Michelle Buchanan, a principal partner with Dini Spheris consulting company, will share her expertise on successful fund raising practices at two workshops offered through Pensacola State College’s (PSC’s) new Nonprofit Center for Excellence and Philanthropy program.
Buchanan will train nonprofit board members and local professionals on the tools they can utilize to raise the resources their nonprofits need to meet their missions—tools used by her clients to raise hundreds of millions.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credit is available for those who attend.
The workshops are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30 and May 15, at the Delaino Student Center, Building 5, on the Pensacola campus. Registration is $75 per workshop.
“Normally, nonprofits would have to travel to central or south Florida to receive this level of training. Comparably, the cost to attend would be $750-$1000. Similar trainings and travel expenses are not affordable to many nonprofits. Offering these resources for as little as $75 each will help our community thrive,” said Andrea Krieger, PSC’s Executive Director of Institutional Development.
Buchanan has served as team leader for numerous projects, such as building a centralized philanthropy program for St. Louis’ Mercy Health System, which spanned four states and 32 hospitals. She also worked with Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, to create the first ever major gift foundation.
She will be speaking on how to create a high-functioning fundraising board by defining the roles that board and staff play in fundraising, outlining the expectations for board member engagement in fundraising, discussing different fundraising strategies, describing various financial models nonprofits utilize, and facilitating greater understanding of the essentials for successful fundraising.
The May workshop will focus on comprehensive campaigns. She will outline different types of capital campaigns, define campaign readiness, and share tools for planning and managing campaigns. Buchanan will also cover donor development, sources of gifts, prospect management, and stewardship.
“This center is dedicated to the education, empowerment, and inspiration of nonprofit leaders. It can equip them with the essential knowledge, resources, and strategies required for professional growth and enduring results,” said Patrice S. Whitten, Certified Fund Raising Executive and Executive Director of Alumni Affairs at PSC.
For more information, download the brochure from the PSC website at https://foundation.pensacolastate.edu/nonprofit-center/