By Drew Fox Jordan • March 1, 2022

    Gravyty's Top Sessions to Attend at CASE District IV: ReUnited

    Gravyty is proud to return to this year's CASE District IV Annual Conference. We are excited to return to in-person events and get the chance to connect with fundraising professionals face-to-face once more. 

    Gravyty's Top Sessions to Attend at CASE District IV: ReUnited

    This year's event looks to offers a variety of speaker sessions and workshops across topics in advancement services, alumni relations, development, communications and marketing, and professional development within higher education.

    Gravyty's own Lisa Alvezi will be featured as a presenter alongside Taylor Buxbaum of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for this year's conference as well. Make sure to check out her session on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:15 AM CT:

    Converting Cold Portfolios into Top-Producing Portfolios

    Lessons Learned While Converting Cold Portfolios into Top-Producing Portfolios

    Growth. It's what's on every fundraising leader's mind. We're already pretty good at securing the gifts we already have asked for, but how do we fill major gift pipelines with proposals? In this session, Taylor Buxbaum will present how he used personal donor engagement to turn a cold portfolio into a high-producing portfolio while completing discovery work on 800+ more donors by learning new tools that increased his capacity as a giving officer.

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    Here are a couple of sessions from this year's lineup that we have our eyes on ahead of the conference:

    Getting To Yes: Effective Strategies for Landing Visits and Discovering New Donors

    So you’ve been handed a list of prospects, most of whom have potential but there’s been no outreach to speak of yet. How do you get in the door for that initial visit and start a conversation that will lead to a gift? This session will provide you with practical strategies that will help you overcome objections, establish rapport, and reach those elusive prospective donors in an efficient and meaningful way. Equip yourself with useful tips and tools to find new philanthropic opportunities through this engaging and informative presentation.

    Engagement through Mentoring: Building Careers and Relationships with Graduway

    We know alumni want to mentor. But how do we create a meaningful and scaled approach? The Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at UT Dallas, in partnership with Graduway, has secured a historic number of virtual engagements with their solution, Meteor Mentoring! In this session, the Jindal School Alumni Relations and Graduway teams will discuss how to create, measure, and scale digital engagement using a digital-first approach. We will share best practices for recruiting mentors, creating personalized marketing, connecting alumni to their peers, current students, faculty, and more!

    What's Your Institution's Culture of Philanthropy?

    Creating a strong culture of philanthropy can help grow your organization's fundraising. In a philanthropic culture everyone in the organization is educated about the impact philanthropy has on achieving the mission. Improve your organization’s opportunity for success and growth by focusing on its culture of philanthropy.

    Mid-Level Giving: The Heart of Healthcare and Education

    A successful mid-level giving program can lead to greater donor retention and more major giving prospects. Similar to how our hearts provide us with nutrients and oxygen, a program of this nature can provide benefits to both annual giving and major giving teams. In this presentation, Katelyn Lofquist and Grier Bennett will share how their team at UAMS successfully implemented a mid-level giving program with the EverTrue Donor Experience team to open doors to new relationships with both alumni and grateful patients. They will highlight how their team reached 1,000 donors within 6 months along with recommendations for program implementation.

    Practical Steps to Build Trust-Based Relationships

    Finding practical ways to effectively and intentionally build trust is at the core of building a meaningful relationship. This session will unpack the keys to building trust-based relationships with donors, with application as well to all types of personal and professional relationships. Though not a deep-dive into this enormous topic, this will help create simple tactics to create and manage trust-based relationships.

    Gravyty is thrilled for the opportunity to help bring you this year's conference, and look forward to seeing you there!

    Learn more about Gravyty and how we serve CASE District IV. Set up a virtual conference meeting with us today:


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