2017 ABN Fundraising Conference

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:00am-4:30pm

The Regas Building, Knoxville, TN


The 2017 ABN Fundraising Conference is designed to bring together all levels of nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers to learn about important tips, trends, and issues related to fundraising and philanthropy.
Discover the tools you need to take your organization to the next level!

This one-day event features national speakers, best-in-class workshop facilitators, expert panelists, networking opportunities, mini consulting sessions, and more.



EARLY BIRD: $135 per attendee

After 8/15/17: $160 per attendee

After 9/15/17: $185 per attendee


EARLY BIRD: $435 per attendee

After 8/15/17: $460 per attendee

After 9/15/17: $485 per attendee


Send 3+ employees and receive the member rate!


Breakout Sessions (Choose one from each session.)



Session 1     

  • It’s Not What You Ask For, It’s How You Ask for It: Key Elements of Making the Ask - Michelle Kiely, CFRE, Knoxville Chamber
  • Connect with Your Audience Using Storytelling Justice Gary R. Wade, Dean of Lincoln Memorial University
  • Developing Grant Budgets - Terrence Carter, University of Tennessee and Knoxville Area Urban League

session 2

  • Four Points of Donor Relations and Stewardship - Holly Kizer, Avery Howard, and Brittany Fowler, University of Tennessee Alumni Office
  • Making the Case for Your Organization - Kim Lauth, CFRE, ABN Trainer and Consultant
  • Think Like a Grant Reviewer - Sara Baker, ABN Trainer and Consultant

session 3

  • Moves Management, Money, and More! Q&A With Fundraising Expert Jack Williams Facilitated by Dr. Jerry Askew, Alliance for Better Nonprofits
  • Winning Relational Sponsorships - Angie Wilson, Visit Knoxville  
  • Be a Grant Reviewer (Bring Your Grant Proposal!) - Sara Baker, ABN Trainer and Consultant

Keynote Speaker

Rickey n. mccurry

Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Programs,
The University of Tennessee; President and CEO, UT Foundation

Rickey McCurry became vice president for development and alumni affairs and programs in May 2015. He also serves as president and CEO of the UT Foundation, Inc., the University’s interdependent, not-for-profit fundraising organization. He is responsible for providing leadership, planning, coordination and management of development and alumni affairs programs for the entire multi-campus University system.RickeyMcCurry_CIRCLE-(1).jpg

McCurry came to UT after serving as vice president for institutional advancement for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, since 2011. From 2000 to 2011, he was vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and chief executive officer of the Southern Illinois University Foundation.

From 1993 to 2000, McCurry was associate vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at UT Knoxville. During that time, he served for three years as campaign director for the 21st Century Campaign and was acting vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs from 1997 to 1998.

His 30-year career also includes senior-level development, alumni relations and advancement positions at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.

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