The Future of Fundraising Is Responsive

A Conversation About Fundraising in 2023

All-Day Training Event – Friday, March 3, 2023 – Omaha, NE

Join us on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for an interactive day of fundraising training with local and national fundraising voices. This session will explore effective fundraising from a systems level and give you tools you can use to empower yourself as a fundraiser and envision more intentional and rewarding approaches. 

Your organization’s fundraising challenges and angst may have much less to do with personnel or external factors, and more reflective of misalignment in the approach to:

  • organizational design,
  • professional development,
  • technology.

When these three aspects of your organization’s culture work together, your organization becomes a place where fundraising can thrive.

Drawing from insights in behavioral economics, complexity science, and cognitive psychology, we invite you to discover how Responsive Fundraising’s FOUR FRAMEWORKS can make sense of the past, present, and future of nonprofit fundraising.

In this all-day conversation (or, “training”), we will place the experiences of local leaders into the context of these frameworks in a hope to expand your thinking, empower you to reframe your organization’s culture of philanthropy, and create favorable atmospheres in which to raise money for your organization.

Topics to be discussed:
  • The State of Nonprofit Fundraising in 2023
  • The Four Frameworks of Responsive Fundraising
  • Contextualizing Software and Data in Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Case Studies in Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Moving from the “Efficient Lane” to the “Responsive Lane”

Lunch is included for all attendees. Accommodations for all dietary restrictions will be available.


Tuition: $150. || If you need tuition assistance to attend this workshop, contact Rosey – Scholarships may be available.


Agenda to be announced soon.

Featured Speaker Bios: 

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis provides the sector with an often-needed contrarian voice, willing to question deeply ingrained beliefs and assumptions about how effective fundraising really works.

Whether writing or speaking, Jason challenges the prevailing wisdom about effective fundraising practices, hiring decisions, and donor behavior.

Jason has been certified and re-certified as a Certified Fundraising Executive, recognized as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Master Trainers, and teaches nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship at York College of Pennsylvania.

Kenley Sturdivant-Wilson

Kenley Sturdivant-Wilson is a proven development professional with more than two decades of expertise in fundraising, database management, and the creation and implementation of successful fundraising strategies. Kenley utilizes a combination of traditional fundraising theories and techniques with data-driven concepts to achieve fundraising goals.

Over his career, Kenley has worked professionally in markets across the country from Memphis, TN, New York City, Charleston, SC, Louisville, KY, and Omaha, NE. Currently, Kenley is the Interim Director of Development at inCOMMON Community Development.

inCOMMON is an organization that strengths, builds, and empowers neighbors to work together to lead neighborhood change, by building strong and safe neighborhoods for future generations who might otherwise grow up under the detrimental conditions of poverty. Kenley is also the Chief Relationship Manager at, a boutique independent fundraising consulting firm that helps small nonprofits with big fundraising.

Nancy Williams

Nancy’s work experiences are diverse. From serving as an agronomist for local farmers and consultants in a Fortune 500 corporation to grassroots organizing and management for nonprofit community organizations, she has put her love of learning and achievement to work. Nancy served in an Information Technology leadership role for over 14 years with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Omaha. Most recently as Chief Information Officer, where she led award winning programs, increased technology integration and supported improved organizational outcomes.

Nancy Williams has been practicing agriculture for a long time: first as a 4-H member in elementary school then as an FFA member in high school. Her family raised most of the produce they consumed; at one time maintaining as many as six gardens to feed themselves and share with neighbors. Nancy earned scholarships to study Horticulture. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Louisiana State University then pursued a master of science in Weed Science with a minor in Plant Pathology at Cornell University. Nancy has diverse experiences in agriculture, from corporations, serving as an agronomist for local farmers and entrepreneurs to grassroots organizing and management for nonprofit community organizations. For nearly 15 years, Nancy served as an IT leader for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands; where she led award winning programs, increased technology integration, and supported improved organizational outcomes.

In 2010 Nancy co-founded then later served as a board member at No More Empty Pots, a nonprofit supporting the development of local food systems through self-sufficiency of people and economic resilience of communities. Nancy began her role as CEO of No More Empty Pots in January 2016.

Nancy serves on multiple local, state, and regional boards and advisory committees.

With four adult children who are all college graduates and pursuing careers, Nancy spends a lot of time sharing her passion for good food, leadership, personal strengths and exceptional outcomes with diverse audiences.

Brandi Holys

Brandi Holys has more than 20 years of experience as a fundraiser, director, and management consultant; helping organizations and causes generate financial resources to do great work and change the world. She is also the Founder and host of the Philanthropy – it’s NOT a bake sale podcast. Her educational background includes a BA in Business Administration from Hastings College and a MA in Public Health Education from the University of Nebraska. Currently the Vice President of Advancement at Gross Catholic High School, she enjoys live music, good food and wine, and serves as a board member for Felius cat café.

Kevin Mahler

Kevin Mahler is the owner and president of Contributed Line, a fundraising consultancy that helps nonprofit organizations create infrastructure for philanthropy and exceed fundraising goals through strategy development and deployment. Kevin has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2008 and has helped organizations in the subsectors of human services, higher education, immigrant and refugee services, food security, fine arts, military and veteran support, and faith-based organizations.

Kevin earned a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Iowa. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska and served on the Board of Directors of the Grant Professionals Association Nebraska Chapter and The New Territory Magazine. Kevin enjoys working in fundraising and philanthropy because it engages multiple disciplines, diverse ways of thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and taking steps to address the urgent issues facing the world.

Kevin is excited about “The Future of Fundraising Is Responsive” on March 3rd because he enjoys learning from others in the fundraising world and contemplating the greater meaning of this rewarding yet oft-misunderstood work.

Kevin’s recent favorite quote: “Most people overestimate what is outside of them and underestimate what is inside of them.”

This event is co-presented by Contributed Line, Responsive Fundraising, and Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

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