At the Outcomes Conference 2017, CLA and The National Christian Foundation will partner to present a NEW Chief Development Officer Summit.
This special Chief Development Officer Summit led and developed by The National Christian Foundation: Growing Giving & Major Gifts in a Changing Landscape into 2025 and Beyond, will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
This session will focus upon the concern of every organization: how will you continue to grow giving—all forms of giving—for your organization into a changing landscape? In a similar vein, this session will address how to grow major gifts and major donor relationships. But these discussions come against a rapidly changing and challenging backdrop. Technology. Data. Online Giving. Mobile Giving. Shifting Demographics. Handling planned gifts at the same time you are cultivating millennials. Come prepared to learn in a collaborative yet insightful learning environment from a diverse set of leaders.
Register early to be a part of this unique experience for Chief Development Officers.
William (Bill) High is the Chief Executive Officer of National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers and financial advisors, sharing the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. Much of that work includes advising on issues of income tax planning, business sale, real estate and estate planning. Bill instructs families in documenting their family vision and creating mission statements. Bill is a visionary leader energized by people and ideas. He loves to learn, innovate, and strategize on how new ideas or new approaches to current methods might escalate growth. He is a voracious reader on a variety of topics, although he admits that he doesn't always read to the end! As a former lawyer, he acknowledges that he's still in recovery but the law taught him how to ask great questions to find the truth.
Bill is also the founder of iDonate.com, a fundraising software company serving the non-profit community. iDonate.com provides an online marketing solution for non-profits to market and receive gifts of all kinds, including cash, text, credit card and non-cash gifts. He is also the founder of Christian Foundation Grants, a member-based service available to Christian non-profits and churches.
Bill is also a published author and conference speaker. He is the general editor of Grants and More for Christian Ministries, and a contributing author to Why the Conservative Mind Matters and unHeritage: 11 Pitfalls to Family Legacy and How to Avoid Them. He recently authored Stories of the Generous Life. Ordinary People. Extraordinary Generosity, and its sequel, The Generosity Bet.
He is currently working on two books soon to be published: Revolution in Fundraising and The 7 Generation Legacy.
Prior to joining the National Christian Foundation Heartland in 2000, Bill was a partner with the law firm of Blackwell Sanders LLP, a national and international law firm. He remains Of Counsel with the law firm Sanders Warren & Russell LLP. Bill has been married to his wife Brooke for more than 25 years. They have four children: Ashley, Jessica, Nathan and Joseph, and one grandson.
Ray currently serves as CEO of iDonate, a SaaS-based digital fundraising platform based in Dallas, TX. iDonate serves the nonprofit industry with a multi-channel digital platform, allowing nonprofits, ministries, and churches to connect their causes to “today’s donors”.
Ray has over 30 years in technology, early-stage business building ventures, and international business development. Prior to joining iDonate, Mr. Gary served as CEO of CleverSpring, and President of Platform Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm.
Prior to Platform Capital, Ray served as President of Koch Ventures, Inc. (“KVI”) where he led over $100 million in early/mid-stage investments for Koch Industries, Inc. (“KII”), the nation’s largest private company. During his tenure as President of KVI, Ray worked directly with Charles Koch, learning from one of the world’s most successful business leaders. The investments included software, telecommunications, business services, and technology services, resulting in top tier results with multiple successful exits to-date – two IPO’s and several strategic sales.
Prior to KVI, Ray served in numerous leadership roles at EDS, where he was responsible for systems integration and outsourcing contracts valued at more than $250 million. During his time at EDS he served as the leader of a software company focused on the downstream petroleum segment, providing services to hundreds of petroleum companies, including ARCO and Chevron. Preceding his time at EDS, Ray served as President for a $15 million privately-held distribution company serving the petroleum, convenience store, and commercial fuel markets. The company was an industry leader in the introduction of unattended and automated fueling technologies.
Ray currently serves as on the Board of the Highland Park chapter of KLIFE – a faith-based ministry for students, as well as the Board of the greater Baton Rouge/LSU area Young Life ministry. Ray also serves on the Board of 287 Entertainment, a Nashville-based entertainment company.
Ray is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Management. While at the University of Oklahoma, he was selected as a member of the President’s Leadership Class, and played collegiate tennis. Ray and his wife Gina live in Dallas, Texas and have three children; Clare, Hannah, and Trey.
Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for Next After, a research and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.
A nonprofit thought leader, Kachuriak is the lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, and a contributing writer for Fundraising Success, CO+OP, and Outcomes magazines. Kachuriak has trained organizations around the world as far away as Bangalore, India and Oslo, Norway and is a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences including Social Media for Nonprofits, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Direct Marketing Association Non Profit Federation, and others.
Kachuriak is also the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Human Coalition, co-founder and managing partner of Flux Analytics and Donor ID, a member of the board of directors for Open Doors USA and the Halcyon Movement, and is on the MECLABS Advisory Board for Optimization.
Combining digital savvy, business insight and a highly analytical approach, Dave leads one of the strongest team’s serving the nonprofit industry. His team at Masterworks is responsible for client strategy, digital strategy, innovation, analytics, and media. Dave has built a depth of experience in all areas of digital to generate results for top Christian non-profits, including World Vision, Focus on the Family, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), Alliance Defending Freedom and more than 40 other ministries. Dave is a regular conference speaker and blogger, and is pioneering a roundtable of top digital leaders.
Timothy L. Smith is known as a leading expert in building the capacity of Non Profit Organizations. He has over 35 years of experience with Non Profit Organizations in Administration, Management and Fund Development. He has held a variety of roles in executive leadership for mega size organizations. Tim has advised numerous NPO’s in Leadership, Organization and Major Funding development. He is widely recognized as a leading authority in these fields. His book, Donors are People Too is required reading for many NPO’s committed to a ministry based philosophy when developing a major funding program. Tim currently he serves as Chief Development Officer for Museum of the Bible.
Ron Verner is Chief Customer Officer for iDonate responsible for all aspects of client success in utilizing iDonate’s Ignite Giving Platform, as well as iDonate’s coaching, consulting, and product/customer support functions. Prior to iDonate, Ron progressed through almost 40 years of leadership at EDS (HR Director, VP Corporate Communications, and Division VP Utility Energy Practice), PriceWaterhouseCoopers (partner overseeing several consulting practices), and in owning and operating his own I/T consulting firm (The Harding Group). Ron and his wife, Lou are active in ministry and enjoy family, friends, travel, and the outdoors.