A virtual gathering of fundraisers dedicated to learning and sharing  


Thursday, January 21, 2021: 2pm-5pm EST

Tickets available now for $50

Thanks to our amazing sponsor:


Friends, I know... I know... we are all a bit zoom'd out these days. But it was either move this important day to a virtual space or cancel this year's version of Happy YOU Year and we really didn't want to do that.

We all deserve a Happy YOU Year - and now a virtual one!

We will be bringing back some of your favourite speakers for quick sessions, conversations and inspiration about leadership, corporate fundraising, events, direct response, major gifts and much, much more!


2:00 Welcome

2:15 Heather Nelson: The Elephant, The Dog, The Honey Badger, and the Bumble Bee: Solving Corporate fundraising challenges in virtual times.

2:30 "Fundraising ideas I love" featuring Simone Joyaux, Paul Nazareth and Simon Scriver!

2:45 Emma Lewzey: Building your purposeful pipeline - how to tap into the power of your community to find (and keep!) amazing major donors

3:00 Ashlee Livingstone: Quick & Dirty on Virtual Events: Ashlee will share her must haves, tips and biggest learnings on virtual events and how to make them work for your fundraising, team building or donor stewardship events this year!

3:15 Rickesh Lakhani: Turning fundraising roadblocks into runways: Let's talk about some of the things that we hear when we're fundraising, many of which can feel counterproductive, offensive, and even absurd. Through understanding and conversation, we can move from an obstacle to an opportunity to educate and move forward.

3:30 "Fundraising ideas I love" featuring Tammy Ebuen, Anastasia Gordon and Rachel Bearbower!

3:45 John Lepp: How to create something from nothing: storytelling and direct response lessons from the pandemic

4:00 In conversation: Cindy Wagman & Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee | Ph.D., C. Psych: Grit and resilience - how to get through the rest of COVID: sponsored by Maryann Kerr, The Medalist Group.

4:15 Closing featuring Claire Warner.

4:30 Get "virtually" Social – with Cider! As we wrap up our day, we encourage you to join us for a cider tutorial and tasting, featuring three (3) ciders from West Avenue Cider and house made sausage rolls paired with West Avenue spiced apple chutney. Sausage rolls are frozen - they come with baking instructions – we are told it is VERY simple- plus the pastry is so delicious and delicate they are better cooked at home! Delivery ONLY included for friends in in the GTA/GHA.  Let’s come together virtually to kick off the new year, try something new and support a local business – WIN WIN WIN!