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Register Soon for the Conference on Philanthropy for Your Chance to Win One of Three Visa Gift Cards

You were already planning to register for PSI’s 2014 Conference on Philanthropy (June 25-27). But by registering any time now through January 15th, you will lock in the $445 best rate and automatically be entered for a chance to win one of three Visa gift cards. Values range from $50 through $100.
It’s our way of saying thank you, while helping you secure the best conference rate. The rate will go up to $545 on January 16, so register by January 15 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.
When you register for the event, be sure to reserve your room at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. The hotel is located next to Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, and we’ve arranged a special conference rate of $149 a night.
Winners will be contacted on January 20th, and we’ll announce the winners in a future issue of the eDollar. And as a bonus, if we can get 150 of you registered by the January 15th deadline...we'll add another $100 gift card to the drawing. 
Register now! Save some money…and maybe make some, too.

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Take a Peek at the Early 2014 Conference Schedule

The Conference on Philanthropy is not your ordinary conference about philanthropy. This entire conference experience was built on best practices and research that is important to you, to give you what you need to achieve success for you and for your organization!

The result is a jam-packed experience from June 24-27 in Baltimore. We've split the conference into 15 tracks, with fantastic keynotes, and plenty of time for networking throughout the day with your favorite nonprofit leaders, speakers, and friends.

Don't miss out. See the Early Schedule Here



PSI is Proud of Exceptional Plenary Presenters and Speakers Lined-up for Conference

Networking is a fantastic part of any quality conference. Location is also cited as a reason some choose to go to certain events. The 2014 Conference on Philanthropy in Baltimore has both of those areas covered. This year, we're also very proud of the speakers/presenters we're lining up for the event.

In the months to come, we'll be featuring these individuals. Today, we've decided to focus on two.

Steve Ford is one of our three plenary speakers, and has enjoyed a successful acting career for over 25 years, appearing in over 800 hours of film and television productions. He has worked on over 30 films and appeared as many guest leads in television. Most recently, you would have seen him appearing in the hit movie Transformers. His other film credits include Blackhawk Down, Contact with Jodie Foster, Armageddon with Bruce Willis, Starship Troopers, Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Heat with Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, and When Harry Met Sally as Meg Ryan's boyfriend. He has also appeared in numerous guest leads in television shows such as Suddenly Susan, J.A.G., Dark Skies, Flipper, Walker Texas Ranger, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Baywatch, Mr. And Mrs. Smith, The Cape, Pensacola, The Sentinel, Columbo, Murder She Wrote, and Happy Days. He also hosted a full season, 22 episodes, of the prime time series Secret Service For NBC.

Today, Steve Ford travels nationally as a motivational and inspirational speaker for corporate events and conventions, sharing the philanthropic values his parents instilled in him, memories of his family's stay in the White House, and his years in Hollywood. Within each of the stories Steve will present, the focus is always character, integrity, generosity and the strong family bonds that lead to the Ford family's success. It's an insider's view of life in the public eye featuring many historic and never-before-seen photos, slides and videos.

Steve served three years on the Board of Directors of The National Cowboy Hall Of Fame in Oklahoma City and currently serves on the board for The President Gerald R. Ford Museum and The Gerald R. Ford Foundation. He is the third son of former President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.

Simone Joyaux SIMONE P. JOYAUX, ACFRE, is recognized internationally as a speaker, author, and consultant. Her firm, Joyaux Associates, provides fundraising and organizational development services. She is the author of Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships (Wiley). A frequent conference speaker, Ms. Joyaux also publishes an e-newsletter and writes a weekly blog on her website. In addition, she is a web columnist for the Nonprofit Quarterly. Visit for more information.

You can click the following link to hear a brief three-minute video snippet on "What it takes to prepare for any future that your NGO might face."  Simone is dynamic, and this will give you a great idea of why she is one of the most sought-after speakers in the nonprofit world.

Conference on Philanthropy Scholarship Opportunities Available from PSI, Milton Murray Fund for Philanthropy and Adventist Community Services

Three scholarship opportunities are available to those who will benefit from funding assistance to the conference. Specific criteria are outlined below.

1.  PSI is offering scholarships to a limited number of potential attendees at the Conference on Philanthropy in June of 2014, held in Baltimore. This offer is for out-of-town registrants. The scholarship does not include expenses, which should be handled by the organization or conference participant. Scholarship applications should be turned in by January 15,  2014, and will be reviewed by an objective committee. Applications received earlier will be given priority. A second deadline is March 3. You can download the PSI Conference on Philanthropy Scholarship here.
2.  The Milton Murray Fund for Philanthropy is offering a limited number of mentoring grants which will provide some funding assistance to conference attendance as well as additional professional mentoring. The application deadline is February 28, 2014, and more information is available here.

3.  Adventist Community Services (ACS) is offering $500 scholarships to 10 ACS leaders for the Conference on Philanthropy. This offer is for out-of-town registrants, and scholarships will be reimbursed after conference attendance. Please contact Wynelle Stevens at or 301-680-6438 for more information and to request to be included on the scholarship list. Six scholarships are still available.


An Opportunity to Grow

By: Kara Turpen

Each time a professional conference comes in to my scope for professional development, I think of what will help me grow. The growth I’m looking for is both professional and personal, and the Conference on Philanthropy has helped me achieve both of these goals. Growing at the Conference is made simple through networking, expanding my knowledge base, and making time to step back and refocus my energy.

Networking is a key feature to the Conference on Philanthropy, and may be the most obvious benefit to those attending. While attending previous Conferences, I have had the opportunity to “rub elbows” with prominent leaders in Adventist fundraising. This was an opportunity for me to ask them questions and share ideas that I would not have had the chance to do otherwise. It was also an opportunity for me share with them my passion for fundraising. Beyond leaders in the field, I met other fundraisers in positions similar to mine (or even in positions I was hoping to be in soon!). This provided me with a group of individuals in similar situations that I can call on for advice, help, referrals, support, or just to chat. Networking at the Conference has expanded my circle and has given me support as I continue to reach for professional and personal goals.

Through different courses and breakout sessions—on topics like leadership, annual and capital campaigns, case statements, and stewardship—expanding my knowledge base at the Conference was a simple task. Whatever position I have held at a fundraising institution, there have been options for me to learn more and refine the tasks and projects I was working on at the time. When tackling a new project, I often reference handouts and materials from conference sessions. A true highlight of the courses was the Beginners session, where I was given definitions, explanations and tools to help me to be successful in fundraising. Anyone who is new to the field of fundraising should consider signing up for this day-long crash course on all the basics.

Professional conferences are an opportunity for professionals to take a step back from their work, refocus, and then go on to achieve goals. I believe that the Conference on Philanthropy is a perfect opportunity for fundraisers to do just that! Each time the Conference is coming around, I make it my priority to be there so that I can reenergize my efforts. Making the time to step back can be hard to accomplish when we look at all that’s on our plates, but it is vital for professionals to continue to achieve goals. Refocusing on your current workload, gaining new ideas and perspectives, and getting back out there is a part of the professional process. By making the time for yourself, you will be able to grow the programs and projects that you work on.

The Conference on Philanthropy has helped me to network, expand my knowledge base and make time to refocus and look ahead, all of which has helped me to grow. When I consider how much time is put in each day, week, month and year to the projects I am assigned, I have a desire to grow, pushing myself and my organization to greater success. Professionally, my goals are to have a successful employee campaign, send a great (and also successful) annual appeal letter, provide the best service possible to our constituents, and more. Personally, I want to grow. I want to learn more, develop my skills, and expand my network. The Conference on Philanthropy provides me with all of these opportunities and more.

Networking Opportunities at Conference

If you leave the PSI Conference on Philanthropy with only a notebook full of new ideas and insights, you’ve taken advantage of perhaps half of what the conference has to offer. Previous attendees regularly rate the opportunity for networking as one of the most valuable parts of their experience. One of the things that sets the PSI conference apart, and makes it different from any other fundraising conference, is the opportunity to network with individuals who can closely relate to the challenges and opportunities common among Adventist organizations and fundraisers.
This year, PSI will offer three new networking opportunities:
Inner Harbor dinner cruise

Thanks in part to generous sponsorship from La Sierra University, PSI is offering a private opening reception dinner cruise for a modest fee. Start your conference experience off right by joining fellow attendees Tuesday evening as you all set sail on the Spirit of Baltimore. Take in the breathtaking sunset views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and enjoy an extensive vegetarian dinner buffet, all while connecting with old friends and making new ones. This cruise is exclusive to conference attendees. However, additional family members are welcome to join. Tickets can be purchased on the conference registration website for $39 per person.
Baltimore Orioles game night

On Wednesday at 7:05 pm, the Baltimore Orioles will take on the Chicago White Sox at historic Camden Yards, just blocks from the conference. The Sheraton Inner Harbor is the official hotel of the Baltimore Orioles, and PSI is currently working with the hotel to secure a block of tickets to this game. Plan now to enjoy the game (and tasty ballpark snacks). Information regarding ticket prices and other details will be posted as soon as they become available.
Dinner out

Upon arrival at the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for dinner on Thursday evening at one of a variety of restaurants in the Inner Harbor. A wide selection of restaurants will be offered to accommodate all dining and budgetary preferences. All attendees are encouraged to participate. However, each must sign up for a desired location to ensure availability. While there is no set fee to participate in this activity, attendees will be expected to cover the cost of their meal.
For more information on any of the above activities please contact Kristin Priest at or 301-680-6134.


Pre-Conference Events

On June 24, 2014, one day ahead of the PSI Conference on Philanthropy, PSI will offer three pre-conference workshops: a CFRE Review, Newcomers’ Workshop, and Alumni Directors Meeting
PSI is partnering with local AFP chapters to offer the CFRE Review. Presented by experts on each topic, this review includes information on all six areas of fundraising tested in the CFRE exam. The review will also provide suggested schedules for study as well as tips for preparing for the exam. The all-day review will close with a structured mentor networking session which will allow individuals considering taking the exam to spend time with professionals who have already earned their credentials. This review is open to anyone.
The Newcomers’ Workshop, one of PSI’s most popular pre-conference offerings, was a result of requests from those less experienced in fundraising who wished to gain the most from their PSI Conference experience. The workshop is open to everyone but recommended for anyone with three years or fewer experience in fundraising. The fast-paced workshop, led by PSI Director Dr. Lilya Wagner, covers all aspects of a comprehensive fundraising program. Attendees will leave with a grasp of fundraising lingo and terminology as well as a network of peers.
Following the success of the first Alumni Directors Meetings held in 2011 at Union College, PSI is offering a second Alumni Directors Meeting. Planned by and for alumni directors, the meeting will address such timely issues as alumni metrics, campus partnerships, student involvement and strategic event planning. Time will also be set aside for idea sharing among affinity groups. This meeting is open to alumni directors and those working with alumni. Attendees will leave this meeting with practical, applicable ideas with proven success and an expanded network of colleagues and mentors.
The CFRE Review will be held from 8:00-5:00. The Newcomers’ Workshop and Alumni Directors Meeting run from 9:00-4:00. Registration for all three events will be held Monday, June 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm and Tuesday morning, June 24, beginning at 7:30 am.
Registration fees range from $35-$55, depending on the event. Attendees can register for the Newcomers’ Workshop and Alumni Directors Meeting on the PSI Conference registration website. To register for the CFRE Review please contact Kristin Priest at or 301-680-6134.


Best of Baltimore

by Kathleen Rellihan, Travel Channel Contributor

There's more to this city than the Orioles and Old Bay seasoning. From Little Italy to American Visionary Museum, see the attractions that reveal the many sides of Charm City.
National Aquarium
Baltimore’s No. 1 tourist attraction? The world-famous National Aquarium, which sees over 1.6 visitors per year. With more than 16,000 creatures, the aquarium’s most popular attraction is Dolphin Discovery, where visitors can watch dolphin training, feeding and playing throughout the day. Link Here
Walters Art Gallery
Once the private collection of a wealthy Baltimore tycoon and later his son, this collection of art spans 55 centuries, with works from around the world. Treasures include Egyptian mummy masks, Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century French Impressionist paintings. Link Here
American Visionary Museum
With Baltimore’s quirky and down-to-earth personality, it’s only fitting that you’ll find a museum here full of art by self-taught artists. Treasures include a life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal (made to resemble angels and demons) and an outdoor 55-foot-tall, colorful wind-powered sculpture, WhirliGig. Link Here
Inner Harbor
A major seaport hub since the 1700s, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the center of the city’s tourism today: The National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and numerous dining and shopping options can be found near the waterfront. For an affordable and fun way to see these sites from the water, take a water taxi, which runs year-round. Link Here
Fell’s Point
This lively waterfront neighborhood was once one of America's most important colonial seaports. Today, historic homes and cobblestone streets mix with bustling nightlife and unique shops in what is the city’s densest collection of sports bars and restaurants. Link Here
Sport Legends Museum
Located in Camden Yards, this museum profiles Maryland’s prolific sports history. See artifacts and exhibits from Baltimore’s sports legends, from Babe Ruth to Cal Ripken. Babe Ruth’s Birthplace and Museum is just minutes away if you want to explore even more of the baseball hero’s life. Link Here
Domino Sugars Sign
You know you’re in Baltimore when you see the iconic 120-foot-tall Domino Sugars sign adorn the Inner Harbor skyline. The best time to see the sugar refinery landmark is at night, when its 650 tubes of neon light up Charm City’s skies. Link Here
Fort McHenry
This star-shaped brick fort is famous for its role in the War of 1812. The national monument, which staved off a British invasion, later inspired Francis Scott Key to pen a poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry” -- the words of which later served as the lyrics to his “Star-Spangled Banner.” Link Here
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
One of the first “retro revival” stadiums, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was built on a former railroad site in 1992. The Major League Baseball ballpark is only 2 blocks from the birthplace of baseball legend Babe Ruth. Link Here
Maryland Science Center
Located in the Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center has 3 floors of interactive and educational exhibits, as well as an IMAX theater and planetarium. No matter what your age, you’ll find something new to learn -- and amuse you -- on every visit. Link Here
Edgar Allan Poe Grave and Memorial
Nevermore, B’more, quoth the Raven. While this poet of the macabre has gone down in history as one of Baltimore’s most famous residents, sadly, one of his old haunts -- a site later known as the Baltimore Poe House and Museum -- closed its doors in 2012. But you can still leave a penny on the wordsmith’s grave, which has been tradition since the 1870s (when school children collected pennies to buy the poet a proper grave). Link Here
Little Italy
From outdoor movies to bocce tournaments, this charming neighborhood celebrates Italian culture big time. But what truly makes “Piccola Italia” worth a visit? The food, of course. You’ll find 30 restaurants here, from Vaccaro's Pastry Shop to Cafe Gia. Mangia!
Link Here
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