Regional Events

Regional Events

ADRP's Regional Events are planned by members, for members. From Happy Hours and Breakfasts to Workshops and Conferences, ADRP Regional Events bring together donor relations and stewardship professionals in local regions for collaborative networking opportunities in all areas of the U.S. 

We currently do not have any regional events planned, but many are in the works! Are you interested in hosting an event near you? 

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See below for our most recent Regional Events


What Your Organization's Leadership Wants For Donor Relations

In a fundraising environment in which ever-increasing competition and tightening resources often go hand-in-hand, a highly-targeted donor stewardship program is critically important to overall success. In this session, we will discuss best practices for developing, prioritizing, and measuring the effectiveness of donor stewardship efforts. Points of emphasis will include setting stewardship goals within the context of the organization’s larger fundraising strategy; using prospect research and data analytics to better prioritize stewardship activities; strengthening strategies for stewarding major gift donors; and striking the right balance between cultivation and stewardship.

About the Presenter:

Scott Breithaupt
Associate Vice President for Advancement
Berry College
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Scott Breithaupt is the Associate Vice President for Advancement at Berry College. A Berry graduate, Scott has worked for more than 26 years at his alma mater. His time at Berry has provided him with a broad range of leadership experiences, including expertise in fundraising, campaign planning, planned giving, volunteer engagement, marketing, alumni relations, tourism, and special events.

Scott and his team have garnered three national awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a silver medal for a year-long planned giving program titled, “Leave a Legacy”; a silver medal for the year-long, “Celebrate a Century Berry College Centennial”; and a bronze medal for, “A Pilgrimage to Berry” stewardship event. Scott received the Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year Award from the National Berry Alumni Association, and he was the first recipient of the Susan and Larry Martindale Award for Distinguished Achievement, given to employees whose superior contributions and extraordinary achievements have advanced the college's mission. Scott has held the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE®) designation since 2008.


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Team Building and Team Structure

Whether you have a department of one or 100 (don’t we wish!), join us for an interactive discussion about how to build your team and structure your department for optimal results.

About the Presenter:

Elizabeth “Betty” Meehan
Director of Donor Relations
Augusta University
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Betty Meehan, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), is Director of Donor Relations at Augusta University. She has more than 25 years of advancement experience in higher education and health care. She has been at Augusta University since 2002, serving in various capacities—including major giving and advancement communications. Meehan currently serves as its first Donor Relations professional; and, like many of her Donor Relations colleagues, she has aspirations to grow the department. Meehan earned a Master’s degree in English from Georgia Southern University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Augusta University.


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Just Say No: Setting Priorities and Managing Up

As the "thank you" people, the concierge, and the yeomen of development, we are not in the business of “no”; yet, there are times when we find ourselves in spaces where we can’t honestly say "yes." During this roundtable, we will talk through moments when we felt we could not say "yes," examine shared issues, and create best practices to build on. The takeaways will be to create healthy boundaries to avoid being overwhelmed by requests from a colleague, accommodating the “yes” and keeping to your schedule, and how to navigate a "no" conversation without losing the trust and partnership of your front line and other colleagues.

About the Presenter:

Brandon Braud
Donor Relations Officer
Tulane University
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Brandon Braud is a Donor Relations Officer in the office of Advancement at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. His chops as a donor relations professional come from a fusion of successful years as a concierge, capital campaign team member, program manager, producer, and events manager. But there is another side to him: for 20-plus years, Brandon has also worked—full-time job or volunteer—as a social justice advocate. During his tenure at the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) national office in Washington DC, he founded (and for 5 years managed) a successful outreach program in support of the LGBTQ community on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He would soon develop programming for training administration, faculty, and staff on creating a better campus climate—inclusive of all students for higher education institutions. As the Diversity manager, he led the charge for a staff-wide mandatory diversity and inclusion summit for the organization to deepen their work of equality for underrepresented populations of the community.


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Measures for Success in Donor Relations and Stewardship

Metrics for donor relations and stewardship is often discussed, but few organizations are legitimately underway in their quest to implement a metrics program. There is a substantial debate about what should be measured and how and many argue it is harder to identify specific donor responses as direct outcomes of donor relations strategy. Join this roundtable discussion to consider the prerequisites, likely impediments, and possible varieties in the structure of a metrics program. Resources will come from published literature and the collaborative expertise of those in the session. Attendees will be provided with a worksheet for structuring the planning of a metrics program at their institutions.

About the Presenter:

Anne Manner-McLarty
President and Lead Consultant
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Anne Manner-McLarty is lead strategist for the donor recognition firm Heurista and managing editor of the Journal of Donor Relations and Stewardship. She founded Heurista in 2011 to address the growing complexities of donor relations and stewardship. She and her team work with nonprofits to develop authentic, sustainable programs that provide meaningful connections between mission, beneficiaries, and donors.


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2018 Los Angeles Regional Workshop Speakers and Topics

"Stewarding and Engaging Faculty and Emeriti Donors"
Loni Rocchio

About the Session

Faculty and emeriti are often among a university's most dedicated and generous donors. For example, UCLA faculty and emeriti within the College of Letters and Science has donated over $100,000,000 in endowment and current-use funding since the start of our Centennial Campaign in 2012. Despite this, development staff often find it difficult to engage with and steward faculty and emeriti donors in meaningful ways. 
This workshop will discuss UCLA's successful Faculty and Emeriti Recognition Project, which seeks to: 1) acknowledge individual faculty and emeriti donors 2) share faculty and emeriti reasons for giving with their academic colleagues and students 3) encourage other faculty and emeriti to support the Centennial Campaign and 4) spread the word about the Centennial Campaign in general.

I'll also propose tips for partnering with faculty and emeriti in achieving stewardship goals in a more general sense.

About the Speaker

Loni Coleman Rocchio has been the Senior Associate Director of Stewardship at the UCLA College of Letters and Science for the past five years, where she has grown the stewardship program from a team of one to its current team of four and has piloted new programs for stewarding loyal and repeat donors, first-time donors, and faculty and emeriti donors, among others. She was an active member of UCLA's Donor Experience Committee, which set a campus-wide agenda for stewardship best practices. She previously worked as Annual Giving Manager at the Autry National Center. Loni has bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from Indiana University and a master's degree in Museum Studies from Newcastle University, England.


"Planning for the Long Haul: Maximizing Donor Retention with Your Annual Development Plan"
Cassie Carter

About the Session

It’s a well-known fact among development professionals: acquiring new donors is more expensive and time-consuming than retaining existing ones. But how can development shops effectively build donor loyalty while managing a full plate of priorities? In our hands-on workshop, we will tackle this elusive question, walking through strategies for annual development planning with donor retention in mind.

From events to annual, major, and planned giving, development teams have no shortage of programs to run each year. We'll unpack how you can leverage these activities to maximize retention and move supporters up the pyramid, transforming first-time givers into lifetime donors and major gift prospects. Throughout the session, participants will have the opportunity to weigh in, ask questions, and apply learnings to their own organizations, using customizable worksheets and templates to map out their course of action. Attendees will leave the workshop with a plan in hand and concrete strategies to boost donor retention.

About the Speaker

As a Senior Consultant, Cassie Carter brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors to her work at Campbell & Company. Cassie previously held leadership positions in several academic institutions and nonprofits as they grew their fundraising programs. Most recently, she served as the Associate Vice President for Development and Director of Campaigns at Hawaii Pacific University. Prior to that, she served as the Associate Vice President for Development Operations and Director of Advancement for the College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly. Cassie also served as Executive Director of the Montana Outdoor Science School.
She has served as the Director of Programs for Heal the Bay in Santa Monica and promoted science education at the California Science Center and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. Cassie shares her passion for nonprofits, serving as a board member and volunteer for several environmental and educational organizations throughout Montana, Hawaii, and California.
Cassie holds a doctoral degree in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on science education and public administration from the University of Southern California, as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University-Northridge.


"Get a Seat at the Table: Using Donor Relations to Advance Principal Gift Cultivation"
Carol Wilkie and Joe Plante

About the Session

The University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic university located in St. Paul, Minnesota. With a total enrollment of 10,000 students, it is Minnesota's largest private university. In 2012, the university successfully closed a $515M capital campaign, and the Donor Relations team was largely charged with stewardship for the middle and lower sections of the giving pyramid. New leadership in place now has a laser focus on principal gifts and has asked Donor Relations to play an important part of that strategy. Through the lens of both a donor relations professional and a seasoned fundraiser, this session will focus on ways to restructure a Donor Relations shop so it can support high-end, highly customized stewardship and help drive a cultivation strategy. 

About the Speakers

Carol Wilkie is director of donor relations for the University of St. Thomas. She has been at the University for 15 years and has operationalized Donor Relations during her tenure. Carol firmly believes that her Donor Relations team must be nimble in order to successfully support fundraising initiatives. She’ll show how she and her team have done that in the past and how they are poised to support new principal-gift strategies going forward.

Joe Plante is the associate vice president of principal and leadership gifts at the University of St. Thomas. Joe is a graduate of St. Thomas and has worked for the university for over 30 years – starting first in Alumni Relations, then Major Gifts and now Principal Gifts. An expert at both the science and the art of fundraising, Joe will present how the most successful principal-gift strategy is best supported by a strong donor relations partnership from the start.

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