Fund Development & Communications

Marketing on a Nonprofit Budget

So you don't have money to hire a graphic designer and you don’t even know what a style sheet is or how to get started.  This course is designed for nonprofits who need to make the most out of donated services and with little to no budget for marketing.

Price: 
$75.00

Telling Your Nonprofit's Story

Because great stories attract, inspire, and move people to action, storytelling is a key element of any marketing and communications plan. It's essential for nonprofits to identify, articulate, and most importantly, market the impact they make with their programs. Does your nonprofit story put a face on your nonprofit's work and make an impact? Do your stories resonate with donors? Powerful storytelling makes an emotional connection, keeping your current supporters engaged and prospective supporters wanting to learn more.

Price: 
$75.00

Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits

Social Media Strategies is designed for professionals who know how to use the most popular tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and are looking to increase their fan engagement. The class focuses on three major areas:

1. Emerging Trends and Tools. This will cover what is on the horizon, the latest news and laws around social media, and the best new apps and tools.

2. Strategy. Using research, we will focus on creating great content and timing it for the greatest impact.

Price: 
$75.00

Demystifying the Ask: The Art and Science of Making Face-to-Face Requests

This class will focus on the request process -  from readying your request team - to setting the meeting - to making the request - to closing the gift.  Students will learn specific strategies and sample "ask" lines, as well as how to handle timing and common responses.  Students will have the opportunity to craft, vet, and rehearse their own real request, and are asked to come prepared with a donor in mind (no names, of course!), whom they would realistically like to approach.  Our goal is craft a compelling and personalized request plan that can be implemented in the near-team to successf

Price: 
$75.00

Communications Planning

Are you feeling overwhelmed with planning events, writing newsletters and updating social media?  Are all your communication efforts effective?  A good communications plan ensures you’re doing the right work, pursuing the right goals, and doing it the best way when there are always other options and choices for the use of your limited resources.  In this course, you’ll learn how to write a strategic communications plan that will organize your communications with a written blueprint for actions and activities: what, how, when, where, and to whom you should be communicating.

Price: 
$75.00

Grant Writing 2

Successful grant writing requires that a factual, convincing case be made regarding an agency's ability to deliver a program to serve its client's needs. This class focuses on the elements of a successful grant proposal. Participants will be introduced to techniques for writing persuasive grant proposals section by section, responding to the requirements of each unique funding source.

Price: 
$75.00

Courting the Media

Did your last press release go unnoticed?  Are you unsure how to get the media interested in your programs and events?  If so, then this course in media relations will help you develop good story angles and land coverage.  Learn how to promote your story ideas, write releases and develop lasting relationships with local media outlets.  Hear from a local reporter on how to pitch ideas and how newsrooms select stories.  We'll identify easy ways to start obtaining news stories and interviews on your nonprofit.

Price: 
$75.00

Grant Writing 1

This introduction to grant writing focuses on local foundations and corporations, using actual guidelines from funders and actual proposals for review and critique. We review the critical process of researching funders to match funding opportunities with your nonprofits' programs and activities, and we discuss strategies for approaching funders. We cover the essential elements of a proposal, including need statement, program design, evaluation, and the budget, with a particular emphasis on stewardship and reporting.

Price: 
$150.00

Strengthening Oral Presentation Skills to Connect with Your Board, Funders, and the Community

Do you avoid speaking engagements because you dread public speaking?  Join this class and learn the simple skills necessary to speak with confidence in front of any audience.  You’ll develop communication skills useful in interpersonal, work-related, volunteer and community leadership roles.  We’ll explore how to make powerful presentations with confidence, poise and enthusiasm.  This class teaches techniques to overcome self-consciousness and physical tension when speaking, as well as effective speech preparation and presentation skills.

Price: 
$75.00

Fundraising Crash Course

Anyone who has done a bake sale or carwash, much less written a grant, has a basic sense of what fundraising is … but really, what is it? For those with limited experience in development, it can seem as though there’s a whole mysterious universe out there of “funding stuff" accomplished and understood by Experts Who Are Not You. While it’s true that fundraising and development are large and specialized fields, that doesn’t mean that you can’t understand how it works or how to get it done enough to benefit your organization.

Price: 
$75.00

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