GSB’s Outdoor Ministry Development Conference – Find S’more Funding


Find S'more Funding


September 16-17, 2020


Virtual Conference



Outdoor Ministry event Find S'more Funding

About this Event

Register today! Join outdoor ministry executive leaders and board members to learn more about growing financial support and sustaining outdoor ministries.

Outdoor ministry in 2020 has been one for the books.

Familiar traditions have gone silent. Shoestring budgets are even tighter.

This new era for our global ministry community has called for innovative solutions to a novel crisis. At GSB, we are committed to our mission to strengthening charitable causes to change the world through generosity.

Join us September 16 and 17, 2020, Noon – 3 PM Eastern Time, for a free conference for ecumenical outdoor ministry executive leaders and board members across the country for ideas on how to boost generosity to your outdoor ministry in the coming months.

Each session will feature speakers who will give you the tools and inspiration you need to sustain your ministry as you prepare for a 2021 outdoor ministry season.

We hope you can join us!

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Day 1 Schedule | *All Times are Eastern Time*

Noon – Welcome, Introductions, and Overview

12:15 PM – Devotion | Rev. Tiffany Knowlin Boykin

12:30 – 12:40 PM – Talk 1 | Mitzie Schafer, VP of Advancement NovusWay | Day of Giving

12:40 – 12:50 PM – Q&A with Mitzie

12:50 – 1:10 PM – Special Appeals | Mike Ward, CFRE

1:10 – 1:20 PM – Donor Interview: Asking for a Major Gift | Emily and Lee

1:20 – 1:30 PM – Break

1:30 – 1:50 PM – Donor Engagement | Paul Marsh, CFRE

1:50 – 2:00 PM – Talk 2 | Jonah Beyer, CEO Feed the Need Missions

2:00 – 2:10 PM – Q&A with Jonah

2:10 – 2:20 PM – Donor Interview: Do’s and Don’ts of Donor Cultivation

2:20 – 2:40 PM – Integrating Direct and Digital Mail Especially at Year-End | Jennie Wolf Smith, CFRE

2:40 – 3:00 PM – Reflections of Day, Additional Q&A, and Next Day Preview, Review Plan to Build Revenue

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Social Hour – Casual Follow Up Conversations with Colleagues | Hosted by Evan Moilan, CFRE


Day 2 Schedule | *All Times are Eastern Time*

Noon – Re-Gathering/Welcome

12:10 – 12:20 PM – Talk 3 | Sarah Spoonheim, Director of Development for RefugeeONE

12:20 – 12:30 PM – Q&A

12:30 – 12:40 PM – Donor Interview: Why We Give

12:40 – 1:00 PM – Wealth Screening | Evan Moilan, CFRE

1:00 – 1:10 PM – Donor Interview: What I Wish Fundraisers Knew about Donors |

1:10 – 1:30 PM – Planned Giving in a Pandemic | Jim Schade with guest presenter

1:30 – 1:40 PM – Break

1:40 – 2:00 PM – Talk 4 | Ryan Moore, Executive Director NaCoMe Camp and Retreat Center

2:00 – 2:20 PM – Role of the Board in These Days | Anne Rieck McFarland

2:20 – 2:40 PM – Congregation Engagement Now | Dave Brunkow

2:40 – 3:00 PM – A Plan for Moving Forward | Evan Moilan, CFRE


Rev. Tiffany Knowlin Boykin

Rev. Tiffany Knowlin Boykin

Tiffany, her husband Kareem, and their 6th month old Kaleb love, live, and serve in Columbia, SC. Tiffany pastors the people of Wesley Church (UMC). She loves to preach and teach the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ. One of her favorite television shows is Xena Warrior Princess.

Mitzie Schafer speaker card

Mitzie Schafer, CFRE

Mitzie Schafer, Vice President for Development at NovusWay Camp Ministries, CFRE. Called Deacon in the ELCA, Mitzie is a consistent and transparent executive with repeated experience moving various areas of non-profit ministry objectives from non-existent or below expectations to thriving, reproducible and trusted comprehensive components of the organization. She achieves results through a stakeholder grounded visioning and evaluation process, followed by implementation through actionable encouragement and team ownership. She previously served as the Regional Gift Planner for the Carolinas for the ELCA Foundation securing $24 million in planned gifts in her first two years. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Vice President for Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC. During her seven years at Epworth, she implemented a systematic process that moved annual giving from $1.4 million to $2.6 million in the first three years. She led a leadership team through the implementation of a full human resources department, developed a volunteer board of strong young adult business leaders with the mission of raising undesignated funds for the ministry, developed a PQI department and process, and helped shepherd the organization through a successful COA accreditation process in 18 months. As a hobby, she loves to sew and create. She is the designer, owner, and maker of Jittery Wings Quilt Co. and Rindleshire Leather Co.

Sara Spoonheim Amit

Sara Spoonheim Amit, RefugeeOne’s Director of Development, has focused for 20+ years on helping individuals and communities get out of poverty. Since joining RefugeeOne in 2013, she is proud to have helped build a stronger community of support for refugees, engaging more than 1,000 volunteers annually and hundreds of new donors.

Previously, Sara developed award-winning affordable housing at homeWORD in Montana, before moving to Chicago in 2001. Here, she helped non-profits Bethel New Life, Interfaith Worker Justice, and Faith in Place expand and diversify their communities of support.

Sara has Masters degrees in Christian ministry and community development from North Park Theological Seminary and a B. A. in Economics from Connecticut College. She and her husband are members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square and Tzedek Chicago.

Jenn Bosma Goodwin

Jenn Bosma Goodwin, RefugeeOne’s Assistant Director of Development, joined the staff in 2016, happy to merge years of volunteer experience with refugees and her enthusiasm for fundraising.

Out of undergrad, Jenn spent time overseas teaching English before moving back to her roots in Chicago to pursue a career in non-profit development. She enjoys the balance of designing both detailed systems and creative communications that work together to inspire donors’ generosity.

Jenn has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and a B.A. in Sociology from Calvin University. She’s a member of Gilead Church, a progressive church plant on Chicago’s north side that centers storytelling.

Jonah Beyer

Jonah has been leading the vision of Feed the Need Missions to grow on a national scale by feeding people physically and spiritually in every town across the country since 2011. He is gifted with a number of talents and is driven to use those gifts in leading people down a path of being disciples of Christ, living a life of being on mission for Jesus. When he isn’t working on Feed the Need you will find him hanging out with his wife and two teenage kids, or serving their church and community. If you don’t find him there he might be skiing behind a boat or down the Rockies

Ryan Moore

Ryan is a not-for-profit camp executive in Tennessee. Through his career he has been on staff at camps in South Carolina, Montana, Texas, and Tennessee. His current work is overseeing the program, operation, and facilities of a summer camp and year-round retreat center welcoming children, youth, and families. Ryan has great skill in strategic leadership, analysis, and moving organizations forward in their mission

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