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OPRN 2017 Annual Spring Conference

  • April 27, 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • April 28, 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus; 33 East Nationwide Blvd; Columbus, Ohio


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OPRN 2017 Annual Conference
#oprn30:  Power of the Past, A Force for the Future
Thursday, April 27 & Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrating OPRN's 30th Anniversary!

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Josh Birkholz

Agenda - Sessions - Location

Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Registration (12:00pm)
  • Welcome and OPRN at 30 (featuring Anne Mayer)
    and Concurrent Workshops (pick one) (details) (12:30pm)
    • Bond Lammey - Relationship Management: Building the Car while Driving It
    • Nick Sollog - Trends and Innovations in the Ever Changing Field of Prospect Research
  • Vendor Demo - Blackbaud Target Analytics (4:00pm)
  • Happy Hour  (4:30pm)
  • Optional Group Dinner Outing (6:30pm) (cost not included)

    Friday, April 28, 2017
    (Casual Friday attire - jeans encouraged!)

    • Registration  (8:15am)
    • Breakfast Roundtables  (8:30am)
    • Concurrent Sessions (pick one) (details)  (9:30am)
      • Secrets of Data Driven Nonprofits
      • “POPT” Year Zero- Launching a New Approach to Prospect Discovery & Qualification
    • Concurrent Sessions (pick one) (details)  (11:00am)
      • Working Through Difficult Conversations
      • Trends in Corporate and Foundation Giving & Prospects
    • Awards Luncheon  (12:15pm)
    • KEYNOTE:  Josh Birkholz - Prospect Development and its Transformational Influence on Fundraising (details)  (1:30pm)

      Special thanks to our signature sponsor - Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company!


      Crowne Plaza Columbus Hotel
      33 East Nationwide Blvd
      Columbus, Ohio

      Spring Conference 2017 will be held at Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus – Downtown. Located in the Arena District, this  location is perfect for exploring downtown or visiting boutiques and restaurants in Short North. As the premier entertainment district in downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Arena District offers an experience unlike any other. Sports, Dining, Movies, Live Music, Bars, and so much more!  Perks for hotel guests include an indoor lap pool, 24-hour Fitness Center, and on-site eateries, Max & Erma’s and the Boulevard Bar & Cafe, as well as free shuttle service and a bicycle-rental program.

      Parking Reduced Rate:

      • If you are staying at the hotel overnight, the cost to valet park is $20/night. 
      • For those of you coming for the day, the valet rate is $10/day.
      • Additional garages and meters are available in the area.

      Hotel Room Reservations are available at $139 per night discounted rate:  

      We have a room block for both Wednesday night (4/26) and Thursday night (4/27). The block of rooms will be available through April 5, 2017. 

      Please make sure to make your reservation by that date.  Reservations may be made either by calling the Crowne Plaza at 800-338-4462 or online. If you are making the reservation by phone, indicate you are booking for the OPRN Spring Conference block. If you would like to book online, please use this hyper link Ohio Prospect Research Network 2017. (The link will take you to the Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown homepage.  You will need to select your date(s) and the "book" icon the group block rate (group = "OPR")  and availability.)  

      If you have any questions or problems, please contact conference@oprn.org.

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