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  • Fundraising Leadership Series

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and associate professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    The Fundraising Leadership Series provides development professionals with essential leadership skills to be a strategic leader in their organization. The unique design of this certificate series, co-created with nonprofit leaders, recognizes the central role of development in a nonprofit’s culture, strategy, and communications. Participants will engage with other development professionals in an interactive program that builds their capacity as organizational leaders and changemakers. Each session will feature senior nonprofit leaders from across the region who will share their expertise and experiences on the topic.

    Upon completion, development professionals will have applied experience in their organization’s context using leadership tools and knowledge they acquire. Additionally, they will exhibit the capacity to better lead strategic development operations in nonprofit organizations.

    The 2022 Fundraising Leadership Series has already started:
    If you would like to be notified when we schedule the next offering of the Fundraising Leadership Series please let us know at culverm@umkc.edu / (816) 235-5720.

  • Fundraising Tools Series – Demystifying Capital Campaigns: Understanding and Preparing for a Capital Campaign

    Instructor: Tim Sweeny, Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and founding partner of Praxis Nonprofit Strategies

    This workshop will demystify the process of raising capital by exploring the fundamental steps necessary to prepare for a capital campaign. More specifically, you will: begin to shape your campaign case statements; determine the readiness of your organization to launch a campaign; explore the best campaign form and structure to guide your organization; and identify the primary donor prospects for campaigns.

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – Participant will get access to a pre-recorded lecture that will focus on overview of concepts and components of a capital campaigns.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 22 minutes)

    Part Two – On April 13, 2023 (8:30AM-10:30AM) participants will attend an interactive “live” session, via Zoom, with the instructor. In this session we will discuss additional campaign concepts, practical examination of concepts, and shared conversation and learning.
    (Live session – 2 hours)

    What You Will Learn

    • understand the basic language and components of capital campaigns
    • explore the best capital campaign form and structure to guide your designated organization
    • determine the readiness of your organization to launch a capital campaign
    • begin exploring an outline to shape your capital campaign case statements
    • identify the primary donor prospects for your respective capital campaigns
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Fearless Fundraising for Volunteers

    Instructor: Tim Sweeny, Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and founding partner in Praxis Nonprofit Strategies

    Fundraising remains one of the most critical components necessary to build and sustain nonprofits. Yet, nonprofit professionals and volunteers alike often approach fundraising with great dread. This workshop will explore how nonprofit professionals can help organizational volunteers shift from reluctant to fearless fundraisers.

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – Participant will get access to a pre-recorded lecture that will cover an overview of concepts and components of fundraising with volunteers. It will explore the giving landscape in the USA, review motivational underpinnings behind fundraising, examine the basic fundraising cycle and how volunteers can support it, examine how staff can support fundraising volunteers, and begin thinking of the first steps of prospecting with volunteers.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 16 minutes)

    Part Two – On April 20, 2023 (8:30AM-10:30AM) participants will attend an interactive “live” session, via Zoom, with the instructor. In the “live” session, we will have a practical discussion examining how these concepts can work in your organization and how they can benefit you as fundraisers or you as volunteers.
    (Live session – 2 hours)

    What You Will Learn

    • explore the philosophical and motivational underpinnings behind fundraising
    • examine the basic fundraising cycle and how volunteers can support it
    • begin identifying the fundraising support most needed from volunteers at their designated organizations; and
    • begin defining the systems needed to support volunteer fundraising.
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Organizing for Fundraising

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., , Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – The pre-recorded lecture will focus on organizing for fundraising and will cover the following topics: Purpose Driven Fundraising, The Fundraising Cycle and Donor Advised Funds.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 18 minutes)

    Part Two – the next “live” Zoom session has not been set yet. It will include: Leadership and Fundraising, Constituency: Changing Demographics and Fundraising, and Stewardship and Donor Recognition.
    (Live session – 1 hour 30 minutes)

    What You Will Learn

    • Purpose Driven Fundraising
    • The Fundraising Cycle
    • Donor Advised Funds
    • Leadership and Fundraising
    • Constituency: Changing Demographics and Fundraising
    • Stewardship and Donor Recognition
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Organizing for Fundraising: An Introduction

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D.,, Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – The pre-recorded lecture is an introduction to nonprofits and civil society, history of fundraising and history of nonprofits. It will cover the following topics: Overview of Philanthropy and Fundraising, Philosophy of Fundraising and History of Fundraising.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 42 minutes)

    Part Two – the next “live” Zoom session has not been set yet. It will be a basic orientation of the nonprofit sector and will cover National Fundraising Trends, Kansas City Fundraising Trends and Why don’t people give money and time?. The instructor will also give some basics around fundraising and fundraising structure: Donor Pyramid, Moves Management and the Roles of Staff and Board in Fundraising.
    (Live session – 1 hour 30 minutes)

    What You Will Learn

    • Overview of Philanthropy and Fundraising
    • Philosophy of Fundraising
    • History of Fundraising
    • National Fundraising Trends
    • Kansas City Fundraising Trends
    • What don’t people give money and time?
    • The Donor Pyramid
    • Moves Management
    • Roles of Staff and Board in Fundraising
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Proposal Writing

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., , Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – Participants will get access to a pre-recorded lecture that will focus on proposal writing. It will cover the following topics: The Proposal Writing Process, The Inquiry Letter, The Components of the Master Proposal, and Red Flags and Tips on Proposal Writing.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 29 minutes)

    Part Two – On February 24, 2023 (1:00PM – 2:30PM) the participants will attend an interactive “live” session, via Zoom, with the instructor. In this session we will have a discussion on what was covered in the recorded lecture, review what a real proposal looks like, and talk about some of the ins and outs of what foundations are like and other things you will want to give some thought to as you begin to write proposals.
    (Live session – 1 hour 30 minutes)

    What You Will Learn

    • The Proposal Writing Process
    • The Inquiry Letter
    • The Components of the Master Proposal
    • Red Flags and Tips on Proposal Writing
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Prospect Research

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., , Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – Participant will get access to a pre-recorded lecture that will focus on prospect research. It will cover the following topics: Overview of Prospect Research and Proposal Writing, How to Conduct Prospect Research on Foundations, and How to Conduct Prospect Research on Individuals.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 17 minutes)

    Part Two – On February 24, 2023 (10:30AM – Noon) the participants will attend an interactive “live” session, via Zoom, with the instructor. In this session we will have a discussion on Searches for Foundation Funders and Searches for Individual Funders.
    (Live session – 1 hour 30 minutes)

    What You Will Learn

    • Overview of Prospect Research and Proposal Writing
    • How to Conduct Prospect Research on Foundations
    • How to Conduct Prospect Research on Individuals
    • Searches for Foundation Funders
    • Searches for Individual Funders.
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Annual Development Plan

    Instructor: Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., , Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – Participant will get access to a pre-recorded lecture that will focus on the Annual Development Plan. It will cover the following topics: An Overview of the Annual Development Plan, and Review of 15 Components of an Annual Development Plan.
    (Video recording – 1 hour 19 minutes)

    Part Two – On March 24, 2023 (10:30AM – Noon) the participants will attend an interactive “live” session, via Zoom, with the instructor. In this session we will review components of an Annual Development Plan and discuss real-world examples.
    (Live session – 1 hour 30 minutes)

    What You Will Learn

    • Overview of the Annual Development Plan
    • Review of 15 Components of Annual Development Plans
  • Fundraising Tools Series – Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising

    Instructor: Thomas Vansaghi, Ph.D., , Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, UMKC adjunct instructor, and assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College

    This webinar has two educational parts to its design:

    Part One – Participant will get access to a pre-recorded lecture that will focus on the Measurement and Evaluation for Fundraising. It will cover the following topics: Why evaluate? Basics of Social Impact and Evaluation, Theory of Change, Logic Models, Types of Evaluation, and Dashboards.
    (Video recording – 1 hour)

    Part Two – On March 24, 2023 (1:00PM-2:30PM) the participants will attend an interactive “live” session, via Zoom, with the instructor. In this session we will review Measurement and Evaluation, and Implementation of Dashboards.
    (Live session – 1 hour 30 minutes)

    What You Will Learn

    • Why evaluate?
    • Basics of Social Impact and Evaluation
    • Theory of Change
    • Logic Models
    • Types of Evaluation
    • Dashboards