Event date: December 8, 2018

Event start time: 10 a.m.

Event end time: 7 p.m.

Location:  Gold Coast Room


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Member price (early bird and standard, including dates): $125 (no EB)

Nonmember price (early bird and standard, including dates): $125 (no EB)


Cancellation/refund policy:

Refunds are made on conference fees only. All special event fees and luncheons are non-refundable.
All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and will incur a $50 fee.  Cancellations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018, by email at membersupportcenter@case.org. For further information, call (202) 328-2273.
To maintain a low cost per registrant, CASE District V is unable to offer refunds after Friday, November 30, 2018, for any reason. No refunds due to injury, illness, or inclement weather.
Conference registrations may be transferred to another member from your institution at any time.
For questions or more information, please contact membersupportcenter@case.org

Hotel Reservations are billed and processed separately from conference registrations. All major credit cards are accepted for payment.


10-11:45 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Session: Better Understand Yourself & Others to Increase Your Fundraising and Productivity

Everything DiSC—a behavioral style instrument that can be used with everyone in an organization, regardless of title or role, to improve the quality of the workplace—can help you learn how to better understand yourself, your donors and others in order to raise more money and increase productivity. The information shared and the techniques learned can be applied to all situations from internal interactions to conversations with donors to personal situations. And can help you answer that age-old question, "Why is it so easy to work with some people and more challenging to work with others?"

Tammy Thayer, CEO, Madison College Foundation (WI)


11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Networking Lunch


1-2 p.m. – Hand-in-Hand: Marrying Annual Planning and Annual Giving Success

We all know that if you plan the work, you can work the plan – presumably with more success than just winging it.  So you bought the ‘how to’ book on building your first, documented annual giving plan.  Now what?  Learn about the collaborative journey in building an annual fundraising plan and the essential annual giving elements to ensure progressive success in growing your donor base.

The session will include a recap of the experience and recommendations from the other side:

  • When to start
  • Who should be involved
  • Building the framework
  • The search for data and goal setting
  • Managing expectations and measuring success
  • Socializing the outcome
  • Lessons learned for next year’s plan

Holly Clendenen, foundation executive director, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)

Katherine Sawyer, chief advancement officer, Oakton Community College (IL)


2-2:10 p.m. – Break


2:10-3:10 p.m. – We Did #GivingTuesday, So You Can, Too!

Discover how Spoon River College, one of Illinois’ smallest community colleges, has, in three years, turned #GivingTuesday from non-existent to a nearly-$20,000 day of giving by incorporating broad community support across and beyond the college’s district. Come to gain new ideas, insights and best practices to launch or improve any day of giving campaign—not just #GivingTuesday—at your own institution.

Colin Davis, foundation executive director, Spoon River College (IL)


3:10-3:20 p.m. – Break


3:20-4:20 p.m. – Evolution of a Distinguished Alumni Program

From institution to institution, programs that recognize outstanding alumni vary in scope, shape and size. This session will break down the key components of Distinguished Alumni Programs and focus on the development of activities that will strengthen alumni engagement. The intended audience is for: 1) anyone with a current program seeking new ideas and/or 2) anyone looking to start an alumni recognition program. The audience will learn how to: build a committee; generate the nomination form; promote nomination submissions; secure the most complete nominations; evaluate the selection process; ensure evaluation tools are in sync with the nomination form; secure campus partners who will support the program; and shape an impactful awards ceremony.  Additionally, the audience will learn to create unique, meaningful day-of-event activities where students will have the opportunity to interface with alumni and program leaders. This interface will provide an ideal platform for the construction of a plan that will maintain ongoing dialog and garner lifelong alumni partners with the institution.

Ellen Farrow, assistant director, special events & affinity groups, College of DuPage (IL)


4:20-4:30 p.m. – Break 


4:30-5:30 p.m. – Leveraging Partners for a Successful Planned Giving Marketing Campaign: How One Staff Member Got Started on a Shoestring Budget

Do you wear the planned giving hat AND have another role, like major gift officer in your institution?  Are you struggling to market your planned giving program while juggling other responsibilities?  Elgin Community College Foundation staff will share how they brought the planned giving program back to life by implementing a marketing campaign for less than $10,000 (hint: partnerships!).  You’ll learn the essential tasks needed to create and implement a campaign, whether you utilize an outside vendor or prepare your own materials, and leave the session with ideas and information to help you establish your own planned giving marketing campaign.

Monica Bucek, director of major and planned gifts, Elgin Community College (IL)


5:30-7 p.m. – Networking Reception (w/ New Professionals)



Reginald Best, Vice President of Development, Henry Ford College (Mich.) and Community College Representative, CASE District V Board of Directors

Lennetta Coney, Foundation President, Mott Community College (Mich.)

Stephanie Hilten, Director of Advancement, Carl Sandburg College (Ill.)

Brian Thomas, Executive Director – Grants, Ivy Tech Community College (Ind.)

Marc Westenburg, Director, CASE Center for Community College Advancement