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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Presentation & Continental Breakfast at 8:00, Networking at 9:30


Ecotrust 2nd Floor Conference Room
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
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FREE to Member Pass Holders*
$25 NAO Members**
$50 Nonmembers

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Event Details

Thomas Bruner, Principal, Bruner Strategies, LLC

For many organizations, the pressure to raise money is constant. Whether a small start-up new to fundraising, a mid-size nonprofit with an existing fundraising program, or a large and well-established organization with years of experience, the need and competition can be intense. One of the most commonly-heard challenges? "My Board won't fundraise enough!" Even good Boards at great organizations sometimes get stuck talking about and getting ready to raise money, but slow to actually raise it. Portfolio Management is a simple tool to help Board members identify, cultivate and leverage their professional and personal contacts for your organization, while providing clarity and focus about fundraising for both Board and staff.

During this presentation, participants will:

  • Identify 3 organizationally-specific barriers to active fundraising by the Board
  • Understand and be able to use Portfolio Management as a tool for leveraging Board engagement in fundraising
  • Create sample Portfolios for two types of Board members: 1) high income/contact-rich member; and 2) middle-income/contact-limited member
  • Develop an action plan with timeline for implementing Portfolio Management with Board members

NEW Flash Consulting Sessions Available!

Fund development consultants Clarinda Hanson White and James Phelps will be available for complimentary 10-minute "flash" consulting sessions during the networking portion of this event. Availability is limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

About the Presenter

Thomas Bruner

Thomas Bruner is a nationally-recognized leader with successful experience building and re-positioning complex, mission-focused organizations and foundations, mobilizing communities to effectively respond to urgent issues and needs, and marshaling the resources of the private, public and social sectors. He has helped an array of organizations across the country raise $300 million. Bruner has 25 years of executive-level leadership, an impressive portfolio of civic volunteerism, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and a diversity management certificate from Cornell University. Through Bruner Strategies, he helps businesses and organizations do great work in Development; Leadership; and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


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December 7th, 2016 8:00 AM   through   10:00 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Board Development and Governance
Development & Fundraising
Leadership Development
Presenter Thomas Bruner
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach

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