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How To Solicit a Gift

Have you been asked to raise money for a non-profit, college, hospital or church? Are you willing but not sure how to proceed? Is it your job to prepare volunteers and staff to solicit gifts? If so, How to Solicit a Gift was written for you! We wrote How to Solicit a Gift: Turning Prospects into Donors for two reasons. To help people learn how to ask others for a gift to an organization or institution they believe in. And to help the staff of non-profits, colleges, churches and hospitals understand how to best prepare volunteers to solicit gifts. Fundraising is much more than simply asking people for money. 90% of fundraising is preparation. Only 10% is actual solicitation. Learn what it’s all about and how you can succeed.

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Everything You Need to Know about Fundraising

fundraisingday2009Join us at Fundraising Day 2009 in San Francisco on Monday May 4th!

Fundraising Day 2009 is the West Coast’s premier full-day training conference designed for today’s development staff, executive directors, board members, volunteers, and consultants—from newcomer to seasoned pro. Fundraising Day 2009 offers ideas, tools and opportunities to refresh your skills and ignite your enthusiasm.

If you are charged with raising money for your organization this is the conference for you! Everything you need to know under one roof.  Meet your peers. Meet experts in the field. Learn best practices. Consider attending if you are a volunteer or a staff member. Get answers to your questions and find a way to help your organization.

Topics include: Raising Funds in Challenging Times, Annual Fund, Major Gifts and Campaigns, Donor Stewardship, Reality Grantmaking, Online Giving, Issue Caucuses, and much more! Scholarships are available if you need financial assistance! (more…)

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Fresno City College Secures $800,000 Kresge Grant

Yes – it can be done! Fresno City College receives an $800,000 matching grant from the Kresge Foundation for their first capital campaign. They are raising $4 million to rennovate and restore the Old Administration Building – the oldest higher education building west of the Mississippi River.

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Increasing Diversity in Fundraising

Learn how to support talented and diverse fundraising professionals. Founded in 1996 the Multicultural Alliance of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Golden Gate Chapter welcomes diverse participants from traditionally under-represented populations and those whose organizations predominantly serve people of color, members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer community (LGBTQ), and low-income and working class people.

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Take a Page from the President’s Playbook

Take a Page from the President!

Take a Page from the President!

Did President Barack Obama pick all his cabinet members in one day? Did he pick people who share the same political beliefs as he does on all issues?

No. Obama took his time and picked people he felt bring specific experience, skills and connections needed to help lead our country and make decisions that will change the conditions of our individual and collective lives. He picked people with a commitment and dedication to service. (more…)

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