34. Transform23 Highlights, Insights & Takeaways



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About this episode

One week ago today, on January 25, 2023, the Fundraising Transformed team hosted Transform23 – our first annual Fundraising Transformation Virtual Summit. It was phenomenal. Not flawless, but phenomenal.

My heart is still so very full. In this episode of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast, I want to unpack that experience for you for a number of reasons.

  • First, there were ten incredible speakers sharing exceptional research, insights, and innovations. I want to share a few of the highlights with you and let you know where you can get free access to a collection of the recordings.
  • Many of you stayed for the marathon of a day starting at 9 AM and ending at 8:15 PM eastern. Some of you would come-and-go based on your affinity for the speaker and interest in the topic. Some of you attended as you were able, based on your schedule. Some of you just couldn’t attend. Your schedule wouldn’t allow you to participate. Or the time zone didn’t work for you. Or you simply couldn’t get registered. I mean, we only had 1,000 spots available. In fact, so many people reached out after we reached our maximum of a thousand attendees, asking “can you pleeeeeease get me in?” – as a result, we expanded registration to 1,400.
  • Secondly, I want to unpack Transform23 to give you a glimpse behind the scenes. Just like you with your fundraising events, so often there are unexpected bumps along the way that your guests would never be aware of – and you rose to the occasion.
  • I want to pull back the curtain and tell you about those unexpected challenges, and how they were eventually resolved by surrounding ourselves with a great community, our collective tenacity, and frankly a lot of grace.
  • It happens to all of us, and it’s completely survivable. Believe in your ability to figure things out.
  • And lastly, I have a lot of people to thank. And some additional free resources for you from our incredible speakers and sponsors.

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"One week ago today, the Fundraising Transformed Team hosted Transform23, our first annual virtual fundraising summit. And it was phenomenal. Not flawless, but phenomenal. My heart is still so very full."

- Tammy Zonker, President, Fundraising Transformed


Resources mentioned in this episode 

Join our Transformers community and get free access to the Transform23 collection of recordings and slides

The Executive Summary for ‘Meaningful Philanthropy in the 21st Century: The Role of Self’

Free Digital Copy of Human-Centered Communication

Create a free BombBomb account for nonprofits

Transform23 session notes captured and produced by Charissa Burns Studio.

Book the amazing Dileonte Jones to perform at your next event

Get notified when we open registration for Transform24


Thank you to our sponsor

Thank you to our friends at Bloomerang for being a sponsor of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast.

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Learn how First Tee of Greater Akron doubled its unique donors, improved donor stewardship, and raised more funds in the first year with Bloomerang.



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