The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit started in 2016 with the simple goal of equipping nonprofit fundraisers with the practical tools needed to raise more money online. And over the past year, the summit has grown to be a community of fundraisers all working towards the ultimate goal of unleashing generosity.
To unleash generosity, we have to transform the way the that we fundraise.
For NIO Summit 2017, we’re putting together a line-up of the world’s foremost innovators and optimizers to bring the latest and most effective digital strategies to your nonprofit fundraising program.
What really works in online fundraising? Who is doing the most pioneering work in the for-profit space that can be applied to nonprofit marketing and fundraising?
Our speakers will challenge “best practices” and show you how to rapidly grow your organization’s marketing, fundraising, and impact.
Nothing is worse than a great idea that never gets implemented. That’s why we’re making time during the summit for hands on coaching and collaboration.
In a roundtable format, you’ll be able to discuss strategies with peers, get advice from optimization experts, and test your new ideas before you even leave the summit.
The summit will have several networking opportunities for you to connect with your nonprofit fundraising peers.
From breakfast, lunch, cocktails hours, and the official NIO Summit party, you’ll have the chance to connect with other innovators and glean new ideas for your emails, donations pages, marketing strategies, and more.
We want the summit to be a comfortable and relaxed place to ask questions, challenge best practices, and learn new skills. So forget the coat and tie – this a boots and jeans event.
And with the summit taking place in the Fort Worth Stockyards, you’ll get a true Texas experience – Texas BBQ, authentic Tex-Mex, and a longhorn cattle drive.
Amazing content is key to a great conference. For NIO Summit 2017, we’ve recruited some incredible speakers that will inspire you, challenge you, and equip you with useful strategies, techniques, and tools to help you accelerate and transform your digital fundraising and marketing programs.
As we get ready for an awesome event this year, you can still learn some great things by checking out the awesome content from last year’s summit. Click the button below to view the entire NIO Summit 2016 speaker line-up, watch the video of every session, download the slide decks, and get a copy of the official NIO Summit 2016 notes.
Chief Innovation & Optimization Officer at NextAfter
Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for Next After, a research and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.
Prior to founding NextAfter, Tim served as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Optimization for The Pursuant Group, and Vice President of Digital for KMA Direct Communications.
During his career, Tim has consulted with a number of national and international nonprofits including The Heritage Foundation, Prison Fellowship International, Doctors Without Borders, Wycliffe Bible Translators, The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Moody Bible Institute, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, as well as others.
A nonprofit thought leader, Tim is the lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, a contributing writer for Fundraising Success, CO+OP, and Outcomes magazines. Tim has trained organizations around the world as far away as Bangalore, India and Oslo, Norway and is a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences including Social Media for Nonprofits, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Direct Marketing Association Non Profit Federation, the National Religious Broadcasters association, Missio-Nexus, and the Christian Leadership Alliance.
Tim is also the co-founder of Online for Life where he currently serves a Vice Chairman, co-founder and managing partner of Flux Analytics and Donor ID, and is on the MECLABS Advisory Board for Optimization.
A Western Pennsylvania native, Tim and his wife Rebecca currently live in Prosper, TX with their four children Max, Charlie, Gracie, and Joey.
Founder at Annielytics.com
Annie Cushing lives for data. By day she gathers it, gives it a good home, and makes it runway ready. By night she dreams about her next fix. The only thing that thrills her as much as getting knee deep in data is teaching other marketers how to sexy up their data. But she sometimes she takes her sexy data analogies too far.
Copywriter, Consultant & Speaker at Write With Influence
Amy Harrison is a copywriter, content trainer and owner of Write With Influence: an online resource that helps business owners write better marketing content faster and easier. She is also the host (and many of the characters) of AmyTV: an online comedy sketch show all about writing compelling business copy.
Associate Vice President, Partner Solutions at MECLABS Institute
Austin McCraw joined the MECLABS research team in 2007 after graduating from University of Florida’s college of Journalism and Communications. Since then, he has reviewed over 2,500 experiments, written over 300 hours of training, and developed five professional certification courses on the topics of Offer Response Optimization and Value Proposition. Currently, he travels around the country helping Fortune 50 companies and enterprise startups discover and optimize their company’s Value Propositions. He lives in Florida with his wife and four sons.
Founder at ConversionXL
Peep Laja the founder of ConversionXL, one of the leading conversion optimization experts in the world. He’s been doing digital marketing for over 15 years in Europe, Middle East, Central America and the US. He has extensive experience across verticals: in the past he’s run a SaaS company in Europe, an SEO agency in Panama, a real estate portal in Dubai and worked for an international non-profit.
Director of Data-Driven Marketing at Barkley
Jessica is one part massive email marketing nerd and one part permission-marketing evangelist. She’s stimulated ROI in customer- and data-drivenmarketing for a diverse clientele, including Dairy Queen, Spirit Airlines, Wingstop, Beauty Brands, Hostess, Water.org, Farmland Foods, Hallmark Baby, Banfield Pet Hospitals, SelectQuote, and Boulevard Brewing Company, among many more.
As an evangelist, Jessica also spread the good word of great email marketing from the stage. Over the last 4 years, she’s lead trainings and spoken in front of audiences from dozens to over 300 from Las Vegas to New York City to SXSW Interactive in Austin in 2013. In 2016, she joined the Barkley team as Director of Data-Driven Marketing, implementing the best practices she preaches for Barkley clients.
Co-Founder at Online Dialogue
Ton is the co-founder of Online Dialogue – thought leaders in evidence based growth – and is also the founder of one of the biggest Online Optimizers Meetup groups in Europe, hosting Digital Data Tips Tuesdays and the famous Conversion Hotel conference in the Netherlands. Ton has almost 20 years of experience in Digital Optimization and with his team he helps and trains companies throughout the world to be effective at data-driven growth. Besides being a consultant and a entrepreneur, he is also recognized worldwide as a influential thinker, writer and public speaker on conversion optimization and A/B testing.
Senior Vice President of Optimization at NextAfter
Jeff Giddens is obsessed with optimizing online fundraising through rigorous testing and innovation. He’s helped clients like Hillsdale College, Feed the Children, Prison Fellowship International, Hoover Institution, Dallas Theological Seminary, and CaringBridge find innovative ways to acquire more names, donors, and dollars.
Jeff began his career in alumni fundraising for a family business before transitioning into the broadcast media world to lead digital marketing for Mark Cuban’s television network AXS TV. He then returned to fundraising, working within and alongside nonprofit organizations before joining NextAfter in January of 2014.
A Tennessee native, Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Abilene Christian University. He and his family live in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Texas.
Founder and Owner at KristinaCutura.com
Currently the owner and founder of a search marketing consulting firm, Kristina Cutura is a pioneer of Google AdWords. Starting as a Google employee in 2002, she was one of the first three members of the company’s AdWords optimization team, where she developed and tested optimization strategies that are still widely used in the industry. Kristina also created and delivered all optimization-related trainings for internal Google employees, external clients and agencies that manage AdWords accounts. During her tenure, she trained hundreds of Google employees and dozens of AdWords resellers, and developed online training resources.In addition to running training programs, she managed and optimized Google’s highest revenue clients.
After leaving Google in 2009, Kristina started her own consulting company, KristinaCutura.com, where she is using the skills she acquired at Google to advise a variety of clients on search engine marketing efforts. Kristina has worked with national and global businesses in a variety of industries and sectors, ranging from multi-million dollar corporations to small, family owned businesses and nonprofits. She is a premier Google Partner and published author.
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker at B2B Lead Blog
Brian Carroll knows what drives buyers. As the founder of Markempa and the B2B Lead Blog, a researcher and lecturer, and leader in empathetic marketing, he’s at the epicenter of the shifting marketing landscape. Brian is the author of the bestseller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale (McGraw-Hill). He is also the founder of the B2B Lead Roundtable LinkedIn Group with 19,615+ members.
Brian is the former Chief Evangelist at MECLABS (parent company of MarketingSherpa) and is now back to helping marketers understand and execute modern demand generation and empathetic marketing. He’s spoken to audiences on four continents, and he’s quoted in numerous publications such as BtoB Magazine, Selling Power, Entrepreneur, Target Marketing, Inc. magazine, Marketing News, DM News, MarketingProfs, and CMO. He and his wife Amy live in Circle Pines, MN.
Director of Optimization at NextAfter
Courtney’s extensive non-profit background fuels her desire today to help non-profits recognize the value they add to people’s lives. She’s created marketing strategies for state and national government initiatives in Minnesota and North Dakota and cultivated a new direction for how religious organizations market themselves during her time at a multi-site mega church in Chicago.
Courtney loves to help nonprofits innovate and optimize their fundraising and marketing—which led her to NextAfter. Before she joined the team, she led the digital marketing and fundraising for a $110MM radio, publishing, and education nonprofit.
Senior Vice President of Data & Strategy at NextAfter
As Senior Vice President of Data & Strategy, Kevin works directly with many different nonprofit organizations helping them to raise more money and acquire more donors. Using his background in data analysis and digital marketing, Kevin works with NextAfter clients to create long term fundraising strategies based upon historical data trends and through rigorous testing and continuous optimization.
Prior to joining NextAfter, Kevin served in a variety of capacities ranging from digital strategy, web development, and data analytics. This included the management of a team of web developers and data analysts as well as overseeing the strategic fundraising programs of many nonprofit organizations such as Washington National Cathedral, the Chronic Disease Fund, and Buckner International.
Kevin has his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and has a masters degree in Education, both from Texas A&M University. He holds certifications in Email Optimization, Landing Page Optimization, and Online Testing from MECLABS.
Kevin, his wife, and two children reside in Frisco, TX.
Vice President, Marketing Insights at Adestra
Ryan Phelan brings over 15 years of worldwide online marketing experience to Adestra as the Vice President, Marketing Insights. In this position, Ryan is responsible for the marketing efforts of Adestra in the US. Ryan is a respected thought leader and nationally distinguished speaker with a history of experience from Acxiom, BlueHornet, Sears Holdings, Responsys and infoUSA. In 2013 he was named one of the top 30 strategists in online marketing and is the Chairman Emeritus of the EEC Advisory Board and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Email Sender and Provider Collation (ESPC). Ryan is also involved many companies in the start-up space as an advisor, board member and investor.
We’re packing two days full of actionable presentations that you can immediately put into practice. There’s no fluff, no selling from the stage…just a firehose of great ideas. Oh, and we’ll take notes for you.
River Ranch Stockyards
There’s nothing like having a true ranch experience right in the middle of a bustling, thriving city, and that’s just what you’ll find inside the gates of River Ranch. Nestled among the history, traditions and lore of the Fort Worth Stockyards, River Ranch will give you an authentic “old west” experience while we explore together the bounds of what is possible in digital fundraising.
The Stockyards Hotel
Fort Worth’s legendary Stockyards Hotel has been welcoming guests since first opening its doors over 100 years ago in 1907.
Cowboys and cattle barons, kings and queens of country music, even an outlaw or two have found refuge and romance at the Stockyards Hotel. Patrons have journeyed from near and far by foot, horseback, stagecoach, motorcar and plane to enjoy the incomparable hospitality of this premier hotel.
The Stockyards Hotel is located in the heart of the National Historic Stockyards District and is the center piece of this lively shopping and entertainment destination. If rustic, old-time decor appeals to you, look no further. Each room in the Stockyards Hotel is unique and delivers an incomparable taste of western history.
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
Nestled in the heart of the Historic Stockyards, Hyatt Place Fort Worth is the perfect place to hang your hat. With bold Texas overtones, the 101 beautifully appointed guest rooms offer the perfect combination of convenience, comfort, and Southern hospitality.
The Hyatt Place will give you the feel of the old west while delivering all of the accoutrements of a modern hotel – enjoy all of the perks you’ve come to expect from Hyatt properties.
Courtyard Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
This brand-new hotel opened in January of 2017 and is located just across the street from the Stockyards and Billy Bob’s Texas. The Courtyard has free wi-fi throughout the property and features a well-equipped fitness center and outdoor pool. A business center and boarding pass printing service is also available. This hotel has the longest walk to the event venue, but will be serviced by our complimentary event shuttle in the mornings and evenings.
Negotiated Room Rate: $149/night on Wednesday and Thursday, $159 on Friday night
To book a room call 817-624-1112 and use the group code NIO Summit