EVENTS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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UPCOMING EVENTS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

European Fundraising Association - Annual Skillshare

November 27

2.0 Online Experiences For Your Donors
Skillshare with Tomasz Kierul, CFRE

Skillshare is EFA's flagship annual event for the European fundraising community. It highlights current fundraising issues and challenges, alongside practical tips about running a successful fundraising association.

 

I am excited to be part of this year's event and present with Tomasz Kierul, CFRE, Member of the Polish Fundraising Association and Board Member of AFP New York City Chapter.

AFP NEW JERSEY 

January 13, 2020 - 12PM

Connecting With Your Donors In Light Of Covid-19

In this interactive virtual session, I will tap into the potential of connecting and engaging with donors online during a global pandemic. To learn more about the session and to register, visit the AFP NJ website. 

PAST EVENTS | TRAININGS

Polish Fundraising Association - 12th International Conference

November 20, 2020

2.0 Online Experiences For Your Donors

I was invited to present at the 12th International Fundraising Conference
- 12. Międzynarodowa Konferencja Fundraising. 

In the center was the big question: how do we engage donors online? How can we create transformational experiences?

Because what do donors want? They want ...

  • To have a good time

  • To connect with peers, friends, people served by your organization

  • Community

  • Meaning

  • To learn and explore


... Just like you and me. It is all about the human factor, which is so vital to our work.

AFP SOUTH CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY 

November 11, 2020

Virtual Donor Engagement 2.0.
 

I was invited to "visit" Charleston SC to have "Virtual Coffee" with colleagues at the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We tested ideas on how to create playful and meaningful moments for donors online.

A few tips to get started:

  • Start off with a 60-min experience

  • Choose 1-2 interactive techniques for breakout rooms and zoom chat

  • Include a mission moment

  • Test with your board and team

  • Build a community

TEAM RESILIENCE STRATEGIES

Training for Team Leaders and Managers

October 2020

13 Team Leaders from Berlin, Botswana, Israel, U.S.A., and Canada made the stretch and tested Team Leader Resilience. David Prior, PCC, BCC, and I provided them A-I-R - a new innovative model for team leader resilience:

A -  Aligned Commitment

I -   Innovative Agility

R -  Relational Team

What your colleagues across industries experienced in the session:

“So many good ideas about exercises to take back to our team”

“Fast and furious session - thank you”

“Like the tools!”

THE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION - A PROJECT BY THE JEWISH WEEK 

July and October 2020

 

Facilitating two meaningful evenings for 58-70+ participants on "Racial Justice and the Jewish Community" and "Imaging a Jewish Community post-Covid-19" was a rewarding experience. Special thanks to Gary Rosenblatt and the Conversation-team for embracing the virtual space and inviting me to design the programs. It was great to see everyone conversing and connecting online. 

Read more about the October program in Gary Rosenblatt's article published October 28, 2020. 

VIRTUAL DONOR CULTIVATION EVENTS
How to design meaningful  ​experiences on Zoom with Liberating Structures.
 

June, July, August, and September 2020

  • 4 trainings

  • 100+ senior fundraisers and professional leaders from

  • 80+ organizations

 

I designed the training to share live and interactive virtual alternatives to in-person donor cultivation events where personal connections can be made and future giving decisions formed. ​


Because: What do you do without in-person parlor meetings, cocktail parties, donor briefings, and even donor mission trips? Webinars alone do not suffice to bring donors into the conversation, to build loyalty to your organization, and create social connections.

Instead of the "TV-like-experience" (aka donors watching somebody else speak online), it is now time to design interactive and engaging events online - events that don't require a considerable budget, production team, or a big bang. Intimate and personable events that everyone can create to connect with partners and funders. 
A lot is possible with the right facilitation tools and techniques - and breakout rooms on Zoom.

What Participants have been saying:

"It was a groundbreaking event. Learned so much."

"Thank you, Tanja, for a very useful and informative - and fun - training session. I look forward to trying out some of the tools and tips you provided!"

"Tanja - thank you for the informative and engaging webinar! I took away a lot of useful tips and met some wonderful development colleagues. I look forward to future programs!"

"The discussions inspired a virtual event we're now planning for this Fall. Thanks all!"

DISTRIBUTION OF TEAMS IN THE ERA OF COVID ​

An interactive and imaginatively session for team leaders 

July 2020

Team leaders across industries were invited to an interactive and imaginatively virtual session to respond to the new remote work environment. Team leaders connected with peers and sourced collective strategies. At the end of the session, the team leaders left with greater resourcefulness and increased confidence to innovate in the ever-expanding and contracting ‘normal’. 

Team leaders learned and experienced:

❏ A variety of hands-on and engaging virtual facilitation tools for remote teams

❏ Design alternatives to typical online meetings to increase collaboration

❏ Ideas on making your online workspace visual, inviting and playful

 

I was thankful to develop this session in partnership with a distinguished coaching colleague, David Matthew Prior, PCC, BCC. 

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES - A 2-PART LIBERATING STRUCTURES SERIES 

April 2020

Enlightening, Inspiring, Enriching, Amazing, Energizing, Informative, Interesting, Illuminating, Involving, Practical, Invigorating, Refreshing, Appreciative.

These were reactions from 30 professionals who participated in the interactive virtual Liberating Structures experience. 

 

The 2-part series invited everyone to reimagine virtual experiences and meetings. It was fun and fabulous to see everyone's enthusiasm and the connections made.

LIBERATING STRUCTURES WORKSHOP

December 2019, Center for Nonprofits NJ, Annual Conference

Impressions from facilitating a Liberating Structures Workshop with Julia (Julie) Erickson, MBA at the NJ Nonprofit Council conference. Collaborations made fun and easy - the key to success in philanthropy and fundraising. 

 

We experienced four LS methods (1-2-4 All, TRIZ, 15 % Solutions and Impromptu Networking) with 50 nonprofit leaders and professionals. 

PROSPECT RESEARCH

Making Friends in the U.S.
May 2019, Deutscher Fundraising Kongress
(German Fundraising Conference)

It was a privilege to speak at the National German Fundraising Conference (Deutscher Fundraising Kongress) in May 2019!

 

My session about prospect research - how to identify individual donors and foundations in the United States - was timely: the global fundraising market is expanding!  Many major donors are global citizens and cross-border philanthropy is on the rise. 

LIBERATING STRUCTURES IMMERSION 

February 2019, NY City Parks & Recreation Program Summit

I had that most amazing Liberating Structures experience with LS facilitator Nancy White from Seattle and my colleague Dana Pylayeva.

 

Being able to co-facilitate along Nancy was energizing – but most energizing was to see how the Liberating Structures techniques brought a diverse staff from the NY Parks & Recreation department together. LS unleashed their passion and brought everyone together.

Contact

Synergies Created | Synergies in Philanthropy Consulting 

Tanja Sarett, CFRE

info@synergiesinphilanthropy.com

P: 646-598-9291 

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Synergies Created | Synergies in Philanthropy Consulting (Synergies) activates team-centered innovation and creative and synergistic solutions for visionary companies, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropies. Synergies specializes in fundraising, cross-border giving, and stakeholder engagement. By blending consulting with facilitation and coaching, Synergies helps clients optimize outcomes in the virtual space and the 21st century distributed workplace.

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