Nearly 80 advancement officers from 26 ministries in the Midwest District, as well as Christian Brothers Conference, gathered at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, for a two-day Lasallian Advancement Conference on June 9 – 10, 2014.
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Inspired by the Lasallian phrase “together and by association,” each day of the conference began with inspiring words from a Brother on the purpose of association and how advancement officers can and should develop this important piece of the mission. The first day featured a keynote address from Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, of the District of Eastern North America, with the theme Lasallian Advancement and Tradition; the second day, Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, Visitor of the Midwest District, provided remarks leading into round table discussions.
Throughout these two days, breakout sessions were also offered. Topics for the breakout sessions were diverse and covered a variety of areas related to advancement, including major gift asks, online/mobile giving, events, and social media. Time for conversation and affinity group sessions proved impactful for the participants – building relationships and bonds among all who were present.
Rob Cummings, Chief Development Officer for the Midwest District, provided closing remarks as the conference came to an end and participants exchanged development materials from their ministries. In an effort to continue the collaboration that was started at this first conference, a LinkedIn Group entitled “Lasallian Advancement” was created. Plans for the next conference to be held at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, are already underway.