Friday, October 10, 2014
Seattle Marriott Waterfront

After decades of research and seminal reports like last year's UnderDeveloped, we know what inspires transformational major gifts: An environment that values and supports big visions of impact, authentic donor engagement, proof of results (and honesty with failures), unwavering leadership, and alignment between an organization's mission, programs, financing, and fundraising.

And, yet, great examples of this environment for major gifts are all too hard to find. We believe that the Northwest can be a national leader in inspiring every nonprofit organization to embrace a transformational view of fundraising. It's time to stop doing what doesn't work and start systematically doing what does work.

This year's Symposium on Major Gifts is designed to do just that – to help you realize you CAN build authentic relationships, show your organization's impact, be the leader your mission needs, and ultimately inspire the transformational gifts that make you and your donors proud.

Now in its 7th year, the Symposium on Major Gifts inspires our profession to think bigger and more boldly about our ability to broker real social change as the stewards of philanthropy. It is a dig-deeper, make-you-think kind of day dedicated to committed development professionals who learn by exploring the best research, gleaning the best lessons from their peers, and engaging in meaningful discussion.

2014 Schedule at a Glance


CEO Summit: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(Note: This is for all symposium attendees, with a special emphasis for CEOs and Board Members who can only attend part of the day) CEOs and Board Members are invited to join us for the morning session only at a reduced rate for a crash-course in what you need to do to be the leader who finally raises the funds your mission deserves.  

Symposium Workshop: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Buckle up and hang prepared for an active program with nationally recognized keynote thinkers, questions that will make you re-frame your fundraising philosophies, and a whole bag full of effective, time-tested tools you can actually use when you return to work on Monday.  You'll leave looking at your job in a whole new way.   

Celebration: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stay for a celebration with your 400 new peers and deserve it.

Registration Rates:

Full (Sept 5 - Oct 10)
Member: $205

Non-Member: $285
CEO Summit: $125

Quotes from previous symposiums:

“If I can only attend one in-person development conference a year, this one is it! Keep the conversation relevant, interesting, welcoming and valuable for CEOs/EDs and board leadership. It's invaluable.”

“I really enjoyed the Symposium and left feeling re-committed to this field and my role in it. I am so proud to be a part of such an outstanding group of passionate and smart colleagues”

“I always know this Symposium will be excellent - the speakers are engaging, knowledgeable, and inspiring. Oh, and the food, amazing - the best I have ever had at a conference/Symposium!!”

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