Proposed Training Topic Schedule (not finalized):
Throughout the sessions we will focus on building a strong individual gift program through respectful relationship-based fundraising.
February: Development Overview and Planning—What makes your development and marketing plan successful? We will set the stage for goal setting and putting structures in place.
March: Donor Relations/Stewardship—How can you include our 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 including how to run productive events.
April: Fundraising Appeals—How can you develop donor-centered print and e-appeals? We will learn best practices for personalization of your appeals that speak directly to your donors.
May: Proposal Writing and Grant Writing—What make makes a good proposal? We will learn time tested tools of the trade to learn to write proposals that get funded. Also, Databases/Managing/Reporting—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.
June: Solicitation/Asking—How to engage with your donors as partners in your organization’s work. What is the process involved in asking for face-to-face contribution and how do board members fit into this? Together we will go over the format of an asking conversation and practice an intentional gift conversation using the Connecting Conversations model. Your board members are invited to attend this session.
July and August: Work on Development Plans—Over the Summer, you will work on your development plans. You may choose to have one of the coaching sessions happen over the summer to support your work.
Early September: Kick-Off Fundraising Season Event—Join together with the cohort team and share your development plan and celebrate the start of the fundraising season.