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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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Grantwriting for Beginners Workshop September 21st!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, September 21, 9am - 12pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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.

 

REGISTER HERE

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.

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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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"FOOLS RUSH IN" GALA/SILENT AUCTION

Posted By Danielle Havnen, Belle Chasse Academy, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"FOOLS RUSH IN" is a Gala/Silent Auction that will benefit Belle Chasse Academy, a 501c3 louisiana Public Charter whose mission is to educate the sons and daughters of mambers of our Armed Forces assigned over five parishes in the Greater New Orleans area. Proceeds will go to supporting academic and critical after-school programs threatened by the recent cuts in the state educational budget. As Belle Chasse Academy receives no funding from the Department of Defense it depends on state funding for much of its budget.

 

The Gala is open to the public. Tickets are $25 including two drink tickets, and can be purchased on line at www.501auctions.com/bca, or at the door. We encourage  anyone who supports the military presence in south east Louuisiana to attend "FOOLS RUSH IN" and enjoy an evening of good music, fine food, and beverages and view and bid on our fine selection of auction items. You can register for the auction and get more event information at www.501auctions.com/bca, you can even view and bid on auction items on your phone once you register. 

 

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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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Year-End Fundraising Boot Camp for Small Nonprofits

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, September 16, 2016

Year-End Fundraising Boot Camp for Small Nonprofits
Offered 100% online! 
October 3-21
Registration $149; Group discounts also available
Course details and registration

 About the Course

The end of the year is the time of greatest giving to nonprofits.  Small organizations face unique challenges- and also have unique opportunities!- when it comes to year-end fundraising campaigns.  This course will offer you practical advice and tools to make yours a success!

Each Monday for three weeks, you'll receive easy-to-follow training videos and worksheets to help you organize and execute your fundraising campaign.  Over the course of the week, as you review those materials, you'll have the opportunity to submit questions to clarify specific points and dig in deeper on the topics most relevant to your organization.  Then, each Friday, an interactive webinar will provide the format to address these questions and get ideas from others taking the course.

Course Curriculum:

  • Week 1 (October 3-7): Year-End Giving Basics, Individual Donors 101, and Fundraising Campaign Overview
  • Week 2 (October 10-14): Language and Stories That Get Your Donors Giving and Donor Development Deep Dive: Identifying and Cultivating Your Donors
  • Week 3 (October 17-21): Donor Development Deep Dive: Asking and Stewarding Your Donors

This course is open to all and is ideal for small organizations- those that have budgets of $1 million or less and/or that have between zero and three development staff- that are fundraising in the U.S.A., and for individuals or nonprofits that are running their first fundraising campaign.

About the Presenter
Nora Ellertsen is founder of The Funding Seed, a New Orleans-based company that teaches people how to raise money for nonprofit groups. In the ten years she worked in the nonprofit and fundraising field, she helped to raise nearly one million dollars through grassroots fundraising, grant writing, event planning and major donor development. Since founding The Funding Seed in 2010, she has worked with over 50 nonprofit agencies to help them develop the resources they need to do their work.

For questions or to inquire about group discount rates, email info@thefundingseed.com or call (504) 307-7220.  For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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This Fall's Nonprofit Fundraising Workshops

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Looking to create more sustainability at your nonprofit or further develop your own fundraising skills?

 

This fall's fundraising workshops from The Funding Seed can help!


All three hour workshops are $40 per person and offer practical tools that you can put to work immediately.  Discounts are also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.  Workshops are held at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.


Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, September 13

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

Details and registration

 

Major Donor Development 101

Tuesday, October 11

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

Details and registration

 

Quick Year-End Fundraising 

Tuesday, November 8

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

Details and registration

 

Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, December 13

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

Details and registration


For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.  For questions or to inquire about workshop discount codes, email info@thefundingseed.com.

 

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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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Nonprofit Workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, April 22, 2016

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101
Tuesday, May 10
9:00am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration


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!


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

 

Click to register 


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


For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.
To learn more about 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 4, 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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