Conferences & Training
Program - LGBT Engagement and Fundraising Strategies

Day 1 Day 2
Day 1, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Noon - 1:00 PM
Conference Registration

1:00 - 1:30 
Conference Introductions and Overview

1:30 - 3:00 
Academic Leadership Perspectives
The organization LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education lists 45 openly gay college and university presidents and chancellors in the U.S. and Canada and another 23 individuals who hold other senior positions or have retired from the presidency. This number has increased drastically over the past decade. This panel of out presidents share their stories from the corner office-the challenges, rewards and unique opportunities that accompany being "open" about their lives.

3:15 - 4:15
Creating Effective LGBT Alumni and Donor Engagement Strategies
In recent years, institutions have been engaging more diverse populations in their alumni and donor outreach. The most successful major gift programs embrace alumni and donors as philanthropic partners or potential supporters. The needs and interests of LGBT donors are as diverse as those of our donor bases more broadly. How do we position our institutions for the greatest success in building true philanthropic partnership-where the passion and objectives of philanthropic individuals and families are more fully harnessed, resulting in greater philanthropic commitment? This session will help fundraisers understand the many dimensions of belief and confidence required for major gift fundraising and evaluate their institutions' readiness for philanthropic partnership-with LGBT donors, and with everyone with the potential to make their institution a top giving priority.

4:15 - 5:30
Engagement Strategies and Making the "T" in LGBT Matter

5:30 - 6:30
Networking Reception

6:30 
Conference adjourns for the day
Dinner on your own

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Day 2, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast Roundtables
Join optional roundtable groups to discuss hot topics with your peers. Groups will be organized by topic. A continental breakfast will be provided.

9:00 - 10:00 AM
Partnerships and Strategies for Support
Campus LGBTQ+ centers are important focal points for donors interested in supporting students and programs affecting the LGBTQ community. Developing effective collaboration requires understanding the ways each partner benefits and can help and support the other. In the face of diminishing support for higher education, donors have an opportunity to impact colleges and universities in ways are informed by and reflect their experiences and values. This panel aims to offer insight around navigating those relationships and ways in which advancement offices can proactively partner with LGBTQ+ centers to leverage and grow the capacity of both centers and institutions.

10:15 - 11:30 
Telling Your Organization's LGBTQ Impact Stories
Philanthropy is driven by effective and compelling storytelling. This requires sensitivity; thoughtful engagement of students, faculty, and other key stakeholders; and an ability to put LGBT issues in the context of the organization's larger mission and values. Drawing on the experience of seasoned leaders in philanthropy and higher education, this session will explore how institutions have learned to talk about cutting-edge initiatives that encompass gender and LGBT studies, student resource centers, groundbreaking research on the LGBT community, and the ways in which a commitment to diversity and social justice enhances society.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:15 
Career-Building Strategies for LGBTQ Advancement Professionals
This interactive session will give attendees a glimpse behind the curtain of executive search. When you're approached by a search consultant, what should you know or think about if you identify as LGBT or have an interest in fundraising for related causes? How and when do you come out in a search process? How do you handle questions about spousal/partner involvement in interviews? And how do you develop a professional brand that feels confident, authentic, and sustainable? These experts from the world of executive search will educate and enlighten - and in this session there are no dumb questions and often no right answer.

2:30 - 3:45 
LGBT Issues in Context: Building A Culture of Diversity & Inclusion
Building, leading, and contributing to an inclusive organization is not only about diversity and non-discrimination statements. 21st Century leaders have an opportunity and a moral obligation to prepare their organizations for an increasingly pluralistic society. Millennials are now the largest segment of the American workforce, having surpassed Baby Boomers. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), 20% of Millennials are the most gender and sexually fluid generation yet. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Babies of color now outnumber non-Hispanic white babies (1 year or younger). Advancement has been slow to reflect the nation's growing diversity. This session addresses strategies that will help participants be agents of change in our evolving society.

4:00 - 5:15 
Research and Prospect Management in A Changing World
As development professionals our success rises and falls on the strength of our people and the integrity and scope of our data. What does the future hold for advancement analytics? What kinds of characteristics, activities, and affiliations should we be tracking to remain relevant partners to our alumni and donors. And how might data management policies drive success in dealing with LGBTQ stakeholders? These are the questions that our colleagues in research and analytics disciplines contemplate as they plan for ever bigger campaigns and broader giving opportunities. This session will highlight approaches, challenges, and best practices for data analytics and prospect management.

5:15 - 5:30 
Wrap-up and Adjournment

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