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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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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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New webinar: Create and maintain mobile content for fundraising success

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

 

Any doubts you may have that social networks aren’t powerful or don’t need to be a priority in your communication and fundraising efforts can now be put to rest, according to Mobile for Good author Heather Mansfield.

 

Making mobile work for you


Every piece of advice in Mobile for Good is a result of Mansfield’s own personal use of and experimentation with mobile and social media. Mansfield asserts that thriving in this realm is both an art and a science. This book will help you excel at both. Your staff must create and think like an artist while implementing online communications and use research about donor behavior in this realm.

 

Webinar with Heather Mansfield

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Heather Mansfield Friday, January 27, at 11:00 Central Time for a webinar at your desk.

 

Mansfield will touch on the following topics:

 

   What are the benefits of adding social and mobile media to your fundraising plan? 

   How do you create and implement a social fundraising strategy?

   What are some ways to determine a social content strategy?

   How do you use mobile and social networks to distribute content?

 

Register!

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Manfield’s book:

 

·      Simply log in at CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·      Click on “Summary Library” to see Mobile for Good and more titles.

 

 

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FREE CausePlanet Book Summary on How to Execute Mobile Media Effectively

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Sunday, November 13, 2016

: New Webinar : Create mobile content distribution for fundraising success.

 

Any doubts you may have that social networks aren’t powerful or don’t need to be a priority in your communication and fundraising efforts can now be put to rest, according to Mobile for Good author Heather Mansfield.

 

Making Mobile Work for You


Every piece of advice in Mobile for Good is a result of Mansfield’s own personal use of and experimentation with mobile and social media. Mansfield asserts that thriving in this realm is both an art and a science. This book will help you excel at both. Your staff must create and think like an artist while implementing online communications and use research about donor behavior in this realm.

 

Webinar with Heather Mansfield

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Heather Mansfield Friday, January 27, at 11:00 Central Time for a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Mansfield will touch on the following topics:

 

               What are the benefits of adding social and mobile media to your fundraising plan? 

               How do you create and implement a social fundraising strategy?

               What are some ways to determine a social content strategy?

               How do you use mobile and social networks to distribute content?

 

Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practicesummary of Mansfield’s book:

 

·      Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·      Click on “Summary Library” to see Mobile for Good and more titles.

 

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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: Quick Year-End Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nonprofit workshop:
Quick Year-End Fundraising

Thursday, November 12
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 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 2015?
 

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

Click here to register


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.

 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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Coming Soon: CommitChange Professionals

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Made For Nonprofit Professionals.

We are excited to announce the launch of ourProfessionals PackageonMay 1st.You've probably already noticed a few additional features in "beta" throughout your account. Some things to look for in this new tier are communication history, snapshot dashboard, supporter profiles, note taking, category tags, email integrations, and much much more!

As we prepare for the new tier to launch, all "beta" features will be available in both Basics and Essentials accounts untilMay 1st. Please test it out and send us your feedback. If you're already an Essentials User, there are some limited discounts available. Get in touch to find out more.
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Nonprofit Spotlight:

CORA


Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) is a multicultural agency committed to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

Meet the people of CORA, learn about the fundraising challenges they have encountered and how they are overcoming these using technology.



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Your Social Media

QuestionsAnswered

 

Social media is a powerful tool for spreading the word about your cause and raising funds.

With the variety of social networks currently available, it can be a bit intimidating to create pages that represent your organization.

Want to know more about social media and fundraising? Click below!


Visit our Blog

 

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Your Nonprofit's Social Media Questions Answered

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Friday, March 6, 2015

It’s impossible to deny the prevalence of social media platforms these days. Social networks have proven to be so powerful and influential that many businesses and non-profit organizations have integrated them to their communication strategies.

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Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide

With the variety of social networks and content currently available online, it can be a bit intimidating to create pages that represent your organization, especially if you’re new to social networks. Here are some of the most common questions we usually come across from nonprofits when it comes to the early stages of building up your social media channels.

  • Why should my organization be active on social media?
  • What social platforms should my nonprofit be in?
  • We are just getting started, how can we grow our following base?
  • What kind of content should I be sharing on social media?
  • How can I keep my followers interacting with my content on social media?
  • How can I make my social media campaigns stand out from the crowd?

Read the answers to these questions on our blog!


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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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