Daryl Upsall joins the “Stars of Fundraising”

Daryl Upsall joins the “Stars of Fundraising” at the Dallas/Fort Worth Philanthropy in Action Conference – May 28-29, 2019

The DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference will bring international stars of fundraising to the Lone Star State Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 at the Irving Convention Center.

The 2019 conference theme “The Stars are Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas”—is a tribute to talent showcased in keynotes and workshops planned in a new conference format that spans two days of intensive professional development. The DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference brings more than 500 fundraising professionals annually to the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth, USA.

Daryl Upsall’s conference presentations will focus upon the fact that the world is changing faster than that of fundraising, so we better take some action now!

Our traditional fundraising tools and channels look tired and no longer appeal to new generations of philanthropists; the cost of recruiting and retaining new channels are increasing, and new channels are failing bring in sufficient volumes of new high volume/high quality donors.

However, during the last 20 years fundraising has seen explosive growth around the world. Increasingly, growth is occurring in Asia and Latin America as some of the mature markets in Europe and North America are stagnating and face crisis, whist fundraising in China is beginning to take off big time.

In Europe media attacks, public concerns and government scrutiny is leading to tougher rules governing data management and how we communicate with donors. Meanwhile, the non-profit sector struggles to compete for attention in 24-7 high speed, rolling news world.

So how do we as a sector adapt, change and, therefore, invest for future success?

About the conference

In-depth pre-conference workshops bring focus to fundraising fundamentals, grant writing, capital campaigns, and planned giving Tuesday, May 28. The all-day CFRE Refresher Course also is part of the pre-conference schedule.

Stars of fundraising follow Wednesday, May 29, when one of the deans of fundraising opens the formal conference schedule.

Dr. Adrian Sargeant, chief executive of the Philanthropy Centre Ltd, delivers the breakfast keynote address, entitled Relationship Fundraising 3.0: Using Philanthropic Psychology to Double Giving. It is the first in a showcase of stars presenting in sessions offered both morning and afternoon. They are:

  • Daryl Upsall FInstF— Fundraising Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges in a Changing World
    Daryl Upsall, CEO of both Daryl Upsall Consulting International and Daryl Upsall & Associates, has built an international reputation for innovation in fundraising in more than 35 years’ experience fundraising, communications and advocacy operations for over 230 nonprofit organizations in more than 60 counties.
  • Anna Barber— From Zero to $300M: Raising the Private Philanthropic Support to Build the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture — A Perfect Blend of the Art and Science of Fundraisin Anna Barber, now President and Principal Consultant for Barber & Associates, a boutique fundraising consulting firm, was part of the campaign to fund and build a national treasure: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
  • Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE— Simone: UNCENSORED & UNPLUGGED. Simone P. Joyaux is one of the most respected—an outspoken—voices in governance and fund development.
  • Tim Kachuriak— Optimize Your Fundraising: What We Learned About What Works (and What Doesn’t) From Over 1,400 Online Experiments. Tim Kachuriak is founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a research and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.

Marcy Heim, a 20-year veteran of major giving at the University of Wisconsin, delivers the lunch keynote address entitled Invest in JOY! — Unleashing a Lifestyle of Generosity.

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