The Big Give: Readiness Workshops

Nonprofit organizations must be registered to participate in 2017 (registration closes at 5 p.m. Monday, April 10). Big Give in-person trainings are open to participating nonprofits only. Registration links for workshops are sent via email after a nonprofit’s registration is approved. Webinars are open to the public.  For additional information and/or questions, please email

An AWCSA Signature Event
Media Workshop for Nonprofits – Thursday, March 28

A panel of local media experts, assembled by the San Antonio Professional Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications, will provide nonprofit participants with the tools and tricks to gain media coverage for their organization. The panel will also provide insight regarding positioning and production of articles and news releases.

Giving Day Best Practices Nonprofit Panel – Wednesday, March 1
Since 2009, communities across the country have come together to host organized days of giving. Hear from nonprofit peers in Dallas & Miami on how they plan and strategize for a successful day!

Effective Communication in Rural Communities – Tuesday, March 7
In this workshop, Adirondack Foundation Communications Officer Chris Morris will explore the strategies his organization has employed to communicate with donors and grantees, as well as effective marketing approaches that partners of the foundation have employed across the Adirondack NY region.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for the Pros – Thursday, March 9
This three-hour workshop will focus on strategies to enhance your Big Give platform, as well as for in-person and online fundraising activities throughout the year.  The workshop will include a presentation, work session, and share-out.

Calling All Board Members! Board Engagement in The Big Give
Comfort & San Antonio – Tuesday, March 21
New Braunfels – Thursday, March 23
Invite your Board Members to attend!  Join fellow Board members from participating organizations to learn how you can make Big Give 2017 a record-setting success. Learn practical ways that you can:
Help Promote the Big Give
Engage in Effective Donor Outreach
Be a Fundraising Champion
Leverage Your Community Contacts

Planning for a Crisis – Tuesday, April 11
You already have a crisis plan in place, but with staff changes and changes in technology, you’re not sure if it’s relevant today. We will look at the types of crises that could strike your organization and how different types can help or hinder your ability to communicate. We will talk about the competing role of stakeholders in a crisis, the role of media – traditional and social – and examine the importance of leadership.

Digital Acquisition – Tuesday, April 13
In this fast-paced fundraising world, nonprofits must continually grow and diversify their individual donor bases. This session is designed to help participants learn about the different channels and intricate techniques of digital acquisition. Using successful case studies to demonstrate online acquisition best practices, the session will touch upon lead generation, email fundraising, online advertising platforms and various testing techniques.

The Big Give – Thursday, May 4

Sharing Your Story through Marketing & Promotions – Wednesday, March 1
The Power of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising – Thursday, March 30
10 Final Steps for Big Give Success – Thursday, April 6
Post Big Give Engagement Webinar – Thursday, May 18