Dr. David Weerts, a recognized expert and leader in resource development for community engagement, will kick-off the series. During this session David will provide attendees with a landscape of fundraising and resource development in the community/civic engagement field. This will include discussing successful strategies in the field, how to overcome challenges in working effectively with your institution’s development team, and how to build your confidence in advancing your agenda and navigating the fundraising process. Attendees will be engaged throughout the workshop in small groups and interactive exercises.

David Weerts is a professor of higher education and the faculty director for academic planning and programs in the Office for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He also serves as director of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders.

Recommended pre-reading: Weerts, D.J.. (2019). Resource development and the community engagement professional: Building and sustaining engaged institutions. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 23. 9-34