Orchestra Fundraising in This Time of Crisis, in Two Parts

Orchestra Fundraising in This Time of Crisis, in Two Parts

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In a matter of weeks, the world has changed dramatically for orchestras. Public spaces are closed, events are canceled, and orchestras are forced to abandon the balance of the concert season. With single ticket revenue instantly drying up, and subscription money for next season slowing, the only reliable stream of revenue has become fundraising.

Part 1: Fundraising in This Time of Crisis
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern

What are fundraising best practices during a time of crisis? How are other orchestras managing their fundraising program during this critical time? Hear first-hand accounts from colleagues and clients and expert suggestions as orchestras adjust to an increased reliance on annual and major giving. There will also be ample time during this session to address specific fundraising-related questions from webinar participants, so please come prepared with your thoughts.

Part 2: Maintaining Donor Relationships
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern

What can you do to strengthen your fundraising program as you prepare for the upcoming concert season? Learn the critical steps needed for effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects, donors, and sponsors during a time of rapid change and uncertainty.

Speakers: Bob Swaney, Founder & CEO of Robert Swaney Consulting, and James Leffler, VP of Development for the Dallas Symphony

Who Should Attend?

Executive directors, youth orchestra directors, trustees, development and fundraising staff, and anyone seeking to learn more about fundraising throughout the pandemic.

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 About the Speakers

James Leffler

Vice President of Development, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

James Leffler joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in January 2016 and currently serves as the Vice President of Development. He has broad experience in nonprofit development, having worked in a variety of areas including youth services, higher education, healthcare, and the performing arts. Additionally, James was a partner in a consulting firm that provided fundraising and digital solutions for community colleges. James holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance from Columbus State University and a Master of Music in Instrumental Performance from Oklahoma City University.     

Bob Swaney
Founder and CEO, Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc.

A highly sought-after authority on fundraising growth for arts and cultural organizations, Bob Swaney has developed systems and solutions recognized now as industry standards for excellence. With his 30-year career in arts fundraising, Bob’s hallmark lies in helping organizations develop sustainable high-leverage, high-return fundraising programs that are strategic, growth-oriented, and donor-focused. His simple, systematic approach is effective in virtually any size market and for any size institution. Since 2006, Bob has successfully shared his system with over 100 organizations across the country to strengthen their philanthropic core.

As Founder and CEO of Robert Swaney Consulting, Bob has assembled and leads an extraordinary team of consultants who coach clients using his system. Above all, Bob and his team work with organizations to achieve growth regardless of community, organization, or economic conditions. He regularly participates as a speaker for industry-related conferences and has served on the boards of several arts and education organizations.


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This webinar is made possible by generous grants from American Express, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.