Center Events

Building a Confident Fundraising Board

This event was originally scheduled for April 30 and May 21, but has been rescheduled for May 21 and June 18.

Taking the Mystery and Pain Out of the Development Process

We all know that boards are supposed to raise money. Some boards do this well, but for many organizations, the board’s involvement in development is highly theoretical – and a source of significant embarrassment, tension, and, in some cases, organizational financial failure.

This two-part series is designed to help nonprofit executives and board leaders conquer their fears, focus their energies, and become effective at this critically important task. And – the big secret:  participants will learn that fundraising can be fun.

These sessions are chock full of:

  • practical tips to demystify fundraising
  • creative tools you can use
  • ways to boost confidence in “making the ask”

“Maybe the most useful seminars I have ever attended.”

— Past Attendee

Note: Registration is for both sessions.

Part I: Getting the Players & Pieces Together
Wednesday, May 21

Finding the right board members is a significant challenge. Then how do you train, motivate, and inspire them to become effective ambassadors and fundraisers? And how do you get each board member to participate in the process – even those who declare that they don’t “do” fundraising?

In this session we’ll explore:

  • Understanding the philanthropic landscape
  • Spheres of influence: how to get the right board members, and how those board members in turn can reach new donors
  • How to build a culture of philanthropy
  • How board members can play a critical role in development without necessarily asking for money
  • Understanding the pros and cons of special events
  • Businesses, foundations, individuals: what appeals to each
  • Building a development plan that works

Part II:  Putting the Plan to Work
Wednesday, June 18

The thought of asking for money need not be stressful if you have the right mindset. You are giving donors an opportunity to participate in something meaningful and rewarding.

In this session we’ll explore:

  • Using your development time effectively and efficiently
  • Cultivating relationships with major donors
  • Carrying out effective donor stewardship
  • How annual campaigns, planned giving, bequests and capital campaigns fit together
  • Telling your story to donors
  • Making a donor “ask”

Past attendees have said:

“Informative and thought provoking. Great way to ease your board into  fund development!”

“It is wonderful to meet other people who are also in the same situation as ours. Allowing all the organizations to bounce ideas off each other and talk to each other makes us all that much stronger.” 

“I learned so much in the workshop. The presenters shared their vast knowledge with the group in a fun, informative, and interesting manner. I was sorry to see the session end!”

About the Presenter

Alan Cantor is principal at Alan Cantor Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that works with community-based nonprofit organizations around the country, as well as with families hoping to maximize the impact of their charitable giving. Al has thirty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, having served as Executive Director of the Mayhew Program, Vice President for Gift Planning at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Vice President for Philanthropy at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. He is a prolific writer and presenter on issues relating to the nonprofit sector, and he is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00 pm
Location: St. Mary's Bank , Manchester
Fees: Member - $125 Not yet member - $250 Additional Person - $25 Off

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