This past Saturday and Sunday (April 10th and 11th) I participated in the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Faculty Training Academy (FTA). FTA is the association’s ongoing “train the trainers” event. It prepares participants to be better educators, mentors and presenters by focusing on adult learning concepts and teaching techniques. The session was led by B.J. Bischoff of Bischoff Performance Improvement Consulting in Indianapolis. She was joined by Scott Staub, ACFRE of the Glide Foundation and Vivian Smith, CFRE of Liberty Quest Enterprises, who served as co-facilitators.
The Academy concluded with each participant’s making a 10-minute presentation in front a group of their peers after which they had an opportnity to discuss techniques and approaches. The two images you see here are from my 10-minute presentation, which focused on preparing staff and volunteers for their roles in the solicitation process.
It was a great program and absolutely worth the time and investment. The skills and perspectives I picked up during those two days will most definitely improve my training and presentations in the future.
I’ve written two pieces for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Information Exchange series. The Information Exchange is designed to leverage the knowledge and experience of thousands of AFP members around the world. Writers submit short papers on a variety of subjects. The Information Exchange pieces focus on practical, “how-to” topics that can help fundraising professionals in their daily work. The Information Exchange papers are available to AFP members at no charge as a member benefit.
The two papers recently posted are Talking About Your Own Gift and Those of Others – Including a Handy List of 12 “Ask Phrases” and Engaging Your Colleagues to Become Part of the Fundraising Team.
While these papers are normally only available to AFP members, if you contact me directly at Capital Development Strategies, I can send you a copy. However, if you are a fundraising professional, I highly encourage you to join AFP. It’s worth the investment!
AFP/DC Hosts a Breakfast Forum on Bailing Out Your Year-End Fundraising in the Ongoing Recession
This informative panel discussion will address such topics as maximizing year-end giving, improving online and direct mail fundraising at year-end, and how to maximize major gifts activities during these next weeks. Panelists will include nonprofit practitioners from the DC area who will share some of the steps they are taking to enhance their year-end plans.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
8:00 – 10:30 .m.
Charlie Palmer Steak – 101 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC
$45 for members/$60 for non-members
Call the Washington DC Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at 202-547-0155 to learn more. Click on this link to go directly to the registration form.