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The Fund Raising School’s Leadership Roundtable offers insight for nonprofit executives, fundraisers


INDIANAPOLIS — New economic forecasts and updated fundraising information to help nonprofits raise more money in the new year will be presented at a special seminar.

Nonprofit leaders, fundraisers and foundation executives will hear projections about charitable giving in 2016, the newest research on philanthropy and fundraising, and insights on leading-edge issues from national experts during The Fund Raising School’s Leadership Roundtable, Jan. 25 to 26 in Indianapolis.

The interactive seminar will showcase forecasts from the “Philanthropy Outlook,” exploring how economic trends expected in 2016 are likely to impact fundraising. The roundtable will also feature new information from the updated, just-published “Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (4th edition),” the foundational guide for philanthropic leaders and professional fundraisers.

“Knowledge is vital to fundraising practitioners, and it is changing at an accelerating pace that requires constant updating, yet absorbing and analyzing the latest developments is increasingly demanding,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “The Fund Raising School and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy are pleased to offer this opportunity to gain a synthesized understanding of many of the most significant issues that will influence fundraising and philanthropy in the New Year.”

Special sessions during the roundtable will include:

  • A discussion on social-impact investing by Tony Wells, founder of The Wells Foundation, who teaches foundations and nonprofits about techniques of social-innovation funding and the implications for fundraisers.
  • Highlights from a new study on the fundraising profession to help inform hiring decisions and career-development strategies.
  • An exploration of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and whether such pioneering efforts are a harbinger of the end of philanthropy.
  • A roundtable discussion of today’s fundraising climate and best practices with veteran fundraisers and experts Dwight Burlingame, Tim Seiler and Gene Tempel.

The Leadership Roundtable will also include the latest research and insights about:

  • Gender differences in philanthropic decision-making
  • Millennials
  • Health benefits of philanthropic activities
  • Utilizing social media in fundraising
  • The influence of religious beliefs on charitable giving

“Nonprofit leaders need to be well-versed in the latest philanthropic data, trends and techniques, and the Leadership Roundtable will deliver this useful knowledge, which can be used immediately toward fundraising success in 2016,” said Bill Stanczykiewicz, director of The Fund Raising School. ”Participants will also be able to discuss real-world application of this updated information with national experts and knowledgeable peers.”

Additional information, including the two-day agenda, is available at Registration is $599. A reduced registration fee of $399 is available for professionals who have earned The Fund Raising School’s Certificate in Fund Raising Management.

About the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Follow the school on Twitter @IUPhilanthropy or “Like” us on Facebook.