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International Public Library Fundraising Conference

PLEASE NOTE:  Conference registration is full. 

When: June 3 - 5, 2018

Where:  Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO

Space is limited to two people per library organization. 

Sunday, June 3

Time Topic Speaker(s)
2:15 - 2:45 pm Welcome Laurie Romer, Acting Director, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
2:45 - 3:40 pm Lifecycle of a Board Member / Building the Major Gifts Ladder, One Rung at a Time Jonna Ward, CEO, Seattle Public Library Foundation / Lauren Arana, Director of Individual Giving, Brooklyn Public Library
3:45 - 5 pm Library Tours
5 - 7 pm Cocktail Social

Monday, June 4

Time Topic Speaker(s)

8 - 9 am Breakfast


9 - 9:50 am New Approaches to Corporate Sponsorships Stu Wilson, Director, Library Strategies / Greg Giles, VP Development and Community Engagement, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

9:50 - 10 am Break


10 - 10:50 am Create a Winning Legacy Giving Marketing Plan with Minimal Resources Sirie Thongchua, Fund Development Officer, Monterey Public Library

11 am Roundtable #1


12:15 - 1:15 pm Keynote Lunch: Perspectives from Our Library Directors Marcellus Turner, Chief Librarian and Executive Director, Seattle Public Library / David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library / Michelle Jeske, City Librarian, Denver Public Library

1:25 - 2:25 pm Holiday Online Giving Success / Take Your Year-End Fundraising Program to the Branches Christina McPhillips, VP of New Business, Carl Bloom Associates / Linnea Hegarty, Executive Director, DC Public Library Foundation

2:35 - 3:35 pm Six Vital Questions to Ask Before You Launch a Capital Campaign / Developing our First "Case for Support" Statement Kevin Wallace, President, CampaignCounsel.org / Lisa Litner, Library Director, Johnson County Public Library & JCPL Foundation

3:50 - 4:50 pm Roundtable #2


4:50 - 5 pm Set stage for Tuesday Laurie Romer, Acting Director, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation

Tuesday, June 5

Time Topic Speaker(s)

8 - 8:55 am Breakfast / Where Do We Go From Here? Working Together Beyond the Conference Sharon Griggins

9 - 9:40 am Denver Public Library Academy: Turning Customers into Advocates Annie Kemmerling, Manager of Innovation & Strategy, Denver Public Library

9:45 - 10:45 am Annual Fund / Acquisition Success with Library Cardholders Sally Swanson / Christina McPhillips / Lauren Arana

10:55 - 11:50 am Engaging Millennial Audiences / Building a Successful Associate Board Linnea Hegarty / Veronica Brown

11:50 am - Noon Now What? Laurie Romer, Acting Director Denver Public Library Friends Foundation

This is a fantastic opportunity for public library development professionals to get together to explore common areas of interest, network with others who successfully raise money for their libraries and hear from other fundraising experts.

We have an information-packed agenda with sessions that cover important fundraising topics, such as effective direct mail and digital fundraising strategies, advocacy, how to turn fundraising challenges into successes and much more.

The hotel room block at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is full.  Check back frequently for cancellations.

If you are learning about this opportunity for the first time, the inaugural conference was held last year in Seattle, with nearly 70 public library development professionals coming together to share and learn from one another.

The conference was developed by the Seattle Public Library Foundation and Carl Bloom Associates to fill a void in our industry. Based on the success of this first conference, the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is excited to host this year’s event. 

Please keep an eye on our website where we will continue to update information.  We look forward to hosting you in Denver!