All workshops, webinars, and lunch-and-learns are held in our conference center at 801 S. Fillmore unless otherwise noted.

 2018 Executive Director Leader Circle

10 Sessions throughout 2018 
8:30 AM -  9:30 AM

In 2006, the Nonprofit Service Center launched the Executive Director Leader Circle to benefit nonprofit professionals in the panhandle. Nonprofit executive directors work in environments that are often isolated. They need a support group that can provide honest assessments and ideas regarding challenges, opportunities, and frustrations. The Executive Director Leader Circle provides a confidential environment where nonprofit leaders can learn and interact with their peers. Each meeting offers a roundtable discussion or a featured speaker on topics vital to nonprofit leaders, as well as time for networking.

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Following the Path to Donor Nirvana

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 
9 - 10:30 AM

Following the Path to Donor Nirvana: The Six Realizations Approach
Fundraisers: there are just six things you absolutely need to know to get a good return on your communications investment. Join Tom Ahern as he guides you through his Six Sacred Realizations of Donor Communications (cue the calming music). Realization #1: Your case for support is NOT about your organization's need for cash. It's about the savory, enticing opportunity you've put in front of the prospect. #2: Every donor communication sends a message. Alas, it's often the wrong message. #3: Give your donor an important job to do ... AND MORE! Collect 'em all. You WILL make lots more money.

After taking this workshop:
1. You will have a solid basis for your communications program.
2. You'll understand why donor-centricity is key to growing fundraising results.

This is a one hour AFP prerecorded webinar followed by a half hour facilitated roundtable discussion, for those who wish to discuss the themes and ideas presented.

About the Presenter
Tom Ahern specializes in applying the discoveries of psychology and neuroscience to the tough business of attracting and retaining donors. Through his workshops, he's trained thousands of fundraisers internationally to do the same. He's authored five, well-regarded how-to books on donor communications He's also a fundraising copywriter. He's on the advisory board at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (UK) founded by Prof. Adrian Sargent and psychologist Jen Shang.

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Using the NEW Foundation Directory Online

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 
12:00 - 1:00 PM

As of October 2017, Foundation Directory Online has a new look. Attend this training to learn how to search for funders using the new user interface.

Writing the perfect grant request won't do you any good if you aren't sending it to the right funder. Matching your organization's funding needs with the interests of specific foundations is a crucial step toward fundraising success.

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a web-based grant research tool that provides comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. Access to FDO is provided free of charge to area nonprofit board and staff members by the Amarillo Area Foundation.

Updated weekly, FDO includes details on the following:
Over 140,000 foundation, corporate donor, and grantmaking public charity profiles
Over 6 million grants
More than half a million trustee, officer, and donor names-fully indexed
Over 1 million IRS 990s-fully keyword-searchable
54 search fields including keyword search

Discover the funders most likely to support you, learn about their interests and perspectives, and gain the knowledge you need to win funding from them.

Bring your lunch and join Roxann Ball as she shares tips and tricks to help fully utilize Foundation Directory Online for grant research. Doors will open at 11:30 am.

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