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Board Building Done Right

Posted By Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE, Philanthropic Partners, Monday, May 7, 2018

From job descriptions to strategic recruiting to ongoing training, board development is critical to your nonprofit. Your board should be your biggest advocates, and if it’s an all-volunteer organization, your board serves as your core staff.

So how do you go about getting the right board members to help your organization meet its strategic objectives?

Job Descriptions. This is key. A job description allows you and potential board members to be on the same page on expectations from both sides. BoardSource and The Bridgespan Group have great templates that you can customize to fit your organization.

Conduct a Board Audit. To recruit strategically, you need to understand your strengths and weaknesses of your current board. Are you missing a key demographic group? Do you have board members with critical expertise like financial management? This AFP white paper can be a good guiding document in assessing your current board.

Get Rid of Dead Weight. I have seen new board members come onto a board with new energy and ideas to only be shut down and shut out by board members that no longer helpful to the organization. They are creating a toxic environment. Those new board members also see other members that don’t contribute (financially, meeting attendance, engagement, etc.), which enforces the idea that they don’t have to contribute either. Clean up your board before you bring on new members.

Have an Honest Conversation. Board recruitment is sort of like dating. You should go out to coffee or lunch with a prospective board member and get to know them. What are they passionate about? How much do they know about your organization? Lay out the expectations of board members. Be honest about the opportunities that your organization has to grow/improve. Don’t play Old Maid with your board by which I mean don’t hide your “Old Maid” (your major challenge(s) – financial troubles, decreasing program quality, etc.) until the unsuspecting member joins. It’s not professional and people won’t stick with your organization if they feel roped into this without full knowledge.

Orientation and Ongoing Training. All board members should go through orientation. This can be as long or formal as your organization needs. National Council of Nonprofits has a sample agenda. BoardSource has additional resources. But don’t leave your board members to find their own way throughout their term. Continue giving them training and resources to help them do their jobs better!

 

Do you need help build a fundraising board? Are your board members afraid to fundraise? Let's talk.

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Join the Fundraising Intensive class of 2019!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program is an eight 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.

 

Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers involved will learn about:
Fundraising Planning
Telling Your Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Donor Development
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email

Each month, participants come together for a group learning session facilitated by The Funding Seed and dedicated to a scheduled fundraising topic.  Group members engage in discussion, share ideas, learn industry best practices, and receive practical tools and homework assignments related to that topic.  Following the session, each nonprofit receives 90 minutes of in-person, individual coaching with The Funding Seed focused on implementing those tools, plus an additional 30-minute private check-in call.  By joining in both a group learning session and supportive individual coaching, participants have the opportunity to receive well-rounded training that makes real change at their own nonprofits.

The program is designed to allow participants to raise money as they go.  For example, during the month dedicated to fundraising by mail and email, class members write real fundraising appeals for their organizations.  As a result, nonprofits that participate in the program learn how to make their fundraising successful for the long term while also raising immediate funds.

Following completion of the program, participants receive their Certificate of Graduation.

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you are interested in joining The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program for its 2018-2019 class, please click the button above and complete the following application by Friday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m.  For questions, please call (504) 307-7220 or email info@thefundingseed.com. For more information on The Funding Seed's other offerings, please visit www.thefundingseed.com 

 

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Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, January 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 18, 2018
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St. New Orleans 70113

Grow your nonprofit's capacity 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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The Funding Seed is glad to offer a special 15% discount for LANO members, simply enter the code LANO2018 at checkout to redeem.

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

Registration $40. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps 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. Visit thefundingseed.com to learn more about the Funding Seed's other offerings!

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Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Conference is June 15!

Posted By Christy Himel, AFP New Orleans Chapter, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Are you involved in fundraising for your nonprofit?
Are you looking for ways to become more effective at your job?
Do you like the idea of a local, inexpensive conference?


Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New Orleans Chapter Conference on June 15!
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts- 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans
Details and registration

Hear keynote speaker Dr. Adrian Sargeant, recognized worldwide as the leading authority on the psychology of giving!
Incredible breakout sessions on topics including:

  • Identifying your best prospects and determining what motivates each prospect to consider major gifts
  • Nonprofit entrepreneurship:  Generating earned income while staying on mission
  • Lessons on creating a winning development program in public and private schools
  • 20 Years of events: Here's What I've Learned
  • Extreme Makeover: Board Edition

Limited seating. Small-shop, group, and student rates available.  Register today!

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Fundraising Workshop: Intermediate Grantwriting - with special LANO member discount!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 17, 2017


May Fundraising Workshop:

Intermediate Grantwriting

Thursday, May 18
1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

 

Details and registration

So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down.
Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit. Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off! Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com. For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Join the Fundraising Intensive Program!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Applications are now open for the Fundraising Intensive Program's 2017-2018 class!

The Fundraising Intensive Program is an eight month course that helps your nonprofit develop practical skills and raise more money.

Click HERE to learn more and apply!!

Over the course of the program, participants meet monthly for group discussions on specific fundraising topics, receiving hands-on homework assignments designed to put new skills and ideas to work. Following the group session, each participating organization receives individual coaching that helps put those ideas into action.

Topics covered during the program include:
Creating a Fundraising Plan
Telling a Powerful Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Fundraising Events: House Parties

The course is designed so that you will learn by doing, and actively raise funds while you complete the coursework. Past participants report a marked increase in the funds raised during the course of the program.

Want to learn more? Join us for a FREE information session on the program, April 26, 5:30pm - 6:30pm at Broadmoor Arts & Wellness center, 3900 General Taylor, New Orleans. REGISTER HERE for info session. ** Attendees will receive a special discount code for $100 off program tuition. **

If you would like to speak with someone about your organization's participation in the Fundraising Intensive Program, email info@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.

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Fundraising Workshop: Nonprofit Fundraising 101 - with special LANO member discount

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

April Fundraising Workshop:


Nonprofit Fundraising 101

 

Thursday, April 13

1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

 

Details and registration

 

Every nonprofit needs to know the options for how it will raise money. This workshop will give you the essential background you need in order to understand how you'll keep your work well-funded.

Participants will learn:

  • Where nonprofits get their funding.

  • Why your nonprofit might choose to prioritize fundraising from grants, individual donors, events, and other sources.

  • What it means to make your funding sustainable.

  • The difference between restricted and unrestricted funding.

  • The Donor Cultivation Cycle- the framework for identifying and building relationships with your donors and funders.


This workshop is ideal for both for those new to the fundraising and nonprofit world and for those with some experience in fund development.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off! Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.


For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com. For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Fundraising Workshop: Building Strong Donor Relationships- with special LANO member discount

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, January 27, 2017

February Fundraising Workshop:

Building Strong Donor Relationships

Thursday, February 9

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration

 
Build and strengthen relationships that will sustain your nonprofit!


Did you know that getting donors to give to your nonprofit is not just about what you say when you are asking for a gift, but what you are doing when you are NOT asking?

This workshop will give you best practices and practical tools to get your donors excited to give to you.  Having great donor relationships means that you raise more money, with less stress and less work.

 

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


Participants will learn:

  • The Donor Cultivation Cycle- a simple way to think about the process of identifying prospects, building great relationships, and asking donors to give in the right way.
  • The right balance of asking and not asking.
  • What to do with your donors who have the capacity to give the most.

Registration $40.  LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off!  Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.


For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.  For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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15% Off for LANO Members! Nonprofit Workshop: Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, January 6, 2017

January Nonprofit Workshop:

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Thursday, January 19

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and Registration

LANO Members Use Code LANO2017 for 15% Off!

 

 

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.  To learn more about workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Fundraising Workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, September 19, 2016

Fundraising Workshop:
Major Donor Development 101

Tuesday, October 11
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration
 

 

Asking someone for a large donation can make a huge difference for your nonprofit!

 

Our October workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a major gift. 

 

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

 

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 or other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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