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LET’S GROW Fundraising Bootcamp

Nonprofit fundraising really doesn’t need to be this hard.

Imagine if you had . . .

  • an easy-to-follow plan to grow your organization's funding in the next 90 day

  • fully funded programs

  • a diversified, low-risk funding model

  • donors who want to give you large gifts every year

  • compelling pitches that attract and retain donors

  • less competition - activities that set you apart from other organizations

  • time back in your schedule due to maximized fundraising efforts

  • a board and staff eager to fundraise alongside you


LET’S GROW is a 90-day guided program designed to teach you a better way to fully fund your mission year after year.

In the first 60-days, you’ll understand everything you need to position your organization to grow. The last 30-days together is focused on learning how to mobilize - turning those skills into habits that can change your organization long term.

Our sessions will be a combination of teaching, best-practices coaching, and direction on how to apply each principle to your organization. All calls are live - there are NO pre-recorded trainings.

Here’s the process each month:

 
Strategic Growth Plan and Fundraising Plan

After month 1, you’ll know what your donors need to see & hear from you

Your top donors need to be able to easily understand your plans, programs, and financials. In essence, each donor needs to know the role they play in your growth. You’ll understand the tools, plans, and presentations that must be created annually to be a successful solicitor. The objectives of this month include:

  • Clear translation of strategic documents into appropriate, donor-focused pieces

  • Understand if your program descriptions are donor-digestible

  • Establish the actual funding need of the organization as conveyed to donors

  • Know the best way to create healthy, low-risk, annual giving patterns

  • Understand what you need to have in-hand during donor solicitations

  • Adopt a mindset that leads to confidence during the big ask

 
Gift Acceptance Plan, Gift Chart

after MONTH 2, You’ll know how to design amazing experiences for your donors.

Your goal is to receive your donor’s best gift. Each donor needs to be given an annual experience tailored to their needs – one that is exclusive and sincere. Every year you need to take time to plan out the individual journey your donors take with your organization. You’ll know how to create a positive experience with them all year long, you will have greater results during your solicitations. The objectives of this month include:

  • The best approach to segmenting the donor base by type and level of generosity

  • Understand the level of customization needed per donor segment

  • Design satisfying donor experiences for your top donor segments

  • Establish a monthly rhythm that drives accountability for growth and metrics

  • Create an annual gift chart to use during solicitations that grows a donor’s gift

  • Build a gift acceptance and fulfillment process that sets you apart from your competition

 
Solicitation Training, Philanthropy, Large gifts, fund development

after MONTH 3, you’ll be unstoppable (solicitation training and practice)

Now, it’s time to practice all you’ve learned and created. Your donors need to be asked to invest in your organization. I hear you – I know you may be scared. But your fear will be greatly reduced when you have the right mindset and tools in hand. The objectives of this month include:

  • Understand how to ask for the top gifts you need through role-playing scenarios

  • Gain confidence in how to present solicitation tools and answer tough questions

  • Know how to grow and retain donors using your gift chart

  • Gain clarity on your specific donor scenarios and create next steps for your next ask

  • Get clarity on the time the entire board, staff, and team need to spend on fundraising to maximize results

  • AND ALL ALONG, you’ll have me as your coach as you solicit prospective donors you're talking to right now!

 
Thank you so much for another amazing session today. For [our organization], this Bootcamp is a game-changer. Your expertise and guidance is sincerely appreciated and we look forward to what’s to come. I am grateful for this opportunity.
— Bootcamp Participant

This Bootcamp is for you if . . .

  • You’re frustrated with fundraising and know there must be a better way to grow.

  • You need more unrestricted funding to accomplish your mission and programs.

  • You struggle with what to share, say, or do during solicitations with individual donors.

  • You’re ready to invest in your growth this year.

This Bootcamp isn’t for you if . . .          

  • You’re still in start-up phase and not fundraising yet.

  • You are a nonprofit solely funded through membership or association dues.

  • You can’t dedicate time to regular meetings and homework during the 90-days’ time.


what people are saying:

The biggest impact [of my work with Sherry] is my personal confidence in fundraising and I’ve met or exceeded my fundraising goals while working with Sherry.
- Executive Director

Sherry helped us identify roadblocks and streamline processes, which has helped grow our organization financially. I am absolutely amazed when I think how far our organization has come in the one year.
- Executive Director

Two years into our plan, we have attained many of our organizational goals and the results are stunning.
- Board President

I looked to Sherry each week not only for her knowledge and expertise on fundraising, but for general advice, direction and support. In my experience, it’s rare to find someone who will … adapt to the dynamic nature of the work and offer such comprehensive support.
- Executive Director

[Sherry] is constantly evolving and adapting while remaining grounded in strong, sound data as the basis to all her recommendation. Sherry is agile, decisive and fun to work with. I would, and do, recommend Sherry to anyone looking for a crash course in modern fundraising. 
- Director of Strategic Engagements


Ready to Apply?

... LET’S see IF LET’S GROW BOOTCAMP is right for your ORGANIZATION.

After you apply, you'll be invited to schedule a 15-minute call with Sherry to learn about your organization and see if LET’S GROW is a good fit.