We believe all nonprofits can build long-term fundraising capacity

Chicago Fundraising Accelerator

Helping nonprofits build sustainable fundraising programs

If your organization struggles with fundraising… you are not alone.  

But what if you had your own personal director of development available to help you with everything from day-to-day decisions and long-term strategic plans? What if there was someone you could access anytime to help anticipate upcoming challenges, ask the awkward questions, and get expert advice?

Introducing the Chicago Fundraising Accelerator

Like many small nonprofits, you may have a limited budget that makes it challenging to hire seasoned development staff. When seeking training for yourself and your team, you find current training options tend to be expensive, transactional (a single class or course) and very theoretical.

So you are tempted to wait until you have filled that last board seat or hired a development manager, before training the rest of the team...not realizing that you are jeopardizing revenue.

It can be months before you get the right people in place, and meanwhile, your revenue for the following year is at risk. There is no perfect time. You need to invest in the staff and board you have now to build capacity. Moreover, investments in fundraising today may help prevent turnover tomorrow.

Let us be your virtual director of development

The Chicago Fundraising Accelerator is a highly customized training program, designed to develop your leadership team into a cohesive fundraising unit.  We begin with a deep-dive into your existing operation thru a two-day boot camp, uncovering your best opportunities and building development plans around them.

We follow-up with ongoing, one-on-one coaching for your team, to build on your success and create a sustainable funding stream. This might include help with board development, creating a development plan, or if your organization is between development directors, a virtual director of development. Whatever you need to be successful.

No time for the boot camp? No problem. Individual coaching is always available when you need it!

Boot Camp Outcomes & Benefits:

At the end of the two-day Chicago Fundraising Accelerator Boot Camp you will leave with a tangible action plan and a stronger culture within your organization to support development. Outcomes and benefits include:

  • Using historical giving patterns of your donors, we identify your top 2-3 revenue opportunities to focus on

  • Created a development plan around these 2-3 opportunities 

  • Learn how to integrate a series of tactics and strategies within your existing staffing structure 

  • Analyze your past performance and identify potential problem areas or potential opportunities

  • Understanding how to measure success beyond simply total dollars raised

  • Create a dashboard to evaluate your progress

  • Have completed team-building within your organization and promoting a culture of philanthropy

  • Participate in peer learning with other organizations, so you can learn from one another

  • Coaching sessions held after the Boot Camp are immediately beneficial. No ramp-up time needed. We know your organization!

Let us know how we can help!