Looking for a way to pay it forward? Give back to rising economic developers. Help your peers who are working in distressed communities meet their professional development educational training goals by donating a gift to the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund! All gifts will be sold during IEDC’s 2017 Silent Auction to be held at Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The answer is simple; donating is a great way to showcase and market your community to the largest gathering of economic developers, while helping a worthy cause. More than 1,200 professionals are expected to be at Annual Conference.
What makes for the perfect donation?
Vacation getaways, themed gift baskets, autographed sports items, tickets to events, hotel and inn stays, gift certificates, or other unique items that represent your community.
Take advantage of this marketing and promotional opportunity, and leverage unique assets and attractions in your community. If your community is interested in hosting an IEDC conference, the Silent Auction is a perfect place to kick off your campaign!
The odds of winning are in your favor - A true win - win - win!
Who wins? Four new scholarship recipients gain access to necessary educational training; the scholarship fund maintains the ability to advance the profession by facilitating the process, and your community will gain visibility during the Conference, which is the highest attending annual event for economic developers - globally.
Donating is easy. Find the entry form and donation instructions here. The auction takes place during the Annual Conference's Ice Cream Social at 3:30pm on Monday, September 18.
All donation forms are due by this Friday, August 18th, and items must be mailed in by August 25th. Have a gift idea you’d like to discuss? Contact our Members Services Coordinator, Chris Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct at 202.942.9485.
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IEDC appreciates your generosity! Thank you for your contribution.
About the scholarship Fund & requirements for recipients:
A strong advocate for economic development initiatives in distressed communities, Ms. Diane Lupke, CEcD, president of Lupke & Associates, and former board member for IEDC, founded an education scholarship fund for economic development professionals working in these areas. The award recipient is able to enhance his or her knowledge in economic development through participation in IEDC's Economic Development Training Courses.Since its inception, the scholarship fund has received numerous donations from private donors.
The award value for each scholarship represents approximately $500. The scholarships will be awarded to two IEDC members and two non-members. Scholarship applicants should work for an organization that is based in a distressed community. Examples include, but are not limited to, community-based organizations, Main Street organizations and community development corporations.
Add your name to the list of Silent Auction gift donors. Find out how your community can help economic developers in distressed communities advance their career and profession as a whole by donating and supporting the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund. Give now. Get started here.