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Webinar: Understanding The Power of Collective Work

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Understanding The Power of Collective Work

 

Join our webinar on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

Donors don’t all think of themselves as philanthropists.

At least, not yet...

What has stood in the way of millions of individuals counting themselves as philanthropists has been the misperception that they don’t give enough to make a difference like those big foundations do. For any single person, that is mostly true. Aggregated, however, the individual is mighty. Aggregated, the crowds can do things even the large foundations cannot do.


Join CommitChange and Next in Nonprofit's
Steve Boland for a discussion on how you can turn your donors into your biggest advocates and mission communicators. Donation processing sites can help bring tools to encourage purposeful donors across charities, but both sides of the giving equation need to promote the benefits of millions of engaged philanthropists instead of millions of disconnected donors.

Register For Our Webinar Here

 

About Steve Boland
Steve Boland is a nonprofit veteran with over 20years of experience helping charities grow. Steve haspresented over 100 learning sessions on topicssuch as crowdfunding, engaging corporatephilanthropy, and social media strategy fornonprofits.
Steve writes leading-edge industry opinions for organizations such asNonprofit Quarterly, Community Tech Knowledge, and the Minnesota Council onFoundations. Steve is the Managing Partner of Next in Nonprofits, a consulting andwriting firm based in Saint Paul.


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May workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
 

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Details and registration

Thursday, May 14
9:30am-12:00pm

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Learn to create events that raise money for your non-profit!  

 

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you

* working with volunteers

* identifying event sponsors

* and much more!

 

Click to register


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


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


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

Tags:  board  boards  development  donations  donor retention  donors  events  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  fundraiser  Fundraising  funds  leadership  louisiana  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  sustainability  training  Volunteer  volunteers  workshop 

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Exciting Update from CommitChange...

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Monday, May 4, 2015

Data and Relationships Made Easy

Supporter Management Plan Now Available. 


At CommitChange, we've always been focused on providing best in class fundraising tools for your nonprofit. Now you can connect those tools to a robust database to manage donors, cultivate relationships, and much more.
 
We're excited to announce the Supporter Management Plan for nonprofits!
Some Features Include:
- Donor Database
- Intelligent Social Data
-Segmenting/Tagging
- Advanced Reporting
- Email Integration
- Retention Scoring
- Relationship Tracking
- Volunteer Registration
- Custom Fields
Limited discounts available for our existing nonprofit users and early adopters, so reach soon out if you'd like a demo or call: 888-726-8128
Learn More about Supporter Management

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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 2, 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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Nonprofit workshop: Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, March 26, 2015

April fundraising workshop!

Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 9
9:30am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


 
Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  How can you use your campaign to raise more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 


Click to register


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

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

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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Donor information security in the days of breaches everywhere

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Saturday, February 28, 2015

I think we’ve grown a bit de-sensitized to the ongoing reporting of data breaches at many firms like Home Depot, Target, etc. The security of credit card processing these days ranges from the non-existent (paper forms with personal information being passed around and then shredded-hopefully) to the state-of-the-art (tokenized donor information).

This week I want to delve into this topic, credit card security, with a few words on best practices. Donors are, after all, very concerned about how nonprofits handle their personal financial information and the last thing a nonprofit wants to be known for is a data breach that exposes the credit card information of its donors.

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​From the Blog of Dale Knoop


Dale Knoop leads a great team working to make RAZ Mobile a great platform for any cause engaged in fundraising. Any cause can create an content-rich mobile presence, share it through text messages, social media, QR codes, advertising and more and best of all-quickly and securely process donations from motivated supporters with a minimum of friction. Dale holds multiple patents and applications for patent in the mobile space including advertising, content optimization, geo-targeting, negative QOS and a mnemonic device QR code alternative.

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Reaching Millennial Donors: #TheStruggleisReal

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reaching Millennial Donors: #TheStruggleisReal

Join our webinar on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 1PM CST.

For many nonprofits, getting young people to support their organization is extremely difficult.  What is the point of involving unemployed, lazy, iPhone addicted, and contradictory young adults anyway?

Those legacy donors won't be sending in those paper checks forever, so now is the time to build up your network of millennial supporters.

  

Register For Our Webinar Here

 

Can't Attend? Follow the conversation online #CCstruggleisreal

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Nonprofit Workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, February 13, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2015

March workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Thursday, March 12
2:00 to 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!

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.


Click to register


Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps 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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