Conference Sessions

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Registration
Paint Branch / Stansbury Balcony

9:00 - 9:50 am

We’ve all struggled to get technology projects and ongoing upgrades funded. Whether it’s the optics of so-called overhead costs or simply finding technology undervalued by the organization’s leader, challenges abound. Rick Cohen of the National Council of Nonprofits will share how you can begin changing the conversation about technology funding at your organization. He will also share recent developments from Washington and across the country that will make it much easier for nonprofits to cover these essential costs.
Rick Cohen, National Council of Nonprofits
Paint Branch Room

10:00 - 11:15 am

Intermediate User / Implementer / Developer
While CiviCRM's ability to maintain a broad collection of information on contacts, events, participants, etc, is one of its strengths, its ability to encapsulate all of this information into a concise and usable format for (front) end-users is lacking. This is not without reason; rather, the power of the underlying CMS should be leveraged to create a rich and powerful user experience. (more)
David Doligalski, Backoffice Thinking
Fremont Room
Intermediate Implementer
In this session we'll explore some of the unique challenges of integrating CiviCRM and WordPress, creating front end forms, landing pages, and managing membership restricted resources on the front end. We'll be using a case study of a real life installation and will walk through the applications in a step by step manner.   (more)
Nathan Porter, Arete Imagine
Paint Branch Room
Beginner User / Implementer
CiviCRM's scheduled reminders tool is a powerful way to communicate with your supporters—and for more than just membership renewals and events.  This session will show you how to: (more)
Andrew Hunt, AGH Strategies
Stansbury Room

11:25 am - 12:40 pm

Beginner User / Implementer
CiviCRM is awesome but it is not a solution - it is a tool. People capable of using tools effectively are the solution. Learning new technology is one of the most challenging tasks non-profit staff can do. Not everyone is "a natural" but you don't need them to be to use CiviCRM effectively. (more)
Stuart Gaston, CiviTeacher
Fremont Room
Beginner User
As an executive, one of the most important  strategic decisions you'll make is choosing the right crm for your organization. CiviCRM is an open source CRM built from the ground up for nonprofits and NGOs.  Does this mean that if you're a nonprofit, CiviCRM is the best choice for you? (more)
Paul Keogan, Backoffice Thinking
Paint Branch Room
Beginner User / Implementer
What data should you collect about your supporters? Before you decide how to store your data, it’s useful to think about how it will be collected and how it can be used. What considerations should you have about engagement, privacy, conversions, analysis and reporting? (more)
Frank Gómez, Ginkgo Street Labs
Stansbury Room

12:45 - 1:35 pm

Beginner User
Dave Greenberg, CiviCRM
Paint Branch Room

1:50 - 3:05 pm

Beginner User / Implementer
This session will explore how Non-Profits and Political organizations can utilize CiviCRM, Business Intelligence principles and a little creativity to produce meaningful data to increase the overall effectiveness of fundraising, outreach and GOTV efforts. We’ll explore all aspects of creating an effective data strategy with CiviCRM as the backbone. (more)
Tony Mazzarella, Web Access
Fremont Room
Beginner User
Getting a brand new CRM is exciting but learning how to use and configure all of it can feel impossible. Luckily there is a vast amount of knowledge and help available within the CiviCRM community but posting in the forum for the first time can be scary and you've never heard of IRC before. (more)
Jessica Kirsner, Secular Student Alliance
Paint Branch Room
Beginner User
Discuss the challenges and opportunities of moving a mid-size non-profit organization from Convio to CiviCRM.  Why make the decision to move? How did we arrive CiviCRM as the solution?    Open Source vs.  Vertical Solutions Discuss important waypoints including:   Finding a consultant.   Moving the data.   Hosting.  (more)
Mike Simaska, Youth Education in the Arts
Stansbury Room

3:10 - 3:25 pm

Beginner User
Haven Bills, AGH Strategies
Stansbury Room

3:30 - 4:45 pm

Intermediate Implementer / Developer
Learn how to choose from the variety of hosting levels and provider offerings. There is a myriad of options from shared hosting, VPS, managed instances, dedicated servers, and CiviCRM-specific providers. (more)
Peter Petrik, Skvare
Fremont Room
Intermediate Implementer / Developer
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) uses CiviCRM to help political parties and civic groups in developing countries organize and communicate more effectively. (more)
Meron Menwyelet, National Democratic Institute
Paint Branch Room
Beginner User
In this hands on workshop, you will learn skills for crafting effective messages and grasp the essential concepts and tools for mass emailing. Having trouble reaching your email lists? Emails going to spam? Services penalizing you for having a large list? (more)
Michael Daryabeygi, Ginkgo Street Labs
Stansbury Room

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