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Fundraisers Forum

Fundraisers Forum

Learn to leverage your trustees and lay leaders at upcoming Fundraisers Forum

Are you a nonprofit professional or lay leader with a sneaking suspicion that your organization isn’t leveraging its volunteer leadership as much as it could be? Join us at Spertus Institute on Wednesday, September 18 from 9-11am for Leveraging Lay Leadership, the first of three sessions in our annual Fundraisers Forum series, designed for Chicago-area fundraisers to sharpen their skills.

“Peer to peer fundraising can be one of the strongest forms of fundraising there is,” says Amy Schiffman, CFRE, Co-Founder and Principal of Giving Tree Associates, who will be co-leading the session with Gary Weinstein, a master fundraiser who has worked for Jewish Federations across America. “There is nothing more effective than a friend, peer, or colleague saying ‘will you join me?’ That’s the ultimate ask. When I think about the most important, transformational asks that we have helped our clients make, they almost always include a lay person.”

“Donors give to people,” adds Weinstein. “Fundraisers are the people connectors to their organization.”

The session is geared toward nonprofit development professionals, lay leaders, and anyone who works with lay leaders or aspires to work with lay leaders. It will cover how to improve board culture and redefine fundraising, as well as tactical steps to make the most of boards and development committees and be more successful in face-to-face solicitation.

Key takeaways will include: What exactly should a nonprofit board be doing in terms of fundraising and capacity building? What is their role? What is the role of the Development Director? What is the role of the Board Chair? How can we document and formalize those expectations?

Participants will leave with insights into all of the above plus tools to go back to their offices and write specific, achievable, customized role descriptions for everyone who has a hand in securing donations—staff and lay leaders alike.

Tickets for the session are $25, or $54 if purchased as part of a three-session package. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit

Wednesday, August 21, 2019