Development Summit

September 28th – November 16th
Mondays at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

CCAE brings the same great summit program, to an online format. The 2020 Development Summit program will be delivered once a week, for 7 weeks. Each weeks’ presentation will be live, and attendees will have a chance to pose questions and engage with the presenter and other attendees via a live chat function.

The Development Summit includes content previously delivered in the Annual Giving Summit and will bring together the many facets of giving, under one virtual roof. Sessions will cover the items related to relationship building, planning and hitting financial targets out of the park!

For the first time ever, the Development Summit seeks to bring together fundraisers from across CCAE’s membership to connect, learn and tackle “side of the bed” topics that are of concern.

Registration Packages

Full Summit Package: $225 (access to all sessions)
Package of 3 sessions: $120 (access to 3 sessions of your choice)
Single Session: $55 (access to the session of your choice)

Potential member:

Full Summit Package: $335 (access to all sessions)
Package of 3 sessions: $180 (access to 3 sessions of your choice)
Single Session: $75 (access to the session of your choice)


Top value for your team! (applies to members only)
Take advantage of the CCAE Group Package by registering 5 or more team members from your school and save $50.
To access the group package rate, enter in discount code DS5PLUS.
NOTE: the discount is only applicable to the Full Summit Package & CCAE members only.
For questions, contact *Discounts cannot be combined.



September 28, 1 p.m. eastern 
Session details coming soon!

Mike den Haan
Mike den Haan

October 5, 1 p.m. eastern 
De-mystifying Transformational Philanthropy - Building capacity for large gifts

Mike den Haan, Special Advisor to the President, Simon Fraser University

Too many organizations believe that transformational philanthropy is out of reach or only for the benefit larger organizations. But not all organizations should define transformational philanthropy in the same way. The best organizations, regardless of size, understand the core of what they want to change in Society and attract a philanthropic following which can help make that change happen. For many of these organizations, this philanthropic following includes people who have or could make transformational commitments. For many other organizations, this can feel out of reach or unattainable. This interactive session will review "best practices" and "common practices" which any sized organization can employ to build capacity for attracting a big gift commitment. The kind of commitment which can accelerate or transform your organization's ability to deliver change in society.

Learning Objectives

  • How 'transformational' giving can work for both large and small shops
  • Steps you can take to develop capacity for large gift commitments
  • Core elements of a successful 'transformational giving' culture


October 19, 1 p.m. eastern 
Session details coming soon!

Karen McQuigge
Karen McQuigge

Mirko Widenhorn
Mirko Widenhorn

October 26, 1 p.m. eastern 
Gamification: Improving Engagement and Giving

Karen McQuigge, Director, Alumni Advancement (Alumni Relations & Annual Giving) Office of Alumni Advancement, McMaster Alumni Association
Mirko Widenhorn, Senior Director of Engagement Strategy, iModules Software

Everywhere we look, indicators of progress, badges, and more drive us to take action. That’s the expectation and now it’s a matter of incorporating it into your engagement and giving strategies. See how McMaster University and others have applied gamification to increase engagement and giving of alumni and supporters. Hear results of a national alumni communications survey and how these apply to deepen relationships with your graduates. You’ll leave this session with new ideas about engagement, ways to adjust annual giving campaigns, and how to connect with less engaged constituents by gamifying their experience!

Learning Objectives

  • To inform attendees about opportunities around gamification to help reach new constituents and to build deeper relationships.
  • Provide tips and suggestions on how to incorporate gamification into engagement and fundraising strategies, and how to adjust messaging to resonate with different audiences.
  • To share examples of relevant, successful gamified engagement and fundraising campaigns and highlight best practices.

John Kearsey
John Kearsey

Stephanie Levene
Stephanie Levene

November 2, 1 p.m. eastern 
Planning on starting a campaign?

John Kearsey, Vice-President (External), University of Manitoba
Stephanie Levene, Associate Vice-President, Alumni and Donor Relations, University of Manitoba

If you are considering a major campaign or are in the early phases of planning, this session is for you! In this session, we will be discussing some of the most important early steps we took in planning for the success of our Front and Centre Campaign.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how best to engage the campus community in articulating the Case for Support
  • Share the impact of the feasibility study
  • Aligning internal interests to external expectations


November 9, 1 p.m. eastern 
Session details coming soon!

Ian Lindsay
Ian Lindsay