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NEW GiveNOLA Day Boot Camp!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GiveNOLA Day is the New Orleans community’s 24-hour event that inspires supporters around the world to give to the organizations they love.

Are you one of the 700+ local nonprofits planning to participate in GiveNOLA Day this year? Are you looking for ways to improve on your success from last year? Are you joining for the very first time?

This seven week boot camp will help your organization make the very most of this amazing fundraising opportunity. Through a series of three group sessions, three individual sessions, and a lagniappe study hall, your nonprofit can learn some of the best tools and tricks possible to raise money on GiveNOLA Day 2019!

The Details:

Who can participate: Up to 4 people per organization (including staff, board members, and volunteers). Please include the names when you register.

Cost: $450 for group sessions and study hall only; $650 for group sessions and study hall plus individual sessions

When:

Three group sessions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, Tuesday, April 16 and Tuesday, May 14

Lagniappe study hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30

Three one-hour individual sessions scheduled independently during the week of April 8- 12, April 22-26, and May 20-24 (to be scheduled after registration)

Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/givenola-day-boot-camp-tickets-57845048096

Questions? Email info@thefundingseed.com

 

Space is limited! Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 26

Tags:  fund development  fund raising  Fundraising  training  workshop 

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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, January 20, 2019

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, February 7

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
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 $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on workshops and other services from 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.

Tags:  development  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, December 17, 2018

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan
Thursday, January 10, 2019

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.

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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!

Tags:  development  donations  donors  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  nonprofit sector  training  workshop 

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Quick End-of-Year Fundraising on November 16

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, October 14, 2018

Quick End-of-Year Fundraising
Friday, November 16
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

The end of the year is the busiest time for charitable giving!

Did it sneak up on you?

Are you ready to raise the most money for your nonprofit in all of 2018?


The clock is ticking! Don't miss this hands-on workshop, which offers simple tools you can use to raise funds during those essential last weeks of the year. Our November workshop, Quick End-of-Year Fundraising will set you up for success.

 

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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on workshops and other services from 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.

Tags:  development  donations  donors  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop 

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Granntwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, September 30, 2018

Grantwriting for Beginners
Wednesday, October 10

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
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 HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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

For more on workshops and other services from 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.

Tags:  development  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop 

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Nonprofit Fundraising 101 on September 13

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, August 19, 2018
Nonprofit Fundraising 101
Thursday, September 13, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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 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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

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

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  development  fund development  funding  Fundraising  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  training  workshop 

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Intermediate Grantwriting on July 25

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Intermediate Grantwriting
Wednesday, July 25, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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.

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

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  development  donations  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Grantwriting For Beginners on June 7

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Saturday, May 26, 2018

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
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 $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on workshops and other services from 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.

Tags:  development  donations  donors  events  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Nonprofit Fundraising 101 - SPECIAL LANO DISCOUNT!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND ENTER CODE LANO2018 FOR 15% OFF

 

Nonprofit Fundraising 101

Thursday, May 17, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Teater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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 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.

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

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  CausePlanet  development  donations  donors  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grants  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  Page to Practice  sustainability  training  workshop 

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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.

Tags:  board  Board of Directors  boards  fund development  fundraising 

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