Sports Philanthropy WORLD

We are excited for the Inaugural Sports Philanthropy World Congress. This exclusive event is being held on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

For those of you coming from out of town, we will be having a reception for speakers, sponsors and attendees on Thursday night, August 8, 2019.

Keep an eye on this space as we regularly unveil location details, sponsors, panelist, moderators and speakers.



August 9, 2019, Chicago, Illinois

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.        Registration and breakfast

9:00 to 9:15 a.m.        Introduction and welcome,

Roy Kessel, Founder, Sports Philanthropy Network

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.      Panel 1-Charting Your Course:  Setting Your Organization’s Agenda

Overview:       How to establish the direction of your organization?  What is your organization’s mission? What are the best short, medium and long term strategies for achieving your goal? What types of professional services and support do you need to launch your organization? For existing organizations, how can you fine tune your direction and ensure that you are fully compliant with all state and federal fundraising regulations.

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.    Panel 2-Creating Better Programs:

Overview:       Programs are the reason that your organization exists.  How do you improve the quality of the programs?  How do you get the right type of people involved so that you can execute your programs?  How do you define the audience for your programs? What tools should you use to deliver your programs?

11:15 to 11:30 a.m.     Morning break

11:30 to 12:30 p.m.    Panel 3-Measuring the Impact of Your Programs:

Overview:       You run successful programs.  Or do you? How do you measure the true impact that your programs are having? How do you measure the impact and determine which programs are most effective? What tools do you need to properly measure and evaluate the effectiveness of your programs? Can you truly measure impact internally? Or do you need to bring in outside experts?

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.      Lunch

                                    Speaker:          To be Announced

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.        Panel 4-Telling Your Story: How to Engage Your Donor Base

Overview:       Every organization has a story.  How well are you telling your story?  Is your communication truly connecting with your donor base? Which mediums should you be using to maximize the impact? How can you create ongoing interest in your story instead of showing the same video at every event?  Which stories are the most effective? Whose voice does your audience want to hear?

3:00 to 3:15 p.m.         Afternoon break

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.        Panel 5-Fundraising: Events, Grants, Solicitations

Overview:       Money is the fuel that drives any organization.  How do you ensure that you are harnessing the resources that are available to support your cause?  What are the best fundraising techniques for your brand? Should it be personal solicitations?  Do you know how to apply for grants?  What types of grants and grant makers give you the best chance for success? How do you integrate event fundraising into your overall mix?  Can your board raise enough money? Or do you need to hire professional fundraisers?

4:15 to 5:00 p.m.        Conclusion, Questions

While we will have time after each panel, this special opportunity will allow the audience to engage with all of the speakers, moderators and attendees.  We will take questions over Twitter and via email.  Our facilitator will lead us in examining the biggest challenges you face in helping take your non-profit to a higher level.  We encourage you to take time to think about the issues that are most pressing for your organization and come prepared to discuss ideas and solutions.

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.        Reception and Networking

One of the most important aspects of the Sports Philanthropy World Congress is the opportunity to network and meet people from a diverse group of organizations.  Our informal setting will include food, drinks, Whirlyball and plenty of opportunity to learn from our sports philanthropy community.

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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