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Database Expo

Finding the Right Donor Management System for Your Nonprofit

Are you daunted by the idea of finding a donor management software solution that best fits your organization’s needs? Are you tired of watching countless online video demos from your office desk, and hoping to simply have a conversation with someone about your options? If so, this is the event for you.

Nonprofit Connect's Database Expo is a compact, one-day event, providing nonprofit professionals with the unique opportunity to meet with multiple database vendors, ask questions, identify organizational needs, and take your database solution conversations to the next level.

Database Expo 2019

Friday, October 25 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Kansas Edwards Campus - BEST Conference Center
Overland Park, KS

Programming Includes:

Opening Program & Lunch Program, advice from experts on the steps and considerations you should take during your database solution search.

Breakout Sessions, in which vendors will lead small group demonstrations and answer questions.

Round-table User Discussions, for you to discuss the current and potential software hurdles you are facing with vendors and fellow nonprofit professionals.

Showcase Expo, where vendors will be highlighting their product and available for one-on-one conversations throughout the entire day.

Featured vendors include Akubo non-profit CRM, Better Impact, Bloomerang, DonorView, Funraise, Kindful, Little Green Light, ResultsPlus Fundraising Solution from Metafile, Salesforce partner Value Stream Consulting, and Trail Blazer. Read about the vendors below.

Featured Programs

Kyle Curry

Building an Organizational Culture to Support Technology Change

Opening Program - 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

When it comes to nonprofit technology projects, it’s easy to focus on tools, budget, and timeline. But you can’t overlook buy-in for the project from stakeholders like your board of directors, executive team, or the people with their hands on the keys.

Drawing on more than 10 years of experience designing and launching digital marketing projects for nonprofits, Firefly Partners will outline ways to get everyone excited about (and involved in) your big undertaking. We’ll help you identify the right people to include in the project, how to tap into their individual strengths, and how consistent communication can keep everyone involved energized and on the same page.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to identify the right people to involve in your technology project
  • Better define each person's unique skills and role in the project
  • Use specific communication strategies to keep team members on track

Kyle Curry, Presenter
Director of Marketing and Sales, Firefly Partners

Kyle’s passion for sales and marketing strategy, and his desire to help nonprofits get the tools they need to amplify their impact, make him a perfect fit as Firefly’s Director of Sales and Marketing. He has been committed to these values professionally as a consultant, technology expert, and marketing strategist since 2006, so he knows how to support nonprofit leaders with technology solutions. Kyle has a B.A. in English Writing from Millikin University and is originally from Decatur, IL. He now lives in Chicago with his rescue Beagle, Commander Riker, where he loves to play games, listen to podcasts, and plan his next travel adventure. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and is a founding board member of Coming Out.

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Digital Literacy in a Technology-Driven Society
Panel Discussion

Lunch Program - 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

You might be using technology to communicate with your staff and constituents on a daily basis, but are you using it in a way that generates meaning and understanding? Learn more about how digital literacy is crucial for your organization’s success in this technology-dependent age, and how it can greatly influence your decision making in software selection, marketing strategies, and how you are engaging with your constituents.

Aaron Deacon, Moderator
Managing Director, KC Digital Drive

Aaron is the founder and managing director of KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit civic organization with a mission to make Kansas City a digital leader and help cities adapt to disruptive technology change.

Tom Esselman, Panelist
CEO, Connecting for Good

Dedicated to closing the digital divide, Connecting for Good improved the lives of underserved populations with programs focused on education, employment, economic impact and the environment. Tom has led the organization since 2016.

Wendy Pearson, Panelist
Digital Inclusion Fellow, Kansas City Public Library

Wendy strengthens KCPL's role in providing a continuum of service to help Kansas City adults cross the digital divide. Specific projects include building a volunteer base for the library’s digital literacy program through the train-the-trainer model, and building on the successes of Central’s One North to expand digital literacy services across all KCPL branches.


Featured Database Vendors


Akubo non-profit CRM

Akubo is a Cloud-based platform to manage fundraising & sales, event registrations, memberships and email campaigns. We help nonprofits build better relationships with their patrons.

Represented by Robin Abello


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Better Impact

Better Impact offers volunteer management software solutions for nonprofits to government agencies. Learn about our CRM tools, donation tracking, and more.

Represented by Tony Goodrow

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Try donor management software that's intuitive, yet comprehensive. Bloomerang's CRM and fundraising solution helps to increase donor revenue and decrease donor attrition.

Represented by Jacob Baker

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DonorView is a cloud-based donation and membership management software for nonprofit organizations. DonorView has you covered with our complete circle of features.

Represented by Heather Litwin

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Funraise provides exceptional, innovative, and friendly fundraising technology. Our experience and passion makes us different.

Represented by Andrew Webb and Charles Moreton

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Our Nonprofit CRM features everything you need to helps you organize your data and manage your donors: all in a simple, online platform.

Represented by Caleb Jeffries and Michael Longnecker

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Little Green Light

Our all-in-one donor management and fundraising software makes it easier to keep track of your donors, manage your outreach efforts and raise funds more effectively and efficiently. We focus on three things: people, data, and simplicity.

Represented by Hunter Williams

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ResultsPlus Fundraising Solution from Metafile

Experience fundraising made easy with donor tracking and management from Metafile's nonprofit constituent management fundraising software solution.

Represented by Mark Gerber

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Value Stream Consulting

Salesforce partner Value Stream Consulting

As one of the most experienced Salesforce consulting firms, VSC provides process-driven, client-centric CRM solutions for foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Represented by Jessica Pasley and Casi Paolillo

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Trail Blazer

Target specific donors with ease and sophistication. Our CRM tracks your finances, fundraising, pledges, events, donor relationships and donor touches with just a few clicks.

Represented by Joel Kristenson and Mark Panger

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Schedule of Events

All Day: Showcase Expo

8:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. | Opening Program
10:30 a.m. | Breakout Demo Session 1
11:10 a.m. | Breakout Demo Session 2
11:50 a.m. | Breakout Demo Session 3
12:30 p.m. | Lunch & Program
1:20 p.m. | Breakout Demo Session 4
2:00 p.m. | Breakout Demo Session 5
2:40 p.m. | Breakout Demo Session 6
3:15 p.m. | Round Table Discussions with Vendors/Users
4:00 p.m. | Event End

*Times subject to change.


For questions about the Database Expo, please contact or 816-759-8614.