Boards can be maddening, can’t they? Do any of the following sound like things you’d say about your board?
“They say they’ll do anything EXCEPT raise money (in spite of signing a give/get pledge).”
“The don’t know how to fundraise…but they want to tell US what we need to do in order to fundraise!”
“They don’t follow through. They say they’ll do something and then they don’t do it.”
“They say they want to move the organization forward but then do next to nothing outside of the one board meeting a month they attend.”
“They are dysfunctional: more than 50% do not contribute financially or in effort.”
“Our board has lacks the knowledge or interest to fundraise. And it wasn’t even anything that they were told or encouraged to do when they join the board. Our executive director doesn’t encourage it, either. Help!”
I’ll bet you’re tired of all the pissing and moaning, aren’t you?
Imagine what it would look like, instead, to have a passionate board. A board eager to be your organization’s best fundraisers and ambassadors. If this is your vision, plan to join us for my latest Basics & More™ class, Empowering Your Fundraising Board.
Whether you’re an organization in the early stages of building your board, or you’re mired in dysfunction that’s been festering for years (we’ve all been there!), in Empowering Your Fundraising Board, you’ll discover hands-on tactics for building your organization’s successful fundraising board. Plus, you’ll have your team members working and learning alongside you.
Empowering Your Fundraising Board | Basics & More™ is a four-week, self-guided course created to guide you in understanding your board’s role in the fundraising process. You’ll learn how to create an inspired, motivated, passionate board who’s as dedicated to your organization’s mission as you are.
No more micromanaging!
Inside the class, you’ll find recorded webinar trainings from renowned fundraising experts Susan Howlett, Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Jean Block and more. Bonuses include podcasts, worksheets (you’ll receive my gentle but effective three-part plan for 100% guaranteed board giving), and exercises for your next board meeting.
Empowering Your Fundraising Board will easily guide you toward realizing your most effective board ever. Every Basics & More™ class is 100% guaranteed.
Over 5,000 Smart Nonprofits Have Gotten Smarter With Basics & More™. Here Are Just a Few
“I am such a fan of what you are doing and your deep knowledge of fundraising. There are thousands of details to getting this work right and you seem to know almost all of them!”
Director of Philanthropy
Central Region Heifer International
“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
“There is truly NO better small shop resource!!!”
Dr. Janet Buchanan, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Carroll Lutheran Village
“After we implemented the simple Reply sheet recommended in one of your webinars after just three months we’ve already added 40 new monthly donors! Thanks so much Pam!”
“This is a great course for both novices and old hat fundraisers. Pam brings in the top fundraisers of the day and even if you’ve been fundraising for a long time they will give you new ideas to add to your repertoire. The techniques you will learn will help you not only in your year-end but all year round. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to have the opportunity to learn from the best in a condensed and cost-effective way.”
Development Director, CEPAD USA
Last fiscal year we had our best year ever. We reached out to lapsed donors and also segmented the database for our annual appeal. The result was a 15% increase in the number of supporters (I currently prefer the word “supporter” to “donor”) who gave to our organization. Pamela, thank you for everything you do.
Katherine DiGiulio, Ph.D., CFRE
Mission Advancement Director
Congregation of Notre Dame
Here are the weekly course modules you will be receiving:
Week One (February 5): Board & Staff Roles
- What is your board’s job, really?
- Before you get started, take your board’s ‘temperature’
- Should board members be required to give?
Week Two (February 12): Creating Your Board’s Culture of Philanthropy
- What is a ‘Culture of Philanthropy’ and what role does your board play?
- Do your board members think fundraising is a dirty word
- Easy ways to lead your board – the right way
- Are you ready for a retreat?
Week Three (February 19): Storytelling for Board Members
- Forget the stale elevator pitch. Engage your board members in effective, personal storytelling. In Week Three, you’ll learn the science behind storytelling through a series of interactive exercises and podcasts.
Week Four (February 26): The Joy of Fundraising (yes, really!)
- Can fundraising be fun? We think so – and you will too, after Week Four.
Note: This course does not cover board governance.
Bonus Recorded Trainings:
- Getting Board Members to Raise Money Joyfully, featuring Susan Howlett
- Nonprofit Storytelling for Board Members, featuring Chris Davenport
- The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Nonprofit Board and Staff Roles, featuring Jean Block
- Firing Lousy Board Members with Simone Joyaux, ACFRE
“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
“I have thoroughly enjoyed and greatly benefited from all of the valuable classes you have offered! You are an amazing support for small nonprofits and I share your website with other nonprofit friends that I meet.”Renee Scott, Executive Director, Gilead House
Tuition for this four-week course is $97, but early-bird registration is now available for just $77. Your one-time registration fee includes up to seven additional members of your team, including board, volunteers, and staff as you would like to include.
Best deal? Take advantage of our Basics & More All Access Ticket for 2018, which includes 20+ courses delivered throughout the year. Click here to learn more.
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“I just purchased your year-end fundraising course and it’s incredible! And this is coming from a person who took SEIU’s PAC from 9.2 million to 21.5 million in 24 months. You are just incredible!”Hayden L. Mora
Empowering Your Fundraising Board | Basics & More™ is taught by Pamela Grow and Sandy Rees.
Pamela has raised hundreds of millions through her consultancy, The Grow Report, her affordable and popular Basics & More eCourses, and her Simple Development Systems membership program. Pam’s overriding goal is to provide easy, accessible donor-centered fundraising training to small nonprofit organizations — at prices they can afford. With Chris Davenport, Pamela created The Donor Retention Project, the definitive series of interviews with the world’s leading donor retention experts. In 2010 Pamela was named one of the 50 Most Influential Fundraisers by the influential Civil Society magazine, and she was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants by the Michael Chatman Giving Show. She’s been featured by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and is a regular contributor to Nonprofit.about.com, npENGAGE Experts, the Foundation Center, Guidestar, Nonprofit PRO Magazine, and SOFII, the showcase of fundraising innovation and inspiration.
Sandy shows passionate nonprofit leaders how to fully fund their big vision, so they can spend their time changing lives instead of worrying about money. She has helped dozens of small nonprofits go from “nickel-and-dime fundraising” to adding 6 or 7 figures to their bottom line. As a trainer, she shows her students how to find ideal donors, connect with them through authentic messaging, and build relationships that stand the test of time, so that fundraising becomes easy and predictable. Sandy is based in Loudon, TN. Find out more about her fundraising system at www.GetFullyFunded.com.
“Last week, I received my first $100,000 gift. I have such great stories to tell about the good work we do. It’s easy to be passionate when you’re doing what you love.I do not have any staff and my board has set a goal for me of $1 million by December 31, 2014. I really received the reigns of the foundation in late October. Since then, I have raised nearly $325,000. My annual appeal was very successful.
Using your book, webinars, classes, etc. I am moving forward nicely!
As your emails always say, Yes, you have my back!”
Teri Donaldson, Executive Director, The Futures Foundation
“As the new Associate Director of Development at a not-for-profit senior retirement community, I was told that year-end giving was almost non-existent therefore, no real effort had been put into a campaign. The rationale was donors were bombarded with requests and we were always at the bottom of their list. Taking cues from Simple Development Systems (I purchased two years ago), I came up with a plan in mid-September and presented to my boss. Her words were, ‘Okay, what do we have to lose?’ The campaign used direct mail, email and social media. The direct mail had three pieces that dropped in late November, early December, and late December. I used a letter from the CEO, a letter from a resident, and a postcard — all telling a story. And it worked! Not only did the year-end giving increase by 54%, we raised awareness and received several compliments. HUGE win and, hopefully, a great start to our 2017 fundraising.”
Shelley Hill, Associate Director of Development, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.
“I wanted to thank you for this course. I wanted to share that for the first time in our five years, we raised over 100K in program revenue and I think it was in large part due to this course and what I implemented. I need to look further, but program revenue for Q42015 was 28.7k. For Q42016 program revenue was 42k! Amazing! I will be back for more learning from you…thank you for serving those of us who feel called to bring hope to the world!”
Brooke F. Sulahian, President & Co-Founder, Hope for Our Sisters, Inc.
Basics & More™ fundraising fundamentals self-guided courses were created with your busy schedule (and budget!) in mind.
If you’ve never taken an online course before, you’ll find that, unlike many other online courses, the materials for the Basics & More™ eCourses are released week-by-week. Why do I do this? I spent years working for small to mid-sized nonprofits prior to becoming a consultant. Training was sporadic, expensive, and oftentimes I found myself so overwhelmed with too much information at once in a workshop or conference (not to mention the rush to put out fires once I returned to the office), that I rarely got the opportunity to act on what I’d learned.
Basics & More™ classes were also founded on the educational theory of “chunking,” which is the strategy of breaking down information into bite-sized pieces so the brain can more easily digest new information.
You’ll find that receiving your training in these short chunks helps you focus on each module–one at a time–and encourages you to take action.
Additionally, these courses are designed to create your organization’s culture of philanthropy. When you enroll in a Basics & More™ class, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll up to seven team members (board members, staff, volunteers), to help ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Q. How does this online course work?
A. Every Monday, you’ll receive an email with a link to a password protected page containing that week’s recorded webinar and downloadable resources. Written guides are 10–15 pages in length and can be printed or read directly on your computer or pad. You do not need to be present for any live webinar trainings.
Q. It’s the holiday season. We’re working on our year-end campaign and will be off during the third week of class. How does it work if I miss a module?
A. No worries. Basics & More™ courses were designed with your busy schedule and personal freedom in mind! You’re welcome to proceed at your own pace — and you’re granted lifetime access to the materials upon registration. Loads of tools, tips, and insider secrets will be coming at you in droves, and you may not be ready to implement it all at once. And that’s perfectly fine. Learn how one Basics & More™ student applied the lessons – months after the class.
Q. Can I share the course with my development associate?
A. Yes, you can. The structure of this course, as well as the majority of the other offerings on my roster, are designed to bring your entire team on board — working, learning, and implementing together. Creating a culture of philanthropy means empowering your board members, staff, and volunteers about the most effective ways to fundraise. In keeping with my philosophies, your purchase price includes up to eight additional registrants. Promptly after your registration is processed, you’ll receive a Welcome email with instructions on adding team additions. If you don’t, please contact my assistant.
Q. Is there any personal support during this class?
A. Absolutely. Throughout the duration of this course, you’ll have direct email access to me. Email me your questions, bounce ideas off me, and talk about how to implement the strategies at your own organization. Additionally, you’ll gain access to a private Facebook group created specifically for this course. From start to finish, I’m committed to helping you succeed!
Q. Is this class guaranteed?
A. Yes. This class, like all of my Basics & More™ courses, is 100% unconditionally guaranteed. If you are unsatisfied with this course for any reason, I will refund your purchase price in full, no questions asked. That’s my guarantee to you…you will love this course!
Q. How do I register for this class?
A. Use the registration button.
Q. I’m a consultant and I think this program would be good for a few of my clients. Do you have a referral program?
A. We do. We offer a 30% affiliate payment for every registration. Sign up here for the Basics & More affiliate program. You might also consider enrolling yourself and using the teachings in creating your clients’ year-end fundraising programs.
“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
Since 2010, Basics & More™ fundraising fundamentals eCourses* have helped thousands of nonprofit organizations all over the world grow their funding exponentially. Basics & More™ trainings have included:
- nonprofit storytelling
- stewardship (Power of Thank You)
- nonprofit communications, including direct mail, money-making newsletters, email marketing and more
- board fundraising
- major gift fundraising
- foundation grants
- fundraising planning and developing a case for support
- creating your organization’s culture of philanthropy, and more
Courses are priced at under $100, and enrollment includes up to eight team members. Many of your peers are using Basics & More™ trainings to bring everyone on board.
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