image004 2Save the dates for APC's 2019 Summer Forum to learn how philanthropy has played a vital role in shaping America's Comeback City - Detroit. Early-bird rates end May 27 at midnight!

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June 27-29, 2019 | Detroit Foundation Hotel & Cobo Center

We're pleased to offer a group rate of $239 per night at the luxurious Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 West Larned Street, Detroit. This trendy, boutique hotel that was once Detroit's fire department headquarters bridges the past and the present, signaling a true renaissance and representing all this great city has to offer.

We have rooms blocked on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, as we have an earlier start time on Thursday morning than we have during past Forums. Please make your reservation online or by calling 313.800.5500 by June 6, 2019.

The Forum program will be held across the street from the hotel at the Cobo Center, the 17th largest convention center in the United States.

michael moody featureKeynote Speaker: Michael Moody

Frey Foundation Chair in Family Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University
Author, How Next Generation Donors are Revolutionizing Giving. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recently awarded the 2019 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy to Moody and his co-author, Sharna Goldseker, for this book. This book is available at a discounted rate of $21 for APC members - you may purchase it with your Forum registration or on-site and have Michael autograph it!

Additional Featured Speakers

unnamedJim Yunker, a co-founder of APC in the mid-1990s, will speak with us about surviving recessions. As a consultant, he has done so through three, including the big bad one from 2007-2009. Jim is a founder of Smith, Beers, Yunker, which operated in the U.S. and the U.K. for more than 25 years and more recently of The Yunker Group, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a member of Giving Institute but still thinks of APC as "home base" for smaller consultancies.

unnamed 1Jonathan Hui will speak about community engagement and foundations, on behalf of The Kresge Foundation. He is a program officer at there supporting the Detroit Program’s work in early childhood and neighborhood development.

unnamed 2Melissa Brown has been asked to present on Giving USA and the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, two important data sources for understanding fundraising and donor trends. She is likely to veer into other topics as well, such as the Philanthropy Panel Study, which released new data recently about 2017 giving by households. 

We have conference-session length presentations from our Affiliate Partners, Market Smart and Donor Search, to give each of our members a chance to dig deeply into these products and how they can benefit our clients.


Thursday, June 27

9-10:15 a.m.

Fundraising Report: What's Working & What's Not 2018 Nonprofit Resource Data – Melissa Brown, Melissa S. Brown & Associates; Deepa Naik, Capstone Advancement Partners; and Sharon Leighty, Sharon Leighty & Co.

10:15-10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.-12 noon

The Principles of our Business: How to Survive a Recession – Jim Yunker, The Yunker Group

12 noon-1 p.m.

Lunch & Sponsor Presentation by The Eight Principles

1-1:15 p.m.


1:15-2:15 p.m.

Zach Shefska on MarketSmart

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Ryan Woroniecki on DonorSearch

3:30-5 p.m. 

Free Time / City Tour / Informal Colleague Meetings

5 p.m.

Welcome Reception at Detroit Foundation Hotel 

6 p.m.

Optional Chef's Choice Dinner at the Detroit Foundation Hotel (30 people maximum; $100 additional cost)


Friday, June 28

8:15-9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Sponsor Tables, Networking

9-10:30 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Generation IMPACT – How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving! - Michael Moody

10:30-11 a.m.


11 a.m.-12 noon

Dialogue: What's Up With Foundations These Days? – Michael Moody & Michael Rubin, Michael D. Rubin & Associates

12 noon -1 p.m.

Lunch & Sponsor Presentation by iWave

1-2:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Detroit – The Comeback City! How Collective Nonprofit Impact Made the Difference – Jonathan Hui, Program Officer, Kresge Foundation; Peter & Julie Cummings / Fisher Family Legacy Partnership with the City of Detroit (invited); Dierk Hall, President & CEO, City Connect Detroit (invited)

2:30-3 p.m.


3-4:15 p.m. 

How Partnering with Wealth Advisors Can Increase Annual and Planned Gifts  – Joshua Rochon, Rachon Investments & Sheila Dwyer Schwartz, Dwyer Philanthropy

4:15 p.m.


7 p.m.

Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Nationals @ Comerica Park hosted and sponsored by DonorSearch


Saturday, June 29

7:30-8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Sponsor Tables, Networking

8-9:30 a.m.

APC Board Meeting

9:30-9:45 a.m.


9:45-10 a.m.

UST Sponsor Presentation

10-11:30 a.m.a






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