Call for Presentations

Thank you for your interest in the IGNITE: North Texas 2019 Call for Presentations. The conference is January 31-February 3, at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine.

IGNITE is the premier conference for Christians working in development - those with fundraising, nonprofit leadership, marketing and communications roles. In 2018, attendees held such titles as: Chief Development Officer, Major Gifts Officer, Principal, Pastor, CEO, Board Member, Consultant, Annual Fund Director, Planned Giving Officer, Special Events Coordinator, Director of Marketing and many more. IGNITE helps people and organizations work toward their goals for mission, offering fellowship, network building, a chance to recharge, worship, and curriculum that is of the highest quality. You can be a part of this exceptional educational experience by sharing your knowledge.

Please consider these points as you work on your submission:

  • Attendees have a wide variety of experience levels and backgrounds. Some are just beginning in the field, while others have decades of experience, so we are looking for presenters able to speak to various levels of proficiency - both for sessions that are targeted at all attendees, and to specific experience levels
  • IGNITE organizers appreciate the perspectives that come from speakers who are practitioners that have hands-on experience regarding the topic(s) in question
  • Speakers are encouraged to involve attendees in sessions as learning through action and discussion spurs greater comprehension
  • Presentations will be prioritized based on topics listed on the form, but you may add your own topic when submitting - view the topics
  • Submissions are due by May 1, 2018

Please prepare the following items to complete your session proposal:

  • Contact info (name, organization, phone, email, address, etc.)
  • Your short bio - 100 words or less
  • Your picture (headshot format)
  • Session title and description - 100 words or less
  • Whether you have made the presentation(s), including where and when
  • References

Submit Your Proposal

If you are submitting multiple sessions, you will need to submit one form per session.


We're Looking for Speakers to Present on These Topics


  • Staying Relevant in Print vs. Digital Communications
  • Best Practices for Communicating to Young Donors
  • The Basics of Managing Your Social Media Platforms
  • Advanced Social Media for Donor Communications
  • Using Video in Donor Communications Without Breaking the Bank
  • Web-based Communication Tactics to Reach Donors
  • Creating Inspiration Through Storytelling
  • Communication/Marketing Toolkit for Major Gift Officers
Annual Fund/Renewable Giving
  • Donor Focused Strategies for Annual Giving
  • All About the Annual Fund
  • Protect Your Annual Fund With Capital Campaign Policies
  • New Donor Acquisition: List Trade/Internal Prospecting
  • Trends in Digital Solicitations
  • Here's How to Get Started on the Donor Base
  • Safeguarding Donor Information in an Age of Computer Hacks
  • Maximizing Thrivent Action Team Support for Your Organization
  • Small Shop Strategies: What to do When There's Only One or Two of You
  • Fostering a Culture of Generosity: Spreading the Philanthropy Bug

Major Gifts

  • Scripting the Different Kinds of Major Donor Visits
  • The Day-to-Day Work of Moves Management
  • How to Get Visits
  • Portfolio Review and Management
  • Capital/Comprehensive Campaigns
  • Corporate/Foundation Giving
  • Major Digital Fundraising
  • Donor Stewardship/Relations
  • Benchmarking to Show Results
  • Portfolio Tracking
  • Wealth Transfer - Young Philanthropists
  • Major Gifts vs. Planned Gifts

Planned Giving

  • Tax and Legislative Updates That Impact Charitable Planning
  • Endowment Funds as an Integral Part of Charitable Strategy
  • Creative Use of Donor Advised Funds
  • Umbrella Gift Agreements
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Planned Giving Visits
  • Administering the Estate
  • Comprehensive Marketing for Annual/Major/Planned Gifts


  • Pouring Your Mission and Vision Into Every Area of Your Organization
  • Healthy Leadership: Principles of Life Coaching
  • Improvisation as a Prerequisite for Leadership
  • Priority Management
  • Advancement/CEO Relationship
  • Working Across the Institution
  • Campaigns: A Team Sport - It Takes Everyone, Including the CEO/CAO/CFO/Board
  • The Consultant Relationship
  • Who Should You Surround Yourself With? Consultants, Coaches, and Mentors
  • Staff Retention
  • Balancing Analytics and Relationships
  • The Responsibility of Being a Faith-Based Organization
  • Why Presence Matters

Young Professionals

  • I'm a Millennial and New to Development
  • Young Leaders


  • How Research Impacts Your Portfolio
  • Prospect Research 101
  • Research for Leadership Circles: How to Identify Board Members and Committees
  • New Industries to Consider: Where Should we be Looking to Identify Prospects?
  • Building a Call List
  • Donor Data Analytics
  • Campaigns - Researching While You are in Campaign Mode
  • Research Tools and Resources for Beginners
  • Valuation of Diverse Assets
  • Where/How to Put Research at the Center of Prospect Management
  • Helping People Raise Their Hands - Whether in the Crowd or in the Database