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2020 NAPSF Virtual Conference
Thursday, October 29, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for our first virtual conference and annual meeting! This conference is designed for school foundation staff, foundation board members, and school district staff interested in school foundations.

This form stopped accepting submissions on October 28, 2020 12:00 pm CDT.

Thank you to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for sponsoring this virtual conference.

Conference Agenda

1:00 Welcome | NAPSF President, Sarah Dittmer

1:15 Keynote | Lynne Wester

2:15 Break

2:30 Annual Meeting

2:50 Round Tables

3:30 Closing | NAPSF President-Elect, Sara Martin

3:45 Open Virtual Cocktail

Two Drawings for NSFA Conference Registrations:

Two drawings will be held during the virtual conference to give away two NSFA Conference registrations! Organization names will be drawn. The more people you register, the more entries you will gain in the drawings. The same organization may not win twice. A representative from each organization drawn must be present at time of drawing to win.


Keynote Speaker

Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru Group

Lynne Wester strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most – when crisis or opportunity arrive.

Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement - all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work.

The DRG website in a unique industry tool filled with resources, samples and thought leadership on donor relations and fundraising. Lynne is regularly featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CASE Currents and has authored four books of her own on a myriad of industry topics.

Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.

NAPSF Annual Meeting

The virtual conference will include the Nebraska Association of Public School Foundations annual meeting.

Virtual Round Table Discussions

Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of the virtual round tables listed. Registered attendees will receive an email prior to the conference with round table selection options. If a registered attendee does not submit a selection they will be assigned to a group.

  • Special Events and Fundraising during a Pandemic | moderated by Lisa Reese Parish, Regina Meradith

  • Engaging your Board and Community Leaders during the Pandemic | moderated by Lance Swanson

  • Staying Connected to Districts and Constituencies | moderated by Mark Lenihan

  • Creative Operating Dollars – Keeping Organizations afloat during Pandemic | moderated by Sarah Dittmer, Toba Cohen-Dunning

All round table discussions will be recorded. Attendees will receive video links in a post conference email. Links will also be archived in the member portal.

Virtual Meet & Greet "Cocktail Party"

Networking is important to any conference. We are hosting a virtual cocktail party! All you need is headphones with a microphone and use a Chrome browser (unless you are using an iPhone).  Join the conversation after the conference!

High Fidelity offers online audio spaces for virtual gatherings. There, you will be a dot avatar. Like an in-person party, you can move freely, introduce yourself and join conversations. The space can be accessed on nearly any device, including mobile phones. No download required.

Prior to joining the event, please check High Fidelity's minimum requirements to ensure you can connect:

It is currently designed for Chrome browsers only. Exception: iOS devices require a Safari browser.

Internet speed must be at least 1.5mbps up and down.

For the best experience, wired headphones are recommended. Note: Bluetooth causes audio delay

If you have any other questions, take a look at this page here: Get Started