Philanthropy works best when it is viewed as a priority for everyone involved with an organization, particularly board members.

However, board members often report they don’t understand their role as a fundraiser or are reluctant (or resistant!) to actively fundraise on behalf of the organization.

In fact, national studies of nonprofit organizations suggest that more than half of all board chairs and executive directors identify philanthropy as one of the most important areas for board improvement! The good news is everyone has a role to play – and no arm twisting is required!

This workshop offered by The Learning Center of the Community Foundation is for executive directors, CEOs, board members and development directors of Elkhart County nonprofits or those serving Elkhart County.

Participants in this session will:

  • Understand board members’ fundraising roles and responsibilities in supporting the fundraising strategy and how to communicate these expectations during board member recruitment.
  • Take part in a Values, Vision and Voice exercise to reflect on why you value your organization’s mission and how you can align these values with your strategic fundraising plan, as well as tips on how to conduct this exercise with your board.
  • Learn how to personalize your own fundraising message.

About our speaker:

Long before Aly Sterling founded her eponymous consulting firm, she was solving the unique yet similar problems encountered by nonprofit organizations.

Her decision to start her own business in 2007 was driven by two things: her belief in leadership as the single most important factor in organizational success and her determination to work with multiple causes at one time to scale societal change.

Today, Aly manages the direction and growth of her firm while advising clients on the organizational challenges that affect their sustainability and mission success.

In 2015, Aly led her firm to membership in The Giving Institute, an exclusive and highly respected professional organization for nonprofit consultants. The Giving Institute is best known for publishing the annual Giving USA report – and today she also serves on the Giving USA Foundation board.

Aly’s expertise includes fundraising, strategic planning, search consultation and board leadership development for the well-positioned nonprofit. She is regularly sought for comment by trade and mainstream media, including the Chronicle of Philanthropy and U.S. News & World Report. She has contributed to publications of BoardSource and The Governance Institute, as well as the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and The Giving Institute. Her workshops and keynote presentations have been featured at the meetings of the National School Foundation Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a variety of foundations around the country.

In 2020 she released a book about her experiences overcoming personal and professional barriers to becoming a female entrepreneur.

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The Community Foundation of Elkhart County is focused on improving the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity.