May is nearly upon us and that means it is almost time for International Funding Month at the Foundation Center in Washington, DC. We have a series of great (and FREE) programs coming up- check out the descriptions below and click the links to register before all the seats are taken!
Tell Me A Story
Wednesday, May 2- 10am-11:30am
Top fundraiser Jerry Panas advises his clients "storytelling is the fiber of relationship building."
Making emotional connections with potential donors can move them from concern to passion to cash. Studies show your audience will remember just 5% to 10% of your message if conveyed via facts and figures. That number jumps to 65% to 70% if conveyed via a story.
In this workshop, Nancy Bocskor, who is a professor of fundraising at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, will teach how the art of storytelling can boost your bottom line. She has worked in more than 20 countries promoting civil society and teaching leadership skills, especially to women in emerging democracies.
• The Five Steps of Crafting a Successful Story
• How to Transform Yourself into "Storytelling Superhero"
• Lessons from Dale Carnegie, Harry Winston and other great motivators
• How to Collect Stories in Your International Development Work
Funding Trends for African Issue-based NGOs
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Learn about funding trends affecting and influencing foundations that are currently funding in Africa with Niamani Mutima, Executive Director of the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group (AGAG). AGAG is a membership network of foundations that are currently funding in Africa or are interested in funding in Africa.
As Executive Director, Niamani Mutima joined AGAG in 2001 after twenty years of working on African socio-economic development issues. During her tenure there, she has been the guiding force behind the growth and development of this dynamic network of Africa grantmakers. Charged with "growing the idea" of how a community of funders can work together to promote increased and more effective funding in Africa, Niamani has guided its evolution in partnership with the Africa grantmaking community.
During this special presentation, she will be sharing her wealth of knowledge and expertise on this very important topic, so please join us!
Grantseeking Basics for International Organizations
Friday, May 18, 2012 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and U.S. nonprofits with international programs.
Do you represent an international nonprofit organization?
New to fundraising?
Want to know more about Foundation Center resources and the funding research process?
For beginners, this introductory class provides an overview of the grantseeking process for representatives of foreign NGOs and U.S.-based nonprofits with international programs. We will cover legal aspects of U.S. foundation giving overseas, the types of funders working internationally and the steps involved in foundation research. The formal presentation is followed by a tour of the library, highlighting our resources on international philanthropy.
I'll have the rest of the class line-up posted tomorrow morning (or you can take a peek at our May calender here).