No matter how long you’ve been running a nonprofit or how qualified you are in the field of fundraising, there is always room for improvement. As time passes, people change and the ways you can appeal to them as donors will also change. Thus, whether you are new to fundraising, or a veteran, it is never a bad idea to go through formal fundraising training programs before you get to work.
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a part of Indiana University recognized as the first of its kind, where school faculty and staff train students and practitioners in the art of philanthropy, to create a positive change in the world.
The school offers degrees in Philanthropic Studies, but for those who do not have enough time or funds to dedicate to such a long commitment, there are also courses and seminars on fundraising that can be held in-person or pursued online, with certificates provided at the end to show completion. These courses increase understanding of the fundraising process by teaching from the very basics of what fundraising is, up to how to develop sustainability and managing the capital involved.
Whether a professional or a newbie, attending these seminars and courses will definitely help in how you run your nonprofit.
Fundraising Coach is a one-man training team, featuring Marc. A Pitman who founded the Concord Leadership Group and is a professional fundraising expert, who offers training and coaching sessions on different aspects of fundraising including how to ask for money, using stories to enhance donations, the basics of fundraising – even as far as how to tell your nonprofit’s story!
Marc offers training by coming to your nonprofit’s location and training your team and board members, but some courses are also available online in the form of videos and templates.
Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Association of Fundraising Professionals offers programs and courses to every professional, regardless of the level of experience they have to allow them to enrich their skills and add to their knowledge base.
The AFP has the option to go for classroom learning, where you can host an AFP seminar at your organization’s headquarters to train your staff in courses that teach the fundamentals of fundraising, donor retention, fundraising principles etc.
The AFP is located in three countries in North America and also offers the option for online training and webinars for those who are unable to attend or are not in a location where the AFP can host a seminar.
The Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center is an organization that aims to help nonprofits make better communities by helping them plan programs and write compelling grant proposals that are bound to succeed. The Center offers training in the form of classroom learning and webinars for long-distance training, where they teach nonprofit staff how to go about writing programs and proposals, and handle the financial aspects of running a nonprofit as well. The aim is to help nonprofits be able to get grants, but to remove the dependency from grant funding to allow for greater financial stability.
Besides these options, there are now many exclusively online training programs that can help nonprofits educate themselves and develop their fundraising skills.