npNEXT® is now a part of the Executive Summit at bbcon 2019, Blackbaud's premier tech gathering for social good. The npNEXT Executive Summit is an invitation-only event for chief development and marketing officers across the philanthropic sector. Join us on Monday, October 14, at the Gaylord Opryland for your chance to network with the worldwide philanthropic community and participate in insightful discussions about emerging trends and best practices, with curated, expert-led content from industry leaders—all brought to you by the Blackbaud Institute. 

All of our speakers are recognized experts in their fields and will cover topics ranging from the interplay of fundraising and advocacy to engaging multilingual donors, raising funds from mid-level donors, and other important innovations in giving research.

You'll also have the opportunity to attend bbcon, the premier tech gathering for social good. Executive Summit attendees will receive complimentary pass to attend Day 1 of bbcon 2019 which includes opening main stage session, keynote session, industry super session, breakout sessions, and our evening celebration event.  For those looking for full conference experience with even more great content, we also have special pricing available for you to attend our entire conference.

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Saving Philanthropy and Failing Forward
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Chuck Longfield
Blackbaud Institute
The Concord Leadership Group
Cameron Stoll
Cameron Stoll
Acadia Squam Group


8:30 a.m. Delta Lobby C
9:00–9:30 a.m. Tennessee Ballroom C
Welcome & Opening Remarks (all Executive Summit Attendees)
9:45–10:45a.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M)
Keynote: The Surprising Gift of Doubt
Marc Pitman, CEO, The Concord Leadership Group 
Leaders share a common journey. While starting the leadership journey full of confidence, life takes its toll, chipping away at certainty. So, leaders lose confidence as they struggle with all the competing demands, thinking they’re “making it up as they go” rather than being the effective leader they want to be. In our opening session, leadership coach Marc A. Pitman will share why that lack of certainty doesn't necessarily mean a leader is broken. And he'll share a model for how to move back to confidence and manage direct reports throughout the journey.
10:45–11:00 a.m.
Morning Break
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M)
Women and Donors of Color
Dr. Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
As communities of color grow in wealth and influence, women of color are bringing unique perspectives to philanthropy. Is your organization prepared to engage this new diverse population of supporters? In this session, we will look at Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, a first of its kind study to explore the intersection of race, giving, and gender. We will answer how a donor’s race factors into the amount given, how gender differences appear across racial groups, as well as how these donors want to be engaged in a meaningful way.
11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Tennessee Ballroom C
Lunch & Roundtable Discussions (all Executive Summit Attendees)
1:00–1:45 p.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M) 
Are You Prepared to Meet Supporter Data Privacy Standards?
Cameron Stoll, Counsel, Blackbaud
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe catalyzed a global focus on privacy. From vigorous FTC and congressional investigations to big tech’s privacy practices and new legislation, one thing is clear—privacy is not just a concern abroad. In this session, we will discuss U.S. privacy laws, how they may affect your organization, what trends are shaping your supporters’ understanding of the importance of data privacy, and the steps you can begin taking to shore up your privacy frameworks today.
1:45–2:30 p.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M)
The Challenges and Opportunities of Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)
Ben Pierce, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Acadia Squam Group
An increasingly large number of donors are turning to Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to facilitate their philanthropic giving. In many ways, this new giving vehicle has upended traditional philanthropic structures and expectations for relationships between organizations and donors. In this session, seasoned expert Ben Pierce will provide critical insights about DAFs to help you improve relationships and raise more money. We will explore the overall DAF market, the average DAF donor profile, common challenges of the DAF model, and the major opportunities to build trust with your DAF donors. 
2:30–2:45 p.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M) 
Afternoon Break
2:45–3:30 p.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M)
What If The Most Valuable Thing You Can Earn From Donors Isn't Monetary?: What If It's Trust? Do You Have It?
Kate Robinson, MFA, Executive Producer, Saving Philanthropy and Failing Forward
In this highly interactive session, we'll discuss how trust ultimately helps you create impact and you'll learn 3 ways to get it and sustain it. Join Kate Robinson, seasoned social impact strategist, and filmmaker, for an engaging look into how to create the clarity and transparency necessary to both promote and achieve meaningful and sustained change. The session kicks-off with clips from the acclaimed 2019 documentary short Failing Forward on the Road to Social Impact for an example of how a commitment to trust can powerfully support stronger relationships with donors, organizational resilience, and progress toward outcomes.
3:30–4:30 p.m. Davidson A (Magnolia Mezzanine- Level M) 
The Science of Philanthropy
Chuck Longfield, Senior Advisor, Blackbaud Institute
Fundraising is part art and part science. The art is on display every day in the relationships we build, the stories we tell, and the connections we make in fulfillment of our missions.  The science, however, is less obvious but equally critical to our ability to make an impact. In this session, Chuck Longfield will address the importance of a research-based approach to fundraising and share examples of the kinds of opportunities that can surface when we test long-held assumptions. This session will include group discussions about the challenges and true value of a scientific approach at your own organizations. 
5:00–7:00 p.m. Water's Edge (Within the Delta Atrium)
Networking Reception (all Executive Summit Attendees and Blackbaud Executive Leadership Team)
This is preliminary agenda for the Executive Summit and is subject to change.  Full bbcon conference agenda at a glance is available here.
Pass Type
npNEXT (includes complimentary pass to Day 1 of bbcon 2019)
npNEXT + full conference pass to bbcon 2019 (all days)


A block of rooms is reserved at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 with rates starting at $245 per night.
Contact the bbcon 2019 Hotel Reservation Office with questions:
Toll free – 800-860-5398
Phone – 703-770-3916
Fax – 703-205-0235

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Hotel Cancellation Policy

All reservation names, date changes, and cancellations must be received by the bbcon 2019 Hotel Reservation Office by September 13, 2019. Deposits are refundable if canceled prior to September 13, 2019 and hotel availability may be limited after this date. Cancellations should be completed online or submitted via email or fax to the Hotel Reservation Office.