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? 

Plan Or Sponsor A Regional Event

See below for our most recent Regional Events


Midwest Regional Forum 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
YMCA of the USA | 101 N. Upper Wacker Drive #1600, Chicago, IL 60606

Thank you for attending our Midwest Regional Forum! Please see the session titles below to access all available presentation materials. 

Program Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast & Registration
8:30 - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks/Welcome
Keynote Presentation: Don't Treat Your Donors Like Crayons, Adam Clevenger, CFRE

9:30 - 10:15 AM

AM Breakout Sessions

Session 1A: Guess What? We're Planning Another Campaign!
Session 1B: #GivingTuesday Planning & Stewardship
Session 1C: What's the Big Deal About Data? 

10:30 - 11:15 AM General Session I: Authentic Stewardship at the Principal and Major Gift Level
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Presentation: Stewardship as Cultivation

1:00 - 1:45 PM

PM Breakout Sessions

Session 2A: Using Prospect Research Techniques to Create Meaningful Donor Experiences
Session 2B: Thinking Outside of the (Crayon) Box: Creative and Inexpensive Ways to Thank and Retain Your Annual Giving Donors

2:00 - 2:45 PM 
General Session II: A Practical Toolkit for Stewarding Top Donors
2:45 - 3:00 PM Closing Remarks 

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Southern California Regional Workshop
Tuesday, April 19 , 2016
California Institute of Technology | 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125

This event is sold out

Come together with Donor Relations and Stewardship professionals from the West Coast! This half-day conference will feature keynote presentation from Kathy Drucquer Duff, CFRE, "The Impact of Evolving Philanthropy Trends on Donor Engagement, Donor Relations & Stewardship". You'll also get to sign-up to participate in World Cafe sessions - small discussion groups where you get to help decide the topics. When you register, choose from a list of available options, or suggest your own!

Registration Fees
ADRP Members:  $100 USD
Non-members:     $125 USD 

This event has been approved for 2.5 CFRE credits.

Program Schedule
10:00 - 10:30 am Registration
10:30 - 10:45 am Opening Remarks
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

World Cafe sessions
Conversations may include the following (final discussion topics to be refined based on registrant input)

Campaign Stewardship
Event best practices
Tracking stewardship ROI
Topics in Reporting
Smaller shops and non higher-education/healthcare
Ethical challenges in Donor Relations

12:15 - 1:15 pm Networking lunch
1:15 - 2:15 pm

Keynote: The Impact of Evolving Philanthropy Trends on Donor Engagement, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Kathy Drucquer Duff, CFRE
Fundraising Coach & Consulting, KDD Philanthrophy

Philanthropy in the United States is impacted daily by a variety of factors. We are seeing some of the largest donations in history being made as well as private philanthropists taking strides to reposition philanthropy in a more corporate model. Join us in a discussion about how the evolving trends in philanthropy impact not only donor engagement at our institutions, but also our daily efforts as donor relations and stewardship professionals.

2:15 - 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Optional Caltech tour


Thank you to our exhibitor:
AcademicWorks is the leading provider of scholarship management solutions. Over 400 colleges, universities, and foundations use AcademicWorks to match students with relevant scholarship opportunities, create awards, and recognize scholarship donors.



6th Annual New York City Regional Conference
Friday March 11, 9 am - 4 pm | Museum of Jewish Heritage

Go Green! To keep printing at a minimum, all conference presentations are available online for your use. Please find session presentations below. If a presentation is not posted, it is not yet available.

Session Presenter(s) Presentation
Keynote Dexter Bailey The Purposeful Strategic Influence of Donor Relations on Philanthropy Today
1A Melody McBeth Making Your Data Sing: Creating a Personalized Endowment Report Suite
1B Jennifer Richwine Help Them Help You: How to Effectively Partner with and Manage your Volunteers and Board Members
1C Kelly Brennan Capturing the Life Cycle of Named Giving Opportunities: A Historical Perspective for Relationship Management
2A Lisa Chmiola, CFRE Friends for Life: Stewarding Planned Gift Donors #Friends4LifePG

Dan Blakemore
Roberta O'Hara
Lynne Wester

Innovative Twists on Traditional Recognitions
2C Kathleen Diemer, CFRE
Jenn Robinson
Shake What You've Got - Celebrating and Recognizing Your Donors on a Limited (or Non-Existent) Budget 
3A Jennifer Harris
Deanna Harkel
Engaging Students in the Donor Relations Process and Philanthropy
3B Cheryl Lintner Metrics, ROI, and Improving the Bottom Line: A How-To Guide to Demonstrating the Impact of Donor Relations
3C Madelyn Jones Spring Cleaning Your Donor Relations Program


This event is eligible for 4.25 CFRE credits.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors:

Ice Cream Social Sponsor

AcademicWorks is the leading provider of scholarship management solutions. Over 400 colleges, universities, and foundations use AcademicWorks to match students with relevant scholarship opportunities, create awards, and recognize scholarship donors.


1157 designconcepts designs and fabricates custom donor recognition solutions, history displays, hall of fame projects, plaques, room signage and interactive displays. With a focus on the not-for-profit market, the company services major colleges, leading healthcare institutions, independent schools, YMCAs and other organizations throughout the United States and Canada.


DONORWALL DESIGN GROUP provides one of a kind and off the shelf donor recognition solutions - DONOR WALLS, DONOR PLAQUES, CUT LETTERS AND DIGITAL DISPLAYS.  Our products and service are considered industry benchmarks.  What sets us apart is our work is inspired by the fine arts.  We design to help you build your donor base and at the same time garner larger donations - this is an art and not an accident.  Call us at 877-366-6792 or e-mail us at [email protected].

For over half a century, Honorcraft has delivered a potent fusion of experience and innovation in the design and fabrication of all facets of donor recognition. LegacyCurator, a comprehensive service helps you discover, preserve, and honor your philanthropic heritage. Walls go up. Plaques come down. Heritage fades. And philanthropic momentum can be lost. We can help. Ask us about LCTracker, our web-based donor recognition management tool. Visit us online at

We design, manufacture and install architectural and interactive donor recognition displays, history exhibits and environmental graphics.
Our expertise helped us create Giftmap, a map-based tool that will help you plan, document and manage funding opportunities and recognition inventories. Giftmap has become the central planning and communication platform for some of the most respected fundraising shops across North America.

MD Designs by Metal Decor creates spectacular donor walls, signage and awards, combining traditional woods and metals with materials such as Corian, acrylics, laminates, marble and crystal. It is our goal to provide our clients with a custom creative donor wall or recognition award that inspires philanthropy, aesthetically fits their facility, accommodates their donor programs and is manufactured with the highest quality lasting products. With over 50 years as the nation's largest donor wall and award producer, we are committed to meeting all of your recognition needs.

W&E Baum, designers and manufacturers of Donor Recognition and Memorial Walls, Giving Trees, Cast Plaques, Awards, Lettering and Signage. We offer complete solutions to fulfill your recognition and memorial needs with both traditional and contemporary designs.

Your 2016 NYC Regional Conference Planning Committee

Dan Blakemore
Assistant Director of Development for Individual Giving, International House

Stephanie Lamphere
Coordinator of Stewardship and Donor Relations, SUNY Empire State College

Cheryl Lintner
Assistant Director of Donor Relations, RWJ University Hospital Foundation & Somerset Health Care Foundation

Mary Solomons
Senior Director of Donor Relations and Campaign Events, Skidmore College

Lynne Wester
Donor Relations Guru


2nd Annual Canadian Regional Workshop
Friday, April 22
SickKids Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning | 686 Bay St. Toronto ON M5G 0A4

Thank you for joining us at the 2nd Annual Canadian Regional Workshop! Please see all available presentation materials below.

Explore our attendee roster >>

Program Schedule
8 - 9 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9 - 9:15 am  Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:45 am Keynote Plenary Session
Brie Carere
10:45 - 10:55 am Coffee Break
10:55 - 11:55 am

Breakout 1A: Digital Donor Experience
Mark Jordan

10:55 - 11:55 am

Breakout 1B: Evolution of Donor Recognition
Allison Bone

10:55 - 11:55 am

Breakout 1C: Redefining Recognition
Lindsay Gilbert

10:55 - 11:55 am

Breakout 1D: 10 Things Every Donor Relations Professional Needs to Know
Anne Manner-McLarty

12 - 1 pm Buffet Lunch
1 - 2:15 pm
Afternoon Plenary Session
Vanessa Chase
2:15 - 2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Breakout 2A: Healthcare Unsession
Led by Andrea Orr

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Breakout 2B: Higher Ed Unsession
Led by Lori Yersh

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Breakout 2C: Principal Donors
Led by Susan Wright (Rankin)

3:30 - 3:45 pm Closing Remarks
4 - 6 pm Post-conference Reception

Southeastern Donor Relations Conference (SEDRC) 2016
Thursday, June 9 - Friday, June 10 | University of Alabama at Birmingham

Thank you for attending ADRP's 2016 Southeast Donor Relations Conference. Please see below for all available presentation materials and session handouts. As promised by your host, you may view a preview article from the Journal of Donor Relations & Stewardship >>

Presentation Materials
Thursday, June 9
10:15am Keynote Address: Love: It’s What Makes Stewardship Stewardship
Virginia Gilbert Loftin, UAB Assistant Vice President for Development Communications


Session 2: How to Conduct a Stewardship Audit
Kay Couglin, Donor Relations Mindset, Inc.


Session 3: Making it Personal - Taking Individualized Stewardship to the Next Level
Kelli Queen and Meredith Cole, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

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Session 4: Engaging Students in Scholarship Stewardship
Shannon Retzbach, The College of William and Mary

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Friday, June 10

Session 5: Things Every Donor Professional Should Know (Interactive Session)
Anne Manner-McLarty, Heurista, Inc.

Sign up today for Anne's August webinar: "Things Every Donor Relations Professional Should Know".
Registration is free to ADRP members, and each webinar is eligible for 1 CFRE credit! 


Session 6: Creating a Stewardship Community
Tony Stringer and Teresa Kesler, University of Georgia

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Access session poll >>

11:30am Session 7: What's the Worst That Can Happen? Event Planning: Expecting the Best but Planning for the Worst
*AND* The Role and Impact of Donor Events and Alumni and Students Experiences

Jill Forehand, Georgia Southern University
Susan Brenner, University of Montevallo
 12:30pm Lunch-and-Learn
Special Guest Randy Kinder, UAB Director of Annual Giving
 2:00pm Session 8: Improving Scholarship Fund Utilization, Compliance, and Stewardship 
Brandon Phipps, AcademicWorks, Inc.

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Thank you to our sponsors & exhibitors 

Lunch Sponsor
Partner Sponsor
In-Kind Merchandise Sponsor 
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