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 “Raise More Money from Your Business Community” Webinar

Presented by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

A practical down-to-earth workshop to help you develop a plan to raise more money from your local business community right away!  This two-part webinar series will provide you with an eBook and eWorkbook and tools you can implement tomorrow!  We will cover:

  • Developing a list of prospective business donors for your organization
  • Creating a list of prospective business volunteers who can help you raise money from businesses in your community
  • Developing a plan to conduct an annual business appeal

For just $199 per organization, you can have as many people from your organization participate (we suggest the executive director, director of development, board chair, and chair of the development committee). You will receive one eBook and one eWorkbook per organization.

You will receive both webinar recordings and both eBooks with your registration fee of $199!                                                                                                                                             

To register email me at: Linda@LindaLysakowski.com

We will be holding a half-day live version of this workshop in Las Vegas this fall. For details on that, also email me at Linda@LindaLysakowski.com

My New Book Released

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If you are serious about stepping up your game when it comes to raising money from your business community, then you’ll want to get both the book and the workbook, in this money-saving bundle.

The book, Raise More Money from Your Business Community: A Practical Guide to Tapping into Corporate Charitable Giving, is based on research and practical experience that will enable you to raise more money from your business community. It will help you:

  • Identify the types of businesses likely to give
  • Communicate with business leaders in a more compelling manner
  • Involve volunteers from the business world in your fundraising activities
  • Understand why businesses support their local communities and why some organizations are successful in their approaches to businesses and others are not.
  • Reach beyond event sponsorship as a way to involve the business community.
  • Understand the corporate/foundation relations fallacy and why it often does not work.
  • Learn the secrets used by successful nonprofits when asking for money from businesses.
  • Involve your board members in developing their business network for your organization.
  • Plan an annual business appeal.

The companion workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community — The Workbook, provides practical tools to help you succeed in raising money from your local business community right away. You will learn to take the principles and tactics you learned in the book and put them to immediate use to help you raise more money from your business community now.

In this workbook, you will find practical tools, checklists, worksheets, and tips to help you build relationships with your local business leaders, prepare appropriate materials to share with decision makers, and plan your solicitation strategy.

The book will help you prepare a list of prospective business donors, understand which businesses give cash, gift-in-kind, volunteers, and matching gifts. You will learn to identify new opportunities and develop the relationships you already have. This workbook teaches you how to identify the decision makers and how to reach them.

You will learn how to develop a plan to turn away from the “tin-cup mentality” and create a powerful statement to show companies that you are significantly impacting your community and their bottom lines.

This workbook provides tools to help you will plan one-on-one cultivation and group cultivation activities to help you build the relationships that lead to dollars.

The book outlines a step-by-step approach to building an annual business appeal. You will also learn about the ethics and public relations value of good stewardship and develop a plan to provide the stewardship businesses need in order to maintain a relationship with your organization.

Order the book and workbook and save $20.

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http://charitychannel.com/bookstore/just-released/raise-more-money-fundraising-from-your-business-community/?recommend=aab3238922bcc25a6f606eb525ffdc56

Monday Morning Musings

August 4, 2014

It has been a long two months, but Marty is now in rehab and improving although we still have a long road of therapy ahead. But medically he is stable.

Thanks for all the well wishes.

I am slowly getting back into the saddle and wanted to let you know to watch the website for a couple exciting things.

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First, my new book, Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook is out and you will be able to buy the book at workbook together at a deep discount.  Watch my website later this week for the details.

Second, I am offering a two part webinar series on Raise More Money from Your Business Community August 5 and August 12. You can sign up August 4 for the live webinars, or the recordings will be available after August 12. If you enroll in the two-part course, you get PDF versions of both books free. Watch the website for details on this.

Third, The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising, and How to Fix It. Ellen Bristol, my co-author has just released the first report Fundraising Down the Drain, which you will be able to get free with the purchase of our book. This should be on my website next week. So stay tuned.

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Hello all: My hiatus will be a few more weeks. My husband’s surgery went perfectly but in the recovery room he had bleeding in his brain (a stoke, basically) and he is still in ICU. If you’re interested in tracking his progress, we’ve set up a website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/martylysakowski.

I hope to return to posting in a week or two, Thanks for your patience and especially for all the thoughts and prayers coming our way.valley-of-fire

Monday Morning Musings

June 7, 2014

I’ll be taking a brief (probably two weeks) hiatus from Monday Morning Musings. My husband is having Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for Parkinson’s’ Disease on Monday June 9, with Phase 2 of the surgery on June 16 and programming of the device on July 8. So my caregiving duties will be increased during this time.

If you have any friends or relatives with Parkinson’s or just want to know more, you can find more information about DBS at the site www.DBS4PD.org. This site is run by the Parkinson Alliance www.parkinsonalliance.org an excellent resource for the latest research on Parkinson’s. I highly commend the work of the Alliance.

And if you share my role as caregiver or know someone who does, I highly recommend Jane Barton’s book, Caregiving for the GENIUS, which can be found on my website under the Books section. Jane’s book has been a real inspiration to me.

Thanks to all my family, friends, and colleagues for your support and prayers as we undergo this surgery and recovery process.

Monday Morning Musings

June 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe June is here. Many of you will be wrapping up your fiscal year soon. So this is a good time to be planning for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Here are some tips for getting your development office in order for the year ahead.

  • Make sure your organization has a clear, concise mission statement. It will be impossible to raise money if you can’t build a compelling case around your organization’s mission.
  • Publicize your mission statement to donors, board, and staff. It is critical to build support for you mission before asking for money.
  • Have a vision for you organization that allows the organization to think big. Many donors who have supported your organization at modest levels can be inspired to give major gifts if your vision is truly visionary.
  • Encourage your organization to do a long range, strategic, organization-wide plan. This will guide the goals of your development plan.
  • Have a development plan that includes timelines, budgets and areas of responsibility. Plan the work and work the plan.
  • Develop a compelling case for support for all the development activities of your organization. Your case must be both emotional and rational.
  • Develop gift acceptance policies before you solicit major gifts. Determine what type of gifts will be accepted, from whom gifts will be accepted, and how gifts will be used.
  • Plan to thank donors early (within 24 hours of receipt of their gift).
  • Thank donors often (seven times before you ask for the next gift). This doesn’t mean send them seven thank you notes, but there are various was to acknowledge and recognize donors; try a variety of ways.
  • Be sure gifts are used in the way donors intended them to be used. Become familiar with the Donor Bill of Rights.

 

Monday Morning Musings

Memorial Day May 26, 2014

While most of us in the United States are taking a holiday today to honor our deceased loved ones and members of the armed forces, I thought I would take a brief moment to talk about how we, as fundraisers, might honor our profession as well as our loved ones.

1. Be Philanthropists–give to your own organization or other nonprofits.

2. Give to the profession by donating to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Linda Lysakowski

3. Leave a legacy—write a book for future generations to learn about this wonderful profession we call fundraising.

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Two CharityChannel Authors make news!

Firing Lousy Board Members by Simone Joyaux, ACFRE

This morning (Monday, May 19), Roger Craver wrote about Firing Lousy Board Members in www.theagitator.net. WOW! Check it out. It’s worth a look to see what Craver has to say about Simone’s book—a real earth-shaker!

And John Greenhoe, author of Opening the Door to Major Gifts: the First Book Devoted to Discovery Calls. Has a new website, check it out. Another fantastic book. about.me/johngreenhoe

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And watch for my new books, Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook, The New Donor, and Nonprofit Strategic Planning will all be out soon.