Special event
Jul 10
8 AM - 6:30 PM

$695 Members
$795 Non-members

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
165 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745
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14th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference


A record-breaking 2,500+ fundraising and marketing professionals from around the world will gather for this premier conference! Join us, as the brightest, most creative and most world-changing fundraising and marketing professionals from every sector of our industry will gather for three enlightening days of dynamic keynotes, panels, workshops, networking and more.

Learn about the latest strategies, techniques and most current innovations in all areas of fundraising and marketing related to: direct response, individual giving (major and planned giving), corporate giving and special events and much, much more.

The Bridge Conference has all the IDEAS you need to push your IDEALS to the limits!


  • Direct Response Fundraisers
  • Major Gift Officers
  • Annual Giving-Development Directors & Staff
  • Planned Giving Officers
  • Membership Staff
  • Nonprofit Chief Executives & Executive Directors
  • Nonprofit Board of Directors
  • Writers, Designers and Creative Professionals
  • Digital & Social Media Marketers
  • DRTV Producers
  • List Brokers
  • Mail Order Marketers
  • Media Buyers
  • Printers and Mailers-Catalogers
  • Telemarketers
  • Trade and Professional Association Marketing Staff



8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Pre-Conference Registration

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops (separate ticket required)

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Boys & Girls Club One-Day Seminar (by invitation only)

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Conference Registration Open

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
40th Annual DMAW MAXI Awards Program & Reception (separate registration)


7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration Open

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM
Share a Cup of Joe with the Bridge Conference Pros!
Join our Bridge Conference Veterans – and learn how to make the most out of your Bridge Conference Experience!

8:15 AM – 9:20 AM
12 Breakout Sessions

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Opening General Session – Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Solutions Showcase Open

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Solutions Showcase Refreshment Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
12 Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Solutions Showcase Lunch & Prizes

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
12 Breakout Sessions

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Solutions Showcase Refreshment Break

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
12 Breakout Sessions

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Solutions Showcase Networking Reception


7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Open

8:15 AM – 9:20 AM
12 Breakout Sessions

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
General Session – Bruce Mehlman, Founder, Mehlman Castagnetti

“Permissionless Society”

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Solutions Showcase Open

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Solutions Showcase Refreshment Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
12 Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Solutions Showcase Lunch & Prizes

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
12 Breakout Sessions

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Closing General Session and Reception – RishaGrant, Founder, Risha Grant, LLC

“Confronting Your B.S.” 


Premier Sponsor
The NonProfit Times

Premier Sponsor
Target Marketing

Premier Sponsor
NonProfit PRO

Lead Sponsor
The Engage Group

Lead Sponsor
Data Management, Inc.

Lead Sponsor
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Badge Wallet Sponsor

Tote Bag Sponsor

Wi-fi Sponsor

Mobile App Sponsor

Opening General Session Sponsor

Closing General Session Sponsor
SD&A Teleservices

Charging Station Sponsor
The Harrington Agency

Lunch Sponsor
Grantmail Direct Marketing

Networking Reception Sponsor
Lautman Maska Neill & Company

Session Locator Sponsor
CDS Global

Hospitality Welcome Box Sponsor

Hotel Key Card Sponsor
RKD Group

Water Bottle & Station Sponsor
Avalon Consulting Group

VIP Reception Sponsor
Eidolon Communications

Program Book Sponsor

Advanced Executive Track Sponsor
Schultz & Williams

Community Service Project Sponsor

Directional Signs Sponsor

Aisle Flag & Floor Markers

Refreshment Break Sponsor (Thursday AM-Day 1)
RWT Production

Refreshment Break Sponsor (Friday AM)

Refreshment Break Sponsor (Thursday PM)

Professional Resources Center Sponsor

Early Morning Coffee (Thursday) – Day 1
Deluxe Treasury Management Solutions

Education Track Sponsor
TrueSense Marketing

Education Track Sponsor

Education Track Sponsor

Education Track Sponsor
ROI Solutions

Education Track Sponsor
MINDset Direct

Education Track Sponsor

Education Track Sponsor
Integrated Direct Marketing

Education Track Sponsor
Mal Warwick

Education Track Sponsor
Cathexis Partners

Education Track Sponsor

Hotel Door Hanger Sponsor (Wednesday Night/Day 1)

Hotel Door Hanger Sponsor (Thursday Night/Day 2)

Solutions Showcase Educational Program Sponsor

Meet The Experts Sponsor

Google Analytics Sponsor
Beaconfire RED

Sustaining Sponsor

Sustaining Sponsor
AMi Direct

Patron Sponsor

Patron Sponsor

Patron Sponsor

Raffle Sponsor
Nova Label Co., Inc.

Raffle Sponsor
Newport ONE


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Tim Shriver, PH.D., Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics

Shriver has been a part of an amazing team that has created exciting new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education, and family support. Among them, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® has become the world’s largest public health examination and education program for people with intellectual disabilities, and Special Olympics Project Unify has become a powerful new program promoting school-based social inclusion and unified leadership. In addition, he has worked to garner more government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community, testifying before the United States Congress and challenging government leaders worldwide to respect the dignity and possibilities of people with intellectual disabilities.

As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the marginalized, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, Amistad, and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, The Loretta Claiborne Story. He is Executive Producer of The Ringer, a Farrelly Brothers’ film, and Front of the Class, a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. He has produced or co-produced shows for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks, and made broadcast appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN, the Stephen Colbert Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2014, Shriver wrote Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, where he shares the life-changing impact of people with intellectual disabilities and their capacity to inspire others to find out about what matters most.

Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the field of social and emotional learning.

Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree in Religion and Religious Education from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including honorary degrees from Loyola University, New England College, Albertus Magnus College, University of Connecticut, Niagara University, University of Illinois, and Villanova University; the Medal of the City of Athens, Greece; the Order de Manuel Amador Guerrera of the Republic of Panama; the Connecticut Citizen of the Year Award; the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion; the Lions Humanitarian Award, the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award, the Children’s Hospital Health System’s Friend of Children Award, and the “Bammy” Special Achievement in Education Award. In 2011 he was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the top 100 Game Changers. He has authored articles in many leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Commonweal Magazine.

Shriver is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of the WPP Group, LLC. He and his wife, Linda Potter, reside in the Washington, D.C. area and have five children.


Bruce Mehlman, Founder, Mehlman Castagnetti

Bruce Mehlman leads the bipartisan firm he founded after serving at senior levels in politics, policy and business. Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas helps Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups understand, anticipate and navigate the ever-evolving policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace.

A highly sought-after speaker, Mehlman frequently presents to Boards of Directors, global conferences and strategic planning sessions. Mehlman is an adjunct business school professor with The Washington Campus and has lectured on “winning business–government relations” at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale School of Management and Georgetown University, among others.

Mehlman’s quarterly updates on political trends are widely read by business leaders and political observers across the country and have been frequently covered in leading publications, including the Washington Post, Axios, Politico, CNN, Fortune, the Daily Caller and UVA Center for Politics.
Mehlman previously held the post of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. Before Commerce, he worked as the lead tech and telecom lobbyist for Cisco Systems, Policy Director and General Counsel to the House Republican Conference under Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) and General Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing strategies that achieve impactful policy outcomes. He concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council and Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.


Risha Grant, Founder & CEO, Risha Grant, LLC

Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to being a young, small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects

Her interest in societal isms like racism, sexism, classism and plain old “stupidism” began when she was very young, instead of playing outside, she was inside “playing” school—or more
accurately—learning to count, read and write, just in case her darker skin tone cheated her out of an equal education. Through this experience and others, Risha would later learn how
experiences like these would feed into her BS and with that realization, Risha planned to change the world, starting with her backwards state.

Today, Risha is the founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm. Their mission is to utilize diversity communication strategies, tactics
and training as a catalyst to create an inclusive culture in every company and community. Additionally, Risha created, a highly successful online recruitment tool
to connect diverse professionals with careers, internships, and non-profit and corporate board positions.

Using passion, persistence and knowledge, she has worked with governors, NBA teams, mayors, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies and other business and community leaders to reduce bias and further the understanding of Diversity & Inclusion. As an international speaker, Risha teaches and empowers attendees with D&I tools to increase their bottom line and permission to get rid of their BS


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