Oct 11th 2016

Fundraising: How to Connect with Donors (NovoEd)

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Far too often organizations see donors through the distorted lens of retention rates and giving capacity. When it comes to fundraising, organizations must remember that relationships are a two-way street. The best fundraisers engage their donors in a multitude of ways: they build relationships, identify common interests, listen, and show gratitude. Through this course, students will learn the ins and outs of fundraising from a seasoned fundraiser. Based on the instructor's book "How to Connect with Donors and Double the Money You Raise," the course will show successes and reveal failures that will expose the nuances of effective fundraising practices. Learners will then apply the knowledge and stories learned from the class to the practices of their own organizations' development teams.

What You'll Do:

- Identify and practice communications skills that help you connect with potential donors.

- Learn to make smart decisions regarding your organization's funding strategy, processes, outreach, and priority.

- Complete weekly assignment including writing a grant proposal.

- Complete a final project in one of the following fundraising areas: capital campaigns or deferred giving.