Dan Pallotta is an activist, humanitarian, author and builder of movements. He is a pioneer in the national effort to transform the way our culture evaluates the character and impact of nonprofit organizations. His iconic TED Talk on philanthropy has been viewed more than five million times...
Fundraising is hard. Finding trainings that are applicable in the real world and figuring out how to use them without unlimited staff and budget is even harder. So we set out to create a nonprofit conference that empowers those of us who fight “other duties as assigned” in order to do the one thing we love: telling stories and building relationships with donors.
2020 happened. That was fun, huh?
In March, the world turned on it's collective head - and COVID-19 threw nonprofits for a loop. Uncertainty in uncharted territory had fundraising leaders needing help, direction, motivation and the tools to get through this global pandemic.
So we made a massive pivot - and became one of the first nonprofit conferences to move online.
Not only did we reach individuals who are looking for answers but we added incredible speakers, and amazing perks to help support local restaurants, small businesses, artists and musicians!
We Supported Everyone. It Was Awesome.
Each person that registered had lunch delivered to them from a locally owned restaurant to help make sure we support those small businesses that are struggling as much as nonprofits are.
We had folks from over 15 different states and 4 countries sign up. Logistically, that was fun.
Additionally, we supported local (and regional!) artists and musicians who performed in between speakers. It was ridiculously fun.
In Person. We've Got This
But you know what? Our money says we're gonna be well on our way out of the COVID darkness by July. So we're gonna have an IN PERSON event! Outside, in case we still need to physically distance and at a MASSIVE venue to give us space.
One Day. One Unique Conference. One killer way to change your mindset to an “Oh hell yeah I can do this!” attitude.
Our inaugural event was a smashing success from the diversity of topics, fantastic speakers, wonderful food, inviting atmosphere and attending to the little details. Our goal was to put on an event for nonprofit leaders that defied the norms of your typical conference – and it was a blast.
But we’re just getting warmed up. And in a time of crisis, we think that these messages and ideas need to be heard sooner than later to help get nonprofits of all size through these bizarre times!
We’re excited to bring you an event that leaves you a better nonprofit fundraising, board member or executive. And have a heck of a lot of fun doing it.
Welcome to the Do Gooders Conference. A fundraising training with practical advice, tips and tricks you can use the very next day to make organizations philanthropically awesome.
OK, You Probaby Want Ticket Information, Right!? Fine! Here ya Go!
General Admission Ticket $150 (Limit 250)
In Person Conference Registration that includes food, drinks, happy-hour appetizers, gift bag, tickets to post event concert, printed program and access to recorded presentations.
VIP Ticket $350 (Limit 50)
In Person Conference Registration of general ticket and also includes, speaker & presenter meet & greets, VIP reserved seating, VIP reserved parking, upgraded “Fundraiser Survival Kit” swag bag, complimentary happy hour drinks and access to private lounge & bar, lifetime access to recorded presentations, and extra goodies we throw in for good measure!
Virtual Tickets $75
Virtual Conference Registration with access to the live digital event that includes speakers, local artists & musicians, exclusive access to interviews and Q&A’s with speakers and presenters, access to our virtual happy-hour concert and virtual social, Downloadable e-book with conference materials and 30 days of access to recorded material post event.
VIP Virtual Tickets $125 (Limit 50)
Virtual Conference Registration of general ticket and also includes, lifetime access to recorded presentations, and “Fundraiser Survival Kit” swag box delivered to your home or office filled with tons of goodies, and exclusive access to trainings from speakers & presenters.
But...but what about the 'Rona?
We are glass half full kinda folks, and are under the assumption that even if this pandemic is still around, and bothering us, an outside event, with all the COVID-19 safety protocols in place, will be a safe environment for all.
Of course, things happen. And if they do, we'll have a back-up plan to make sure everyone stays healthy, and awesome. We will be working with local and regional health authorities to make sure we are doing good...when it comes to safety.
But let's put our optimism hats on dang it!
Amazing speakers? Check.
Great Food and Drinks? Check.
Incredible In Person Venue? Check.
Equally as Engaging Virtual Experience? Check.
Relatable and Impactful Topics. DOUBLE CHECK.
"AMAZING DAY! It was good for the soul and the brain! <3"
"Thanks for all your efforts in putting together a great conference and changing to virtual on short notice. The mixture of speakers was great."
"Keep it up and bring more next year! Awesome job!"
"You got Vu frickin' Le AND Joan Garry to a conference in ND!!!"
"Amazing work! Great speakers, great information, spoke the truth about how things will look moving forward! Thank you all for your passion to invest in non-profits in our community!"
"The whole [event] was slightly unexpected. This was the first live, virtual conference I have attended."
"I thought it might be a long day, but it definitely kept my attention. It was great to hear from some big name speakers who probably wouldn't have been part of the in person event. The fluidity and excellent pacing of a virtual multi-speaker conference. Shows commitment and professionalism and AWESOMENESS."
"Each speaker did great and brought something different to the conference and it went off without a hitch!"
"The conference was amazing!"
"Excellent engagement and interaction, even in the virtual format."
"Local music/talent and just overall no glitches to the day! Production was amazing and so great to see live! We started running virtual programs 10 days after suspending programs. It takes a lot of talent. It was great to see how production of a large event is possible virtually!"
"The level of interaction in the chat post throughout the conference. My favorite part of conferences is networking, wandering around and meeting new people. I felt like I got to do that a little bit and even made a few new connections - so I got to network anyway!"
"[Amazing] that it happened earlier than what was scheduled on the calendar prior to Covid-19. I didn't expect the event planner and Mobile Pro guy to be up there giving us tips for virtual events. That was great and helpful and took some of the fear of the unknown out of this idea that we might have to do a virtual event."
"Everything went so smooth! New normal! This was the first Do Gooders conference that I have attended. So the entire event was unexpected. But the most unexpected thing was the technology and lack of issues."
Our inaugural event was a smashing success from the diversity of topics, fantastic speakers, wonderful food & drink, inviting atmosphere and attending to the little details. Our goal was to put on an event for nonprofit leaders that defied the norms of your typical conference – and it was a blast.
And our 2020 Virtual Event? Might have been even better.
We thought long and hard about curating topics that nonprofit and fundraising leaders cared about - and one of the best? Our 2019 Philanthropy panel. Seven of the most generous individuals in the region helped guide us through why they give, why they don't, and what tactics organizations should prepare when talking to high capacity donors.
We know how frustrating it can be to leave a conference feeling like you're about to take over the nonprofit world - only to to get back to your computer and realize that nothing in your in-box has anything to do with what you were just inspired by. Been there.
Each speaker gave practical tips for you to use the very next day. We love to share. We love to learn. We're awesome like that.
What we needed when COVID-19 hit, was direction on how to build leadership, create momentum, help for staying positive. Joan Garry & Ve Le led a speaker lineup of leading voices in nonprofit fundraising, board development and community activism that helped us with our path forward.
It. Was. Awesome.
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