General Information

Click on the green REGISTER TODAY button in the header menu. You will have the option to register as a General Admission attendee, or to attend the Training Camp. You will also be able to register multiple team members, if you desire. After registering on this site, we will invoice your ministry for the total applicable registration cost(s). All registration fees must be paid in full before the conference begins.

The Early Bird rate for General Admission is $400 per person if you register by February 29th. The standard General Admission rate of $500 per person will be effective March 1st. The StudioEnterprise Training Camp rate is $600 per person and this fee is in place of, not added to, the General Admission rate.

The conference will kickoff on Monday, May 4th at 9:00 AM and will end on Wednesday, May 6th at 11:30 AM.

Check-in begins at 6:30 PM on Sunday, May 3rd and will continue until 8:30 PM. Attending this pre-event activity will allow you to check-in before the conference kicks off on Monday morning, pick up your conference bag, enjoy some light refreshments, and mingle with the DonorDirect staff and other conference attendees.

The daily activities will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Lunch breaks are from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, with extra time built-in to connect with other attendees or DonorDirect staff members. All breakout sessions will end at 5:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday.

Our off-site Ministry Mingle takes place on Tuesday at 6:00 PM, which includes a complimentary fun activity and buffet dinner for all attendees. DonorDirect staff will be available in the conference lobby to shuttle any attendees who need local transportation.

Most attendees tend to dress in "business casual" attire. The weather is typically quite nice in the Dallas area during the conference. Please, check the weather forecast beforehand since the weather in Texas has a tendency to be temperamental at times. We do suggest bringing a light sweater or jacket if you tend to get cold, as the rooms can become a bit chilly during the conference. Please, always wear your conference name tag so that other attendees know who you are and which ministry you are with. 

All extra activities offered as part of the conference are included in your registration cost. This includes the Sunday night check-in and dessert bar and the Tuesday night Ministry Mingle activity. The Tuesday night activity is hosted off-site and will require registration so we can make the necessary arrangements with the off-site facility. Please, note that although registration for this activity is required, there is no additional cost to participate. We just need a headcount ahead of time!

Light refreshments are available during the Sunday night check-in, so please plan to have dinner before or after this event. A buffet style dinner and beverages are provided during the Tuesday night activity. Tea, water, and coffee are available throughout the conference, as well as an afternoon cookie break on Monday and Tuesday.

You will be responsible for your individual lunch arrangements. Most attendees will venture off-site during lunch each day. DonorDirect staff members are very happy to have you join them for lunch and can shuttle you back and forth during that time. Please, visit the DonorDirect Help Desk and let us know if you would like help coordinating a ride/group to have lunch with during the conference.

The Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel offers a breakfast buffet at a set cost. Please, contact the hotel staff with any questions about breakfast options or arrangements, as these details are not managed by DonorDirect.

DonorDirect will not provide any alcoholic beverages throughout the conference, including evening activities. We understand that the Tuesday Ministry Mingle is a relaxed environment and a time when some participants may opt for an alcoholic drink. Please, note that you will be responsible for any of your alcoholic drink charges. We also encourage anyone who chooses to do so to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

Travel Arrangements

All conference activities (aside from the off-site Ministry Mingle on Tuesday evening) will be held at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel in Richardson, TX. The Sunday night check-in will be held in the main lobby and dining room area. All other on-site sessions and activities will be held in the conference area, which is on the north side of the hotel, across from the parking garage.

You can definitely stay onsite if the hotel has availability at the time you choose to make your arrangements. We do have a block of rooms that are reserved for our attendees at a discounted rate. These discounted rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis so please book early! Details can be found within the Hotel Info section of this website.

We do not have any specific recommendations, but many hotels are available in the area at varying rates. A quick Google search could help you find an alternative option, if not staying onsite at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. We also provide a map of example hotel options in the area within the Hotel Info section of this website.

Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are nearly the same distance from the hotel where the conference is held, so either airport would be a good option.

If you need transportation between the airport and the hotel, then you will need to make those arrangements on your own. We suggest either renting a car, using a car service (Uber, Lyft, taxi, etc.) or riding with other attendees.

We break for lunch on Monday and Tuesday and everyone is responsible for their own lunch arrangements. DonorDirect employees are always happy to have attendees join them for lunch. To ensure availability, those arrangements should be made before the lunch break occurs. However, we understand that some attendees like to be on their own for lunch or take that time to catch up on some work or personal items. We leave those arrangements at your discretion.

Please, visit our DonorDirect Help Desk if you would like help coordinating a ride/group to have lunch with during the conference and we can help pair you up with someone from our DonorDirect team. If you don't mind walking to the back of the hotel property, you will find a local shuttle that runs from the hotel to the CityLine shopping area just north of the hotel, which offers several dining and shopping options. This public transit shuttle (called the DART Rail) runs between the hotel (Galatyn Park Station) and the CityLine shopping area (Cityline/Bush Station). The shuttle runs every 20 minutes and tickets are $1.50 to $5.00 per day, depending on whether you would like to purchase an all-day pass or just one for lunchtime.

Our Tuesday night activity will be off-site. If you choose to attend, we will have some DonorDirect employees near the DonorDirect Help Desk in the conference area to offer rides, if needed. We ask that you please show up at the conference reception desk no later than 5:30 PM to request a ride with an available staff member.

Park in the garage to the east of the hotel. Garage parking is complimentary for all of our conference attendees. The parking garage has a digital system. Each time you attempt to enter the garage, you will receive a barcoded ticket. You will need to bring your barcoded ticket inside with you (do not leave it in your car) to be scanned for validation and used upon exiting the garage. We will have a validation machine set up near our DonorDirect Help Desk where you can scan your own barcoded tickets to receive validation. Guests of the hotel will use their room key for parking/validation, as free parking is included in the hotel amenities package.

Conference Sessions

This year, we will offer several different categories of sessions. Visit our Schedule page for additional details about session topics. All attendees will be given access to our private, interactive schedule after registration has been completed and once the session topics have been finalized. 

Those attending the Training Camp are expected to attend all sessions within that track. Otherwise, you can adjust your schedule as needed throughout the conference. We simply ask that you also update your agenda on the interactive schedule so that we can determine if a larger room is needed, and so the speakers and other attendees can connect with you regarding the session.

This Training Camp will offer a basic training of StudioEnterprise Web geared towards the brand new or entry-level user. This is a closed, dedicated track that requires a different type of registration than the standard,General Admission registration. The Training Camp sessions will take our normal, very in-depth Solution Overview training for StudioEnterprise and consolidate the content into two days of training. This track will not offer a deep dive into any particular area of the system but will cover a wide variety of areas that are primarily geared towards the roles of those in attendance.

ELS stands for Executive Leadership Summit and it is a private, invitation-only track lead by DonorDirect's top leadership group. This private track is only open to C-level or VP-level attendees and the agenda for this track will be provided to those that have been invited. Please, note that this track is not open to all attendees, so walk-ins will not be allowed.

After you have registered for the conference, your emailed receipt will include details about how to request a private one-on-one session with a DonorDirect expert. These sessions are 45 minutes in length and are designed to cover the one or two ministry-specific topics that you would like someone to connect with you about and discuss in more detail.

Due to our limited available resources, these private sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and we attempt to spread them out across as many various ministries as possible. If you are granted a private one-on-one session, the time and location of your session will be arranged with the DonorDirect expert who will be helping you. That expert will reach out to you before the conference to make arrangements during a time that works best for both of you. These sessions will occur at the same time as the regularly scheduled breakout sessions, yet will be held in a private or semi-private conference room.

Technology

Although bringing a laptop is not required, it is very highly recommended. The interactive sessions, such as the Training Camp and Workshop sessions will require attendees to have a laptop since they offer hands-on learning opportunities.

Yes, the WiFi connection information will be provided at the conference.

We will have as many power outlets available as possible during the conference, but may not be able to accommodate all attendees since we are restricted by what is made available at the event venue.

We will provide access to a training environment for the StudioEnterprise Training Camp attendees. Workshop attendees will need to have external access to their own sandbox/test SE Web environment. Otherwise, we will not have a general environment for attendee access, but you are welcome to access your own sandbox/test environment during the event, as desired. These arrangements will need to be made with your ministry's System Administrator ahead of time.

Once the session topics have been finalized, we will offer an online interactive schedule to each registered attendee, speaker, sponsor, and DonorDirect staff member. Each person attending the conference will be able to set up a personal profile with information about themselves and how to best connect with them. This will help you put faces with names and learn more about the other attendees, sponsors, speakers, and the DonorDirect staff.

All sessions will be listed out in a schedule format so each attendee can self-select which sessions they would like to attend during each available time-slot and build-out a custom agenda. You will also be able to connect with others who are attending the same session, learn about the speaker and what the session is about, gain access to any materials provided with that session, provide feedback after the session, and help DonorDirect determine the appropriate room size to schedule for each session.

You can access this interactive schedule via your mobile device and make changes to your schedule on-the-fly. DonorDirect can make real-time updates, like room changes, and even send those updates out via email blast to all attendees who have added those sessions to their personalized schedule.

Each morning you will receive your agenda for the day via email, which will list out your selected sessions. At the end of each day, you will be asked to provide feedback on your sessions. This feedback is greatly appreciated and helps us better plan for future conferences.