Frequently asked questions:
What does weekly support look like and how can you help keep me accountable to the process?
"Weekly support" means that every week, and really every day, I'm giving you the help and support you need to implement the program in your nonprofit. I'm answering questions in the private coaching community, providing feedback, etc. in the community at all times.
"Accountability" refers to the fact that because you're on this journey with other students, you have a whole crew of people you're accountable to for doing the work and participating. And then there's me - I make sure everyone's staying on track. :)
Will I get free access to future updates in the resource library?
Yes! The resource library will continue to be updated on a regular basis. Once you have taken the program, all future updates are free at no cost.
How much more is in the program vs. what’s on your blog or in your free webinars?
If the blog or webinars are a book, the program is an encyclopedia. Some of the core concepts I've discussed on the blog and webinar are in the program.
The program gives you MUCH more details, many real-life examples, provides accountability, implementation guidelines, and video tutorials showing you exactly what you need to do.
Will this work for someone who is not the ED (like a Development Director or Board Member?)
Absolutely. About half of my coaching work is training development directors with both little or extensive experience. I just used this methodology with a first-time development director out of the tech industry, and she used the program to X10 her organization’s board member giving.
And I always love to have a board member attend the first one or two sessions – it will only help you to have them understand these principles. They will become a stronger ally.
What if I'm literally a start-up with little to no funding? No donors. No paid staff. Is this still for me?
Yes! . . . Well, a portion of it. If you are in start-up mode and under $99K annual funding, you have the option of joining us for the first three sessions (in essence, month 1) where you’ll be equipped with the three steps you need to do every year to grow.
Because this program is designed to get you into the habits that allow funding to grow stronger every year, you’ll grow faster once you embrace the concepts of the first three sessions. Once you hit that revenue mark you can join a group again. Let me know if this is you!
How quickly will I see results?
While I can’t guarantee financial results – most participants start seeing results within a few months after working with me. Leaders who take these practices and apply them year after year…those folks have seen their nonprofits grow at a steady rate over time – even doubling revenue.
I want to try and get this program funded by a board member or a foundation. Would you speak to them if necessary?
Yes, I’m happy to speak to your funder or board members who have questions about the type of work we’d be doing together. Feel free to send them this link too – as it should help!
This wasn’t in my budget. Can I afford this right now?
At the end of the day that's a question you have to answer.
However, I can tell you that the strategies in this program have led my clients to securing their largest donations to date. Typically, people make the money back pretty quickly.
It wasn’t in your budget? Or, the cousin comment . . . We want to put as many dollars to program as possible this year.
True. This wasn’t in the expense side of your budget. But what is also not in your budget is the potential income growth you will see as a result of the program. So, weigh the risk of both.
Ask both questions – Is this worth the risk of spending a few thousand dollars? Is this worth the risk of raising extra thousands of dollars?
After all, the more money you had the more you could invest in your programs. So, this approach leads to investing more money in programs even quicker.
I was wondering if you are going to cover how to find mid- and major-level donors?
Absolutely. I don’t assume you have all your donors by the time you take this program. The tools we’ll create together help you to identify donors who may become your top annual gifts.
How much time will this take?
Great question! The program itself is designed to require the most amount of your time in the beginning and then taper off from there. And honestly, these first few weeks are things you should be doing on an annual basis during your planning time anyway.
As far as implementation, that depends on your experience level, skill and how quickly you learn.
While I can't guarantee anything, I always design my programs so that anyone with base skill set can implement that tactics by spending a few hours per week during the 90-days.
How often SHOULD I work on it?
See above. The more you work the faster you go. But, if you're looking for the next ALS Ice-bucket challenge or hoping this program has the secret formula to get you to Bill and Melinda Gates, this isn't the program for you.
But if you're willing to work HARD and follow a proven plan. This will work.
How will you help me decide if the private, one-on-one model or cohort model is best for me?
Yes! In general, the decision can be based upon a few different factors.
First, some folks like learning in a group setting and enjoy the collaborative energy that comes with it. Others would rather learn one-on-one, as it seems more comfortable for them. Let me know who you are?
Secondly, one question I typically ask is in regard to the complexity of your funding structure. If you are a very straight-forward nonprofit with a very traditional funding model, then the cohort would be fine. If you have an international component, are going through a very pivotal change, or are over $1M in annual revenue, I would strongly consider the one-on-one version so that we can customize the entire experience to you.
Lastly, there is the matter of cost. Obviously, the cohort costs less because you are taking it with a group of folks. But, I’ve done my best to make both affordable and my clients in either model have been making their money back soon after the program ends.
I run a family foundation. Can you facilitate a cohort for a group of grantees we fund?
Yes - I’m actually doing this already!
Foundations who are interested in providing this program for their grantees should email me directly so that we can discuss the price for group rates as well as an customization you may require to reflect your organization’s initiatives.
email me at Sherry@QuamTaylor.com