Fundraising Fitness: Strengthening Your Core

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S. Martin L King Drive, Chicago, IL • Directions

Registration Now Open!

Early Bird Member Rate: $275; After Sept. 1: $300
Early Bird Non-Member Rate: $325; After Sept. 1: $350 

Midwest Conference Registration 

Midwest Conference - Leadership Track Registration 
Separate advanced registration is required for this track and registration is limited to the first 50 participants.)


What Chicagoland fundraisers say about our Midwest Conference

"I know I will be able to take what I have learned and raise more funds for our mission."

"Excellent, diverse mix of panelists."

"Extremely applicable...This was practical information that I'll use throughout my career."

"Definitely exceeded my expectations."

"A fresh look at these topics. Made me step back and think differently."


“The entire experience at the conference was remarkable. It was my first year attending and all of the hype from colleagues was confirmed. Great job!”

“I really liked the networking lunch. Having the option to sit with others and learn about a particular subject was very helpful.”


2014 Conference Highlights - Here's what you missed...

Opening Plenary Session

Presented by Adam Braun, Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise
This session was sponsored by Advocate Health Care

Adam Braun, founder and CEO of award-winning non-profit organization Pencils of Promise, opened the conference on November 5 with his inspiring story of a boy, a pencil, and the chance he took early on in his entrepreneurial journey that catalyzed a movement. 

Braun’s session, For-Profit, For Purpose, New Currency in a Borderless World, described how Pencils of Promise merged two traditional and disparate industries into an intersecting space—one in which individuals, families and companies further their own wellbeing, all while creating social good. Learn more... 

Read our Q & A with Adam Braun


Closing Plenary Session

Presented by Joshua D. Hale, Big Shoulders Fund
This session was sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust 

Joshua Hale is President and CEO of the Big Shoulders Fund.  Big Shoulders has helped establish a trajectory of success for the 90 inner-city Catholic schools it supports, which runs contrary to the national trends of mass Catholic school closures. Over the past ten years, Big Shoulders more than tripled its donor and volunteer base, supported the unprecedented growth of enrollment in its elementary schools for four consecutive years, and increased the number of students it supports with scholarships from 2,000 to more than 6,000.  Big Shoulders recently broke fundraising records with more than $10.5M raised for its Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian Award Dinner in May 2014.

During his session, Mr. Hale provided an inspirational take on our work here at home, focused on creating the right conditions for our work in philanthropy and re-centering on the purpose of our work. Learn more...

Read our Q & A with Joshua Hale 


Leadership Track

In 2014, we were proud to present a track designed specifically for fundraisers who occupy management positions in the field. Karen Osborne and Travis Carley, CCS guided attendees through workshops pertaining to the unique challenges they face as fundraisers and leaders. Topics for discussion included:
- The role of leadership in campaigns
- Management and leadership IQ
- Managing through strategic questioning
- Time management and work/life balance

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