2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising: Building Generosity

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From Paycheck to Passion: How to Motivate and Engage Staff

Speakers: Shannon Sherman, University of Washington and Jennifer Teeler, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound

Track: Organizational Culture

Time: Thursday, June 6 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Presentation Description:

As a manager or a team member, how do you increase productivity and motivate others in a way that is uniquely meaningful to them? Through our presentation and interactive exercises, we’ll take a look at the art and science of motivational theory and offer practical ideas to boost productivity and job satisfaction. In this era where fundraisers are in high demand and can work anywhere, we will address how to foster loyalty and cohesion in the workplace. Please be ready to interact with the group and share your own hits and misses in team leadership.

Key Take-Aways: Provide concrete examples of motivational types and how to inspire best performance on your team and in fundraising based evaluation metric for staff you manage (can be combined with quantitative metrics). Examples of leadership tactics designed to inspire and motivate staff.

Shop Size: Suitable for any size shop

Expertise Level: Midcareer (2-5 years) | Experienced (5-10 years) | Veteran Fundraiser (10+ years)

About the Speakers


Shannon Sherman serves as the Assistant Director for Advancement at the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Academic Affairs. She is excited to connect our supporters and the community with exceptional students every day and to see their success as leaders as they graduate. A member of Advancement Northwest, she is passionate about the nonprofit fundraising community and how we can help one another to highlight and inspire philanthropy where we live.


As the Director of Philanthropy for Susan G. Komen Puget Sound, Jennifer Teeler has been able to draw on years of experience and lessons learned working in volunteer management, public speaking, and even the police department! Jennifer enjoys her work combining her passions for building relationships and fighting breast cancer across the greater Puget Sound region. She relishes every opportunity to invite staff, volunteers, and donors to fuel their passions.


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Interpreter services are available upon request during registration.