Virtual Conference: Build Better Relationships

Wednesday, September 16th 11:30am-4:30pm ET

Join our upcoming webinar to learn how to take your donor relationships to the next level. We'll tackle all the relationships that impact your nonprofit including technology, social media, communication, marketing, the board, and more!

We'll cover:
  • How to create a tech-life balance to foster better relationships
  • How to build relationships with key stakeholders
  • How to foster diversity, equity and inclusion
  • How to develop a marketing strategy to create connection
If you're unable to attend the entire conference, register and we'll send you the materials afterwards.
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Need some donor relationship inspiration? Take a look at these donor stories to see how regularly engaging your donors is critical for your nonprofit. 

Conference schedule:

11:30-12pm ET: What's Next for Fundraising?
Kimberly O'Donnell, Lead Fundraising Coach, Network for Good
Peter Hart, Product Manager, Network for Good

12-12:45pm ET: Panel on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Terri Broussard Williams, Founder and President, Movement Maker Collective
Annie Burridge, General Director & CEO,  Austin Opera
Cherian Koshy, Director of Development, Des Moines Performing Arts
Kendall Joyner, VP of Professional Development, The Association of Fundraising Professionals
Shelley Danner, Program Director, Challenge Detroit

1-1:45pm ET: Building Relationships with Key Stakeholders
Jennifer Basten, Chief Development Officer, Austin Opera
  • Cultivating meaningful relationships with donors, board members, and volunteers is critical to a successful fundraising plan and long-term sustainability of a nonprofit organization. In this session, you’ll learn strategies on how to accomplish this work and how it ties in to the overall health of the organization.
2-2:45pm ET: Creating a Tech-Life Balance: Conquering Virtual Exhaustion
Beth Kanter, Master Trainer, Speaker, and Author
Meico Marquette Whitlock, Founder and CEO, Mindful Techie
  • This session will share practical tips and strategies for avoiding technology burnout, essential skills for advancing your organization’s mission and getting stuff done during a global crisis, and how your organization can adapt and thrive.
3-3:45pm ET: Creating Connection with Communication Strategy
Beth Brodovsky, President, Iris Creative
  • So much of communication and marketing are directed toward driving immediate action. This session will show you what it means to be strategic about communications. We’ll talk about how to identify your most important audience and the types of communication needed to build a relationship with them.
4-4:30pm ET: Donor Engagements: Personal and Appropriate Communication
Kimberly O'Donnell, Lead Fundraising Coach, Network for Good
Peter Hart, Product Manager, Network for Good
Kimberly O’Donnell, MS, CFRE
Lead Fundraising Coach
Network for Good



Kimberly is a seasoned fundraising and nonprofit leader. Having worked as an Executive Director, Chief Philanthropy Officer, fundraising consultant, and advisor to hundreds of nonprofits, she has spent nearly 25 years blending fundraising, marketing, and sales principles to scale dollars raised and strengthen donor and stakeholder engagement. She has exceeded every goal given and leveraged best practices.
Peter Hart
Product Manager
Network for Good



Peter focuses on the Donor Management and Communication tools that our nonprofits use to organize their fundraising efforts and engage their constituents to build stronger relationships. Peter is obsessive about listening to and understanding our customers' needs. He's passionate about empowering our nonprofits with fundraising tools that are simple to use but accomplish powerful results.
Terri Broussard Williams
Founder and President
Movement Maker Collective



Terri Broussard Williams believes leaders turn moments into movements. Throughout her accomplished career as an author, broadcast journalist, press secretary for a US Senate Candidate, philanthropist, and lobbyist, Williams has turned public and community service into a professional art-form that has positively impacted millions of lives. In addition to her day job as a tech lobbyist, Terri is focused on paying it forward.
Shelley Danner
Co-founder and Program Director
Challenge Detroit



Shelley Danner is a senior leader with business and consulting experience along with a passion for impact. In 2012, she pivoted her career into the social sector with a focus on talent and leadership. Shelley is co-founder and Program Director of nonprofit Challenge Detroit and on faculty as an adjunct professor in the Integrated Design MFA at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Beth Kanter
Master Trainer, Speaker, and Author




Beth is an author, virtual facilitator and trainer and is internationally recognized thought leader in digital transformation and wellbeing in the workplace with over 35 years of providing capacity building for nonprofits and foundations. Beth is the co-author of the award winning Network Nonprofit books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout (http://bit.ly/happyhealthynpbook).
Meico Marquette Whitlock
International Trainer and Speaker
Founder and CEO, Mindful Techie



Meico helps changemakers find work-life and tech-life balance so they can do their best work while living well-rounded lives. He is the founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, author of The Intention Planner, and a trained mindfulness facilitator. He has worked with organizations such as Cigna, Greenpeace, and the World Wildlife Fund, and has been a featured speaker on ABC News, Fox 5,  and Radio One.
Annie Burridge
General Director & CEO
Austin Opera



Annie Burridge was named General Director & CEO of Austin Opera in October 2016. Since joining Austin Opera she led the development of a new strategic plan; launched a new artistic initiative – Opera ATX – bringing groundbreaking artists to venues throughout Austin; secured three national innovation grants totaling $600,000; established numerous community partnerships and increased the company’s endowment funds by 100%.
Cherian Koshy
Director of Development
Des Moines Performing Arts



Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fundraising Executive and AFP Master Trainer with more than fifteen years of experience in a variety of non­profits where he has successfully helped organizations connect thousands of donors to causes they care about and raise tens of millions of dollars from foundations, governments, businesses, and individuals in the process. 
Kendall Joyner
VP of Professional Development
The Association of Fundraising Professionals




Kendall Joyner is the Vice President of Professional Development at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the professional association of more than 30,000 individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. As Vice President, Kendall oversees the education offerings including webinars, courses, e-courses and conferences and is responsible for crafting the organization’s education strategy.
Jennifer Basten
Chief Development Officer
Austin Opera




Jennifer Basten has worked in opera administration for twelve years. She joined the Austin Opera senior team in 2017 as Chief Development Officer where she leads the strategy and execution of all fundraising activities. Since joining Austin Opera, she increased contributed revenue by 21%, secured the company’s first national grants in six figure award amounts, and supported growing the endowment by 110%.