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Elements of a Successful Fundraising Program presented by Roberta L. Donahue, MBA, CFRE, CFRM
How do you build a convincing case for financial support for your organization? Do you have a system to select donors and markets best suited to your nonprofit? Do you know how to choose the right fundraising vehicles for your organization and inspire the leadership potential of volunteers? If you'd like to create a fundraising process that works for your organization and is attainable, than our Pre-Conference Session will be beneficial for you. This session will be presented by The Fund Raising School which has been dedicated to the advancement of ethical fundraising for more than 40 years. You will learn an ethical, systematic, mission-focused approach to fundraising that aligns the needs of your organization with those of the donors. Hank Rosso, the Founding Director of The Fund Raising School said that "Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving." Come and learn how to teach the joy of giving from the experts. Lunch will be served 12pm-12:30pm.


Pluck, Gumption, and Sticktoitiveness: The Resilient College Student presented by Adina GlickmanStanford University, and Abigail LipsonHarvard University 
Description: By the time students receive a college scholarship, they  have already developed considerable  academic and personal resilience in the face of sociocultural, academic, familial, or financial adversity. And then the college experience itself inevitably presents them with new demands and expectations that call for even greater resilience. How do we help our students at the college level to understand, respond to, and learn from the challenges and setbacks of life and learning, and to develop their abiding capacities for grit, persistence, and gumption? This presentation provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of resilience and to learn about some current initiatives at highly selective universities designed to support student resilience. 
Links: The Stanford Resilience Project (Stanford) and The Success-Failure Project (Harvard)


Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream presented by Sara Goldrick-RabTemple University
Description: For the last decade, sociologist Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab has been studying what happens when economically vulnerable people try to make their way through public higher education. In her eye-opening talk, PAYING THE PRICE: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream Goldrick-Rab reveals the results of an exclusive and highly rigorous study she led that tracked 3,000 young adults over six years. The results show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that college students are overwhelmingly dropping out because they can’t afford the cost of attendance, not because of other factors. 

Of the students Goldrick-Rab and her team followed, half dropped out of school, and less than 20% finished a bachelor’s degree in four years. Additional grant money helped some, but was rarely enough. What is clear is that students rarely finish college when their costs are not fully covered; and if they do, it takes them longer than it should, and they graduate with a substantial amount of debt. This is a crushing blow to those who argue that college—especially public college—is affordable for those who really want to be there, or those who work a job while attending, or those who receive financial aid. It’s not, and this broken system must be fixed.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, will be available for purchase before and after the general session.

Show Me Democracy: Students, Scholarships, and the Power of Change presented by Faith Sandler, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; Dan Parris, Speak Up Productions; Karissa Anderson, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; Karina Arango, Ritenour School District; Robert Elam, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; and Amber Overton, East St. Louis Public Schools
Description: This session is about how students and scholarship organizations can change thinking and lives through the power of direct services - scholarships, advising and collective advocacy action -  while exploring film as a critical teaching tool.

In this session, conference attendees will see portions of a feature-length documentary, Show Me Democracy, and will meet the filmmaker and several students featured.  Filming began just before the August, 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, an important context for documenting the journey of these young leaders.  The tenet of “nothing about me without me” echoes as each student chosen for a policy internship with The Scholarship Foundation finds a path of engagement in the democratic process, from frontline activist to data analyst.
 Addressing Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Advocating for Inclusion presented by Dr. Kevin NadalExecutive Director, The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York

Description: This general session will focus on microaggressions - or subtle, often unconscious, forms of bias and discrimination that negatively affect people, particularly those of historically marginalized identity groups. Microaggressions have been found to manifest interpersonally in the workplace, schools, communities, and other settings.  Examples of microaggressions include “Assumptions of Criminality” (i.e., microaggressions in which people of color are assumed to be deviant or violent) or "Assumptions of Heteronormativity" (i.e., microaggressions in which heterosexuality is viewed as the norm). Institutionally and systemically, microaggressions can manifest through discriminatory policies and laws, many of which isolate or exclude certain minority groups. Previous researchers have found that microaggressions negatively impact various outcomes including mental health, self-esteem, and physical health. Recommendations will be provided to prevent microaggressions and address them when they occur.

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