What will you learn?
The course will be conducted over five months of online instruction interspersed with peer learning groups and an individualized coaching session with the instructor.
The training sessions (9:00 am to 2:00 pm, including one hour for peer learning) will cover the following topics:
Orientation, Overview and Planning
In this first session we will set the stage for goal setting and creation of your customized development plan. We will also look at how the pandemic has changed fundraising.
How can you use storytelling in your print and e-appeals? We will learn best practices for personalization of your appeals that speak directly to your donors.
How can you include your donors in the important work of your organization? We will work together to learn to communicate effectively to engage your donors and will explore multiple points of engagement.
Proposal Writing and Grant Writing
What makes a good proposal? We will learn time tested tools of the trade to learn to write proposals that get funded. Also,
How can you manage your database so it is efficient and provides what you need? We will review best practices in managing your data and reporting to meet your organization and donor needs.
How to engage with your donors as partners in your organization’s work. What is the process involved in asking face-to-face for contributions and how do board members fit into this practice? Together we will go over the format of an asking conversation and practice an intentional gift conversation using the Connecting Conversations model.
Kick-Off Fundraising Season Event!
Join together with the cohort team to share your development plan and celebrate the start of the fundraising season.
Training Day Schedule
9:00 am to 12:30 pm -- Online Instruction with two 10 minute breaks
12:30 to 1 pm -- Lunch Break
1:00 to 2:00 pm -- Peer Learning Pods