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Hot Topics in Philanthropy: Taking Your Fundraising to the Money-Making Level

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Bay Path University | Wright Hall | Breck Suite | 588 Longmeadow Street | Longmeadow, MA
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**NOTICE: We have reached capacity for this event, you can still register to be added to the wait list and will be notified if a spot opens up. There is still room available to attend the June 7th event: Donor-Centered Communications, please register here. **

Taking Your Fundraising to the Money-Making Level is a 3-part series, with a bonus session, for you leadership team. This series is presented by Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux, internationally recognized consultants, speakers, and authors. 


Learn to raise more money.
Quit fighting mostly irrelevant opinions and bad ideas.
Hit the reset button. Bring your entire leadership team to this series.

  • You’ll learn the right stuff together and avoid conflicts back home
  • Together you’ll know the right stuff and raise more money!

Designed for a team of 3 participants from each organization:
President/CEO/Executive Director + Chief Development Officer + Board Member

This is an integrated sequential program. Participating teams must commit to attending all three sessions. Staff from each team should also attend the Bonus session, to complete the learning.


Dates: March 20th, April 16th, May 15th, & June 7th 2019
Sessions: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Part 1: March 20th
Most fundraising problems have nothing to do with fundraising. Real news: we’ll tear apart organizational culture, philanthropic culture, systems thinking and key roles.

Part 2: April 16th 
Building donor loyalty – because that matters most. How loyal are your donors? Let’s find religion: operating as a donor-centered organization, planning an effective relationship-building program.

Part 3: May 15th 
Going to work. Creating your fund development plan. Setting goals, defining measures, and practicing how to ask for gifts.

Bonus Session: June 7th
(Completes the program for participating teams. Also open to the general public.)
Donor-centered communications. How to keep the new donors you acquire (no easy task) and raise more money from your existing supporter base.


Due to the generous support of the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation nonprofit organizations will be able to attend the series free of charge but must make the commitment to bring a team and attend all three sessions. Seating is very limited.


About Simone Joyaux & Tom Ahern 

Simone is described as “one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector worldwide.” She specializes in fixing boards, developing fundraising programs, and helping plot the future of organizations. Simone regularly serves on boards – and has founded two nonprofits.

In 2016, the New York Times called Tom Ahern “one of America’s most sought-after creators of fund-raising messages.” His specialty? Changing failed donor communications efforts into heavy-duty moneymakers, using the latest discoveries in psychology and neuroscience.