Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
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Deborah Drago 
Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center 

Balancing Event Fundraising with Relationship-Based Fundraising & Nonprofit Impact Session 

This session will cover how to maximize event fundraising without ignoring relationship-based fundraising and how the two can work in tandem. 

Following the session, we invite you to the "virtual table" as we explore newly released data on the state’s nonprofit sector, and what it says about the power of our sector and the role we must play on behalf of those we serve. The United Way of Texas, our local United Ways, and the Nonprofit Development Center are bringing Southeast Texas leaders from our sector together for a regional nonprofit educational opportunity called “Built for Texas: The Impact and Opportunity of Our Nonprofit Sector." In addition to unveiling new nonprofit data, the nonprofit impact session will focus on the overall impact of our sector, nonprofit advocacy (speaking and standing for our missions), and how we can use our collective voices for the good of our communities.

Speaker:  Sara Wise

Senior Consultant, Mission Advancement

Sara Wise is a Senior Consultant with Mission Advancement and the President of Sara Wise Strategies, a nonprofit fundraising consulting firm based in Houston. She has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector, with 18 years serving organizations in education, social services, cultural and fine arts.

Sara’s professional experience includes fundraising at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Virginia, the Episcopal School of Dallas, American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter, and the Houston Zoo. Since launching her consulting business in 2016, Sara has worked with over a dozen nonprofits to execute development strategy, events, capital campaigns, and more.

Beyond her work, Sara serves the community as President-Elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Houston Chapter, the 2018 and 2019 Chair of the Salvation Army’s Youth of the Year Scholarship event, a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Executive Committee, and a member of the Strawbridge United Methodist Church Council and Campaign Leadership Committee.

A summa cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University, she is married to Justice Ken Wise and proud mother to two children, Jackson and Sarah Jane.