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2018 Nonprofit Leadership Summit

May 7 - 8, 2018 | Savannah, Georgia

Exclusive Invitation-Only Event! Limited to only 90 available spots!

The DMA Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2018 will convene Chief Development Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Senior Marketing Executives, Direct Marketing Executives, and Thought Leaders and decision-makers representing direct marketing’s diverse multichannel community to discuss today’s trends and climate in fundraising.

This year’s Leadership Summit will facilitate knowledge sharing through various sessions and peer networking opportunities designed to strengthen the capacity to lead and inspire.

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Please contact Jeremy Ladson at jladson@thedma.org for more information

The Summit will:

Bring together our industry leaders within their peer groups in an intimate and interactive setting led by high impact visionaries and leadership experts to strengthen skills critical to growth and success of your organizations.

Present rich, unique networking opportunities amongst peers and connect with like-minded leaders, initiating new opportunities, idea sharing and refreshed perspectives in today’s challenging and ever-changing environment.

Provide innovative renewal to leaders through transformative presentations and dialogue that encourage, motivate and inspire.

Note: The DMA Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2018 is open to Senior Level Executives, by invitation only. Commercial organizations are limited to one executive only.


Interested in Sponsorship? Please contact Jocelyn Argarin.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

3:00PM – 7:00PM  //  Registration

3:00PM – 4:30PM  //  Local Service Project Opportunity (TBD)

5:00PM – 6:30PM  //  Welcome and Pre-Summit Networking Reception

Hosted by the 2018 Leadership Summit Co-Chairs and Planning Committee

6:30PM  //  Dinner On Your Own

Several onsite restaurants and local Historic Savannah restaurants available

9:00PM  //  Current Topic POP UP

Meet-up with your peers informally and grab a drink at the bar and join the conversation

Monday, May 7, 2018

6:30AM  //  Exercise Event (TBD)

8:00AM – 6:00PM  //  Registration

7:45AM – 8:30AM  //  Networking Breakfast

8:30AM – 8:45AM  //  Welcome Remarks, Thanks and Recognition

8:45AM – 9:00AM  //  Round Table Introductions

9:00AM – 10:00AM  //  Opening Plenary Session

Theme: Donor-Centricity

10:00AM – 10:45AM  //  Round Table Discussions

10:45AM  //  Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM  //  Case Study Presentations

Theme: Applying Donor Centricity

12:00PM  //  Round Table Discussion

12:30PM  //  Wrap Up of Donor Centricity Theme

1:00PM  //  Lunch – Networking

Discussions on the following topics:

  • Continued retention discussion
  • F2F acquisition
  • DRTV acquisition
  • Mail acquisition
  • Online acquisition

2:00PM – 2:50PM  //  Panel Presentation

Theme: Social Media, Data Privacy & Managing Board Expectations

Discussion of privacy implications of the recent Facebook & Cambridge Data revelations in political campaigns. Discuss pros and cons of data sharing among organizations and the future of donor privacy in the new realms of data tech. Organizations rely on shared donor data and new uses are emerging—but what is the proper balance between donor privacy and data for good?

3:00PM – 3:30PM  //  Breakout Sessions

3:30PM  //  Afternoon Break

4:00PM – 4:15PM  //  Breakout Recap and Wrap Up

4:15PM – 5:00PM  //  DMANF Research – Overhead Donor Study

5:00PM  //  Recap of Day and Q&A

6:00PM – 8:00PM  //  Networking Reception and Dinner

8:30PM  //  Current Topic POP UP – Informal Gathering

Meet-up with your peers informally and grab a drink at the bar and join the conversation

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

6:30AM  //  Exercise Event (TBD)

8:00AM – 8:45AM  //  Networking Breakfast

8:45AM – 9:00AM  //  Recap of previous day and preview of the day

9:00AM – 10:00AM  //  Industry Issues I

Theme: Diversity, Equality, Inclusion & #MeToo

Discuss building a more diverse, inclusive, safe and equitable sector and the impact of The #MeToo Movement. How to address current issues in the media and the different efforts underway at their organizations to address these issues and concerns.

10:00AM – 10:15AM  //  Break

10:15AM – 11:00AM  //  Industry Issues II

Theme: Crisis Communication, Advocacy and the media cycle

11:00AM – 11:40AM  //  Breakout Sessions

11:50AM – 12:15PM  //  Breakout Recaps and Wrap Up

12:15PM  //  Closing Chair Remarks

12:30PM – 1:15PM  //  Lunch and Departure




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Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia, USA, 31401
Tel: +1 912 238 1234

Housing block is now closed. Please call the directly hotel at +1.912.238.1234 to check on availability. If you have any questions, please contact: Jocelyn Argarin or Jeremy Ladson.

A Sophisticated Savannah Hotel on the River
Hyatt Regency is an elegant, contemporary waterfront hotel in Savannah with direct access to River Street and the Historic District. Guests are within walking distance of historic parks and squares, as well as year-round festivals and celebrations. This hotel is perfectly located centrally on Bay Street in the heart of one of Savannah’s largest historic district and steps away from Savannah’s dining, shopping and entertainment choices.

Note: This only applies to registrations, not housing/sponsorship
Registrations are non-transferable. If you must cancel your registration, please contact DMA Customer Service directly via fax at 212.790.1424, e-mail to customerservice@thedma.org, or mail to: DMA Customer Service, 1333 Broadway, Suite #301, New York, NY 10018.

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