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August 28-30, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota

You’re Invited

The Reeher Vista Executive Conference is the keystone event for higher ed. advancement executives and key decision makers. This event highlights Reeher’s rigorous industry research as well as customer expertise & fundraising best practices.

We discuss both future-focused fundraising trends and day-to-day insight that can be applied immediately. You’ll have ample time to network with your peers and share ideas about successful fundraising. And, we make sure to have lots of fun too!

Who should attend?

We suggest you bring your entire leadership team. Vista is the perfect opportunity for professionals in all areas of your advancement department to learn, grow, and plan for fundraising success. However, if you’re unable to bring your whole team, we strongly encourage your executive leadership and Reeher Platform champions to attend.

Vista is designed for advancement professionals in both large universities and smaller institutions. Sessions cover research and best practices in many areas of fundraising to ensure you’re getting the best return on your institution’s specific fundraising efforts.

Why attend?

At Vista, we want to prepare you with the information and tools you need to thrive in the ever-changing fundraising environment. You will walk away with keen insight into where fundraising is headed. Hear from leaders like yourself, meet and converse with your peers, and receive your customized scorecards and benchmarking research.

What you will learn

  • Strategies for the future of fundraising
  • Best practices for identifying & developing gift officer talent
  • Tactics for lifetime engagement with your constituents

  • How to confidently invest in your program for the long-term
  • New perspectives on annual giving channel performance
  • Your performance results as benchmarked with your peers


1:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Programming

1-4pm: Reeher Platform Training: a great opportunity for new users or anyone wanting a refresher to receive in-person training from the Reeher team on the Major Giving and Annual Giving layers, as well our query tool Targeter.

2-4pm: Development Roundtable Discussions: moderated conversations covering a variety of fundraising topics. Suggest a topic of interest when you register!
4:00 p.m.
Conference Registration Check-In and Demo Stations Open
5:00 p.m.
Cocktail Hour and Networking
6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote Presentation
Reeher Platform: The Fundraising Year in Review
7:00 a.m.
Conference Registration Check-In and Demo Stations Open
8:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Keynote – Lifetime Value of a Donor: Introducing the Research
9:15 a.m.
Town Hall Panel - VPs
10:00 a.m.
Morning Break and Demo Stations
10:20 a.m.
Breakout sessions:

  • The Campaign Has No Close: How Hans Christian Andersen’s Tale Relates to Fundraising

  • Data Informed Talent Management: Using analytics to build a better fundraising team

  • This Land is your Land; This Land is my Land: How to build an integrated, collaborative fundraising office

11:20 a.m.
Breakout sessions:

  • Finding the Best High Value Prospects within a Pool of High Value Prospects

  • What can Reeher Customer Success do for you!

  • Back to the Drawing Board: Exploring a new model of alumni engagement

12:20 p.m.
Lunch by Interest Areas
1:00 p.m.
Keynote – Lifetime Value of a Donor: Engagement Strategies
1:45 p.m.
Town Hall Panel – Future of Annual Giving
2:45 p.m.
Breakout sessions:

  • Purposeful. Planned. Proficient: Using Proposals to Achieve High Performance

  • The Good Stuff’s in the Middle: “Filling” Out Your Mid-Pyramid Engagement Strategy

  • Driving Results with Multi-Channel Fundraising Outreach

3:45 p.m.
Speed Networking
4:45 p.m.
Relax Before Reception, Visit Demo Stations
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reception, Entertainment, and Networking
7:30 a.m.
Demo Stations Open
8:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Town Hall Panel – Talent Management
9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions:

  • Small Shop, Big Results: How one school used the Reeher Platform to build their program

  • The Best of the Rest: Where to find your future major gift prospects

  • Powerhouse Fundraising Spotlight

10:30 a.m.
Where is Reeher Going?
11:30 a.m.


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Andy Reeher

Founder and CEO

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Necie Steward

Deputy Chief Advancement Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Kim Van Lue

Vice President, Talent Management & Human Resources
Indiana University Foundation

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Matt Gerard

Vice President of University Relations
Creighton University

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Luigi Amendola

Vice President for Advancement
Lewis Univeristy

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Rod Grabowski

Vice President for University Advancement
University at Buffalo

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Kathy Hansen

Vice President of Institutional Advancement
The College of Saint Benedict

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Matt White

Vice President for Advancement and President of the USU Foundation
Utah State University

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Eric Bowman

Talent Manager
Texas A&M Foundation

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Sara Prince

Director of Strategic Solicitations
Kansas State University Foundation

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Kathleen Casanova

Executive Recruiter & Director of Talent Development
The University of Texas at Austin

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Michael Richmond

Executive Director, Annual Giving - University Development & Alumni Relations
University of the Pacific

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Brittany Shaff

Executive Director of Annual Giving
Johns Hopkins University

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Alberto Perez

Annual Giving Officer
University of North Georgia

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Diane Rafferty Jordan

Vice President of Customer Success

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Mike Russell

Customer Success Manager

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Sam Venable

Customer Success Manager

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Stacy Rooney

Customer Success Manager

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Joy Pohland Janssen

Customer Success Manager

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Rebecca Leddick

Strategic Sales Executive

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Andrew Hogan

Customer Success Rep.

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Michael Van Dyke

Customer Success Rep.

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Marta Zweber

Customer Success Rep.



225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
United States
(612) 375-1700

(Conference rate pricing in effect)

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Cost to Attend

Regular registration fee (after July 13, 2018): $995

Leadership Team Rate: Bring 5 or more from your team and everyone receives 25% off their registration

Frequently Asked Questions

The Reeher Vista Conference is our keystone event for advancement executives and key decision makers from colleges and universities around the country. Each of the five Reeher benchmark groups will be represented, giving you unique opportunities to network, share ideas, and gain insight on leading advancement trends.
What is the registration fee?
Early bird registration fee (through July 13, 2018): $895

Regular registration fee (after July 13): $995

Can I register in person at the event?
No, please register online in advance.  

What is included in my registration fee?
Registration fees include admission, food and beverage during the daytime sessions and evening reception and dinners on August 28th and August 29th. The program will begin at 4 p.m. on August 28th and will end at 11:30 a.m. on August 30th.  

Does the registration fee include travel costs for the conference?
All travel costs including air and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee. To reserve your hotel rooms, please click here.  

How is my registration confirmed?
After completing the online registration, you will be routed to a confirmation page that will allow you to add the event to your calendar, print a receipt, edit your registration, as well as view a map and directions. You will also receive a confirmation email with your registration information.  

What forms of payment do you accept for the conference fee?
We accept Visa Debit & Credit cards, Mastercard debit & credit cards, Discover, and American Express  

If I can’t attend, can I substitute my registration?
Yes. You can substitute your registration to another colleague within your institution by logging into the registration system and editing the attendee name. Please note that the deadline for all transfers and edits is August 17.  

What if I have to cancel? Unfortunately, the registration fee is non-refundable. You can transfer your registration to someone else in your organization without penalty before August 17.
This year's Vista Executive Conference will take place at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
United States
(612) 375-1700
Click here to book your hotel room
What airport should I fly into?
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is approximately 10 miles from the hotel.

How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
If you plan to drive, or travel by taxi, you can anticipate a 15-30 minute travel time from the airport, depending on traffic.
  • Light Rail - approximate cost $2 each way
  • Taxi  - approximate cost $30-45 each way
  • Super Shuttle - a shared van, multiple stops, $16 per person one way or $31 round trip - 1-800-258-3826
Is there a dress code?
Business casual attire is appropriate for all functions related to the Reeher Vista Executive Conference. A jacket or sweater is recommended for air-conditioned rooms within the venue as well.

What is the weather forecast?
Outdoor temperatures for Minneapolis in August are daytime highs in the low 80's with overnight lows near 60 degrees (F).

For an up-to-date forecast, check in the days leading up to the conference.

Video provided by Don't Blink, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.
Hotel photo courtesy of MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel