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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Virtual Summit to Explore ‘Investing in Human Solutions’

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Andrea Barnes has spent her entire career doing nonprofit fundraising. She now runs AB Funding, a consulting practice focused on helping nonprofits raise money. She’s worked the past year to prepare “The Giving Principles Global Nonprofit Telesummit | Investing in Human Solutions” September 12 – 30, 2016.

The conference will bring together 15 nonprofit leaders to share insights into sustainable impact and the fundraising strategies that support them. “Our speakers represent proven, world-class organizations,” Andrea says. “They are thought leaders in support of social good. Their charities are tested and their results are proven. Each has a vital story to share.”

Some of the themes that will be developed by the speakers include:

  • Taking a local charity and scaling it to operate throughout the country
  • Asking the provocative question — How do we eliminate chronic hunger? And then evolving your charity to do just that.
  • Taking a stand for the greatness of women and girls
  • Challenging corporations to thrive while doing good
  • Developing future leaders for sustainable change
  • Changing the way we understand and use money
  • Engaging your entire team in raising money for your cause

The speakers include Lynne Twist, author of the Soul of Money; Michael Nebeker, SVP, Operation Smile; Leah Barker, CEO, CHOICE Humanitarian; Jean Oelwang, CEO, Virgin Unite; and, yours truly, Devin Thorpe.

Andrea says, “Participants will learn strategies to support fundraising success; hear best practices for impact and accountability, leave inspired to raise sustainable funds, and will learn about a mindset that will allow ease in raise more money for great causes.”

You can sign up to participate in the Summit at no charge here.

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 4:00 Eastern, Andrea will join me here for a live discussion about the Summit and what you can hope to learn from it. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Andrea Barnes, courtesy of AB Funding

Andrea Barnes, courtesy of AB Funding

More about AB Funding Solutions:

Twitter: @giving_andrea

Andrea Barnes founded AB Funding Solutions after having spent her entire career raising money for worthy non-profit organizations. Our company exists because we believe in the nobility of raising money for great charitable causes and facilitating the growth and development of the people who do this work – board members, executive directors, development staff, volunteers and social entrepreneurs. Our programs develop fundraising and advocacy competencies, strengthen the individual’s personal conviction and resolve to do the work and help to develop institutional cultures that respect, support and nurture the fundraising role to ensure the highest possibility of success. Only when the development role is competently and passionately staffed can the vital work of the life-changing, life-saving charity be realized.

Andrea’s bio:

Twitter: @andreahbarnes

Andrea Barnes has been active in the fundraising arena since 1985 and is the CEO of a fundraising, marketing and educational consulting company, AB Funding Solutions. She is the creator of the fundamentals course, The Giving Principles | Learn to Raise Money for the Cause You Love. She has served as the Executive Director of The MORE Project, Sr. Vice President for Globus Rlief, Director of Development for the Waterford School and Pioneer Theatre Company and was the General Manager of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. Ms. Barnes graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Germany Studies and an MFA in Arts Administration. She has served on various boards and councils including Kingsbury Hall, Utah Society of Fundraisers, the Children’s Center, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, University of Utah College of Fine Arts Alumni among others.

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