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Thursday, May 14 • 1:00pm - 1:55pm
The Fundraising Comedy Hour | generously sponsored by

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Time for a left turn from Breakouts, Clinics and Keynotes.

Kick off the afternoon with a WCFC true to nonconform-form plenary, Fundraising Comedy Hour.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll cry from laughing.

But most of all you’ll learn. A lot.

Sam Laprade, the phenom of philanthropic funny will guide us through 4 screamingly hilarious stories from her own personal experience:
  • The emotional day in the park with a lawyer, the remains of a bequest donor and some final wishes.
  • A millionaire walks into the homeless shelter
  • How an emotional fundraising letter almost won the day with a reluctant bishop.
  • Careful when you pull that thread: Sam’s winding and twisted road from radio, to the mayor’s office to an inner city mission to international fundraising superstar
Sam’s deeply personal session will highlight the most central tenets of successful fundraising:Donor relationships
  • Mission-driven fundraising
  • Putting emotion and humanity at the centre of all fundraising
  • How to build a career that suits your strengths and ambitions, no matter how unconventional or non-linear.
  • Invest and believe in yourself and reap the rewards

You’ll learn:
  • The most effective way to create genuine, immediate and lasting bonds with donors
  • Why your organisation’s mission must always be front and centre
  • Why emotion trumps logic – always
  • Overcoming impostor syndrome and building a successful and authentic fundraising career that works for you
  • self-care for fundraisers

    *Make sure to bring a little cash with you, since we’ll keep up the WCFC tradition of raising money for a local charity with a friendly competition and a 'pass-the-hat' donation.

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Sam Laprade, CFRE

Marketing Director, Gryphon Fundraising

Thursday May 14, 2020 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom Salon A+B
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