Fundamentals of Board Fundraising

Jul 15, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Star Fund, 520 8th Avenue, 18th Floor, Manhattan (Map)
Type of Event:
Technical Assistance
Event Audience

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative* is accepting applications for “Cultivating a Culture of Abundance: Fundamentals of Board Fundraising Leadership,” a capacity-building program of cohort convenings, peer learning circles and individual coaching for board members of grassroots organizations who are ready to reflect, learn and take action to transform their board’s approach to fundraising.
Development is not just one thing, but is an interdependent ecosystem of fundraising fundamentals—vision, leadership, skills, culture, systems, strategy and relationships—that must be in alignment in order to create a successful fundraising program. Fundamentals of Board Fundraising Leadership will offer a select cohort of grassroots organizations a greater understanding of these fundamentals and how to use them to create an actionable board fundraising plan. You will explore productive board/staff collaborations and the board’s unique fundraising roles and responsibilities. You will also learn how to leverage your fundraising assets and build meaningful relationships with your donors, understanding who they are, what they want, what they have to offer above and beyond money, and what will motivate them to give and give more.
This training has three components: 
Cohort Convenings
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The convenings will help you develop skills and offer opportunities for participatory learning, community-building, and peer support. Leveraging an awareness of how race, class, power and privilege intersect within our organizations, you will move beyond a narrow focus on strategies and tactics, to address the root causes of fundraising challenges and develop practical, actionable solutions for board fundraising leadership.
Cohort members will receive two 1.5 hour coaching sessions to support implementation of the strategies and plans developed in the convenings.
Peer Learning Circles
Cohort members will participate in regular calls or meetings with a group of your peers to share successes and grapple with challenges together.
This program is open to two representatives from your organization, one of whom must be a board member. Applicants must commit to participating in the full program as detailed above and complete a pre-engagement survey designed to help the trainer better understand your organization’s needs.
Building fundraising capacity is fundamentally about fostering a change in organizational culture, which takes diligence, persistence and patience. Applicants should be ready and committed to invest the time necessary to complete this change process, which involves asking challenging questions, questioning assumptions and a willingness to engage in a process of self-examination and reflection. Growing revenue streams of any kind requires a willingness to assess the organization’s entire operation—program, board governance and recruitment, staff development, management systems, infrastructure, communications and financial management—to determine how each affects fund development.
This training is free to grantees of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.
Applicants must have seven full-time or fewer paid staff and be funded by no more than three of the above foundations in the last fiscal year.
Deadline to apply: Friday, March 31, 2017. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, April 14, 2017.  

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