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Asking Matters Fundraising Symposium (Partner Series)

Various sessions Mon-Fri, Apr. 19-23, 2021


This series is offered in partnership with Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA).

The world may have changed, but fundraising fundamentals - and challenges - remain. Join acclaimed fundraising expert and author Brian Saber to find and develop your personal asking style. Whether you are a development director, board member, program manager, or major gifts officer, this hands-on workshop will help you take the anxiety out of the ask by honing in on your natural strengths. This symposium features an online workshop series for nonprofit staff on fundraising best practices and asking styles, three one-hour webinars for board members to attend, and additional opportunities to connect with experts and peers across the country.

This symposium will explore:
  • Your Asking Mindset
  • The Asking Styles
  • Donor Styles and Cycles 
  • Selecting Prospects, Making the Ask, and Thanking and Recognition
  • Trending Fundraising Topics
Symposium Schedule + Daily Sessions
The Fundraising Symposium runs Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23 with various programs at different times throughout each day. Some programs are staff-specific, while others are focused toward board members.

Monday, April 19
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET | Welcome + Introduction to the Symposium
Tuesday, April 20 
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET | Coffee Talks with Development Professionals and Experts
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET | Asking Matters for Staff: Session One
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET | Asking Matters for Boards: Asking Styles
Wednesday, April 21
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET | Coffee Talks with Development Professionals and Experts
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET | Asking Matters for Staff: Session Two
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET | Asking Matters for Boards: The Donor Cycle
Thursday, April 22
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET | Coffee Talks with Development Professionals and Experts
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET | Asking Matters for Staff: Session Three
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET | Asking Matters for Boards: The Case for Support - Your Story
Friday, April 23
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET | Tying it All Together: Peer Planning for Fundraising
  • 12:00 AM - 1:15 PM ET | Asking Matters for Staff: Session Four
About the Presenter
Brian Saber
is President of Asking Matters. He has spent his entire career ASKING for money for nonprofits. From his early days as a student leader and telethon caller (!) to his six years in charge of major and principal gifts throughout the Midwest for Brandeis University, to his two stints as an executive director, every position involved significant face-to-face solicitation. And he is still honing that art today, cultivating and soliciting select major donors for various clients. 

Brian harnessed all that frontline experience to become a sought-after trainer, coach, and consultant around the country and abroad. His work is transformative. He develops major gift programs, conducts campaign feasibility studies, creates training courses, and coaches top-level staff, taking organizations to the next level. 

Having spent most of his career with organizations having budgets under $10 million, Brian is well aware of the fundraising challenges smaller organizations face. He knows most organizations can’t afford consulting services, or even a half-day training by a professional. It’s just not in the budget. 

With that perspective, Brian created a resource that all nonprofits could afford. With his cofounder, Andrea Kihlstedt, Brian built Asking Matters – a web-based company that trains people how to ask for money and motivates them to do it! As the least expensive and best quality resource in the field, he promises Asking Matters will help countless organizations continue to do incredible work for their causes. 

Packages + Cost

Individual Package (One person): 
  • MANP Members Save 50%!
  • $125 MANP members / $250 Nonmembers
  • Enter coupon code MANPasking at registration
Organization Package (Your team): 
  • MANP members save 50%!
  • Early Bird: $175 MANP members / $350 Nonmembers (through March 31st)
  • Regular Rate: $225 MANP members / $350 Nonmembers (April 1st and after)
  • Invite as many people from your team - staff and board - for one flat rate!
  • Enter coupon code MANPaskingteam at registration
  • Registration for this series is through Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA)
  • IMPORTANT: This will be a two-step process. Attendees will register for the symposium, and will then be emailed a separate link to select their daily sessions.
  • Select Non-Member upon registration and enter coupon code to receive discount
  • Click here to register - don't forget to enter the coupon code!
  • All sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend one or more of the sessions will still have access to all course materials.

If you have questions about series content or how to register, please Contact MNA’s Professional and Organizational Development Director, Shelby Rogala, at srogala@mtnonprofit.org or call (406) 449-3717.

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