The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission coordinates Development Seminars geared towards volunteer leadership (board members and advisors) and staff from nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about securing philanthropic support for their organization. The series is suited for large and small organizations from any discipline with limited development staff, and highlights best practices while facilitating dynamic group interactions to help attendees build and strengthen their fundraising "tool-kit" so they can more effectively and sustainably achieve their mission.
The world of nonprofit fundraising is highly competitive. With the call on donors’ dollars coming from multiple organizations, with a variety of missions, it is more important than ever for nonprofits to invest in building a strong development program that allows them to be sustainable and effective in delivering their mission for the long term. The “Development 101” session of this seminar will introduce attendees to trends in philanthropy today and to the larger development landscape. You will learn about the guiding principles of fundraising, how to fundraise by the rules, and how to build capacity within your organization for a strong and sustainable development program.
The Development Process – Individual Giving, Donor Management, and Ethics in Fundraising
The second half of day one will focus on the importance and key elements of a development plan. Participants will learn about the process of acquiring/identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors, and about making an effective ask. This segment will also focus on annual fund and major gift programs, best practices for a strong development program, and ethics in fundraising.
Foundations Fundraising and Effective Grantsmanship
Participants get an in-depth view into the world of grants, foundations, and what makes a successful proposal package. This segment will arm you with effective strategies for identifying the right foundation prospects and structuring strong and powerful grant requests with clear and effective program/project budgets. Participants will bring with them a cover letter and a grant request that they are working on to develop further at the end of this session.
Development Research, Public Agency Grant Programs, and Funding Strategies for Large Projects
No development program can be successful without the appropriate research resources—for foundations and well as individuals. This segment will focus on resources that are available to nonprofit boards and staff—both free and for a fee. Participants will also learn about federal and state funding programs—finding the right sources, writing the grants, and managing reporting. The program will close out with an overview on funding large projects.