Nonprofit Star Quest Fundraising and Leadership Summit

Nonprofit Star Quest Fundraising & Leadership Summit celebrates a unique capacity-building conference and how it will benefit you and the organization you serve. This annual event is hosted by Joanne Oppelt of Development Systems International.


Here’s what event host and expert fundraiser Joanne Oppelt has to share about the 2023 Nonprofit Star Quest Fundraising & Leadership Summit:

Sixty-hour-plus workweeks. Juggling finances. Dealing with staff crisis. Taking a stance with that board member who is always in the weeds. Just getting through every day is tiring. As a nonprofit leader, you have a universe of opportunity to make a true and lasting impact. Yet it can be exhausting.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Joanne Oppelt’s Nonprofit Star Quest Fundraising & Leadership Summit

Joanne Oppelt's Sustainable High ROI Fundraising SystemNonprofit Star Quest, a 3-day, live, virtual summit to be held March 7-9, 2023, will provide you the support you need to keep going. The summit is specially designed to meet the needs of executive directors and other fundraising leaders in their search for more time and money.

Nonprofit Star Quest will give you the tools you need to recharge and get ahead. Garner the resources you need to refresh and take time for yourself. Find the support you want to maintain your energy. Rejuvenate your leadership and jumpstart your fundraising. Register today for the 3-day, live, virtual summit Nonprofit Star Quest.

Sessions will include:

  • Bring Star Qualities to Your Board Chair/Executive Relationship
  • Selecting the Right Stack: Maximizing Your Fundraising, CRM, and Communications Software
  • How to Find Good Fit Funders in Under 60 Minutes
  • Working Toward Equity through Handbooks
  • Mission Control: The Partnership between the Executive Director and Development Director
  • Stressor & Resilience Scorecard: How to Build Trust Through Wellness
  • And MUCH MORE!


Meet an array of nonprofit authorities ready to address your most perplexing issues. Under their tutelage, you will learn how to recruit and manage board members so they are engaged in your mission. You will see how to position your agency to get the big donations. You will have tools to choose the best fundraising software for your organization. You will be able to motivate your staff to perform at their peak, increasing productivity and effectiveness. You will find our how to excite your community, so they eagerly support your agency, financially and otherwise. And you will garner expert resources you can’t find anywhere else.

Jimmy LaRose – Global Cause Entrepreneur 

Nonprofit Star Quest SummitOur own Jimmy LaRose is one of the keynotes. He will talk about why the age of nonprofits is over. The nonprofit world has failed, by and large, to make a significant impact in solving the world’s most pressing issues. Why? We think of ourselves as not-for-profits who will forever remain under-resourced. Our mindset limits us. Rather than think of ourselves as nonprofits, we must think of ourselves as impact organizations out to solve the world’s biggest problems who deserve to be well funded and supplied. In fact, it is required.

Jimmy LaRose, is recognized around the world as charity’s great 21st Century Champion. Jimmy’s work as an entrepreneur, author, fundraiser, speaker, and co-founder of NANOE, has raised hundreds of millions of dollars around the world for people in need. His best-selling book RE-IMAGINING PHILANTHROPY has been named by BookAuthority as one of the 100 Best Philanthropy Books of All Time.

Jimmy will help us recognize our nonprofit mindset as a detriment to making a significant impact. He will teach us to perceive our nonprofits as an impact agencies who have a duty to become well resourced.  And he will explore ways to implement the impact organization mindset into our fundraising.

You can make a substantial difference. Jimmy has proved it. We can all learn from him.

Stefanie Stark – Development Systems International 

Stefanie StarkStefanie Stark fell in love with the nonprofit sector early in life when she was recruited at the age of 12 into a performing arts college. Stefanie saw firsthand the funding challenges that arts organizations faced. A serious car accident with a drunk driver ended her performing arts career and changed the trajectory of her life. It was then that Stefanie turned her passion for charity and the arts into what has become her life’s true calling: perfecting the art of fundraising, connecting donors and philanthropists to the missions and organizations that inspire them.

Stefanie has worked as an executive and a fundraising professional in the charitable sector for more than 20 years. She is President of Development Systems International and a founding member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE). Stefanie is a Certified Nonprofit Consultant, Certified Development Executive, and Certified Executive Coach. She studied at the National Hungarian Ballet Academy and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Utah, B.F.A.

Linda Lysakowski – America’s Million Dollar Fundraiser

Nonprofit Star Quest Summit - Linda LysakowskiLinda Lyskowski, ACFRE is our other keynote speaker. She will talk about not letting your donors fall into a black hole. As nonprofit professionals, we often let donors fall into space, never to be seen again. According data from GivingUSA, the first-time donor retention rate has hovered around 24 percent for years. Why? Maybe we don’t take time to listen to their needs and interests. Maybe we don’t cultivate them enough—or steward them properly. Hear from Linda how to get your donors onto a trajectory to success instead of falling into a black hole in cyberspace.

In case you don’t know Linda, she is one of approximately 130 professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive designation. She has raised more than $50 million and trained more than 40,000 development professionals. She has received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and Sierra chapters; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas chapter; and Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service. Linda has authored or co-authored more than thirty books.

Listen to Linda and you will gain insight into how to talk to donors about their needs, interests, and desires. You will learn how to cultivate donors. And you will see how to develop a robust stewardship program.

Nonprofit Star Quest Session Leaders:

Of course, three days of support and guidance means more there is more than our two keynote speakers. You will also hear from  Kelsey Boudin, President and Founder, Southern Tier Communication Strategies LLC; Susan Comfort, Co-founder and Managing Director, Nonprofit Wellness; Mary HIland, Ph,D., President, Hiland Consulting; Jeffrey Key, Founder and Principal, Nfinity Enterprises’ Michael Marvin, Executive Director, Strength Solutions; Lucinda Mercer, CFRE, Development Director, Caring Contact; James Mueller, Principal, James Mueller & Associates; Jodi Segal, Founder, Big Change Consulting; Heather Yandow, Founder,; and Will Yang, Head of Growth, Instrument.

Joanne Oppelt – High ROI Fundraiser

Joanne Oppelt Sustainable High ROI Fundraising SystemDuring Joanne’s 30+ years working in the nonprofit arena, she has held positions from volunteer to executive director. Integrating fundraising with strategic planning, marketing, operations, and financial systems, she builds up organizational revenue streams, creating sustainable funding structures. She specializes in helping nonprofits improve their return on investment (ROI) and realize continuous net surpluses.

Joanne is author or co-author of more than twenty fundraising books including the recently released The Sustainable High ROI Fundraising System and The ROI Mindset: How to Raise More Money with the Budget You Have.  She is a certified nonprofit executive, development executive, and nonprofit consultant. She is also a faculty member of National Development Institute. She currently provides consulting services, multi-module online courses with private coaching, person-to-person fundraising advice, annual summits, and weekly newsletters.


Joanne Oppelt, MHA, CNE, CDE, CNC
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