Speaking Archive

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powerhouse gearsPowerHouse! Resources for Resourceful Nonprofits* 
Crafting Change Through Collaboration
December 11, 2013
Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington, Mass.

AFP Conn.
National Philanthropy Day in Connecticut 2013
- Developing Champions for Change

Do You have the RIGHT Conditions for Fundraising Success?
November 15, 2013 
Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull, Conn.

BoardSource Leadership Forum*
From Risk to Results: Harnessing the Board-CEO-Staff Partnership to Achieve Sustainable Fundraising Success
November 7 and 8, 2013
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif.

The Locklin Financial Group and The Tax and Financial Educational Center*
First Annual Temecula Philanthropy Summit
November 5, 2013
Temecula, Calif.

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits*
Principles of Fundraising Certificate Course
Individual Major Gift Fundraising
October 31, 2013 
The University of Bridgeport - Waterbury Campus, Waterbury, Conn.

Annual NW PA Nonprofit Day Conference*
The Nonprofit Partnership
October 22, 2013
Bayfront Convention Center
Erie, Pa. 

AJLI Fall Leadership Conference
    -Getting Started with Individual Donor Program
    -Turbocharging Your League's Individual Donor Program
Sept. 20, 2013
      Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
      Detroit, Mich.

Chautauqua Institution
July 28 - August 3, 2013
How to Become a Gold Star Nonprofit Board Member
Chautauqua, N.Y.

1959 • How to Become a Gold Star Nonprofit Board Member by Abbie von Schlegell
If you currently serve on a nonprofit board or are considering service, this class will provide you with concrete facts and methods to be a Gold Star Nonprofit Board member! You will explore trends  fueling boardroom deliberations; learn about new approaches being taken by nonprofits; tackle tough questions every responsible board is asking; and share ideas and solutions to  today's challenges. Maximum enrollment: 20. Minimum age: 18.
Week 6, July 29–Aug. 2 / M–F / 9 - 10:15 a.m. 
Turner, Rm. 107
Fees: 1 week (5 sessions) • $75

Principles of Fundraising: Major Gifts
May 29, 2013 
CT Nonprofits, Hartford, Conn.

Northern Berkshire Business & Professional Women
March 27, 2013
Williams Inn, Williamstown, Mass.

2013 CASE District One Conference
1) Understanding Dominant Attitudes of High Net Worth Families: A Changing Landscape
2) New Trends in Philanthropic Behavior by Gender: Will Mars and Venus Converge?

January 30-February 1, 2013
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, Mass.


AFP-NNE 2012 Annual Conference
Blaze New Trails
1) Major Gifts in a Small Shop
2) Women Driving Philanthropy

November 14-16, 2012
Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center, Stowe, Vt.

Brian Lacy and Associates Webinars
Women in Philanthropy
November 14, 2012 
2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT/11 p.m. PT

Brian Lacy and Associates Webinars 
Major Gifts in Small Shops 
November 12, 2012 
2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT/11 p.m. PT

2012 AFP MA Conference on Philanthropy*~
Taking Charge of Change
November 5, 2012
The Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, Mass.

Conn. Nonprofits
Principles in Fundraising: Major Gifts
October 31, 2012
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, Gales Ferry, Conn.

Partnering with Volunteers, Boards and CEOs
October 19, 2012
UMASS Club, Boston

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
September 27,2012
Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

National Catholic Development Conference
NCDC: the Voice for Catholic Fundraising*
Women in Philanthropy: empowerment, passion & impact
September 23-26, 2012
The Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.

2012 AJLI Fall Leadership Conference
The Annual Appeal: How Member Giving Strengthens the Fund Development Picture
September 20-22, 2012
Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago, Ill.

Chautauqua Institution*
How To Be A Gold Star Member
July 30-August 3, 2012
Chautauqua, N.Y.

Community Foundation of Northwest Conn.*
Annual Conference
June 20, 2012
Torrington, Conn. 

Conn. Nonprofits
Principles of Fundraising - Major Gifts*
May 17, 2012
Augusta Curtis Cultural Center
Meriden, Conn.

AFP Rhode Island
Fundraising Day Annual Conference
Women's Philanthropy: empowerment, passion and impact*
April 27, 2012
Crowne Plaza Warwick, Warwick, R.I.*

Ask the Experts
Keys to Working with Women Donors
February 28, 2012
Hilton Americas Hotel
Houston, Texas

CASE District I & II*
Dynamics of Women Donors
January 22-24, 2012
New York Marriott Marquis, New York, N.Y.


Dynamics of Women Donors
November 30, 2011
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Mass.

AFP CT & Fairfield County*
Getting to Yes: And Cultivating to Closing
November 17, 2011
Coco Key Conference Center, Waterbury, Conn.

AFP-NNE & CONFR Combined Conference*
Research Power: The Right Gift by the Right Donor Asked the Right Way!
November 3, 2011
Radisson Hotel, the Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, N.H.

MNN/AGM Conference & Expo*
October 20, 2011
Best Western, Marlborough, Mass.
Abbie is attending, not speaking, at this event and highly recommends it!

AFP/CT & CT Nonprofits
The University of Bridgeport, Waterbury Campus, Waterbury, Conn.

Annual Fund Essentials
October 13, 2011

Individual and Major Gifts Fundraising
October 27, 2011

Boston University
June 23, 28, 30, 2011
Certificate in Professional Fundraising: Management and Accountability

Hamden, Conn.
April 28, 2011
Essentials of Fundraising: Major Gifts

Troy, N.Y.
April 5, 2011
Women Driving Philanthropy: a view from behind the wheel


Boston University
Boston, Mass.
March 23, March 30, April 6, 2011
Certificate in Fundraising Management and Accountability

AFP/Western MA
March 16, 2011
Getting Your Board Engaged in Fundraising and Supporting Your Organization


NEAHP conference
Newport, RI
March 14, 2011
Advancing Women’s Philanthropy: what motivates women donors?


AFP/Quebec, CN Monthly Program meeting
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
February 18, 2011
What ARE we doing? Conducting an advancement assessment
Finding Mr (or Ms) right: prospect research and management


Stonehill College Center for Nonprofit Management
January 25, 2011
Building Your Capacity to Raise Major Gifts


CEO Council of AJFCA Webinar
Jewish Community Services of Metrowest, Mass.
1 - 2:30 p.m.
January 20, 2011
You Can Do it Too: Raising Large Gifts with Few Resources


AFP Massachusetts
Boston, Mass.
December 3, 2010
Conference on Philanthropy
Giving Circles: A New Form of Giving


Waterbury, Conn.
November 18, 2010
National Philanthropy Day and Conference Annual Giving to Planned Gifts: All in the Life of a Donor

Gales Ferry, Conn.
November 2, 2010
Essentials of Fundraising: Major Gifts

Planned Giving Strategies
Wethersfield, Conn.
October 28, 2010
Charitable Leaders Forum

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Framingham, Mass.
September 27, 2010
Major Gifts, Even in a Small Shop

AFP/Hudson-Mohawk Chapter
Loudonville, N.Y.
June 22, 2010
Women in Philanthropy – What Motivates Women Philanthropists

May 26, 2010
Manchester, N.H.
Advancing Your Annual Giving Program
Co-presenter, Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write-Source

Connecticut Nonprofits/AFP/Connecticut
May 25, 2010
Hartford, Conn.
AFP Essentials: Major Gifts

Silverbridge Advisors
May 18, 2010
Boston, Mass.
Your Responsibilities as a Nonproft Board Member

Annie E. Casey Foundation
April 27, 2010
New Haven, Conn.
Recession-Proof Fundraising

Boston University
March 17, 24, 31, 2010
*Boston, Mass.
Advanced Fundraising Class

Connecticut Nonprofits
February 16, 2010
*Hartford, Conn.
Major Gifts in a Small Shop

Essex County Development Group
Essex County Community Foundation

January 28, 2010*
Danvers, Mass.
What Motivates Women Philanthropists?

Capitol Region Independent Schools Association
Emma Willard School
January 12, 2010
Troy, N.Y.
Heads discussion


Third Sector New England
December 8, 2009
Boston, Mass.
Bottom Line Training Series
click here

Boston University
December 2, 2009
Boston, Mass.
Certificate in Professional Fundraising

December 1, 2009
Boston, Mass.
Capital Campaigns in Tough Times

AFP/Connecticut and AFP/Fairfield County, Conn.
National Philanthropy Day and conference
November 19, 2009
The Role of nonprofit Boards in TODAY’s world!
www.afpfairfield.org and www.afpct.org

AFP/Massachusetts Annual Conference
November 17, 2009
Boston, Mass.
Capital Campaigns in Lean Times
Recruiting Effective Board members: Roundtable

Connecticut Association of Nonprofit Organizations
November 3, 2009
Torrington, Conn.
Major Gifts in a Small Shop

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
November 2, 2009
Berkshire County Regional Meeting
Steven Sheppard, professor of Economics, Williams College
Senator Ben Downing
Abbie J von Schlegell
Pittsfield, Mass.
Tough Times Call for Good Plans

World Learning – SIT Graduate School
October 30, 2009
World Learning graduate program: Social Marketing
Brattleboro, Vt.
Planning for a nonprofit: strategic, business, marketing, fundraising!

AFP/Connecticut Chapter meeting
June 18, 2009
Meriden, Conn.
Major Gifts, even today!

Capital Campaigns
June 4, 2009
New York City, N.Y.
Center for Nonprofit Success

Annie E. Casey Foundation: Casey Family Services
May 19, 2009
New Haven, Conn.
Recession Proof Fundraising: Fund Development Planning for Experienced Leaders

Individual Major Gift Fundraising
May 14, 2009
Torrington, Conn.
AFP/Connecticut and Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

Recession Proof Fundraising: Fund Development Planning, for Emerging Leaders
April 29, 2009
New Haven, Conn.
Annie E. Casey Foundation: Casey Family Services

Hot Topics in Philanthropy
Fundraising in These Economic Times:  Lessons from the Field
January 9, 2009
East Longmeadow, Mass.
One need not look far to see how the philanthropic landscape has changed in recent times. Indeed, fundraisers around the country are watching the markets closely and wondering how these economic times might impact their fundraising results-both short term and well into the future.
Conference Link


Capital Campaigns: from A to Z!
December 2, 2008
Boston, Mass.
How do campaigns work? What comes first? How do I know if we are ready for one? Join this introductory session for our track on campaigns to help you to plan a successful effort!
Association of Fundraising Professionals/Massachusetts chapter
Annual Conference
Conference Link

Center on Philanthropy 20th Annual Symposium
Moving Women’s Philanthropy Forward: Influences, Intent, Impact
November 13-14, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind.
Member, Steering Committee

Girl Scouts of the USA Annual Conference
October 30 - November 2, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind.
National Delegate

Gender Differences in Philanthropy
October 1, 2008
Worcester, Mass.
Sponsor: Women in Development/West

Getting to Yes: Learning to ask for gifts
July 29, 2008
Boston, Mass.

Planning Successful Capital Campaigns
July 2, 2008
New York City, N.Y.
New York Summit
Sponsor:  Center for Nonprofit Success

Giving Circles: Becoming a prominent way to help others
A popular new way of giving for women, and men and young people too!
Leadership Tools for Women
June 6, 2008
Institute for Community College Development
Rockland Community College

The Role of Nonprofit Boards in TODAY'S world: issues of transparency and accountability
May 7, 2008
San Francisco, Calif.
Sponsor: Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Engaging Your Volunteers in Your Fundraising Efforts
April 24, 2008
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Sponsor: TDC

Getting to Yes: Learning to Ask for Gifts Successfully!
April 22, 2008
9 a.m. - 12 noon       
Cranwell Resort
Lenox, Mass.
Sponsor: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

The Donor Bill of Rights: what does it really mean?
April 16, 2008
A roundtable discussion on ethics
Springfield, Mass.
Sponsor: AFP/Western Massachusetts

Women’s Philanthropy: the Next Wave
April 4, 2008
Women, Faith and Finance annual seminar
Decorah, Iowa
Sponsor: Luther College

Major Gifts: Even in a Small Shop!
March 18, 2008
Taste of Philanthropy Conference
Marriott Springfield
Springfield, Mass.
Sponsor: Women in Philanthropy

Preparing for a Capital Campaign:
What You Need to Do to Assess Your Readiness

February 25, 2008
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Concord, N.H.
Concord Office of Plymouth State University
College of Graduate Studies
Sponsor: CONFR

Getting to Yes: from cultivating to closing!
February 7, 2008
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Web conference
Sponsor: Progressive Business Conferences

*Open to the public
~Abbie, Roundtable Chair, is not speaking but encourages attendance and signing up for a lunchtime Roundtable!

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