agenda for tuesday, october 6th

Cause Camp Kick-0ff

9:00 AM-9:10 AM CDT

Julia Campbell
Digital Storytelling Expert
J Campbell Social Marketing

Donor Experience Unlocks the Future of Your Fundraising Relationships

9:10-10:00 AM CDT

Put yourself in the donors shoes. They don’t want another lapel pin or bumper sticker. They want to know they make a difference to your institution and they are valued. Donor appreciation is not expensive, but neglecting it can be. Research shows that it is seven times more expensive to acquire a new donor that to keep the one you have. The solution is simple: put the donor first, consume yourself with the DX, their experience, not yours.

Lynn Wester
Founder & Principal
Donor Relations Guru Group


10:00 AM-10:10 AM CDT

Inspire Series: Making a Difference, One Sandwich at a Time

10:10 AM-10:30 AM CDT

Erin Dinan
Founding Director
One Sandwich at a Time


10:30-10:40 AM CDT

Count Less – Measure More: How to Drive Sustainability through Financial Stewardship

10:40 AM – 11:30 PM CDT

Nonprofit leaders spend 90% of their time chasing funding, and 10% of their time analyzing how they leverage those hard-fought dollars – if that!

Financial stability and sustainability depend on your ability to disrupt that dynamic. What you do after the money comes in is the true secret sauce in sustainability. In this session, we’ll delve into 4 actionable ways to leverage every dollar and teach you how to become a successful nonprofit steward when it comes to finance. We guarantee a fast-paced session loaded with takeaways, and fun (yes, we make finance fun!), super candid discussion as we talk about how to change your organization’s approach to finance from reactive to proactive.

Chantal Sheehan
Founder & CEO
Blue Fox


11:30-11:40 AM CDT

Inspire Series: Allyship, Authenticity, and Self-Love: How Transformative Power Lies Within Us All

11:40-11:55 AM CDT

Jared Fenton
Founder & Executive Director
The Reflect Organization

Cause the Change Award Presentation

12:05-12:20 PM CDT


11:55-12:05 PM CDT

Lunch Break

12:30-1:30 PM CDT

VIP Only: workshop

1:30-2:30 PM CDT

VIP Only: workshop

2:30-3:30 PM CDT

agenda for wednesday, october 7th

Cause Camp Kick-0ff: Day 2

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM CDT

Julia Campbell
Digital Storytelling Expert
J Campbell Social Marketing

You’re More Than a Nonprofit Unicorn

9:10-10:00 AM CDT

Nonprofit unicorns, don’t impede your impact by using outdated business practices. Startup unicorns in the for-profit space are moving faster and getting further by using future-facing technology. Hold up… what’s the difference between a “nonprofit unicorn” and a “startup unicorn”? Well, money, mostly.

Justin Wheeler, CEO and Co-founder of Funraise, will illustrate just how greatly technology affects online fundraising. By utilizing groundbreaking technology and business models tested by the for-profit world, any small business led by ambitious forward-thinkers—nonprofits and for-profits included—can become a unicorn in every sense of the word. (ok, except the literal one.)

Justin Wheeler
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder


10:00-10:10 AM CDT

Inspire Series: Pushing Pain to Birth Purpose

10:10-10:25 AM CDT

Veranda Rodgers
Founder & Executive Director
Pregnant with Possibilities Resource Center


10:25-10:35 AM CDT

Radical Self-Care: Disrupt the Nonprofit Industrial Complex or Become a Part of it

10:35-11:25 AM CDT

“Self-care” seems like the new buzzword for non-profits, but what does that really look and feel like on a day-to-day basis? What are the warning signs of combat burnout or a chronic stress crisis? How is self-care reflected as a value within your organization? During our time together, we will explore both the art and science of building and nourishing a daily self-care routine. A self-care tool kit fuels health and mindfulness will help prevent long-term burnout prevention plan. Antionette will share practices informed by conducting dozens of interviews and consultations with non-profit leaders. From sanctuaries, mindfulness rooms to sabbaticals, her presentation is designed to inspire genuine self-care rituals and offer soft skills that nurture people doing good work in the world. This presentation is ideal for those seeking to build an organizational culture of self-care that flows from the inside and out into your mission, vision and values.

Antionette Kerr
Chief Executive Officer
Bold & Bright Media


11:25-11:35 AM CDT

Why the Human Connection Still Eclipses Technology

11:35-12:25 PM CDT

Yes, technology is disruptive…knowledge in a hand-held device is powerful and the ability to make a donation to a cause with the click of a button has been game changing. However, in her presentation, Genevieve teaches through her own experience how the Human Connection, the origin of the nonprofit and the stories we tell about our work and the people we serve are the most powerful tool in attracting support. She shows how a basic, almost insignificant item such as a pair of pajamas can touch so many people, including Oprah! Nonprofits are one of the few remaining “emotional” pulls we have in our society and Genevieve passionately demonstrates how the human connection disrupts the way people think with their hearts vs their minds.

Attendees will learn how to more effectively tell their stories and make their missions tangible to donors and supporters looking for something to believe in. Our stories and innate ability to “give” are more important NOW than ever and a precious and vital way to bring the power of the human connection back into our technological world.

Genevieve Piturro
Pajama Program


12:25-12:35 PM CDT

Closing Remarks

12:35-1:00 PM CDT

Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 PM CDT

VIP Only: Workshop

2:00-3:00 PM CDT

VIP Only: Workshop

3:00-4:00 PM CDT

attendee testimonial

“I look forward to Cause Camp because the speakers give you a chance to pause, breathe and listen and apply what you learned – that same day or the next day. At the same time, I’m surrounded by professionals that I know I can collaborate with and learn from in our local community.”

get in touch

Our team is happy to assist you with any further questions or requests. Whether you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or would make a good addition to our speaker line-up, we’d love to hear from you!