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

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Come together with donor relations and stewardship professionals from across Canada to EXperience stewardship in all its forms, EXpand your thinking and EXchange ideas. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather and share those uniquely Canadian aspects of our work!  As this conference sold out last year, early registration is encouraged.

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Registration Fees

ADRP Members: $110 US dollars
Non-members: $125 US dollars

Get your continuing education credits! This event has been approved for 3.25 CFRE credits.

Please note that credit card payments will be charged in USD. If you wish to pay using CAD, you may mail a check or wire transfer to the ADRP Office at: 2150 N. 107th Street, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98133. 

We are excited to announce that Brie Carere (‎Vice President Marketing, Corporate Communications and Customer Experience - ‎FedEx Canada) will be the keynote speaker. Brie will touch on examples from FedEx Canada’s successful customer interactions, which may expand your approach to creating donor experiences for your organization.

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

Becoming digitally-enabled: our journey towards a best-in-class donor experience at SickKids
We will share our journey, and some of the learnings we have had along our path to becoming a digitally-enabled organization.

10:55 - 11:55 am

Breakout 1B: Evolution of Donor Recognition
Allison Bone

In recent years, we have witnessed the evolution of donor recognition and stewardship to include increased focus on private recognition and donor engagement. This session will explore:

The forces that are driving this evolution and how it may affect your organization and your donors' expectations.
The fundamental concepts that are critical to effective donor relationship management.
The meaning of private recognition and how you can use it to create more meaningful interactions with your donors.
New and fun ideas and examples that you and your organization can draw on to refresh your approach to donor recognition and stewardship. 

10:55 - 11:55 am

Breakout 1C: Redefining Recognition
Lindsay Gilbert

Tribute giving not only creates a meaningful legacy for donors, but can also achieve significant fund development goals. Through a collaborative process with fund development and launch of an innovative recognition program, we are now telling stories and sharing legacies about the honoree, while taking donor engagement to the next level. I would like to share with other Donor Relation Professionals the critical interactions and recognition systems we can all implement to see our donor engagement and tribute giving programs soar. 

10:55 - 11:55 am

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

Prior to the session, I will conduct a survey of recognized experts in the field to gather insights and advice. During the session, I will lead a discussion around a similar set of questions and my findings to date. This experience will contribute to the shared understanding of resources in the Toronto region and experiences and inform my scheduled August 2016 ADRP webinar on the same topic. Likely questions:

We'll take answers from the attendees and discuss findings from the survey
What are the 10 things every practitioner should know?
Given your current perspective, what's the most basic advice you would've given yourself on your first day in this field?
What is the most helpful advice you have received from a fellow donor relations or stewardship professional?
What resource do you still wish for in your career? 

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

It is an exciting time in donor relations and stewardship! From electronic systems to planning for construction to developing and implementing meaningful donor touch points there is much to discuss in our field! The focus of this "unsession" will be a discussion among attendees on current trends and your questions with a focus on healthcare.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Breakout 2B: Higher Ed Unsession
Led by Lori Yersh

Donor relations and stewardship programs were once an often and overlooked strategy in the donor cultivation and solicitation cycle.  In recent years, many university advancement programs have come to recognize the important role stewardship and donor relations strategies can play in generating repeat and increased gifts.  Come join your fellow colleagues to discuss and share current trends, wisdom learned and ways to develop and strengthen your donor relations and stewardship program.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

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

This is an un-session... Susan will help moderate the discussion but is relying on participation and input from all session attendees! Come ready to discuss and brainstorm strategic, meaningful, and impactful stewardship touches for your organization's most generous donors.

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

Sponsorship Opportunities
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Thank you to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

 BAS is a world-class provider of both static and electronic donor recognition signage solutions. We have developed hundreds of successful programs for single and multi-site facilities. BAS offers “Turnkey” service – planning, design through fabrication and installation. We approach every project through your eyes. By offering our knowledge and expertise, talented staff and professional resources, we ensure a trouble free and seamless process with the best possible results. BAS will always far exceed your expectations and requirements.

Gold Sponsor

If we want donors to give more, we must first give them more. Developing robust and meaningful relationships with donors naturally gives rise to increased donor retention and giving levels over time is what we do at The Storytelling Non-Profit. As fundraisers, it can be really easy to develop “asking tunnel vision.” But at the end of the day, we are asking other people to part with their hard-earned money. So we must treat them like people, not just a number in the database. By taking an empathic approach to donor relations and creating communications that donors want to hear/read/watch, you lay the foundation for fruitful philanthropic relationships with your donors. Donors want to hear about the impact their gift has had, not just what your non-profit does. By focusing on the impact, you’ll be able to connect with donors’ hearts and minds. It is our goal is to help fundraisers and non-profit organizations transition their approach to fundraising and donor relations to be one that focuses on inspiring donors.

Silver Sponsor - In-Kind

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Bronze Sponsors

Under the leadership of Anne Manner-McLarty, Heurista works with non-profit organizations, such as universities, hospitals, secondary schools, arts and civic organizations to maximize their community messaging.  We're expert storytellers with the ability to convert your unique content into dynamic user experiences.  We're familiar with print, web, interactive and hardscape design. And, beyond our creative skills, we bring the ability to develop sustainable processes and document procedures. We specialize in consulting relative to donor relations, stewardship programs and donor recognition.


Serving non-profits for over a decade, Blue North combines data insights and fundraising expertise to help our clients raise more so they can do more. It’s that simple. Our success is our client’s success. The Blue North team has been in your shoes. Many of them come from the non-profit fundraising world. They know your challenges and they know how to develop meaningful and robust relationships with donors. Our data-centric approach is what sets us apart and is what drives the results we achieve for our clients. Your organization’s donor data is filled with hidden gems that are often unintentionally ignored. We uncover the clues, break them down into actionable strategies and focus on areas where the biggest opportunities lie.  Think smart data. How healthy is your donor data? Let’s talk about ways Blue North can help convert those columns and rows into real, measurable fundraising impact.
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Third Sector Publishing, through Canadian Donor's Guide, CharityCAN and ProspectPRIME, is Canada's preeminent publisher of information regarding Canada's registered charities and those who donate to them.
Follow us on Twitter! @thirdsector_ @DonorsGuide @CharityCAN3 @ProspectPRIMEca 

Bronze Sponsor - In-Kind 


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