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


1C | Stewardship Closeup: Naming Opportunities

10:55 - 11:55 AM


Naming opportunities are a key component in fundraising for major gifts. Organizations associate donor names with campus-based spaces, programs, funds and faculty positions. The science of using naming opportunities to motivate giving and using strategy and policy to manage possible risks is evolving. This session will explore advances in cross-departmental coordination, recognition policy, and design guidelines. We'll explore ideas that apply to all organization types and make naming opportunity meaningful for all audiences. This session will better prepare you and your organization to accommodate challenging situations associated with naming opportunities.

Anne Manner McLarty

Anne Manner-McLarty is President & Lead Strategist for Heurista and a longstanding ADRP member. Heurista helps nonprofits engage and retain donors through streamlined, industry-tested stewardship practices, meaningful storytelling, and creative donor recognition solutions. Several recent projects have included donor recognition policy enhancements.



2A | Full Circle: The Donor Relations Cycle of Principal Gift Donors

1:00 - 2:00 PM


This session will be an overview of the following topics: Annual meetings with development staff at the faculty/unit to review the overall Donor Relations strategies for their individual donors and organizations. -Annual meetings with senior staff to review the personalized Donor Relations report for each of the principal gift donors - Donor Recognition Plans for gifts of $1 Million plus which is shared with the donor -Implementation of the strategies identified - Donor Recognition Reports that we share with donors $1 Million plus after the strategies have been implemented

Veronica Stoiber

Veronica Stoiber Veronica Stoiber currently holds the position of Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship at Western University (overseeing the areas of financial and impact reporting, donor correspondence, acknowledgment and recognition, donor agreements, student awards, etc.) Prior to that, she spent over seven years at United Way London & Middlesex as Associate Director, Major Gifts, where she has also served as Associate Director of Individual Giving and Manager, Special Events. In addition to United Way, her work experience includes multiple international outreach roles with the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; and as a Fellowship Ambassador with Walt Disney World in Orlando. Veronica has a BA in Mass Communications from the Universidad de las Americas-P. a diploma in International Competence from the University of Regensburg in Germany and a Professional Certificate in Business Writing and Communications from Western University. 

Susan Rhuman

Susan Rhuman Alumni Relations & Development Officer at Western University, has over 19 years of experience in Donor Relations. Her current areas of expertise include physical naming opportunities, donor agreements, stewardship impact reporting and systems work. Prior to this position, she focused on student award and financial reporting to donors. Susan has a Master of Library and Information Science from Western University. 



2B | Are You Available Everywhere Your Donors Want You to Be?

1:00 - 2:00 PM


Mobile Giving and text response have been a fundraising game changers in many countries outside of North America enabling charities to engage supporters and acquire monthly givers at volume. In North America this channel has been stifled through over regulation and poor up-take by the charitable sector. This has recently changed with developments in mobile regulations and the launch of pilot projects by a number of pioneering Canadian charities who have embraced this channel. This session would take a deep dive into the lessons learned from Mobile fundraising and the ground breaking lead generation and text to donate campaigns run by the Canadian Red Cross last year. As well as highlighting case studies we will provide plenty of practical tips and recommendations for integrating mobile and SMS into your donor relations management program.

Jay Hollister

Jay Hollister is Director, National Donor Experience & Engagement at the Canadian Red Cross. Jay is a customer experience professional with 10 years experience working in for-profit and non-profit spaces. Jay oversees supporter services, loyalty & retention programs, telephone fundraising and all donor communications. Previously, Jay worked in business process outsourcing, supporting financial services companies with customer experience solutions. He was responsible for business operations and client services for a large Canadian credit card issuer. A graduate of the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, Jay has a Bachelor's degree in American history and a post-graduate certification in Project Management. 


Breanne Hargreaves

As the Director of Client Services at Fundraising Direct Breanne oversees the development, strategy and delivery for our not-for-profit clients. One of her primary focus areas is on our innovation programs, specifically those that can create new acquisition opportunities. FD are the fastest growing agency in Canada, and are currently working with 18 leading charitable organizations. For the last 3 years FD have spread-headed the development of this channel in the Canadian marketplace, and are the only agency currently running mobile acquisition programs.



2C | Developing a Reporting Program for Privately Funded Chairs

1:00 - 2:00 PM


This session will provide attendees with all the tools they need to develop a comprehensive and successful reporting program for their privately funded Chairs. The session will include the full planning process - how to secure buy-in from the Chairs and College Deans; tracking and project management; dealing with obstacles and challenges; the reporting process including sample question forms for the Chairs; Report templates that can be used at any size university and the all-important feedback loop: how can we continue to improve the process? Samples of completed reports, templates and questionnaires will be available to session attendees. 

Wendy Turner

As the Associate Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations at the University of Guelph, Wendy is part of a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to advancing the school through fundraising, engagement and alumni relations. Wendy is a strategic and creative donor relations professional with more than 20 years experience working in communications, event planning and donor relations in a diverse range of industries, both public and private. Her primary focus at Guelph is to ensure that donors remain inspired with their philanthropic support of Guelph with a focus on Access, Information, Engagement and Experience. So much so, that they will continue their financial or volunteer contribution and invite others to join them. Wendy is passionate about philanthropy and has believed, even from a very early age, that everyone should give back, no matter what their position in life. 

Cort Egan

Cort Egan is the Stewardship Accountability Manager at the University of Guelph and was formerly the Assistant Director of Communications and Evaluation & Assessment for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian. Cort holds a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo and a Master's degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. Cort has over thirty years of professional communication experience in both the public and private sectors, and oversaw all communications, including marketing, public relations and media relations for some of Canada¿s largest travel companies. He spent four years with his own marketing communications business with clients that ranged from VISIT FLORIDA to Fleet Aerospace. Projects included a wide variety of communication solutions, from creating brand identities to strategic marketing and communication plans. Cort believes that the key to successful communication is in listening to all stakeholders.



Keynote | A Journey Inside Your Donor's Brain

9:30 - 10:45 AM


We think we know our donors’ brains – but in reality, most of us don’t have much of a clue. Donors don’t so much DECIDE to give as they respond to either EMOTIONAL or INSTINCTUAL impulses to give. In fact, giving behavior (as in 85% of all human behavior) comes from the unconscious mind. 

In this mind-bending session, Fraser Green will take you not just inside your donor’s head. He’ll take you inside your own – and show you how you really decide and why you really behave the way you do. 

This session will change the way you see your donors – and yourself – guaranteed!

Fraser Green

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been curious about everything – and I’ve always had this larger-than-life imagination.

In my work, my curiosity has turned me into a self-confessed market research freak. I’m always itching to know what donors think, how they feel, and what motivates them to do the good works they do. We Good Workers are deeply committed to listening carefully to donors – and then helping our clients give those donors the experience that strengthens their commitment to the cause and loyalty to the organization.

In my work, my true passions are writing and speaking. I co co-wrote a book called Iceberg Philanthropy and have contributed a chapter to a new book called ‘me-volution’. My latest book 3D Philanthropy is my opus. My articles (which I often call contrarian rants) are published in fundraising journals quite often.

My work and my life are intertwined. My daughter is now a very successful fundraiser, speaker and blogger in her own right. I’m thrilled at the way philanthropy has found its course through my family. I often come up with my best fundraising ideas when I’m riding my bike, paddling my kayak or doing shivasana on my yoga mat.

Good Works – and everything it stands for – is in my soul. I’ve committed the rest of my career to helping next gen fundraisers connect with their donors more deeply than they’d ever imagined. There’s no doubt in my mind that this work will always stir my heart and feed my soul.


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