RaiseMN
A GiveMN Initiative

Upcoming Events

 

Calendar of Events

RaiseMN offers a variety of live trainings, webinars and work sessions throughout the year centered on everything from fundraising basics to your nonprofit’s fundraising culture, power in fundraising, and much more! Some of these events will be interactive training sessions, and others will be facilitated discussions or work sessions. We’ve built all of them to be productive, enlightening, and fun!

Join us at one of our upcoming sessions, and check back on our calendar often to see new offerings!

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Aug
28
9:00 AM09:00

#NailingIt: Prepping for Your End of Year Fundraising

  • Riverplace | Exposition Hall Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost: $140 + processing

The final quarter of the calendar year is a crucial fundraising time for most nonprofits, and for many of us, it’s a scramble. Let’s get you geared up differently this year!

You’ll leave this day-long, interactive training with a head start on planning and tactics that will make your fundraising more successful and less stressful for you and your team.

We’ll tackle defining your audience, how to tell your best fundraising story, how to engage your board, coordinate with your team, and more. We'll spend time thinking about timelines and deadlines for your year-end campaign.

Bonus: in addition to RaiseMN’s Leah Olm, we’re bringing in Jocelyn Wong and Mario Lugay, two extraordinary development visionaries from the San Francisco Bay Area, to share their knowledge and expertise!

Who’s this for?
This session is best for folks who hold responsibility for executing their end of year fundraising efforts for their nonprofits.

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Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

The Art of Live Asks

  • Riverplace | Exposition Hall Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost: $60 + processing

RaiseMN first offered this workshop in April, and we’ve already heard how attendees are using what they learned to polish their live fundraising skills, build confidence, and surpass their goals! We’re bringing it back due to popular demand and just in time for the fall fundraising gala and event season.

This workshop will help strengthen your “live asks,” which are any fundraising ask given in front of a group, like at a house party, performance, gala or community meeting. Together, we’ll unpack examples of great (and terrible) asks, and help you build an ask based on your organization’s work and audience. You’ll have the chance to make your ask and receive feedback in a super supportive and encouraging environment.

Who’s this for?
This session is built for anyone who is in charge of asking for money at a fundraising event -- from development staffers and executive directors to trusted volunteers and board members.

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Donor Meetings 101
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Donor Meetings 101

Live training at GiveMN’s training room in Northeast Minneapolis
Cost: $80 + processing

One-on-one meetings are an essential tool in fundraising. Asking for money at an in-person meeting is incredibly effective, and getting to know your donors through one-on-one meetings is one of the most rewarding parts of individual giving.

But since you’re often alone with the donor, it’s hard to know if you’re doing them well. Are you getting what you need? Are they? These meetings tend to be more of an art than a science, and let’s be real: asking for money in-person can be absolutely nerve-wracking. 

So, this is a 4-hour session. Yes, we know a half-day session is long, but that’s because you’re going to get a ton of time to work in small groups with facilitators. We’re going to spend time doing role plays that focus on:

  1. asking for a meeting;

  2. the meeting itself;

  3. reacting to donor questions, tough feedback, and tricky interpersonal dynamics; and

  4. leading an in-person ask at a meeting. 

This is a great chance to get feedback on your approach, learn some new skills from trainers and other participants who have all been there, and get really clear about the art of one-on-one meetings.

This session will be co-facilitated by Leah Olm, Director of Coaching and Curriculum at RaiseMN, and Unny Nambudiripad, lifelong fundraiser and nonprofit leader. 

Who’s this for? This session is great for beginners who have one-on-one meetings as part of their workplan for this year and need to get the basics, and really great for folks who have experience with donor meetings and want to take their skills to the next level. Also, we believe this could be a great bridge for community organizers who want to make a career shift toward fundraising.

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Webinar | A New Approach to Fundraising Basics
Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

Webinar | A New Approach to Fundraising Basics

Online webinar
Cost: $25 per person + processing

The internet is full of ideas about fundraising tactics, but at the core of a quality fundraising program are how you answer these three questions:

1) How should you use your time?
2) Who are your people?
3) How do you build your organization’s fundraising culture?

This 1-hour session will give your fundraising a solid foundation and spark important conversations at your nonprofit.

Who’s this for? This is best suited for development staffers or staffers who have fundraising responsibilities, executive directors, and board members of all experience levels.

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The Art of Live Asks
Apr
4
9:00 AM09:00

The Art of Live Asks

Live training at GiveMN’s training room in Northeast Minneapolis
Cost: $60 + processing

During this session, you’ll have the chance to dive into the art of live asks in advance of spring gala season. “Live asks” are any fundraising ask given in front of a group, like at a house party, a gala, a performance, or a community meeting.

We’ll unpack examples of great (and terrible) asks, break those down, and help you build an ask based on your organization’s work and audience. You’ll also get the chance to give your ask and receive feedback in a super supportive and encouraging environment.

Who’s this for? This 3-hour session is great for development staffers and executive directors, but it’s also great for volunteers and board members who’ve been entrusted with doing the live ask at an upcoming fundraising event.

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