What Inspires Big Gifts? Big Ideas. – presented by J.D. Beiting and Susan Brekelmans


Major donors give to major visions. These big ideas can propel major social advances, like eliminating disparities in health care, providing better educational opportunities, or building a new performing arts center. 60% of donors listed in the Forbes Top 50 Givers list claim their primary philanthropic goal is to be a powerful force for social change.

Yet, a big idea is anything but easy to achieve. It is akin to an epic adventure, filled with progress and pitfalls. It involves many partners, diverse perspectives, much coordination, and financial support from a variety of sources. The key to success is a well-articulated vision, collaboration, determination, and a good plan.

In this session, hear examples of how a big idea was formed, how it inspired major donors, addressed significant challenges, and stayed on the epic path. The topics explored in this session will dive into the roles of collaborating with multiple partners, addressing barriers, inclusive leadership, fundraising, and new trends in philanthropy.

The session will provide opportunities for dialogue, questions, and answers.

Learning Objectives:

• How to develop a big idea by fostering a healthy culture of collaboration with multiple partners.

• How to establish key priorities and plan to achieve the big idea.

• What to do when the inevitable pitfalls happen, how to address, and how to stay on the path in the epic journey.

Approved for 1.25 CFRE CE credits.

Due to space limitations, registration is limited to first come, first served. Pre-registration required and the registration deadline is June 2nd at noon.

The first 30 minutes are dedicated to networking. The session will begin promptly at 12:00pm.

Boxed lunch will be provided!