I felt this course was really important to give a broad approach to stepping into the fundraising arena. I work on documentary films and currently have a film in progress on Urban Agriculture…I have to admit this course has made me feel more confident to approach funding for my work in the spring.
This course was a good one. I needed to learn more about fundraising because I am involved in an organization that operates on a single grant. We get this grant every year, but I don’t believe we will always be getting this grant in the future, so we need to be able to do more varied fundraising than we have in the past. This course helped me on the way to find other sources of funding.
Thank you very much for this course. I really enjoyed the way you presented the material. There is a lot to learn about fundraising. The way you presented the material helped me to stay focused, kept my interest, and made the course fun. I enjoyed lesson 11 dealing with the internet. I myself have had success using Facebook and Twitter in sharing my web site/ministry. I also enjoyed the information in lesson 12 dealing with data bases and different kinds of software.
I have been following the discussions and I have been enjoying the class. I have been doing nonprofit fundraising for 15+ years. This class has been very valuable for me and a wealth of information. I'm currently working for a Professor who is doing a grant funded medical study at a local Medical School. I want to transition back to nonprofit fundraising (Annual Fund or Major Gifts). My goal is to create a nonprofit.
I really learned a lot from this course. I plan to make great use of your suggestions for non-profit fundraising. I am getting some fundamentals under my belt for my ministry. Thank you so much, you have no idea how you have helped me.
Thank you so much for this enlightening course. My organization is very small and our members are in 13 different states. However, I now have several ideas we can use to raise funds for our cause thanks to this course. Our President also took the grant writing course. So we'll now be able to present many fresh ideas to our Board of Directors.
Thank you Professor Kachinske! Your class was very informative. Your assignments were particularly helpful in getting a complete grasp of the information presented. I enjoyed your teaching and writing style.
This course has a wealth of information for one who wants to begin a career in nonprofit fundraising or expand one’s current nonprofit fundraising skills. I have 15 plus years experience of nonprofit fundraising in mostly small nonprofits. This class teaches the different aspects of nonprofit fundraising for both small and large nonprofits.
This course has been life and career changing for me. Without it, I would not be on the current track I am on. I loved this course and would take another like it again from this instructor. I learned a great deal.
After spending 25 years in management in the corporate world, I am starting my own home based business. Nonprofit will not be my sole involvement but it will be a large part of it, and your class was very informative…I stuck with it and enjoyed the class and all the great information you shared. You broke various topics into understandable lessons. I just wrapped up my final with 100% and have put all my lesson plans in a binder which I know I will use for reference in the future.
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In this lesson, you’ll find out what fundraising is and the role it plays in the nonprofit world. You’ll also get prepared to find a fundraising job by looking at online job resources of particular value to aspiring fundraisers. Then, learn everything you need to know about the annual fund. By the end of the lesson, you’ll be ready to develop a timeline that fits the needs of your organization, understand how to structure donor levels effectively, and be better prepared to communicate with donors as prospective volunteers.
Continue to learn about the annual fund as you understand how to draft an effective letter of appeal, learn the process of mailing an appeal, discover the pros and cons of email solicitation, and look at phone-a-thons. Then, discuss the roles and responsibilities of the special events fundraiser within small and large nonprofits. You’ll also learn about seven different types of special events used by nonprofits to gather supporters together, publicize their causes, and raise money.
In this lesson, we’ll discuss how to make the most of your event budget—and how to avoid ending up in the red. Then, begin your exploration of foundation relations. You’ll get to know the methods and online tools you can use to locate foundations likely to be interested in funding your organization’s needs. You’ll also learn how to analyze a foundation’s tax return to determine whether it’s likely to be a good match for your organization.
We’ll continue our discussion of foundation relations today by exploring how to further cultivate foundation prospects. Then, we’re going to talk about the work performed by the corporate relations fundraiser.
Learn the basics about major gifts, planned giving, and endowments. You’ll find out why major gifts are so important, what activities or projects they support, and who major gift donors usually are. You’ll also find out how to determine and articulate your organization’s major gift needs, how to plan a major gift program, and how to work with staff and volunteers to solicit major gifts. Then, learn how a capital campaign differs from the annual fund, why they’re so important to nonprofits, and what the campaign funds pay for.
Learn about Web 2.0 fundraising opportunities, including how to improve your organization’s Web site to make it easier for supporters to donate to your cause. We’ll also explore how to use social networking sites like Facebook to connect with prospective donors and members. Finally, we’ll explore the ways fundraising software can help you to become a more effective and efficient fundraiser by helping you to manage contacts and track fundraising relationships.
Tim Kachinske has extensive experience in all areas of nonprofit fundraising. Over a period of 20 years, he served as a development officer at a private liberal arts college, a research university, an international science organization, a social service agency, and an independent school. At these organizations, he handled responsibilities directly related to annual funds, special events, corporate and foundation fundraising, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.