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*Special Program* Successful Fundraising for the One-Person Development Team

Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:00 am - 1:00 pm  ET
In-person | Washington, DC

Are you a one-person Development Shop? Are you wondering how to keep it all together? Are you operating without a plan? Do you think reactive fundraising will work…eventually? Studies show that multi-tasking doesn’t work, so how do you prioritize all that you need to do every year? You are tasked with building relationships, appeals, events, managing the Board, and so much more.  This session will be an interactive session on how to create the right structure for your one-person Development shop to maximize your capacity to raise money.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to prioritize your time.
  • Learn how to use your Board to help – not hamper – your progress
  • Learn how to choose the best fundraising vehicles and methods.

About the Presenter:

Emma Gilmore Kieran

Pilot Peak Consulting

Bringing more than 16 years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience, Emma started Pilot Peak Consulting in 2014. For the last 10 years she has been a partner, coach, teacher, and change agent to nonprofits around the US. She has worked with over 60 nonprofits in her career on a broad range of projects from planning to implementation, coaching and interim services. Most recently, Emma was the Vice President for Fundraising and Development at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI). Before OAI, Emma was a consultant with Changing Our World (CW). During her tenure at these two nationally recognized fundraising consulting firms, she helped many nonprofit organizations augment their strategies and improve their fundraising activities. Prior to working as a consultant, Emma worked as a front line fundraiser for Sidwell Friends School and Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC. A native Pittsburgher, Emma holds an MA from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, an MPA from American University in Nonprofit Management and a BA from Connecticut College. In her free time, Emma is a dedicated volunteer for The Ellis School for Girls, her alma mater, and for Girls on the Run. She is an avid marathoner and three-time Ironman triathlete, and enjoys photography and being outdoors.

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 


1627 K Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20006-1708

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Register online below or by calling 

(202) 331-1400.  

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Due to our space limitations, please let us know 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel.