GENEROUS by nature
APRIL 4-7, 2019
“Could it be true that humans are hardwired for caring and sharing?”
"What processes, and what foundational practices, are necessary
for implementing a big idea?"
"What legal structures are required and what mutually beneficial
philanthropic opportunities will appear?"
“What useful lessons can we learn from nature about wealth and health?”
Windhorse Farm is the perfect setting for exploring the role of philanthropy in the well-examined life, and how to bring compelling ideas to benefactors important to your organization. With more than forty years of experience in fundraising, Jim Hodge is a prolific presenter on the topic of benefactor-centric, relationship-based, inquiry-driven philanthropy. This offering, and similar ones at Windhorse in the past, has drawn fundraisers, philanthropists, and leaders and board members of non-profit organizations interested in how philanthropy can transform their lives and their organizations. This gathering is particularly appropriate for fundraising professionals who want to learn how best to work with the top 1-3% of benefactors capable of altering the course of an organization through transformative gifts. The workshop has also drawn philanthropists who wish to explore a more meaningful path for their generosity.
During our time together we will learn new and sustainable ways to work in philanthropy and very specific ways to engage and invite philanthropists to make their most important gifts of a lifetime. Participants will experience what others have described as a ‘master class’ in philanthropy that can alter our work and make it more meaningful for the benefactor, the organization, and the fundraiser.
Arrival time 5:00 pm on Thursday
Beginning 6:00 pm sharp.
Ending Sunday 4:00 pm sharp.
For reservation details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
$750.00 plus 15% HST.
(includes course fees, materials, accommodations and catered meals)
There is some funding available to assist participants, so if you need it, please ask.
WHAT WILL YOU COME AWAY WITH?
1. Even though we are hardwired for generosity, the practice of philanthropy often feels more like pushing than like simply celebrating our nature. You will learn how to stop selling and start compelling.
2. You will have a deeper and more effective understanding of why philanthropy is good for everyone: generosity is clearly linked to a greater sense of well-being and happiness for benefactors.
3. You will learn how, specifically, to work with entrepreneurs and private business owners—the most generous people on the planet.
4. You will learn how to create highly visual proposals for philanthropists, how to speak about your vision with a new vocabulary and turn proposals into invitations to join your organization and soak in your purpose-driven work.
James M. Hodge - Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. With a deliberate focus on meaning and purpose rather than on money, Jim inspired the most remarkable gifts of significance in his 30-year career at Mayo Clinic. A sought after keynote speaker and presenter, Jim conducts seminars and workshops focusing on benefactor-centric, relationship-based, inquiry-driven philanthropy. As he did at Mayo, Jim continues to be the Chief Strategist for philanthropy at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus working with benefactors who make leadership gifts to advance research, education and clinical care at the medical center. This will be his third workshop offering at Windhorse Farm.
Richard Bridge is a lawyer based in Nova Scotia’s South Shore. His primary area of practice is charity and non-profit law. His clients are a wide range of charitable organizations, foundations, non-profit organizations and philanthropists across Canada. In recent years Richard has been working increasingly with Indigenous communities in Atlantic Canada to build new relationships with the philanthropic sector. He now works in a full-time capacity as Strategic and Legal Counsel for the non-profit Ulnooweg Development Group, working to advance the First Nations and Philanthropy Project, including the creation of the Ulnooweg Financial Education Centre and the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, two new and innovative pieces of philanthropic infrastructure. Richard has worked internationally and has also created courses and taught charities law at the University of Victoria Law School and BCIT and has given countless public workshops and training sessions in every province in Canada. He has published extensively in these fields.
Jim is a co-founder, with his wife Margaret, of Windhorse Farm. His areas of interest include questions around health and wealth, and he has been learning about these from living systems, especially forests and wetlands. In nature, the interdependent web of life does not think in terms of philanthropic exchange, but those reciprocal relationships are exemplified beautifully in natural systems. What can we learn from nature about creating healthy and wealthy human communities?