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Stone Soup “Donor Relations” conference to be held Oct. 24

BOONE—Professional fundraising coach and consultant Sandy Rees will present a half-day conference titled “From awkward to awesome: How to build relationships that lead to outrageously loyal and generous donors, year after year” on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The conference will take place on the campus of Appalachian State University in the Parkway Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. The event is an outgrowth of the successful Stone Soup conference held each spring since 2010 that brings together nonprofit agencies for capacity building.

Part lecture and part workshop, Rees’s program will help nonprofit staff, board members and directors learn what it takes to engage donors, build relationships and acquire repeat gifts. Attendees also will develop a donor retention plan they can use.

Registration for this event is $40 for one person, $25 for each additional registrant coming from the same organization. Cost includes breakfast, lunch and all-day coffee courtesy of Stick Boy Kitchen and a free follow-up webinar hosted by Rees Nov. 14 for extra support and implementation tips.

For an additional $30, Rees will offer an afternoon workshop limited to 12 people for more in-depth coaching and a plan tailored to your organization’s specific needs.

Stone Soup Fall 2013 is sponsored in part by High Country United Way, The Watauga Community Foundation, DonorExpress Software, Western Youth Network, The Hospitality House of Boone, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity, Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, and Caldwell Community College Small Business Center.

To register or find out more information, visit or contact Kelsie Nuessmeier at or 828-262-2545, or Todd Mortensen at or 828-262-2545.