Common Good Vermont Launches 2024 Fundraising & Development Certificate Program

Are you looking to gain the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary to strengthen your organization’s development program?

This intensive online program will demystify fundraising and give you the knowledge and tools needed fundraise successfully for your organization.

During the program, you will:

  1. Create (or update) a strategic Fundraising and Development Plan for your organization.
  2. Receive hands-on training and activities to learn the nuts and bolts of raising funds for a small to mid-sized nonprofit.
  3. Get individualized coaching and feedback from our expert trainer and coach.
  4. Network with nonprofit professionals.

Who Should Apply?

The Development and Fundraising Certificate Program is designed for nonprofit leaders, development staff members, and key volunteers representing small to mid-sized development teams in VT or New England.

You will learn in a collaborative and hands-on learning environment consisting of interactive trainings, cohort learning groups, & individualized coaching.

What you leave with…

  • Your own customized development plan
  • A peer network of nonprofit professionals
  • Templates, checklists, and samples to guide your continued work
  • Your Strategic Development Planning Guidebook and Your Strategic Development Plan Template – to help streamline your work throughout the training and peer group sessions
  • And the tools, skills and confidence to put your plan into action!
  • Plus, 19 points towards Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International certification and/or recertification.

Questions? Reach out to [email protected]

Sharon Lifschutz, Director of Development at Lund and past participant in the program shares that “Common Good’s Development Certificate Program is a must do, whether you are just starting out or have been in the Development world for years. Through this program I built my confidence, developed a cohort of trusted colleagues, and walked away with a plan to help move Lund’s fundraising forward. Ultimately, this course provided me the gift of time and space to focus on the “why” behind Lund’s work, which has informed our entire Development strategy. As I actualize our new plan, I feel prepared, supported, and have a new found belief in myself. I have already seen how this course has impacted my work and has helped increase Lund’s fundraising capacity.”

Topics covered include, but are not limited to: 

  • Fundraising Appeals & Communications: How can you use storytelling in your print and e-appeals? We will learn best practices for personalization of your appeals that speak directly to your donors.
  • Donor Relations/Stewardship & Giving Societies: How can you include your donors in the important work of your organization? We will work together to learn to communicate effectively to engage your donors and will explore multiple points of engagement, including the creation of leadership giving societies and planned giving.
  • Proposal Writing and Grant Writing: What makes a good proposal? We will learn time tested tools of the trade to learn to write proposals that get funded.
  • Databases/Managing/Reporting: How can you manage your database so it is efficient and provides what you need? We will review best practices in managing your data and reporting to meet your organization and donor needs.
  • Solicitation/Asking & Campaigns: How to engage with your donors as partners in your organization’s work. What is the process involved in asking face-to-face for contributions and how do board members fit into this practice? Together we will go over the format of an asking conversation and practice an intentional gift conversation using the Connecting Conversations model. We will also dive into what makes an effective campaign.