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Presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern MN Chapter

& the Rochester Group of Thrivent Financial


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Marriott Ballroom, 101 1st Ave. SW Rochester, MN


Schedule of Events:  

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Morning Worshop with Jerold Panas

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon and Kenote Jerold Panas

1:45 p.m. -   2:45 p.m. Building a stronger community, it may be easier than you think -

  presented by the Rochester Group of Thrivent Financial

2:45 p.m.  Award Recipient REception in the Marriott Ballroom Foyer


2014 Award Nominees:

Outstanding Philanthropist:   Bill Wiktor

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Drs. Terri and Brooks Edwards

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester - Buidler's/Torch Club

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Olmsted Medical Center



Philanthropy Day Package:  $75

  Includes all workshops, awards luncheon and awards reception

Luncheon and Beyond:  $30

  Includes awards luncheon, afternoon session and recipents reception

Register online now


Jerold Panas:  What I've Learned in 40 Years of Fundraising - Fundraising Lure and Verities

In his forty years in the profession, Jerry has received numerous awards and citations. He is regularly asked how much he has raised in his campaigns. He has lost track, but he estimates it is somewhere north of $20 billion.

In this speech, all his experience cascades into a 4-hour session mixed generously with what he aptly called in one of his books— wit, wisdom, and moxie.

There are 41 bits and pieces of fundraising lure and verities. They cover board responsibilities, what motivates giving, what makes a great fundraiser, how to listen, and three dozen other inviolate canons of supremely successful fundraising.

Fasten your seat belts. It’s a thrilling and inspiring journey.

For more information about National Philanthropy Day contact Brenda Walker at 507-287-2010 or Chad Campbell at 507-346-2494 or


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