We’re currently working with the non-profit community foundations in Napa Valley, New Orleans, Yakima Valley and Austin to survey the training needs of their local non-profits.
The goal? Show foundations and investors the results and get a five-day capacity-building training in Grant-Writing and Project Development underwritten so non-profits can attend free of charge.
Below is an article recently posted by Monica Williams, Editor of GivingCity Austin. The original blog post is here.
June 7, 2012
“Do Austin fundraising professionals need training in capacity-building fundraising?”
Well, we know our friends at Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Association of Fundraising Professionals-Austin and Greenlights offer this kind of training. We know their seminars are well attended and highly praised.
But here’s your chance to answer that question.
The Funding Forum has asked GivingCity to help them get responses to a survey about training needs in Austin.
The Funding Forum training started in the United States and grew out of Dianne Aigaki and her team’s experience as grant-writers, fund-raisers and staff of nonprofit organizations.
“After 20 years in the field, we’d reached a point where we felt it would be even more satisfying to train the staff of nonprofits to write their own proposals rather than them coming back to us year after year for new proposals.”
“We loved being in the role of guiding nonprofits to not only answer the tough questions demanded for solid project development, but actually training them to write the project plan and proposal themselves — and in 5 days time.”
Since the training was so cost-effective, time-effective and had a positive long-term impact on local organizations, they started offering it all over the world in countries that needed this kind of training the most. “Now we’re coming back full circle to the U.S.,” says Aigaki.
“The Austin area is the perfect host for this kind of training, we think, because it’s a relatively young philanthropic community with a lot of energetic, thoughtful and knowledgeable fundraising professionals. We hope to help elevate their work and give them the tools they need for real results.”
The survey asks Austin professional fundraisers 20 quick questions about their training needs. The Funding Forum will use the information you provide to create training for the Austin area that will be free to attendees. And we will share the results with you in the next issue of GivingCity Austin (available July 10).
We’d love your participation. Please take a few minutes to respond. Thank you!