Apply to join us in Portland this fall

For the fourth year in a row, Greater Giving is bringing together some of the top minds in the nonprofit world for our Thought Leadership Summit and we want you to be a part of it! 32 different Greater Giving clients have attended this annual event since 2014, which brings nonprofit professionals together to talk about the future direction of fundraising in a small group setting alongside team members from Greater Giving.

In 2018, we’re opening this event up for more clients to attend and participate in this one-of-a-kind roundtable discussion. We want you to represent your organization and join us in Portland September 12th and 13th. The application will open on May 1st. Find out more information below, including the history of the event and what you’ll gain from participation.

Application closes Friday, June 1st at 11:59 PM PST


  • May 1st Application Open
  • June 1st Application Closes
  • July 13th Attendee Announcement
  • September 12th Summit Day 1
  • September 13th Summit Day 2

Who is a Thought Leader?

  • Greater Giving client
  • Experienced in planning fundraising events
  • Trailblazer in nonprofit industry
  • Desire to learn from and engage with others in the field
  • Passion for supporting growth of nonprofits

More information/FAQs:

When and where is the 2018 Thought Leadership Summit?
Wednesday, September 12th 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thursday, September 13th 7:30 am-5:30 pm
The Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR

What is the history of the Thought Leadership Summit?
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.

What does it mean to be a Greater Giving Thought Leader?
All attendees of the Thought Leadership Summit are Greater Giving clients who are trailblazers for nonprofit fundraising in their communities. Thought Leaders are then used as client references for Greater Giving, their organization’s are featured on the Greater Giving Resource Library, and they build strong connections with Greater Giving team members.

Who should attend in 2018?
Greater Giving clients looking to participate and collaborate in forward thinking, unfiltered discussions about changes coming to the fundraising industry.

Who’s attended before?
We’ve had representatives from:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • JDRF
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Emeril Lagasse Foundation
  • Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
  • Nashville Wine Auction
  • Numerous private school organizations

Why should you attend and what will be discussed?
Greater Giving doesn’t know what the future of fundraising will be-we want to talk about it with you. This is an exclusive opportunity for our clients to come and meet our team in Portland. Our focus will be on the future of fundraising in 2020 and beyond.

What is the meeting style?
Unfiltered conversations, roundtable discussions, and panels with Q&A. The event is highly participatory, attendees will drive discussions, and will be used as real case studies.

What will I take-away?
Networking with like minded nonprofit professionals. In-person discussions with Greater Giving team members. Input in a forward-thinking discussion about the direction of Greater Giving solutions. And a fantastic paid visit to Portland!

Why does GG host this event?
Company wide, we value the thoughts and opinions of our clients. We want to listen to and learn from you, your experiences, and hear about your fundraising. Greater Giving views this event as an investment in relationship building with our clients which is why we cover travel costs for attendees.

Still have questions?
Feel free to reach out to the event organizer Tracey Lorts via email

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