Community of Practice


The EDF Community of professionals are always learning, developing, and sharing. Join us for virtual table topics, webinars, conference meet-ups, regional events, and more.

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Virtual Table Topic

March 3, 1pm EST/ 10am PST

“Lessons Learned & Planning Ahead”

The past two years have changed the way development professionals conduct business.  In the midst of an uncertain and constantly-changing environment, we’ve needed to be more creative/resilient/flexible than ever.  Join our spring Community of Practice Virtual Table Topic and share your successes, misses and lessons learned!  Everything is on the “Table” — from board management, virtual discovery calls, and successful solicitations to creative cultivation, home office strategies, engaging parents, and capital campaigns.  Hear how others have turned challenges into opportunities and be inspired to try something new in the year ahead! *Table Topics will not be recorded


April 7, 1pm EST/ 10am PST

“Navigating Objections”

Beth Nelson, Plus Delta Partners

Whether institution-specific priorities or values or increasing societal scrutiny of higher education, prospects and donors continue to challenge us with a variety of objections.  Building on December 2020’s EDF webinar on challenging conversations, this session will do a deep dive into understanding and moving through the objections prospects present.  We will discuss the value of and provide tools and frameworks for drawing upon curiosity, exercising forthright diplomacy, and employing agility.  Ensuring a focused and neutral conversation will provide clarity on how best to collaboratively move forward or, when necessary, confidently move beyond.