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Clay County Series: Managing Special Events & Evaluating Success

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 5/20/2020
Haven Hospice

Are you leading a big event for your organization? Nonprofit organizations often rely heavily on special events to raise money for their missions but events use up a lot of your most precious resources staff time and money to do the job well. Do you know if your events are raising you a lot of money, garnering awareness, both or neither? Do you know where to start if your annual event is in need of a major overhaul? Come for a discussion and sharing of best practices around event management, how delegate across your team big or small, and methods for evaluating your events for success.

Join DeAnn Collins Dockery, Owner and Principal of, who will lead this interactive workshop!

About DeAnn:
DeAnn Collins Dockery, CFRE, has a 27 year career in fund development, fundraising management, strategic planning, board development and nonprofit administration. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), she has raised more than $80 million in her career, including numerous 7-figure gifts and 6-figure gifts.

DeAnn has served as chief development officer and member of the executive leadership team in education and healthcare charities. Under her leadership, these institutions have experienced growth in annual, major, capital and planned giving. She has established best practice policies and protocols in the offices in her charge. She has led a 2-person office, has managed mid-sized teams of fundraising and advancement services professionals, and has directed project teams of three hundred-plus volunteers. As a volunteer and mentor, DeAnn has advanced the cause of grassroots community, cultural and arts organizations.

DeAnn served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Southwestern College, a Tier One Midwest regional university; Executive Director, Community Hospice Foundation/Vice President of Philanthropy, Community Hospice & Palliative Care; and Director of Development, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, an independent college-preparatory school.

DeAnn led successful capital campaigns at Community Hospice ($20 million) and Episcopal School ($17 million) that were each the largest in the history of the institution, and led the feasibility and design phase for a $12 million campaign at Southwestern.

She has served in numerous volunteer roles and on boards in Northeast Florida and the Midwest, and has presented to various groups on topics related to fundraising, volunteer management, special events, and board development.

This program is part of the Capacity Building for Clay County Nonprofits Series. We thank the Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation for their generous support of this series!

About the Clay County Series:
This series supports all organizations located in or serving Clay County. This professional development series (36 hours of total programming) focuses on strengthening leadership teams, which begins with the CEO and the Board, but also seeks to deepen the leadership structure by increasing opportunities for peer-learning and networking between managers and key volunteers. Events are free but do require a reservation.

Hosted by The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida
Contact: Callan Brown,, 904-425-1185
745 Blanding Blvd.
Orange Park, FL 32065

Cost: FREE for members, $40 for non-members
How to sign up: Click here