Heartland Chapter

Includes Nebraska and Kansas

ALDE Heartland Chapter Fall Gathering Recap

ALDE Heartland Group October 2021

Hello Heartland Chapter Friends,

Thank you to all that were able to attend our Fall Gathering at Glacial Till last Tuesday, October 12. As you can see from the photo, we had a wonderful time! It was great to reunite with fellow ALDE members and meet new friends, too! 

The goals of our Heartland Chapter meetings include future growth of ALDE, our Chapter, and more progress in the work we do through networking and education.

What was discussed:

1. Opening prayer - Dennis Remington

2. Introductions - Share your good news!

3. Sarah Callahan, Executive Director, Lutheran Giving shared her services.

4. Faith & Fundraising Conference reminders:
5. Chapter updates:
  • Membership – Currently have 45 members of the Heartland Chapter
  • Chapter Leadership Committee – Trish Haniszewski, Vice President, Craig Stirtz, Education
  • Jen Thomas is no longer President – Changed careers.
  • Vote on Executive Committee Elections at conference in February:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Please let Trish know if you are interested in joining the team.
6. ALDE updates from Laurie Brill, Executive Director:
  • The ALDE Board has been meeting monthly throughout the pandemic. Great progress has been made, and the ALDE Board is committed to expanding the network.
  • At the May virtual ALDE Annual Meeting, the name change was announced: Association of Christian Fundraisers. It will take some time to work through the legal steps, along with Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws changes.
  • ALDE and CDC (Catholic Development Council of The Nonprofit Alliance) are co-hosting and co-branding the 2022 annual conference. The conference will no longer be “IGNITE.” The annual conference has now been branded as “Faith & Fundraising.” Faith & Fundraising: Milwaukee 2022 will take place February 22-25. 
  • 170 registrations to date: ALDE: 120 and CDC: 50
  • On August 20, CDC announced the committee members that would be working with ALDE committee members.
  • Between Aug. 23-31, all combined subcommittees met for the first time. We are making great progress!
  • In early September, ALDE and CDC curriculum team members and Board members engaged in a creative sprint (in collaboration with PFNA - Philanthropy & Fundraising North America) to explore conference structure and ideas associated with the conference.
  • On October 12, ALDE and CDC brought members together for the creative presentation curated by PFNA by considering the feedback generated during the creative sprint. 
  • The Curriculum Committee is finalizing details for Faith & Fundraising: Milwaukee 2022. We plan to offer up to six master classes, approximately 25 breakout sessions, and four keynotes.
  • The conference Sponsors and Exhibitors Committee has been hard at work, already securing commitments from several partners. This includes both new and long-time supporters that are eager to share how they can enhance your efforts. 
  • We are pleased to share that we met our Annual Fund goal for 2020-2021. Please consider giving a gift to the 2021-2022 ALDE Annual Fund at alde.org/give. Thank you for your support!
7. After last week’s gathering, four of us brainstormed next steps to rebuild our chapter’s connections. We are planning a Faith & Fundraising Conference Kickoff Gathering in January (Date TBD) to get hyped up before we go to Milwaukee and discuss plans to vote for your new Chapter Leadership Committee members. Watch for invite and more details to come soon!

Thank you for all your support. We look forward to your presence at our next meeting.

Trish Haniszewski, CFRE
Development Officer, Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
Ashland, Nebraska