Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Forum 2015

FPC forumThank you to everyone who joined us for the Forum!

The 2015 Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Forum brought together nonprofit professionals and scholars to discuss research and best practices. The event also featured a hands-on "crowd funding" session facilitated by acclaimed nonprofit author and blogger Beth Kanter.

Check out the archive of presentations, including a video of the keynote, and Beth Kanter's Storify story of the keynote and workshop.

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Quick Schedule

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Friday, April 10, 2015 (Sessions in Iowa Memorial Union)

Registration and continental breakfast (begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Opening Remarks (8:30 – 8:45 a.m.)

Concurrent Sessions #1 (9:00 – 10:15 a.m.)

Social media in philanthropy and fundraising

Diversity and philanthropy

Avoiding and recovering from communication and organizational crises

Concurrent Sessions #2 (10:30 – 11:45 a.m.)

Donor motivations

Fundraising for arts and humanities

Role of celebrities and athletes in philanthropy

Lunch in the Adler Journalism Building (11:45 – 1:00 p.m.). Registration required.

Concurrent Sessions #3 (1:15 – 2:30 p.m.)

Social capital and giving

Fundraising for education

Fundraising for healthcare

Concurrent Sessions #4 (2:45 – 4:00 p.m.)

Online giving and crowd funding

Doing research and making your case using data

Fundraising for social services

Keynote Address (4:30 – 5:30 p.m.) and Reception (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.)

Beth Kanter, "The Human Side of Data: Between the Dashboard and the Chair"


Saturday, April 11, 2015 (Innovation Lab in Iowa Memorial Union)

Innovation Lab with Beth Kanter (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Hands-on “crowd funding” session geared toward practitioners and students

When networked nonprofits marry tried-and-true fundraising techniques with social media, social fundraising is the result. The power of crowd funding is that it turns your stakeholders into fundraisers for your organization. This session will cover best practices for engaging stakeholders and champions, tools, and ways to use measurement to improve the results.

This workshop will help you learn how to:


  • Map your networks, develop a crowd funding strategy that fits your capacity to implement, and best practices for engagement and content strategy.
  • Understand the pros/cons of using different crowd funding platforms into your strategy
  • Learn time saving techniques for engagement on social channels

More info about the workshop available here.


Forum panelists come from across the United States and bring years of experience and diverse expertise to the event. Check out their bios to learn more.

CFRE Points

The Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Forum 2015 has been approved for the following CFRE points: Day 1, April 10, 2015: 6 points possible; Day 2, April 11, 2015: 3 points possible.

All sessions were approved. Since some run concurrently, the points listed above reflect the maximum points a person could achieve for full attendance.

We will provide a point tracking sheet at the conference, but you can also download it here (Word docx).


This program has been approved for .98 CEUs for 9.8 contact hours for attendance on April 10 and April 11, 2015. Attendance on April 10 will be awarded 6.8 CEUs for 6.8 contact hours. An additional $10 fee is required. You will receive a certificate after the conference. General CEUs may be purchased online with your registration or purchased onsite.


Getting to Iowa City: Iowa City, Iowa is on Interstate 80, about 60 miles from the Iowa-Illinois border at the Mississippi River. We are about 5 hours drive from St. Louis and Minneapolis-St. Paul, about 4 from Chicago. Megabus and other bus services are available from Chicago and Des Moines.The closest and most convenient airport is the Eastern Iowa Airport (airport code: CID) located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about 30 minutes north of Iowa City. From there it is possible to rent a car or to get limo or shuttle service to Iowa City. The Airport Shuttle costs $70 round trip from the airport to Iowa City. A taxi from Marco's Taxi is $40.25 each way. Both the shuttle and taxi require advance scheduling. It is also possible to fly into Moline, IL (airport code: MLI) or Des Moines, IA (airport code: DSM), each +/-1.5 hours drive from Iowa City on I-80. There is Megabus service from Des Moines. From Moline it’s easiest to rent a car.


Iowa City has a number of hotels available. The Sheraton and Hotel Vetro are in downtown close to campus.


Parking for the forum is available at the IMU parking ramp. Other public ramps are open in downtown.

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