Development Day Chicago
Friday, September 20, 2019
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Thank you to the talented, dedicated volunteers, sponsors, speakers and attendees, all of whom collectively made Development Day Chicago 2019 an extraordinary event and one to remember! Attendees gathered at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel during our day of education and networking. There was so much to soak in as we moved through the day. We were honored to have the one-of-a-kind Vu Le kick off our day with a truly one-of-a-kind presentation. Vu engaged, enthralled the attendees and provided so many unforgettable takeaways; “Fundraisers need to move from charity to justice. We must become agents of social justice.", “Stop listing donors by dollar contribution amount. An unemployed person’s $5 gift is just as valuable as a millionaire’s $10K gift,”, and yes, every slide had a baby animal on it!

After the keynote, attendees chose from four focus tracks to design the perfect day to strengthen their fundraising skills: Lifecycle of a Donor, Data Download, Course Corrections, and Nonprofit Executive Leadership. The covered topics were comprised of tactics to help you thrive in a constantly changing fundraising climate and to immediately impact your work. The day ended on a “high note” as participants gathered for the Development Download Reception to network and enjoy some wine and light appetizers.

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Here are a few highlights from the program:

"Not all cultures send handwritten thank you notes."
"Stop listing donors by dollar contribution amount. An unemployed person’s $5 gift is just as valuable as a millionaire’s $10K gift”
"Fundraisers need to move from charity to justice.
~ Vu Le ~



Storytelling for Every
Channel and Every Audience
"People decide where, what, & how they consume."




Mastering the Art of Ask Amounts


The Anti-Hack of Effective Leadership:
Doing More Through Intentionality

Fundamentals of Negotiation Strategies

Gail Berger


Click here for a link to Development Day Chicago conference sessions and speakers.

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Development Day Chicago Schedule
8:30am - 9:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30am - 9:40am Welcoming Remarks
9:40am - 10:40am Keynote Presentation by VU LE
10:40am - 11:00am Passing Break
11:00am - 12:15pm Breakout #1
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm - 3:00pm Breakout #2
3:00pm - 3:15pm Passing Break
3:15pm - 4:30pm Breakout #3
4:30pm - 5:30pm Development Day Download Reception







Special Thanks to our Development Day Chicago 2019 Sponsors!