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AFP Space Coast Chapter Meeting
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:00 am
Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center - 8298 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL  32940 

"Overcoming Stress for Frustrated Fundraisers


8:00 am Registration, networking & breakfast
8:30 am Welcome and Speaker
10:00 am Program Concludes 

Stress and frustration felt by professional fundraisers feeling pressure to succeed can be enormous.

Adding to the problem is research showing a large percentage of fundraisers are looking to leave the profession AND a large number of nonprofit CEOs are wanting their development director to leave.

Pharrell Williams' Happy song may not be the theme song for fundraisers.

Hardy Smith will help those attending this session deal with these challenges by offering positive reinforcement, plenty of practical how-tos, and some tough love—all with the purpose of turning stress into success! 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants will learn: 
  • Acceptance of needed behavior changes 
  • Identification of action strategies for overcoming professional stress and frustration 
About the Presenter: 

Hardy Smith is a consultant, author, and speaker whose passion is to maximize performance of nonprofits and their essential leadership teams.  His results-oriented approach is based on a career of more than 30 years in the high performance world of NASCAR racing and longtime work as a resource to nonprofits nationwide.  In addition to his widely read newsletter, Hardy’s insights have been featured in a number of leading nonprofit publications such as GuideStar, BoardSource, Nonprofit World, and Nonprofit Business Advisor.  He is a member of the National Speakers Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, BoardSource, ASAE, and Florida Society of Association Executives.  He has been selected as a speaker for three Planet Philanthropy annual conferences.  Learn more about Hardy by visiting his website:

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