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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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Building Resilience
9:00 AM09:00

Building Resilience

  • Twin Cities location to be announced (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Live training at a location in the Twin Cities to be announced.
Cost: $40 + processing

Being the primary fundraiser in an organization comes with a heap of what the sociologist Arlie Hochschild calls “emotional labor… labor that requires one to induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others.” 

That’s a fancy way of saying that fundraisers always have to be “on,” and that part of success as a fundraiser is about managing not only your own feelings and expectations, but those of your team, your boss, and your donors. You’re simultaneously hearing “no” a lot, which is draining and hard in its own right.

How do you manage these dynamics? How do you keep yourself sane in this work? How do you draw boundaries and navigate change with a wide variety of stakeholders when a lot of what affects your work is out of your control? How can we, as fundraisers, build resilience?

This session will be co-facilitated by Leah Olm, Director of Coaching and Curriculum for RaiseMN, and Andy Fuller, Director of Development at the Blue Green Alliance.

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Donor Meetings 101
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
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
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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