Five Reasons to Attend the 2021 Advancement Innovation Summit

Brian GaworVice President of ResearchAugust 6, 2021

We’re gearing up for another great Advancement Innovation Summit, Sept. 22-23, online. Over 1,000 advancement leaders joined us last year, and I hope you’ll register today to join us this year.

Here are five reasons to attend this event, which we’re continuing to offer at no cost.

1) We’re going to Italy at the Advancement Innovation Summit (virtually)

A live tour of Roman ruins, and Italy-themed experiences throughout the two-day event will help feed your travel bug. It’s also a great way for us to support the tourism industry in a country which was hit so hard by the pandemic, and do it virtually.

2) You’ll hear inspiring speakers

Our opening keynote, Doc Hendley, held his first fundraiser in 2004, and now raises over $1M annually with Wine To Water, providing clean water to communities in need around the world. A highly sought and award-winning speaker, Doc will share his story of moving from bartender and musician to global changemaker.

Then, the conference will continue with other great speakers, inspiring and insightful panels, and advancement leaders sharing what they’re doing to transform donor engagement.

3) You’ll hear what’s new and next for donor engagement and fundraising

It’s time to challenge the norm – and our theme: Innovate, Elevate, Engage is all about getting “unstuck” in our donor engagement. We won’t be recycling the same old strategies at this event.

We’ll share what the most innovative institutions are doing with technology, omnichannel campaigns, and personalized engagement. We’ll be taking the conversation to a higher level: all our engagement fuels our pipeline for major gifts, and we should be talking about how each conversation with a donor moves them to greater investment. And it’s those conversations – real, authentic engagement across multiple channels, that makes a difference.

4) You’ll interact with advancement leaders facing the same challenges you’re facing

Alright, I know you’re “zoomed out” by now, but in-person conferences are still a ways off. Our award-winning event platform makes interaction with your peers across the country and world easy. We can’t go out for drinks, but we can share what’s working and learn from our friends, a long-standing advancement tradition.

5) If you get in early, you’ll get some sweet swag

That’s right, we’re delivering another round of award-winning swag. Just be in the first 500 to register, and you’ll get your very own Italy-themed swag box from our great sponsors!

2021 RNL Virtual Advancement Innovation Summit

Watch every session from the the 2021 RNL Advancement Innovation Summit free. Topics include:

  • Digital engagement and digital giving
  • Alumni and donor engagement
  • Remote management of fundraising operations
  • Strategic optimization of donor engagement channels


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Brian Gawor

Brian Gawor’s focus is research and strategy to help propel both alumni engagement and fundraising results of RNL clients. Brian has 20 years of higher education experience in student affairs, enrollment management, alumni engagement and...

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