snodgrass - Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Positively Your Coach!



Starting and Revitalizing a Planned Giving Program (Room 212)

The largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history is funneling many millions of charitable estate gifts to the nonprofit sector. Is your organization positioned to receive a portion of that wealth?  If you are focused only on current cash gifts you may be missing out on attracting larger transformational gifts. This session will uncover best practices in starting or rejuvenating a legacy giving program, with the most cost-effective ways to include charitable estate planning in your philanthropic toolbox. Incorporating case studies, participants will leave with concrete ideas for how to plan  and implement a program.




Lydia J. Luz, J.D. - Vice President, Thompson & Associates

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