Learn & Lead is Back!

Posted on Mar 17, 2022 by Jon Dize - Best Practices - News and Events - SGO

“Leave work at lunchtime on Thursday, Learn, and then return to work on Friday Afternoon ready to Lead!”

After a COVID-induced break, our annual fundraising training for schools, churches, and other Christ-based organizations will be on Thursday & Friday, April 28 & 29 in Fort Wayne at the Busse Alumni Center of Purdue-Fort Wayne on Coliseum Boulevard.

Join us for our annual Noon-2-Noon Faith-Based Fundraising Retreat As we welcome back by popular demand Dr. Bill Stanczykiewicz as our retreat speaker. Bill is the Director of the Fund Raising School at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the nation’s leader in fundraising education and research.

We are also returning to our “Noon-2-Noon” Retreat format, with one speaker for the entire event that starts at noon on Thursday and finishes after lunch on Friday. Attendees will not only have access to world-class training, but also have one-on-one mentoring opportunities with a national expert. Bill will also infuse faith-based best practices into all sessions.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Thursday, April 28:
    • 12:00pm: Opening Lunch

    • 1:00pm - 4:00pm: The Fundraising Landscape, and Planning the Case for Support

    • 5:00pm: Reception

    • 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Organizational Readiness for Fundraising, & Building your Case for Support

  • Friday, April 29:
    • 9:00am - 12:00pm: Introduction to Planned Giving

    • 12:00pm: Closing Lunch

This year is co-sponsored by our sister organization The Lutheran SGO of Indiana and is priced to encourage attendance by teams: principals, pastors, executive directors, their boards, and key staff. The more we can share the wit and wisdom of Bill, the better our organizations can be!

Attendance Fees:

  • Individual:
    • 1 attendee: $199

  • Teams:
    • Up to 5 attendees from the same church, school, or organization: $399

Discounted overnight accommodations are available at the adjacent Holiday Inn-Purdue Fort Wayne.

Leave work at lunchtime on Thursday, learn, and then return to work on Friday afternoon ready to lead! To purchase tickets for one or for a team, visit https://www.thelutheranschools...

For those wanting to mail a check or have questions, call Jenny at 260-203-4420 or email her at jenniferg@tlspartnership.org

More on our Speaker:

Serving as assistant dean for external relations, Bill Stanczykiewicz oversees communications and fundraising for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy while directing The Fund Raising School. Bill also serves as a core faculty member, teaching graduate and bachelor’s level courses on philanthropy, fundraising, and leadership.

Bill’s professional career spans the philanthropic, public, and private sectors. He served for 17 years as President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, leadership positions in the mayor’s office in Indianapolis, staff member on the United States Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, board member on Indiana’s State Workforce Innovation Council and Indiana’s Education Roundtable, and appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ESPN as well as numerous state and national newspaper op-eds and radio and television interviews.

Bill has been honored by being named a “Sagamore of the Wabash,” and receiving the “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year” and a “Next Generation Leader” by the Rockefeller Foundation. Community service opportunities have included serving on leadership committees for the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four.

Bill earned a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership, and his dissertation examined methods for increasing board engagement with fundraising. His master’s degree is in public administration from George Mason University, which followed his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Bill also has attained post-graduate credentials from Vanderbilt University and The Fund Raising School.