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Get Your Board On Board With Fundraising

Does this sound familiar?

"I'll do anything…except ask for money."

Your board members want to make a difference. Yet, many don't know how to help in a meaningful way.

And when they're expected to fundraise, they often lack the experience and oftentimes, the confidence. So they resist being involved in this important process.

Yet, with a little training, direction, and support, everyone can help raise money for the causes they love.

Third Sector Consulting workshops are high-touch, interactive sessions that are tailored for smaller groups.

Sessions range from 60 minutes to full day, depending on need.


Actual topics and exercises will vary based on your specific needs.

  1. What is "fundraising?"
    The dreaded F- word. We'll start by defining fundraising – what it is and what it isn't.
  2. Understanding the cycle of fundraising.
    There's more to fundraising than asking. In fact, asking is one of the last things you do.
  3. Who's really responsible for fundraising? Isn't that someone else's job?
    Everyone in the organization plays a role in the fundraising process. Do you know yours?
  4. Who gives to charity? Why and how do they give?
    Understanding donor behavior and what motivates people to give – and give more.
  5. Finding new donors and getting the first gift.
    Donor identification and the role of demographics when reaching out to prospects.
  6. Keeping the donors you already have – and getting them to give more.
    Stewardship strategies, donor retention tips and how to increase a donor's lifetime value.
  7. Appeals, events and grants, oh my!
    What fundraising activities are most effective, and which are right for your organization?
  8. What's a "major gift?"
    The definition is the same, but every organization has a different number. What's yours?
  9. Conversational fundraising.
    Learn how to ask prospective donors the right questions before you ask for support.
  10. Get your board "on board" with fundraising.
    Create personal commitment plans and make a pledge to raise more money together!

What Nonprofits Say About This Training

The 'Get Your Board on Board with Fundraising' workshop was an extremely good use of time for our Board of Directors. Your workshop was very informative and engaging. We all left wanting more, yet each Board member left knowing specific steps they could take to be part of a winning team. Thank you for leading us in a process of learning and growth as a Board.

About the Instructor

Laura Rhodes is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Certified Grant Writer, and fundraising trainer who has 20+ years of experience working with - and for - nonprofits. As a former program officer with an international corporate foundation, Laura brings a unique perspective to the fundraising process. She knows what works, what doesn't, and why.

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