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What’s Next: Reorienting Expectations and Finding Solid Ground

May 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

As the country transitions through several new phases over the upcoming months, it is time to rethink our 2020 and 2021 fundraising plans, make needed revisions, develop strategies to take action where possible and to be positioned for success.  Join Dini Spheris consultant Michelle Buchanan who will share lessons learned through the pandemic, offer ideas of what to do now and next, and how to reset fundraising strategies and expectations.


1. Consider best ways to talk about your organizational programming and comprehensive funding strategies
2. Learn how to motivate and encourage your board to continue fundraising and engage in a new way
3. Plan for new special events opportunities

Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None, no advanced preparation required
Instructional Method: Online

Cost: $65 member / $115 non-member

Please note: Registration closes two days prior to the class. All registrations are subject for approval.






Michelle Buchanan

Building strong, trusted relationships was one of the secrets to Michelle’s success as a development professional and major gift officer. Michelle began her fundraising career at the Wesley Community Center, eventually serving at the University of Houston’s main campus. Before joining Dini Spheris, Michelle was a leader among the major gift solicitors at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. There, Michelle managed an annual portfolio of over 150 individuals – many of whom she would come to regard as personal friends.

At Dini Spheris, Michelle has served as team leader on numerous projects. Those projects include building a centralized philanthropy program for St. Louis’ Mercy Health system, which spans four states and 32 hospitals, as well as working with Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, to create the first-ever major gift foundation. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Michelle is often heard speaking at major professional conferences in nonprofit, educational and healthcare philanthropy.


May 28
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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