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Development Training

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission leads development workshops and one-hour webinars 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. Read presenter bios.

Upcoming workshops and webinars:

Elements of Successful Philanthropy Virtual Training Series: March 25 & 26, April 1 & 2, 2021
Platform: Zoom
Full Registration: Register for all four sessions for a single price of $189
($169 early bird pricing until March 8, 2021)
Individual Sessions: $59 each (no early bird pricing)

Session 1, March 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Understanding the Basics: The “Understanding the Basics” session will introduce attendees to trends in philanthropy and to the larger development landscape. You will learn about the fundamentals of fundraising—the "why" and "how" of fundraising, and fundraising for organizational stability and building capacity; and the development process and relationship management. 

Session 2, March 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Getting your Organization "Development Ready": The second session in the series will begin with a discussion on the governance infrastructure needed for effective development. You will then learn about the planning process for creating a strong development program, and how to put together a development plan for your organization. Attendees will also learn how to develop a strong case for support—understanding the "why," effective storytelling, and the components of a strong case. This session will also take attendees through the need for a strong evaluation process (as part of your case and grants proposals) to measure the impact of programs.

Session 3, April 1, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Understanding Grants and Grantors: During this third session, participants will get an in-depth view into the world of grants, foundations, and what makes a successful grant proposal package. This segment will arm you with effective strategies for identifying the right foundation prospects and structuring strong grant requests with clear and effective program/project budgets. This session will also include information about corporate partnerships and sponsorships, and how to go about securing these effectively for your organization. 

Session 4, April 2, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Individual Giving & Capital Campaigns: The fourth and final session in this series will focus on individual giving and capital campaigns. Attendees will understand: the challenges and motivations of individual donors; generational giving; the building blocks of annual funds; writing an annual fund appeal; and cultivating relationships for major gift fundraising. Participants will also learn the basics of how to run a capital campaign--the process, the team, the feasibility analysis, and the budget for a campaign.


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