Fundraising Career Conference

Move on Up in Your Nonprofit Career Now!
April 17-21, 2017
Get the Map to Plot Your Career Trajectory
For the low price of $297 (goes up on April 16th) you'll get...
Three Days
Learning from expert speakers from all areas of the nonprofit fundraising world.
Ten Sessions + 13 CFRE credits
Focused on helping you succeed in management and your fundraising career.
Recruiter secrets
A top fundraising recruiter shares what he's looking for in applicants.
How not to get fired
How to deliberately build trust with your boss-break the mold-increase your longevity in your fundraising job.
Advanced Training
What it takes to be a highly successful nonprofit manager and leader.
Play leads to better work
How to play can keep you from burning out in your nonprofit fundraising work.
Privacy Guaranteed
Participate in the conference 100% anonymously.
Lifetime Access
All 2017 conference recordings available to registrants.
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How to know if this conference is for you

Are you a high performer? Ready for your next challenge?

Are you wondering how to be a better manager? 

Do you want to improve your relationship with your boss?

​Then join us at the Fundraising Career Conference.

Who should come to the Fundraising Career Conference?
    If you're a top level fundraising professional who wants to learn how to manage staff more effectively, you should really come to the Fundraising Career Conference.

 If you're ready for your next challenge and want to learn how to work better with recruiters, you should come to the Fundraising Career Conference.

 If you want to learn how to get the most out of your fundraising staff, you should definitely come to the Fundraising Career Conference.

 If you're getting a CFRE certification, or you need more credits to keep it current, you've GOTTA come to the Fundraising Career Conference. We've got 13.25 credits!
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What's our track record?
Read what past attendees have said below.

"I landed a better job with a foundation at a 42% pay increase! They asked for a minimum salary requirements and current salary. Because my current salary was under market I let them know the number was a combination of salary and benefits. I used the language from the Fundraising Career Conference and named my minimum amount. I was able to increase my salary by 42% when I received the offer!

I am happy to say I'm now working for a  Foundation at a major Hospital. I'm in my first month on the job and it's going well!"

-Natalie Ramos, Chicago, IL

“I normally don't send emails like this, but I wanted to let you know that the resources from the Fundraising Career Conference work!

I used your cover letter template to apply for a job, and less than 24 hours after submitting, I was contacted by a recruiter.  He told me,

"You don't technically have the experience, and this is a stretch position, but your cover letter was amazing and it read like a perfect fit for this job, so I am forwarding you up to the hiring manager.


"I attended your Virtual Fundraising Career Conference in 2015 and utilized what I had learned to apply, interview and negotiate my salary for my new role as Special Events Coordinator!

Thanks for everything, this conference is a valued resource to fundraisers everywhere!”

 -Anna G.

A followup survey was sent to past attendees, and here are the results:

of survey respondents ​got new jobs.
know what skills they need to acquire to get a better job.
created better boundaries at work.
said the conference is helping them make progress in their current job.
feel that the conference helped them achieve their goals.

Are you ready for your next challenge?

If so, come learn how to find a better fundraising job at the Fundraising Career Conference, April 17, 19 and 21, online. 

I want to help you get that crucial piece of fundraising career knowledge that will take you to that next level in your fundraising career.

Whether you want to learn how to;

-- Get a higher salary
-- Teach your boss how to support you as you Manage up,
-- Learn how to pass off more work as you Mentor people,
-- Reduce workplace friction and Deliberately build trust with your boss,
-- Create space for real conversations with your direct reports, or
-- Simply have less turnover in your fundraising office, this Fundraising Career Conference will help you. 

In the last two years we've had over 900 people sign up for this conference, and they have gotten real results.​​​​​​​

 "I used the language from the Fundraising Career Conference and was able to increase my salary by 42% when I received the offer!

I am happy to say I'm now working for a  Foundation at a major Hospital. I'm in my first month on the job and it's going well!"
-Natalie Ramos, Chicago, IL

"I attended your Virtual Fundraising Career Conference in 2015 and utilized what I had learned to apply, interview and negotiate my salary for my new role as Special Events Coordinator!

Thanks for everything, this conference is a valued resource to fundraisers everywhere!” ​​​​​​​ -Anna G.

Now that we're in our third year, we're going to go even DEEPER with you.

Sure, you can learn about cover letters and resumes, but what about career pathing? How about learning how recruiters really want to work with you? How about renewal through creativity and play? It's all in the Fundraising Career Conference on April 17th, 19th and 21st 2017, online.

I hope you will join us. This year could be a gamechanger for your fundraising career.

If you've got questions, feel free to email me at

Mazarine Treyz  
Fundraising Career Conference 
​Author, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide,
​rated 5 stars by

Students say:
"Your advice has helped me get two job offers and negotiate a raise! You also helped me write excellent cover letters and resumes and ask the right questions during interviews.  I decided the first offer wasn’t the best fit and turned it down, but am very excited to start my new job soon.  Thanks so much!” -Stephanie, UK 
"Mazarine's career advice is for you….from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional.
Delivered in the frank, dynamic and empowering way which we’ve come to expect from Mazarine. She will get you to take a good hard look at where you are, where you want to go and what you absolutely must do to if you want to find a job you’ll love where you are appreciated and adequately compensated. You’ll be presented with strategies for beginning and sustaining satisfaction and success in a new job. If you want to learn how to do what is needed to get the job and how to be happy once you are there, then join us!
Mazarine Treyz is invested in the long-term happiness of each fundraiser and elevating the fundraising industry."  -Judi De Souter, NYC
Students say:

"I have used your invaluable information over and over again. It has been hugely helpful in pushing my candidacy for several jobs I never thought I could get near. Thank you!!!

I’m very far along in the interview process for a Development Director position for a performing arts venue at a very well regarded university. Thanks for everything!!!!! Your advice has been a godsend!" -Susan

Because of your fundraising career advice, this year, I’ve moved from a behind-the-scenes admin assistant in a planned giving office at a private college, to a front-line mid-level fundraiser at a small non-profit, focused on strengthening local farms in our region. Thank you for your work – it certainly played a role in me believing I could get here. 

-Lisabeth Jasniewicz, Development Coordinator, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Massachusetts

Students say:

“I want you to know, I used what you taught me to go to my Executive Director and change my career inside our organization and restore work/life balance to the crazy Jenna Cosmos, and I am forever in your debt for that!”

-Jenna Smith Communications Coordinator, Virginia


"I’ve looked for a job for months, and was getting rejected over and over again. I was about to give up. But then I read your sample cover letters! You helped me figure out how to succinctly tell a gripping story that breaks the conventional mold of a cover letter. I used that advice when applying for a position for the Spokane County Library District to tell the story about the Library of Water in Iceland. It worked, because I got an interview the next day, which I rocked. Yesterday, I found out that I got the job.

-Nathaniel Youmans, Spokane, Washington


Session times and topics may change subject to presenter availability

 Day 1: Monday, April 17th, 2017

 Conference Welcome: 8:00am-8:15am PT (11am ET)

Our profession in 2017-Challenges and Opportunities  8:15am PT-9:30am PT (11:15am ET) -Taught by Mazarine Treyz

 Salary Negotiation! 10am PT-11:15am PT (1pm ET) -Taught by Meghan Godorov

Interviewing Strong for a fundraising role 12pm PT-1:30pm PT (3pm ET) by Claire Axelrad

Day 2: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Managing up and helping your boss understand fundraising 8am PT-9:30am PT (11am ET) -Taught by Kishshana Palmer

What Recruiters Want and How to Work With Them Effectively 10am PT-11:15am PT (1pm ET) -Taught by Phil Gerard, fundraising recruiter

CREATIVITY and PLAY! And how it helps you at work 12pm PT-1:30pm PT (3pm ET) -Taught by Sheena Greer

How to Create a Better Relationship with Your Boss and Build Trust 2pm PT-3pm PT (5pm ET) -Taught by Marc Pitman & Mazarine Treyz

Day 3: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Advancing your career and the career of others 9:30am PT-10:30am PT (12:30pm ET) -Taught by Peter Drury​

Authentic Communication at Work 12pm PT-1:30pm PT (3pm ET) -Taught by Pearl Waldorf

Fundraising Consulting Lessons learned 2pm-3pm PT (5pm ET) - TBD Panel

Conference Thank Yous and Close 3:15pm PT (6:15pm ET)

Mazarine Treyz
This is Our Fundraising Profession in 2017: Challenges and Opportunities
Monday, April 17, 2017
What's next for our sector? How are we going to meet the challenges of 2017? How can you stay competitive?

Meghan Godorov, certified salary negotiation trainer
You Deserve a Raise Today- Getting what you want in salary and raise negotiations
Monday, April 17, 2017

What if you could negotiate a good salary for your next fundraising job? What if you could know, right from the beginning, what would make your boss give you a raise? When we take a job, we hope for a raise, but we don't know how to get there. This session will provide you with the tools, perspective and power to ask for what you are worth and demonstrate your value to your supervisor and organization. Presenters will share their own experiences and tips on how to ask for what you want, be transparent about what you need and build effective relationships with your supervisor. You will learn:

-- How to quantify and qualify your value to the nonprofit employer
-- Strategies for tracking and describing your accomplishments year-round to increase chances of promotion
-- Tips for preparing for your performance review such as how to address topics of salary/raises, title changes and the negotiation of responsibilities that will lead to your professional success
-- Proven tactics for negotiating your professional and compensation goals
-- How to move beyond the mindset of working for less because you believe in the mission

Claire Axelrad
How to Interview Strong for a Fundraising Role 
Monday, April 19, 2017

Have you ever wanted to create a better impression during and after an interview? Your teacher Claire Axelrad, former Development Director for Jewish Family Services, and the San Francisco Food Bank, tells you what she likes to see in interviews, and how to prepare to make the best impression possible.

She will share her experience with hiring and firing, is here to help you. Attend this session and you will learn:

-- The 9 Keys to a Strong Interview
​​​​​​​-- Fundraising job specific fundraising interview questions
-- Follow up strategies that will help you stand out from the pack.

Phil Gerard
What Recruiters Want and How Fundraisers Can Work With Them Effectively
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The days when recruiters only worked with senior fundraising executives are over. Now organizations are engaging the services of search firms for mid-level and sometimes even for junior roles because they want to have a proactive recruitment approach and reach candidates who are not actively looking.

In this session we will discuss what recruiters are looking for in fundraisers, what fundraisers can do to get noticed by recruiters, and how fundraisers and recruiters can effectively work together.

Learning Outcomes

-- Characteristics recruiters look for in a fundraiser
--The role of a recruiter
--The role of the candidate
--How to work together effectively

Sheena Greer
Creativity and Play (and how it helps you at work)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Play and creative thinking are critical skills for a sector that faces multiple challenges. Yet "innovation" feels like a mouthful and somehow beyond the grasp of everyday people who are trying to make their fundraising efforts more successful. Creativity is no longer a “nice to have” soft skill, but a survival skill. If we are going to change the world, we need a fresh perspective on the problems we face.

In this session, participants will:  

- Discover what creative play is (and isn't)

- Learn how creative play changes one's approach to work, life, and problem solving

- See examples of how play helped change organisation's fundraising and culture

- Receive ready-to-use exercises to help "find your play" and gain fresh perspective

Play will change your approach to problems and give you more tools to solve them. Play will increase your effectiveness and improve your performance. Play will change your workplace culture and help to align your team. Play will open up your life – to fun, to new experiences, to enjoyment!

If your belly fire could use some fuel, this is the session for you. 

Marc Pitman and Mazarine Treyz
The invisible thing that holds you back in your career
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The stats for our fundraising profession are abysmal. Most people don't stay after 18 months. Why is that?

According to the Underdeveloped Report by Compasspoint, many development staff leave because they do not get along with their boss.

How can you get along better with your boss? You must build trust, deliberately. Not just assume trust will happen but intentionally​ build it. In this session, we'll talk about exactly how to build trust and make your fundraising office even more effective. You'll learn:

-- The Cost of not building trust in our organizations
​​​​​​-- ​How to build credibility-even with yourself!
​​​​​​​-- 10 ways to build trust at work
-- 3 Key elements of Trust
-- 7 Phrases to set expectations and more!

​This session is perfect for executive directors too. Building trust ideally is a 2-way relationship. And your revenue stream is worth figuring this piece out.

Kishshana Palmer
Managing Up When Your Boss Does Not Understand Fundraising
Friday, April 21, 2017

Have you ever wanted to get more help in your work? Get a better fundraising budget or a better database? How do you manage to get these things if your boss doesn't understand fundraising? In this session, Kishshana Palmer, MBA, CFRE, will share her notes from the field as a Vice President of External Affairs and Development for a national organization, and other development roles. She will help each attendee get a better understanding of what they must do to support their own success. We will cover conversations we must have with our bosses to create structures and processes to help the fundraising program succeed.

Learning Objectives:

-- Helping your boss understand their relationship to money

-- How to educate your boss and other staff about fundraising

-- Discovering the strengths in your staff to help them plug into fundraising tasks

-- Exactly how to create processes and materials to support their work for you

Peter Drury
Advancing Your Career and The Careers of Others
Friday, April 21, 2017

Tips for Mentoring and Leadership Development

Learn a refreshing new framework for professional development and mentoring. Tools and tips will be practical! You can change your approach to leadership development. This session will be particularly relevant to you if your opportunities and resources seem limited.

Takeaways include:

-- ​​​​​How to find and leverage a mentor relationship
​​​​​​-- ​How to mentor in a manner that builds coalitions
-- How to manage a fundraising team for growth and joy

Pearl Waldorf
Creating Space for Successful Communication at Work
Friday, April 21, 2017

In our doing obsessed culture it’s easy to forget the importance of pausing to take stock. Knowing what’s true now and getting clear about what we want from an interaction gets glossed over in the flurry of our busy nonprofit work days.

This session shares ways to incorporate invaluable reflection time, which leads to a new way to view our colleagues. You’ll come away from this workshop with applicable tools that support self-connected, clear communication. This will help you reach your goals.

You’ll learn:

-- Tactics to assess your boss’s engagement style and orientation.

-- Options for communication that work with their style.

-- How to experience satisfaction from even the most difficult interactions.

-- Ways to reflect and clarify your needs before taking action.

Linda Lysakowski
How to be a Successful Consultant
Friday, April 21, 2017

In this one hour session, Linda Lysakowski will share her 30 years of knowledge about nonprofit consulting, along with Mazarine Treyz.

You will learn:
1. How we started.
2. An idea of what kind of consulting you would like to do
3. How to make a side-hustle work
​​​​​​​4. How to market your business starting out.
​​​​​​​5. How to build relationships with potential clients.
6. Comprehensive Resources

What else will you get if you register for the Fundraising Career Conference?
Your Bonuses include: Two videos on resumes and cover letters. AND A sample of the best fundraising cover letter. AND 42 job search sites, A career pathing e-book AND...
Bonus 6: An exclusive interview with Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job
Bonus 7: How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy Video with Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE
Bonus 8: Every Session from the Conference, Recorded for You!
More Session Descriptions to Come
Our Speakers
Kishshana Palmer, CEO, Kishshana & Co. + Fabulously Fundraising 

Kishshana Palmer, CEO Kishshana &Co. + Fabulously Fundraising Kishshana would tell you that she didn’t choose a career in development; it chose her! Kishshana launched Kishshana & Co. to help non-profits break out of their organizational and fundraising rut. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with local and national non-profit organizations in various development roles where she designed and implemented development infrastructures, created diversified fundraising programs, increased staff capacity and oh yes…raised money! To date, she has helped organizations raise over $45 million dollars.

Kishshana is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), A passionate, charismatic and electrifying professional, Kishshana is committed to helping non-profit leaders come up with bright ideas that will propel their organizations’ mission.
Marc Pitman, founder of the Concord Leadership Group, and author of Ask Without Fear.

Marc is the executive director of the affordable fundraising training program The Nonprofit Academy, and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. Because of his dynamic trainings, Marc speaks to thousands each year at events like the World Fundraising Summit in Mexico, trainings in New Zealand, Association for Fundraising Professionals International Conference, and organizations around the world.
Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE

She has helped nonprofits raise hundreds of millions over a career inspiring volunteers and professionals to implement innovative fundraising and marketing strategies that advance the mission, vision and values of causes addressing society’s most pressing problems.
Named Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Claire contributes regularly to Fundraising Success Magazine, is a featured expert on Content Marketing Examiner, writes for Maximize Social Business on social media for nonprofits, is a  web and audio presenter for Next Level Nonprofits, ThirdSectorToday, 4GOOD Nonprofit Webinars, Nonprofit Radio and Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Her blog was recently named “Top Fundraising Blog” by Fundraising Success and she teaches the CFRE course that certifies professional fundraisers. 
Claire Axelrad will be speaking about how to make a good impression in your interview.
Phil Gérard

He's been a fundraiser for 16+ years, working in the community service, education and university advancement sectors with a focus on major gifts. A Master of Business Administration degree with a Human Resource Management specialization set him on an exciting path within the fundraising profession: Fundraising Talent Management.

His firm's services include recruitment for the nonprofit sector with a focus on major gift roles, career planning services for individuals, and talent management consulting services for organizations (including onboarding, career pathing, professional development, retention strategies, and succession planning).

Phil is an adjunct instructor in the Georgian College Fundraising and Resource Development Graduate Program. He is also the author of Phil’s Careers Blog - Fundraising ONLY!, which features the latest fundraising career and professional development opportunities as well as articles about topics fundraisers care about.
Phil Gérard will be speaking on what recruiters look for.
Sheena Greer, founder of Colludo, and nonprofit communications consultant

She is a passionate advocate for literacy, families, and living in a way that is mindful of others. In 2013, Sheena decided she needed to do more to help nonprofits & social entrepreneurs communicate their missions. She started Colludo with the hope of sharing her love of simple, powerful communications, and the desire to have fun while doing good.

Sheena Greer will be speaking on creativity and play in the fundraising workplace.
Peter Drury,  Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, for Seattle Children’s and Adjunct Professor at Seattle University (Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program). He is a trusted advisor for philanthropists, boards of directors, families, and nonprofit leaders. 

Peter works daily to integrate business smarts with philanthropic intent. He is respected for his teachable wisdom integrating content across silos as disparate as fundraising, accounting, finance, planning, management, org culture, and leadership. Peter holds M.B.A., M.S.W., and M.Div. degrees from Seattle University, the University of Illinois, and Yale University, respectively.

Pearl Waldorf  is a body-centered and attachment oriented psychotherapist with a private practice in Inner NE Portland, Oregon.

She supports her clients to connect to the innate clarity within them in service to developing authentic self-expression, fulfilling relationships and meaningful work in the world. She celebrates the natural brilliance of the human brain and physiology and it's unfolding towards health with adolescent and adult individuals and groups.


Pearl Waldorf will be speaking about how to create space for authentic communication at work.

Mazarine Treyz, Author, The Wild Woman's Guide to Fundraising and other books, CEO, Wild Woman Fundraising.

Treyz is a nationally-recognized strategist for fundraising planning and communications. Creator of over 12 e-courses, 3 masterclasses and 3 books, she has coached and taught over 12,000 nonprofit professionals how to be better fundraisers since 2010. Partners and clients include: AFP International, US Olympic Committee, Meals on Wheels National, GuideStar, VolunteerMatch, NetworkforGood, Association of Donor Relations Professionals,, Bloomerang, Blackbaud and many others.

Last Year's Attendees say:

This was so seamless, easy, and convenient. This was so frank and honest - not the usual cheerleader stuff. Bravo! And thank you!”

I really appreciate that I can go back and listen to the sessions I was unable to catch due to schedule.” -Anonymous

“The topics were perfect for were I am right now in my life.” -Anonymous

Frequently Asked Questions about the Fundraising Career Conference

Q: When is the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference 2017?

A: It's Monday April 17th, Wednesday April 19th, and Friday April 21st 2017 from 7am PT to 2pm PT. We may run over the end time but if we do and you have to step away, it's okay, we are recording it for you.

Q: Why are you having the conference over 5 days with two days of rest on Tuesday and Thursday instead of 3 days straight? 

A: According to Benedict Carey's meticulously researched book, How We Learn, spacing learning out over several days helps you retain information better.


Q: Where is the Fundraising Career Conference?

A: It is online. That means you can attend from your computer, instead of having to fly somewhere and pay for hotels and taxis. This also means if you don't have time to take 3 days off in a row, you can watch the recordings and take the conference on YOUR time.

Q: How long is each session?

A: Each session is 60 minutes, with 10-15 minutes for questions.

Q: If I register, but can't get to every session, will I get the recordings from this conference?

A: Yes. You'll get the recordings by the end of April.

Q: If I can't make this conference, will there be another one later in the year?

A: Nope, you'll have to wait a whole year for the next one. So join us this year!

Q: What's the cost of the conference?

A:  From March 29th to April 16th, the price is $297. Then we will sell the conference recordings for $397. Save some serious cash and register now!

Q: Can I pay with Paypal?

A: Yes! Just check the Paypal option below and you will be directed to PayPal.

Q: Can I use my credit card to pay?

A: Yes! Our secure services with STRIPE will make sure your payment information is safe. You can use your credit card or debit card to pay for the Fundraising Career Conference. You can also use your Paypal balance. 

Q: Can we get a group rate?

Yes! For groups of 4 or more, just contact and you will get a discount on each ticket.


Q: Will this conference be focused on America only?

No. This is an international conference. We will focus on the US and Canada in our discussions of how to move up in your fundraising career. We currently have two speakers from Canada, Sheena Greer, of Colludo in Saskatoon, and Phil Gerard, of Gerard Consulting in Vancouver, BC. We are also sponsored by the Canadian nonprofit job site, CharityVillage. 

Q: I'm outside North America. Will you have a phone number for me?

A: Yes. We will work with our webinar platform to make sure you've got access to the conference with a local number.

Q: Can I get CFRE credits for this?

A: Yes! You can get 13.25 CFRE credits for taking this 3 day virtual conference.

Q: I want to learn how to fundraise more effectively, not just about my career. Do you offer that?

A: Yes! The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is from September 24th-29th 2017 and covers how to take your nonprofit to the next level with fundraising. To get both conferences and all fundraising materials for a serious discount, we also offer Fundraising Mastermind Elite.

Q: When I register for the Virtual Fundraising Career conference, does that include the Nonprofit Leadership Summit too?

A: No. The Nonprofit Leadership Summit is for senior nonprofit leadership to learn how to take their nonprofits to the next level in fundraising. But if you become a member of Fundraising Mastermind Elite, both conferences are included in your membership.

Q: Where can I learn more about the Nonprofit Leadership Summit?

A: Go to



Q: I don't want my boss to know I'm jobhunting.  Can I be anonymous?

A: 100% Yes. We respect your privacy and anonymity. This conference is a safe space where we will not use your last name.

Q: I want to network with people from this conference. Can I get the names of attendees as an attendee?

A: We respect people's privacy, so we don't give out the names. Plus JUST IN CASE someone is jobhunting and doesn't want their boss to know, we keep it anonymous. However this year we are adding a private Facebook group and Slack channel for those people who want to chat with each other before and after the conference. 

​​Q: Is there a limit on the number of attendees?

A: We are limiting the attendance to 300 people. At this price, it will sell out fast, so get on it!

Q: What if I have a hard time accessing the conference?

A: Top tips: Before the conference each day, restart your computer.  Don't have a lot of internet tabs or other programs running in the background while attending the conference. If you can't hear, try connecting via phone instead of computer, or vice versa. Worst case scenario, you can call GotoWebinar, they are very responsive to customer service issues.

Q: My organization wants to sponsor. Who do I talk with?

A: Email info @ fundraising-career-conference . com.

Q: I have a question that isn't answered here. Where can I ask my question?

A: Email info @ fundraising-career-conference . com. 

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This conference has been huge for me. It is not overstating to say that the knowledge I gained here will not only influence my organization for months and years to come, but everything I do as a NP professional.  -Hilary Dalton
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You want to go-but not sure if your boss will let you? Your boss should let you go to this conference. Here's a template email for you to edit. 

Dear [Boss],

Remember how I wanted to learn how to be a better manager this year?

Well, now I can. There's this fundraising career conference coming up for 3 days in April where I can learn how to do it.

AND Good news: It's online! That means no airfare, meals, or hotel to pay for. SCORE!

Most fundraising conferences don't have sessions on careers, or if they do, they might have just one session on personality types or something. This conference has 10 sessions on careers and management, and it will help me be a better fundraising professional.

Even more good news: It's got sessions from Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE author of 10 books on fundraising published by Charity Channel, Marc Pitman, CEO of the Concord Leadership Group and author of Ask without Fear, Claire Axelrad, JD, CFRE of Clairifiation, and Kishshana Palmer, MBA, CFRE, former VP of External Affairs for FoodCorps. Finally, it's got a session with Peter Drury, a current Development Director in Seattle who will be talking about how to be a better mentor and manager in fundraising. 

Best of all, it's $297 until April 16th. This conference could really help me as a professional, and it won't require me to be out of the office. Plus it will all be recorded, so I can watch the sessions over and over again.

So what do you say? Shall we do this?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

[Your Name Goes Here]