What is Bright Ideas?

Bright Ideas is the gathering of East Texas nonprofit and business leaders with the purpose of collaborating and putting our ideas in motion.

Who Should Attend

The 2017 conference offers something for just about everyone on your team, including directors, managers, program staff, and even board members.

Why Attend?

It will be a full day of important Nonprofit Capacity Building Content and a ONE OF A KIND Luncheon panel of CEO Leaders will be discussing key topics.

Our 6th year is shaping up to be one of the BEST!

It will be a full day of IMPORTANT Nonprofit Capacity Building Content.

A ONE OF A KIND Luncheon panel of CEO Leaders will be discussing topics such as:

•ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

•GUIDELINES

•SUCCESS STORIES     

•OPPORTUNITIES 

•CURRENT TRENDS IN CORPORATE FUNDING PRIORITIES 

•SOCIAL IMPACT AREAS OF INTEREST INITIATIVES

Register TODAY!

Schedule

8:00AM- 8:30AM

Doors Open

Registration/Light Breakfast/Exhibits

8:30AM- 9:45AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Get the 2nd Gift

Peggy Berry, CFRE

Keep first-time donors coming back! Nonprofits of every size can implement proven strategies for acquiring a second gift from first time donors while building relationships for a lifetime of giving.

So, Who is Next?

Mike Ballew, East Texas Area Council

Who will fill the next inevitable staff or board vacancy and what is your organization doing in preparation? We will discuss succession planning and other key elements needed to make for smoother transitions in your organization.

Building Ambassadors, not Just Board Members

Brian Brandt, Core Insights

Imagine board members that are thrilled to serve the organization, well beyond the board meeting. Are you setting the bar high, and creating a structure that allows them to thrive? Identify key elements and proven strategies for success.

Creating Content for Social Media

East Texas Center for Nonprofits

This session will focus on social media content and engagement, so bring your questions and we will share some practical guidance. With a clear strategy for your Social Media you will be able to put what you learn into practice immediately!

9:45AM- 10:00AM

Break/Networking/Exhibits

10:00AM- 11:15AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

Disaster Philanthropy: Funding Recovery

Kyle Penney, ETCF

Disaster philanthropy is a vital part of helping communities recover from catastrophic events. We will discuss the 4 stages of disaster, the important role organizations play, & learn practical steps you can take to be prepared when disaster strikes.

Development Strategies for Generations

Marilyn Abegg-Glass & Kenny Sigler

How do you balance engaging millennials without neglecting your existing donors? We will discuss generational similarities & differences in the areas of relationship building, mail campaigns, stewardship, & special events.

Game Changers: Successful Strategies

Kim Beckham

A game changer is an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift. What if there were a new idea, belief, or change in behavior that would be a game changer for you? Even a small change can have a profound impact on your organization, family, or life.

Measure, Manage, & Motivate

Micheal Lavender & Andy Moers

“Ready-Reporting” for Boards & Donors: See how tracking & analyzing data translates to reaching & maintaining your organization's goals. Walk away with an understanding of how facts & figures will comfort directors & inspire donors!

11:15AM- 11:30AM

Break/Networking/Exhibits

11:30AM- 1:00PM

Awards Luncheon with Featured Discussion Panel-

Emceed by Pat Stacey, KLTV General Manager

Claude Henry

President- Tyler Market,

Texas Bank & Trust

Dr. Michael Tidwell

University of Texas at Tyler,

President

Rocky Gill

Express Employment

Professionals

Shannon Dacus

Trial Attorney

The Dacus Firm, P.C.

1:00PM- 1:30PM

Break/Networking/Exhibitors Final Give-a-ways

1:30PM- 2:45PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

4 R’s of Volunteer Management

Yolanda Prince

Attendees will learn about the 4 R’s of Volunteer Management: Recruiting, Retaining, Recognizing, and Relationship Building. The presentation will provide valuable information and tools to enhance any volunteer program.

So, Who is Next?

Mike Ballew, East Texas Area Council

Who will fill the next inevitable staff or board vacancy and what is your organization doing in preparation? We will discuss succession planning and other key elements needed to make for smoother transitions in your organization.

Where’s Waldo: Grant Prospecting

East Texas Center for Nonprofits

Finding “best fit funders” for your nonprofit can be a daunting task. Prospecting can be time-consuming, overwhelming at times, and often disappointing. During this session, we will discuss how to ease the process, what to look for and how to identify qualified prospects for your organization.

2:45PM- 3:00PM

Closing ETCN Give-a-ways

(Downstairs Room 103)

Location

Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center

1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX 75701