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#NPDay2019 Keynoters

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Lynne Wester strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most – when crisis or opportunity arrive.
 
Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement - all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guid-ance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work.
 
The DRG website in a unique industry tool filled with resources, samples and thought leadership on donor relations and fundraising. Lynne is regularly featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CASE Currents and has authored three books of her own on a myriad of industry topics.
 
Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.

Donor Relations Guru

Lynne Wester

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Jay Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Firespring—a Nebraska-based Certified B Corporation. In 2016, Firespring was featured as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Places to Work in America and has been listed on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies 7 of the last 8 years. Jay has founded and sold five companies and has contributed as an angel investor in dozens more. As a philanthropist, he has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits. After decades, Jay remains passionate about crafting his own company’s culture, and spends half his time helping nonprofits and businesses find their why and deepen their impact.

Jay is among the highest-ranking speakers at conferences all over the United States and has informed and educated thousands of nonprofit professionals and businesses with his empowering messages over the last 20 years. His TEDx talk on company culture has more than 1 million views. A graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program, Jay has appeared on CNN and other national news outlets discussing the important role nonprofits and impact organizations play in the U.S. economy.

Firespring

Jay Wilkinson

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