Boston, MA  |  July 27 – 28

Eventbrite - Raise 2017

Raise is an event that shakes up “conferences-as-usual” by connecting advancement visionaries with the best of the for-profit world. It’s two days of access to proven leaders and team builders sharing new lessons in fundraising and engagement tactics that deliver extraordinary results. Raise is a place to uncover the possibilities for the present and future of advancement—and it’s a ridiculously fun time, too.

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Two Inspirational Days

Two days of thought-provoking dialogue that inspires an innovative approach to advancement strategy.


Situated on the cusp of Back Bay and the South End, our Boston Common venue provides unfettered access to the city.


Networking opportunities from lunch and dinner to an after party that you won’t want to miss!


Indulge yourself with the thoughtful array of premium amenities at The Revere Hotel.


Thursday, July 27 @ 7:30am – Friday, July 28 @ 1:30pm

Welcome Breakfast

7:30am - 8:30am

RAISE 2017 Kick-off

by Brent Grinna

8:30am - 9:00am

Keynote: Adam Grossman, Boston Red Sox

by Adam Grossman

When the face of your institution moves on, how can you celebrate a legacy while concurrently looking to the future? Join Boston Red Sox CMO, Adam Grossman, to hear about the strategy surrounding Big Papi’s “Succession Tour.” Learn how the Red Sox said goodbye to their biggest and most beloved star in a way that evoked a real connection with the franchise’s most loyal fans. 

9:00am - 9:30am

Networking Break & Refreshments

9:30am - 10:00am

Panel 1: Where You Lead I Will Follow

by Diane Hessen, Dave Balter

How do you get people behind an idea, a concept and turn it into something tangible? Join us for a session on leadership strategy with two veteran CEOs.

10:00am - 10:45am

Spotlight: UCONN

by Josh Newton

Breaking siloes between engagement and fundraising

10:50am - 11:10am

Panel 2: Structuring Your “Sales Team”

by Guy Hart, Janet Comenos

You can hire the world’s most personable talent to cultivate relationships with donors, but is that enough to bring dollars in the door? Learn about how you can build a team of the best talent and equip them with the right narratives, metrics, and management structure to drive ROI.

11:15am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Spotlight: Drift

by David Cancel, Drift

Let’s get personal; hear from Drift CEO, David Cancel, about his mission to reintroduce the human element into outreach.

1:10pm - 1:30pm

Panel 3: The Infinite Expansion of the Social Universe

by Emily Mullins, Rodney Robinson, John Brennan

Social media giants Facebook and Snapchat have changed the communication landscape. Period. The way we communicate and engage with alumni will never be the same. In this session, we’ll discuss how colleges, universities and brands like Reebok are tapping into best-in-class resources like Facebook and Snapchat to engage, educate and inspire audiences.

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Panel 4: Mobilizing Your Peer-to-Peer Network

by Ben Carcio, Leah Davis, Parks Smith

Your volunteers can be your institution’s best advocates. But are you providing them with the right resources and tools to be successful? In this session, we’ll discuss how you can better equip your volunteers to drive real results for your institution and how you can tailor the volunteer experience to create greater impact.

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Networking Break: Beer Tasting

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Panel 5: Game Changers: Disrupting the Status Quo

by Nick Relas, Tina Vaz, Josh Miller

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” – Albert Einstein

Hear from three different organizations that are disrupting the status quo in their respective industries to drive adoption and loyalty among consumers.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Cocktail Hour: RAISE the Roof

Join us for cocktails, conversation and cornhole on the Revere Hotel’s stunning rooftop. Enjoy a spectacular sunset view of Boston’s Back Bay while you connect with friends old and new.

5:30pm - 7:00pm

After Party: Vincent King Band

You can’t miss one of EverTrue’s famous after parties, featuring live music and dancing with Boston’s own Vincent King band. From Motown, R&B, and funk to today’s hits, Vincent will have you grooving all night long.

7:00pm - 10:00pm


7:30am - 8:30am

Keynote: Brent Grinna

by Brent Grinna

8:30am - 9:30am

Panel: The Connected Office

by Brent Grinna, Mike Reopell

As mobile, social, and best-in-class solutions emerge for everything from alumni engagement, to online giving, to major gift trip planning; expectations of donors, volunteers, staff, and leadership have changed. It’s time for your advancement office to engage alumni and build your donor base with a best-in-class, integrated approach.

9:00am - 9:30am

Breakout Sessions

Choose your RAISE adventure! Breakout sessions for Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Advancement Services, and Gift Officers.

9:30am - 10:15am

Breakout Sessions

Choose your RAISE adventure! Breakout sessions for Volunteer Management, Independent Schools, Prospect Research, Gift Officers.

10:30am - 11:15am

Inside EverTrue: Meet the EverTrue Product Team

Our team is constantly collaborating with you to deliver the best tools available. Why? Because you deserve to be successful! Spend time with our amazing product team and learn how they’re constantly innovating to deliver tools that support you and your mission. Gain insight into our product roadmap and where we’re headed in 2017 and beyond.

11:30am - 12:00pm

Honor Roll Ceremony

12:00pm - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 1:30pm


They love it. Read what the previous attendees had to say!

“Raise is unlike any other advancement conference I have attended. It is a hands-on and collaborative conference with talks that go beyond the non-profit world.”

“I was inspired and came back to work recharged with big ideas thanks to the many different kinds of speakers outside the nonprofit realm.”

“A must-go if you want to be successful in 21st century advancement.”

“An opportunity to expand your knowledge base, network with colleagues and learn from those within and outside our industry. You’ll return to work with new ideas ready to revamp old programs and implement new strategies.”

“An action-packed two days of meaningful and key-learning that will have instant implications and positive effects on your work when you return to your respective school/non-profit.”

“This is the most valuable conference I have attended in the last three years. Many thanks!”


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