Save Our Youth Denver, CO

The Vocation of Fundraising

Thursday, Oct. 12 6:30



The Vocation of Fundraising

“I could never do what you do. Don’t you get tired of asking people for money?”

It’s a question almost every development professional has faced in their time on the job. Fundraising is often viewed as a necessary evil within non-profit organizations or with suspicion by the public at large.

It’s the lifeblood of any organization but is a high-pressure, high turnover role. Statistics show most fundraisers average 12-18 months at an organization and almost 40 percent leave the profession entirely within two years.

What factors contribute to this turnover—and how can development professionals develop the spiritual health and resiliency they need to thrive in their roles?

How can fundraising become a calling…a craft that fosters relationships, inspires generosity, and fuels valuable work in our communities?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work for “The Vocation of Fundraising”, Thursday, October 12th at Save Our Youth. Hear from local development experts and connect with fellow fundraisers at this encouraging, thought-provoking gathering.

Light appetizers will be served


Chris Horst

HOPE International

Chris Horst is the chief advancement officer at HOPE International, an international microfinance organization that helps people escape poverty. His development staff raise $16 million annually to support HOPE’s mission. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission DriftEntrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, and Rooting for Rivals with Peter Greer. In addition to his role at HOPE, he serves on the board of the Mile High WorkShop.

Dan Reed

Seed Fundraisers

Dan Reed is CEO of Seed Fundraisers, a nonprofit consulting firm that leads development professionals from vocational conviction to tactical execution. With more than 15 years of frontline and leadership experience in nonprofit and political fundraising, he has helped raise over $40 million dollars in private philanthropy. He has led fundraising teams at The Pittsburgh Project, Denver Public Schools Foundation and Morris Animal Foundation. He is passionate about helping fundraisers become catalysts for generous giving.

Ann Roecker

Roecker Consulting Group

Ann Roecker is president and founder of Roecker Consulting Group. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive with more than 25 years experience managing multi-million-dollar capital, capacity-building, and endowment campaigns for local and national clients. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation named Ann one of Colorado’s “Fundraising Deans.” She also served as president of the board of Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kayla Fruchtman

Healing Waters International

Kayla Fruchtman is director of development and marketing at Healing Waters International. She also founded The Her Initiative, Healing Waters' answer to empowering women through clean water, microfinance, and education. In addition to her focus on international poverty, Kayla is passionate about helping development professionals find healthy work/life balance.

Karen Marchant

Mile High Ministries

Karen Marchant serves as Capital Campaign Director at Mile High Ministries, where she has served as the Director of Strategic Development. She has a powerful vision for the development director’s role in shaping long-term strategy for the organization. Karen excels at developing emerging leaders--a passion which has strengthened organizations across the metro area.


General Admission

Includes light appetizers

Thursday October 12 6:30 p.m.

$12.00 USD/Ticket