Reasons to Attend

Make connections with like minded professionals
Small, intimate setting with key Greater Giving stakeholders
Engaging roundtable discussions on the future direction of fundraising
In-depth discussions on how Greater Giving can better meet your needs

Marti Jacobs Profile“It’s a space where you can learn about the product, weigh in on what can be done better, and take away some tips.”

Marti, Catholic Charities of Oregon

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The Thought Leadership Summit is two packed days of networking, discussions, and powerful training.

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Thursday, September 12th 2019—Cerulean Wine Bar

4:00-6:00 pm: Check-in, Revenue Enhancer Demos, Networking

6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner

7:00-8:00 pm: Small Group Discussions

Friday, September 13th 2019—The Sentinel Hotel

Time Speaker Session Title or Activity Description
8:00- 9:00 AM Antonia Keller, Emeril Lagasse Foundation; Abby Parks-Medical University of South Carolina Types of Events: Standards and Diversification Listen in as our panel of fundraising professionals from across the country discuss how they have curated new and unique events for their organizations.
9:00-9:30 AM Samantha Swaim, Swaim Strategies Building Your Mission Into Your Event Events are that amazing space where environment, theatricality, and story intersect to win the hearts of your donors. We’ll chat about how to use your event as a storyboard that brings your mission to life so that donors can experience what you do instead of just hearing about it.
9:30-10:30 AM Kelly Russell, Artisan Auctions Walk Away a Winner with your Special Appeal Your Special Appeal or Benefit Auction JACKPOT should be your biggest revenue generator of your event night, so let's plan it right! The secret? Plan ahead! Work with your benefit auctioneer to learn the best practices for soliciting pre-committed donations and matching gifts. Then, sit back
10:30-11:30 AM Lisa Payne, Solutions Engineer Greater Giving; Siri Lippy, Senior Professional Event Services Manager Greater Giving Streamlining Event Day: Check-in and Check-out Best Practices from our Experts The experience your guests have when they first arrive at your event is a make it or break it moment, so why not ensure that they will enter and exit impressed with how well organized your event is? Greater Giving experts Siri and Lisa will share their best practices for check-in and check-out at your event.
11:30-12:00 PM Antonia Keller, Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Sponsors – a Recipe for Success As sponsors are key to creating successful fundraising events, managing their experiences is crucial to retaining these valuable corporate partners. Their connection to your nonprofit's mission is essential, and with a few ingredients you can keep them engaged throughout the year.
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM Kyle Perez Senior Manager, Product Manager; Rob Bynum, Software Development Manager Greater Giving Product Management and Development Fireside Chat Over the last year our Product Team has experienced many changes. Listen in as we talk with Kyle Perez Senior Manager, Product Manager and Rob Bynum Software Development Manager about Greater Giving’s changes and what’s coming in the future.
2:00-3:00 PM Mary Elizabeth, Swaim Strategies Jon Bridenbaugh, Streamline Support Siri Lippy, Greater Giving Lisa Payne, Greater Giving Show Me the Data! Data-driven decision making is everywhere nowadays. How can you leverage your data to connect with supporters? Our expert panel will discuss it-data, you complete me.
3:00-3:30 PM Suhasini Gavarshetty, Verizon Media Digital Advertising for Nonprofits Gain an introduction to digital advertising from an expert in the field sharing ways to set up your own campaigns! We’ll cover the planning execution and best practices of successful digital campaigns.
3:30- 4:30 PM Top 3 List Review & Final Q&A
4:30- 6:30 PM Happy Hour & Tabletop Discussions

We will also have members of our Customer Support team on-site both days to answer any questions you may have.

Thought Leadership Summit Sponsors

TLS Sponsor Global Payments, Inc.
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TLS Sponsor Winspire
TLS Sponsor Swaim Strategies
TLS Sponsor Streamline Support


The Sentinel Hotel
Located in the heart of Downtown Portland
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Thought Leadership Summit

Connecting remarkable fundraisers to
collaborate, learn, and become inspired.

Learn about next year!


Thursday, September 12th and Friday, September 13th in Portland, Oregon.

The event is open to all current Greater Giving clients looking to learn more about fundraising trends, advance their skills, and share their knowledge and feedback. In order to ensure that ticket holders are current Greater Giving clients, you will need to provide us with your organization name during the pre-screening process.

Each organization may send up to two attendees. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations to attend the event.

In 2014, Greater Giving leaders, inspired by the creativity and passion of our nonprofit clients, decided to host a one-day session in Portland focusing on the future of fundraising. There were lively roundtable discussions, networking, and sharing between all in attendance. Each summer the event has been a highlight for the Greater Giving team, bringing in clients, facilitating discussions, and making strong connections.

Due to the exclusive, small group nature of this event, we will only be accommodating 40 client attendees. During the summit you will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Greater Giving team and some of our industry partners.

The summit will cover a variety of subjects focused on nonprofit fundraising in addition to covering Greater Giving best practices and tips. More importantly, the Thought Leadership Summit is an opportunity to connect, discuss, and learn more about fundraising.

Ticket price includes all meals during the conference, two-days of conference learning, engaging guest speakers and an interaction with key Greater Giving team members.

Still have questions? Reach out via email or give us a call 503-597-0583