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Your top questions about the Fundraising Intensive Program, ANSWERED!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, April 28, 2016
Have you been wondering whether the Fundraising Intensive Program is right for you?
Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions.


 

1. What is the Fundraising Intensive Program?
The Fundraising Intensive Program is a eight month training program that combines group learning and individual coaching to help bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

During the program, participants meet once a month for a discussion on a shared topic and receive tools and homework assignments related to that topic.  Following this, participants also receive a 90-minute individual coaching session and 30-minute follow-up phone call each month to help them to apply that topic to their own unique organization.  
 
There are two goals of the program: to help your organization to raise immediate funds, and to help you develop lasting skills and habits that allow you to raise more money for the long haul.
 
Course Curriculum:
June- Creating your Fundraising Plan
July- Telling your Story
August- Individual Donors
September- Fundraising Letters and Emails
October- Review month
November- Fundraising Events: House Parties
December- Major Donor Development
January- Staying on Track

Program description and application
2. Why do you have both group and individual sessions?
Combining group and individual learning means that participants can learn from each other in a safe, trusting environment while also getting support from a professional to trouble-shoot issues specific to their own organization. 

Program description and application

 

 

3. What are the sessions like?
The group sessions are discussion-based; there is no PowerPoint and no lecture.  Program members largely work together in small groups, doing practice exercises, reviewing case studies, and sharing lessons learned from personal experience.

The individual sessions allow program members to receive guidance and support implementing ideas from the group sessions at their own unique organizations.  The focus is on making monthly homework assignments meaningful and productive and on monitoring progress towards the goals each participant has created in their personal fundraising plan.

Program description and application
 
4. Why do you make us do homework?  I thought I was done with school!
The Fundraising Intensive Program uses the saying, "Use it or lose it."  It's not just learning about fundraising theoretically; it's about actually making real change in your nonprofit's fund development program.  The homework assignments are all practical and designed to help you truly ingrain the skills we discuss into your own actions and habits.

In addition, the program is designed to help you raise money as you go.  For example, in the month dedicated to fundraising letters and emails, the homework is to write and send a fundraising letter and email.  This means that, if you do your homework, you are actually raising money while the program is happening.

Program description and application
  

 

5. I've already been to a bunch of The Funding Seed's workshops, and it seems like a lot of the topics you cover in this program are the same.  What would I get out of the Fundraising Intensive Program that I wouldn't get from the regular workshop series?
About half of the people who have participated in The Fundraising Intensive Program's first three graduating classes have participated in one or more of The Funding Seed's regular workshops.

The Fundraising Intensive Program provides an entirely different way to learn.  Because participants receive a special individual coaching session every month, you have the opportunity to take the ideas and tools from the group session and work with a professional to help you implement them.  This added accountability means you are more likely to actually do the things you need to do to make real progress.

In addition, because the same participants meet every month, you become a part of a genuine learning community, a group of people who are comfortable sharing ideas and experiences to help everyone fundraise better.

Program description and application

 

 

6. This seems pretty expensive.  Can I justify spending the money for this program?

The Fundraising Intensive Program is an investment, both in terms of time and money.  However, the $250 per month tuition (a second member from the same organization may also participate at a 50% discount) covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching, which is significantly less than the cost of similar coaching outside the structure of the program.  In addition, remember that part of the intention of the program is that you will be actively working to raise funds as you go, not just spending money for something you may not ever get around to doing.

Program description and application
 
7. I'm not in New Orleans.  Can I still apply?

You don't have to be based in New Orleans to apply for this program.  However, please be aware that the sessions take place in New Orleans, so you must be able to travel to your sessions every month.

 

Program description and application

 

 

8. Bottom line: Why should I consider doing this program?
If you are ready to make a real leap forward for your nonprofit's fund development efforts, The Fundraising Intensive Program is for you.  Every nonprofit needs to know how to raise money.  Whether you're an Executive Director, development staff,  a board member, a program manager or a volunteer, having the skills to fundraise successfully and sustainably makes you an asset to your organization, and allows your nonprofit to serve your community even more effectively, making the world an even better place for the future.

Have more questions? Email info@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.
Or you can read the full program description and apply today!


For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Fundraising Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, February 29, 2016

Grantwriting for Beginners
Tuesday, March 8
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans

Details and registration

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals, and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation after completing the workshop.

Reserve your seat today!

Registration $40 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, January 04, 2016

January nonprofit workshop:
Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Tuesday, January 12
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!


What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?


This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.  

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

Click to register


Registration $40.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.


For questions, to inquire about discount codes, or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.  For more on workshops and other services, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Nonprofit Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, November 23, 2015

Nonprofit Workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, December 10, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

 

Details and registration 

 

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation after completing the workshop.


Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.


Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.  For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Successful Grant Writing Workshop - Slidell, LA

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Successful Grant Writing - 1.2 CEU'S - Slidell, LA - Northshore Harbor Center

 

Click this link to Register and/or Review Course Outline

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Instructors: Seasoned Grant Writers - Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed & David Kiviaho

Interactive Grants Seminar provided by LSU Continuing Education and kiisa corporation
 
December 1st and 2nd
Must Register to Attend
Register Early as Course Fills Quickly! DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 17, 2015


 

  •  Relevant, Informative, Highly Rated!
  •  Targets Any Level of Grant Writer
  •  Phenomenal Workshop!


Laser Focused, Newest Information on Writing Grant Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, Budgets, and more. 

As a corporate organization of the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO), kiisa corporation provides a unique grant writing experience that explores all areas of grant writing. We help the writer to learn how to prepare stellar narratives, comprehensive budgets, develop proper evaluations, understand IRS requirements, identify funders, develop meaningful funder relationships, and much more.


New Data: Expert to Speak to Successful Grant Writing Participants on Frequently Asked Questions of the Funder. 

New Data: Listing of funders ready to provide dollars to non-profits, community groups, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and academia.

New Data: Techniques on Writing the Winning Narrative, Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, and Budget. 


New Data: Latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements. 990’s and Financial Audit Requirements.

New Data: Latest Giving Trends…From Wall Street to Your Street


New Data: Latest Data Management Resources for narrative citations. Exploration of where to find data to reinforce the need for your funding request.

Instruction Provided By:  

            

                                                                         Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed                      David Kiviaho



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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, August 21, 2015

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners 
Thursday, September 10
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Details and registration

 

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume?

 

Consider grantwriting!

 

Click to register

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.


Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.


For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.
Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Shell Partners with LANO to Build Nonprofit Capacity in Louisiana's Gulf Region

Posted By LANO, Thursday, May 14, 2015

  

 

Shell Will Underwrite a Capacity Building Scholarship Program Including Board Governance Assessments; Training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching for 10 Nonprofit Organizations

 

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce a significant grant from Shell to increase nonprofit capacity in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region.

 

LANO is a statewide member organization that advocates for the nonprofit community and strengthens the effectiveness of those committed to improving Louisiana. The organization currently provides services to more than 600 member organizations and more than 13,000 individual members.

 

The program will develop core capacity for nonprofits in the parishes of Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary. In partnership with Shell, LANO will conduct organizational Board Governance assessments; training in Board Governance, Financial Management, Fund Development and Human Resources; and Executive Coaching in the area of governance for 10 nonprofit organizations accepted into the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program. The program will run from May to November 2015.

 

As the nonprofit sector in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Plaquemines continues to meet the growing needs of its respective communities, the gap between nonprofit income and expenditures continues to grow. Years of recession and natural disasters have diminished resources available to these nonprofits while increasing demand for services. Tax reform and budget cuts promise to compound these effects in the coming years. Current trends impede nonprofits’ strategic planning and the sustainable growth of this essential sector, which is why the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program will be so impactful in this area of Louisiana.

 

LANO will hold public interest meetings in the Gulf region May 26 and 27. A complete list of sessions and registration information can be found at www.lano.org/shell. Organizations with any area of focus may apply, although particular interest will be given to organizations with missions relative to road safety, workforce development, education and the environment. Participating organizations will be chosen based on applications due to LANO June 11. Organizations must commit to approximately 30 hours of training, demonstrate significant commitments of their board president, executive director, executive committee and board members. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and be in good standing with the IRS and the Louisiana Secretary of State. Of course, organizations must also be domiciled in at least one of the following parishes: Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. Mary.

 

Upon completion of this program, the participating board members and staff members will be equipped to develop, manage and evaluate a successful governance process. Organizations will be able to demonstrate to regional funders that they are working towards nonprofit organizational excellence and will be strong stewards of their investments. Participants will also receive a complimentary one-year organizational membership to LANO to further encourage long-term capacity building and sustainability.

 

For more information about the Shell Capacity Building Scholarship Program, please visit www.lano.org/shell or call (318) 865-5510, ext. 1.

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Here's What People are Saying About the Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, April 24, 2015

Here's what people are saying about their experience with the
Fundraising Intensive Program

 

“I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization.
-Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2014


"The Fundraising Intensive Program was a great foundation piece for building our nonprofit...Having this practical fundraising theory in place will help us in all of our operations as we continue to grow."
-Teddy Nathan, NetWork Voluntours
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2015


“[This] was a great experience for my partner and I…We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board. Additionally, we are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course.”
-Ameca Reali, Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
Fundraising Intensive Program Class of 2014

 


The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit.  Over the last two years, 20 nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers have graduated from the program, raising thousands of additional dollars for their organizations in the process.


This year's program runs from June 2015 through March 2016.  Applications are due by Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to read the full program description and submit your application.  For more on other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

Questions?  We're happy to help.  Email nora@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.

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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, April 02, 2015

Free information session on
The Fundraising Intensive Program
Thursday, April 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave., New Orleans
Details and registration

** Attendees will receive an exclusive discount code for $200 off program tuition. **

Are you thinking about applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program?

Do you have questions about what your nonprofit will gain from participating, or whether it's worth the investment?

Are you trying to decide who from your organization should apply?


Fundraising Intensive Program Group Session


Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's graduating class for a free information session about the Fundraising Intensive Program.  You'll receive an overview on the program, learn details on how to apply and have time for Q&A with a panel of this year's participants. 

The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 
10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.

Full program description and application available here. For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Fundraising Intensive Program is an exclusive, 10-month course offered by The Funding Seed that combines group learning and individual coaching to help you bring your nonprofit's fund development to the next level.

You can read the full program description and application here.

 


Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the Fundraising Intensive Program
 
1. Your nonprofit needs money.
Okay, yes: every nonprofit needs money.  It's the one thing that unifies all nonprofit organizations: everyone needs to be able to confidently, successfully raise funds.

Through this program, your nonprofit gets hands-on help that allows you to raise money more effectively than ever before.  Plus, the program is designed so that you raise money as you go.  That means you're not just learning some nice theories to keep in a drawer for the future; you're helping your nonprofit immediately become more financially successful.


Program description and application


2. You've done some workshops and webinars here and there, but never seem to be able to get motivated to use the things you've learned.
It happens to the best of us...you invest a few hours in a great training event, walk away invigorated with some exciting new ideas for how to make your fund development program better than ever...and then you never get around to actually doing anything with them.

Here's the thing: for a lot of us, it's really hard to make time for the things that we know we should do when we've got so much else going on.  

With the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have 10 months of working with a professional coach and with a group of other nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members, all of whom help keep you accountable to your goals.  That can make a difference during the program itself, and also help you to create great habits that allow you to be successful long after the program ends!


Program description and application

 
3. You want more training and support with your fundraising, and you want to get the most bang for your buck.
The  monthly tuition covers more than 40 hours of group and individual coaching over the course of the ten month program, in addition to training materials that are yours to keep forever.  That means you're saving a lot- the same amount of support and training would usually cost much more, but because you're sharing expenses with the other program participants, you end up paying a whole lot less.

Yes, the Fundraising Intensive Program is still a financial investment.  But for the level of attention and guidance you receive, you end up getting a whole lot more bang for your buck.




4. You feel like the only one out there dealing with these challenges.
The Fundraising Intensive Program brings together the same small group of people month after month to talk about how fundraising is working at their own nonprofits- both the stuff that's going great and the stuff that's more of a challenge.  That means that, over time, the group becomes a trusted learning community.

By the end of the program, you'll have developed relationships with other nonprofit professionals and volunteers who can continue to support you- and you support them- long into the future.



 
5. You're ready to dedicate yourself, and your nonprofit, to fundraising success.
If you're ready to make the commitment to your nonprofit's financial success, then don't wait any longer- apply to be a member of the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2016.  This program is created specifically to help people like you raise immediate funds while also making lasting change at their nonprofits.  By joining the Fundraising Intensive Program, you have the opportunity to become the strongest fundraiser you can be, and to help your organization develop the resources it needs to make the largest impact possible.

Program description and application
 


Applications for the Fundraising Intensive Program are open until Friday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.  You can read the full program description and complete the application here.

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