Non-Profit Consultants' Panel & Festive Social

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Hello everyone, I am pleased to announce our next event - A Non-Profit Consultants' Panel, and 3rd annual festive sweater contest.

Agenda for Nov 19 AM session 8:30 am - 11:30 am

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am Welcome

9:10 am Report back from BBCON 2015, Brian Dowling

9:15 am Consultants Panel, structured questions

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Consultants Panel, free flow questions from the audience

We invited a number of fundraising consultants to sit on a panel to answer your questions & share perspectives – specifically we are keen to learn about alternatives beyond the consulting & training expertise from Blackbaud.

Kindly include YOUR QUESTIONS when you RSVP. Preliminary questions posed to panelists are:

· Pro and Cons of hiring a consultant

· When to use a consultant

· Onsite vs online

· Defining the project scope

· Developing your “operational business case” to bring in a consultant, move it from idea to approval (convince your colleagues, boss, board to hire a consultant)

· How to capitalize on consulting expertise, translating into training & in house expertise

is our Coffee and Breakfast Sponsor

Graciously, the following consultants accepted our invitation

Cathy Michitsch, President & CEO, Senior Raiser’s Edge Consultant, Michitsch Systems Inc (http://www.michitschsystems.com/)

Cathy has been supporting non-profits in the Lower Mainland since 1992. Her expertise includes Raiser's Edge & Income Manager Fundraising Database Consulting, Crystal Reports Design & Development; Project Management for Fundraising Database Implementations, Data Conversions, training and she is a Blackbaud Certified Raiser's Edge Professional - bCRE(Professional).

JP Provencal, Methodworks (http://www.methodworksconsulting.com/)

I have over 15 years of experience working for and with charities and non-profit organizations. As a consultant with Method Works, I'm passionate about helping our clients push the boundaries of technology to meet their needs. As part of an exceptional team of consultants I've been exposed to a wide range of software, tools and techniques; but I'm at my best with Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge, Financial Edge, and Luminate Online products.

I am certified as a consultant and technician with Luminate and Teamraiser, and was one of the first Canadians to be certified a Blackbaud Certified Raiser's Edge Professional - bCRE(Professional).

Ryan Garnett, Head of Integrated Marketing, Harvey McKinnon & Associates (HMA) (http://harveymckinnon.com/)

HMA is a full-service fundraising agency specializing in integrated fundraising. We have the consultants and strategists to ensure you’ll get the most out of any project, and we also have a data team who specializes in maximizing the value you get from your data. HMA’s Head of Integrated Marketing, Ryan Garnett, is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who has been helping non-profits raise money for more than 10 years. He's been a speaker at a number of events and conferences including the AHP International Conference.

Regrets received from

Compton International Fundraising Consultants (http://comptonfundraising.com/) – After a thoughtful conversation, Compton’s expertise is specific to capital campaigns and resource studies, not a technology, database nor analytic focus.

KCI Ketchum Canada Inc (http://kciphilanthropy.com/) –KCI regretfully declines in part due to previous commitments. Also, while our consulting services and expertise encompass many areas, technology is not one of those areas.

MMC Canada (http://www.mmccanada.com/) - Laura is unable to attend, however she is hoping another consultant with her firm is able to join us.

O-Matic Software (https://www.omaticsoftware.com/) -would really like to participate, not able due to competing commitments.

Nonprofit Garden (http://nonprofitgarden.com/) - Provides expertise in fundraising and online community software, Lisa Lane sends her regrets.

Feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues, as the November 19th event will be less technical than most of our previous sessions. We hope to see you on November 19, 2015!

Tamara & Organizing Committee