Congratulations! You’ve been hired.
Regardless of whether you’re development director number one, or development director number fifty, a concrete plan is necessary — no ifs, ands, or buts. Without one, how can you expect to find success? A ship needs a captain who knows the route.
You may be feel like you’re in the hot seat and that all eyes are on you. Because when the expectations are stacked high and first impressions can mean so much, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially in the beginning.
So how can you make a difference quickly, while at the same time setting those important standards to ensure your organization is on the path toward future sustainability? How can you make it clear that hiring you was a smart choice?
Sadly, a development director’s worth is often hastily measured by those who lack a true understanding of how sustainable fundraising actually works. Today’s grant proposal will more than likely take months, if not years, to bear fruit. Building and growing individual and major gift relationships takes time, effort, and dedication.
How can you maximize the potential of your first hundred days on the job, create organizational change for the better, and instill other members of your organization with a sense of trust in you?
It’s all in your plan. But what exactly does that look like?
In Charting Your First 100 Days | Basics & More™, you’ll learn which metrics you need to focus on first. Plus, you’ll be provided a weekly plan for quickly learning your organization’s mission and history, understanding your donor base, educating and inspiring your ED and board members, and then some. You’re navigating some choppy waters, but this course will provide the tools you need to steer your organization’s ship with confidence.
In Charting Your First 100 Days, you’ll find a treasure trove of info. This course is chock full of stuff that it took me years to figure out, and I’m passing it all along. I’m including my proprietary client assessment tool, scripts for meeting with board members and donors, and even some bonuses just for you! If you’ve been in your position for less than a year, this is information you can’t afford to miss.
You see, I’ve been where you are, and it took me years of careful exploration and research, as well as trial and error, to really get it. We’re always in a place of growing and learning, but in that position, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the tools your organization needs to move forward in the best way possible? This is the roadmap I wished I’d had. These are some of my best kept secrets, and I want to share them with you.
Note: This course is intended for small shop development directors, fundraising executive directors, and nonprofit consultants.
“Based on the excellent advice presented in your Monthly Giving course, we’ve increased our monthly donors by 242% in just 7 months! We’re excited to keep building on this success in the coming school year.”
Rachel N. Rodriguez, MPA, MSW
Development Director, Mountain Mahogany Community School
Dr. Janet Buchanan, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Carroll Lutheran Village
December 19, 2016
- Week One: Review and Meet & Greet
In Week One, you’ll be gathering together the materials you need to create a cohesive plan. You’ll begin meeting with staff and board members to gain their perspectives and strengths, and begin to collect the stories your organization needs to form a foundation for your communications.
December 26, 2016
- Week Two: All About Your Systems
We’ll review your organization’s internal systems, from your database, to your donor stewardship processes, and everything in between! If you’re an organizations without a donor database, fret not. You’ll be receiving the tools that are best suited to your needs.
January 2, 2017
- Week Three: Through the Eyes of Your Donor…
During the third week, you’ll learn how to understand your organization through the eyes of your donors. This donor-centric approach includes crafting a donor persona, reviewing communications schedules, and more.
January 9, 2017
- Week Four: Creating and Implementing Your Plan (and the ‘L’ word)
After Week Four, you’ll have a detailed plan polished and ready to present to your ED and board, along with the tools you need to implement it. Worried about how to lead and empower your board? Don’t be. I’ve got you covered!
“I intend to implement the three stories every board member should be able to tell from your video interviewing Christopher himself on Storytelling for Board Members (from your e-course Nonprofit Storytelling – which my marketing director and I went through together, discussing what we want to share and implement with board and staff. I highly recommend it!).”
Ruth Jones, Director of Fund Development, Presbyterian Manor
“I had great success with the last course I took with you. My first EOY appeal campaign (sent mid December, a 4 page letter and lots of ‘yous’:) came in 38% higher than the previous year so far! And envelopes are still coming in. Very exciting.”
Margo Reveil, Cook Inletkeeper
“If you are struggling with creative ways to connect with your donors, then Pamela Grow’s newsletter course is just what you need.
I took this course last year and was able to immediately put some of the ideas and suggestions I learned from her class to work. Donor-focused newsletters can bring in a lot of funds for your nonprofit if done right. Take this course and start off on the right foot. Otherwise, you’re leaving money on the table.”
Michelle Sanders Brinson
Nashville Rescue Mission
Mandy Fischer, Development Manager, Intervale Center
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Basics & More™ eCourses have provided stellar training to nearly 5,000 nonprofit professionals on topics including gratitude and stewardship (Power of Thank You), direct mail fundraising, monthly giving, nonprofit storytelling, online fundraising, foundation fundraising, major gift fundraising, writing your fundraising case for support, and more. Often imitated but never duplicated, Basics & More™ are the leaders in the industry because they work.
You’ll be thrilled to know there are no live webinars you need to arrange your busy schedule around. All podcasts and recorded trainings are available on demand. And, once you register, the materials are yours to keep, to re-use when you need a refresher, or to share with a new volunteer or staff member. So even if you can’t go through all of the class materials right now, you can read and listen at your leisure. There are no tests or quizzes, only solid information that you can review whenever you are ready. Read about how one participant fit a Basics & More™ course into her busy schedule by clicking here.
Studies have shown that approximately 5% of conference attendees actually act on what they’ve learned. Based on fundraising best practices and the latest research in brain science behavior, Basics & More™ fundraising fundamentals eCourses have been created to guide your entire organization incrementally towards implementing positive change.
When you enroll in a Basics & More™ eCourse, every Monday morning, you’ll receive (via email) comprehensive guides, worksheets, recorded podcasts and webinars, covering the topic of the week that you can read on your computer, smartphone, tablet or e-reader, or print out to read at your convenience. Each guide contains 10-30 pages and presents everything you need to know to grow your organization’s fundraising.
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“Simple Development Systems is AMAZING. I am so glad we signed up for it — it has been an incredible support for me and our Development Associate. We don’t have a senior development person — it’s just me on top of being executive director, and your program has had JUST the right approach for us. I feel like we are doing things more effectively and efficiently — the webinars, resources, newsletters/emails, it has all been terrific. I am recommending it to other folks right and left!”
Julia R. Wilson, Executive Director, OneJustice
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