pilot project offers fundraising expertise to nonprofit organizations

April 10, 2015 | ECF Press Release

Evanston Community Foundation and DonorPath announce the pilot offering of the Fundraising Readiness Project for nonprofit organizations during May and June of 2015.

The informational meeting takes place on April 29 from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at One Rotary Center.

project partnership

ECF is offering the program through a partnership with DonorPath a social venture organization that specializes in fundraising consulting for nonprofits. The Fundraising Readiness Project is designed to develop and strengthen the planning and fundraising skills of local nonprofits.DonorPath.jpg

As government support for nonprofits has shrunk over recent years, nonprofits are recognizing that they need to improve their fundraising skills and plans. "We're thrilled to be able to partner on this innovative project to address a core challenge of our local nonprofits," said Marybeth Schroeder, ECF VP of Programs.

Brian Lauterbach, DonorPath's founder and longtime fundraising consultant, says, "When all nonprofits succeed, even the small ones, we create real impact for our communities. But right now, they need help. The Fundraising Readiness Project is about embracing new realities and confronting those challenges head-on."

expertise offered to organizations

During the two month Fundraising Readiness Project, nonprofit leaders will be matched with individual development consultants and will:

  • Leverage existing data to assess fundraising potential
  • Build a 12-month fundraising plan, based upon needs
  • Create the tools needed to easily engage their board
  • Design tools needed to raise money from individuals
  • Receive an opportunity analysis, outlining focus areas

There is no cost for participating in the project.

introductory meeting

Nonprofit leaders are invited to attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 29th from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue in Room 1A. At the meeting, nonprofits will be able to sign-up for the two month project. Learn more or register. An interested organization can contact Marybeth Schroeder for more infromation or if attending the introductory meeting is not possible.

related workshop

The workshop To Build or Not to Build: Grantmaking Relationships led by Lisa Tylke will be offered to nonprofit organizations immediately following the Fundraising Readiness Meeting. The workshop, on Wednesday, April 29, from  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.includes a continental breakfast. Learn more or register.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of approximately $20 million in 80-plus funds, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.