Tuesday, September 14, 9am-1:30pm

Virtual on Zoom

ABN Members: $99 | Non-Members: $199 | Students: $59 | ABN Member Groups of 3 or More: $79 with code CONF3+


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The 2021 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!




Equity in Philanthropy: Panel Discussion with Matthew Harrell, Keena Friday Gilbert, Josh Loebner, Colber Prosper, and Clarence L. Vaughn, III 


Tune into our session as we hear five professional perspectives on how our local and national equity conversations translate into philanthropy and giving. We’ll uncover some “whys” and unlock ideas for change. You’ll leave inspired to put new thinking into action!

Relationship-Driven Grant Management: Hannah Brinson

Brinson has a system - and we can copy it! Learn tactics to engage and relate to your grantors to transfer them from mere funders into the partnership category. She’ll share her tools for grant management and ideas to build rapport.

25 Years of Fundraising Lessons: Q&A With Paul Coty

Join ABN’s Chase Whitmire as he interviews New York’s premiere fundraising expert, Paul Coty. Coty currently spearheads the most dramatic expansion of Young Life’s global youth ministry in the world’s largest and most challenging market: New York City. Coty is currently Vice President for Young Life’s Northeast Atlantic Division overseeing ministry from New Jersey to Maine.

Why Thank You Isn’t Enough: Kate Trudell

Trudell will share her expertise on using gratitude to engage and steward both donors and grantors as a crucial step in your fundraising plan. You’ll definitely want to take notes!

Strategic Prospecting: Nathan Zipper

ABN believes there are always lessons to be learned when seeing how others operate. Zipper will share his best strategies for prospecting from Vanderbilt University, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, and the University of Tennessee. He may just help you uncover your next major donor!

Expand Your Fundraising by Understanding How People Learn: Nancy Bacon

This fascinating session will look at how we can tap into adult learning theories to equip our fundraising teams and prime our donors for giving. This out-of-the-box session may have you thinking twice about your current strategy.

Priming the Board for Fundraising: Casey Fox

A solid foundation is needed before you can build a roof. This statement certainly rings true when we think about equipping our boards to be prepared and ready to fundraise. Fox will share how fundraising success is directly linked to initial board development practices.