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Tuesday, September 15 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
The Quest for Community - Donor Response Theory in Successful Non-Profits

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In this presentation, industry experts will present Donor Response Theory, which is a new framework for understanding the components of a successful development program. Using insights from Catholic anthropology and sociology as well as case studies from non-profit partners, session leaders will instruct participants about the components of Donor Response Theory, which is a method for increasing high-quality engagement with donors in order to build lasting relationships over time. Participants will see how this theory can shed light on the quality of all of their donor communications and interactions, from direct mail to planned giving.

  • 1. Participants will learn an effective framework for building a highly successful development program.
  • 2. Participants will evaluate their development program in light of the framework and learn where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
  • 3. Participants will incorporate insights from Donor Response Theory into their strategy in all development areas: major gifts, direct mail, planned giving, foundation relations, etc.


Laurie Evans-Dinneen

Director, Stewardship and Development, Archdiocese of Anchorage

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Jeremy Beer

Vice President, Catholic Phoenix
Jeremy Beer is a member of the board at Catholic Phoenix, a lay organization whose mission is to nurture the intellectual and cultural lives of Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix. He is also on the board at Mars Hill Audio Journal, the Institute for Family Studies, and the American... Read More →
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Matthew Gerken

Client Services Manager, American Philanthropist
Matthew Gerken is an associate consultant with American Philanthropic, assisting clients with strategic planning, writing, mail management, and grant proposals. He joined American Philanthropic after serving as a program officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, where he... Read More →

Tuesday September 15, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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