Linda Lysakowski's Nonprofit Courses

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Your Fundraising Roadmap

A comprehensive 20-lesson course

covering all aspects of fundraising

In this course, we cover everything from what fundraising is and why it’s important to how to evaluate your fundraising efforts and take it to the next level. This course is for those who are new to the fundraising profession, as well as those who have been in the field for a while but want to expand their fundraising program. You’ll get twenty lectures, complete with PowerPoint slides, and lots of takeaways in the form of samples and templates. Take this course at your own speed from the convenience of your home or office.


Lesson 1: What is Fundraising and Why Is It important to Nonprofits? In this lesson, we will talk about the terminology used in fundraising, and discuss how nonprofits fund their mission and their programs. In this lesson you are invited to take our Philanthropic Culture Assessment.
1 hour

Lesson 2: Who Raises Funds? This lesson answers this question in two parts—who within the organization is responsible for fundraising, and what competition does your nonprofit face for the available funds. 45 minutes

Lesson 3: What Happens if Fundraising is Not Effective and Ethical? In this lesson, we will talk about ethics and transparency and discuss the ethical dilemmas that fundraisers often face. 45 minutes

Lesson 4: The Role of the Board in Fundraising. The board of a nonprofit has several roles--governance, leadership, assessment, and fundraising. In this lesson, we will focus on ways the board members can help with fundraising. 1 hour

Lesson 5: Involving Volunteers in Fundraising. Volunteers are important to show community support for your organizing, as well as lend areas of expertise that can help you succeed at fundraising. In this lesson, we’ll talk about roles volunteers can play in your fundraising program. 1 hour

Lesson 6: Staffing the Development Office. What are the roles the development office must fill and how many people do you need to run an effective fundraising program? We will address these issues in this lesson as well as where to find development staff. 1 hour

Lesson 7: Raising Money from Individuals. Why do individuals support nonprofits? This lesson will help you understand philanthropic motivation and lay the groundwork for the various ways to raise money from individuals. 45 minutes

Lesson 8: Raising Money from Foundations. In this lesson, we will talk about how to find foundations that are likely to support your nonprofit. we will talk about the various types of foundations and what makes them, and your approach, different.
30 minutes

Lesson 9: Raising Money from Businesses and Organizations. Businesses and organizations are a source of funding that is often under-utilized. In this lesson, we’ll talk about how to successfully approach businesses and organizations and build relationships with business leaders. 45 minutes

Lesson 10: Planning for Development. Your organization needs a strategic plan, as well as a written development plan. This lesson will explain the difference and help you develop both. 1 hour

Lesson 11: Understanding Fundraising Methods. There are many ways to raise money, but too many organizations focus on high cost and low productivity methods, this lesson will help you create a plan that moves donors up the donor pyramid while making the most of your limited resources. 1 hour

Lesson 12: Building the Infrastructure. Before starting a fundraising program, you need to lay the foundation. Infrastructure includes policies and procures, the right software, and more. In this lesson, we’ll help you get off on the right foot.
45 minutes

Lesson 13: Raising Community Awareness. A strong public image is needed before you can be successful at fundraising. In this lesson, we will talk about using your website, social media, and your case for support to educate and excite donors.
45 minutes

Lesson 14: Social Media and Special Events. Social media, the Internet, and email can all be used to raise funds. In this lesson, we’ll talk about each of these and about another way to reach large groups of people—special events. 45 minutes

Lesson 15: Direct Mail and Telephone Fundraising. Major gifts from donors usually come as a result of starting with an approach by direct mail or telephone fundraising. In this lesson, we’ll talk about how and when to use each of these methods. 45 minutes

Lesson 16: Grant Proposals. Foundations almost always require a formal proposal. In this lesson, we will talk about what needs to involve in writing grant proposals to foundations and government entities. 30 minutes

Lesson 17: Personal Solicitation. Major gifts are almost obtained through personal appeals. This lesson will teach you to identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors.
1 hour

Lesson 18: Capital Campaigns and Planned Giving. When you are ready to move your donors to the top of the donor pyramid, you will want to be prepared for capital campaigns and planned giving. This lesson will help you prepare for these major steps in fundraising. 1 hour

Lesson 19: Evaluating Your Program. The basis for continued growth is being able to realistically evaluate success. In this lesson, we will give you the tools to evaluate your program so you can plan for growth. 45 minutes

Lesson 20: Setting Goals. In our final lesson, we will help you set goals that are visionary, but realistic. You’ll receive tools to help you create your plan. 30 minutes

Total 16 hours 15 minutes

When you subscribe to this course, you get ALL my courses. Plus new courses as I add them!

I used to sell this course separately for a higher, though still popular, price. In fact, I sold all of my online courses separately, as well. If you were to sign up for all of them (and some did), it would cost you over $5,000.

You can see a list of all of the courses I include with this subscription here:

Sure, I worked hard on my courses. I've poured my decades of experience into every one of them — and enjoyed watching the enrollments! (Wouldn't you?) So, why am I offering an annual subscription to ALL of my courses for $33 per month?

It's because of a simple but powerful idea. What if I were to do what no one else in the nonprofit world is doing: offer all my courses for less than the price of just one? Would making them THIS affordable take enrollments into the stratosphere, so that I actually increase my earnings compared to charging separate (and higher) fees for each course? Yes!


Even more exciting, by providing my nonprofit colleagues with EVERY course I create, including new ones I add during the subscription period, for one low annual subscription price, I serve my life's mission of educating as many of my colleagues on vital nonprofit topics as possible. This is far more important to me than earnings on my courses.

​When you subscribe, not only can you take any or all of my current courses, but you'll have full access to the new courses I'm creating.

The thing is, I'm still experimenting with the price. If I charge too little, I worry that my peers won't value what I'm offering. (It's amazing how the price of something establishes perceived value, isn't it?) On the other hand, if I charge too much, I'll price some nonprofit practitioners out of the courses, and that cuts against my life's work. So, I'm starting with the lowest subscription fee I could possibly charge which is pretty insane. I mean, I'm offering 78 hours of instruction, all of which qualifies for CFRE Continuing Education, for less than the price of just one course.

Just to be upfront, I'm still a bit nervous about this, so I only guarantee to hold this price if you take advantage of it and sign up before I add my next course, which I'm working on now. The good news (for you) is that, once you subscribe you can, if you wish, renew at the same low price you subscribed at today and continue to access all my courses, including new courses as I roll them out. Even if I'm charging a higher price when your renewal comes up, you'll still be able to renew (if you want to) at today's price.

Here's What's Included


Access to all my online courses (subscription plans only). Currently there are 14 courses ranging from 3.5 hours to 16.25 hours for each course.


The convenience of taking the courses at your own pace, from your own location, from any device, anytime you want!


All courses are approved for CFRE credit. Currently you can earn 78 CFRE Continuing Education units if you take all the courses.


You will be invited to join my private Facebook Group, where you can ask questions and discuss challenges you're facing.


Your low subscription renewal rate will be locked in forever, even if I increase the subscription rates after you sign up.


Access to new courses as soon as they become available, all included in your subscription for no additional fees.


Samples, forms, and templates are included in each course.


Access to private Q & A sessions where I take your questions on any topic covered by my courses.

I've always loved to write and teach. I am proud to say I am an accomplished (and more importantly, published) author, having had twenty-five books published.

​I am one of slightly more than 100 professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In my thirty years as a philanthropic consultant, I have managed capital campaigns, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 40,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty states in the US, in addition to leading hundreds of virtual training programs with a world-wide audience.

I am especially proud of my affordable and comprehensive Linda Lysakowski's Nonprofit Courses, which I am adding to all the time!

I am a graduate of Alvernia University and a Master Teacher graduating from AFP’s Faculty Training Academy.

Instructor: Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

1. When do this and the other courses start and finish?

They start now, as soon as you subscribe. Each online course is completely self-paced — you decide when you start and when you finish. Your subscription automatically renews at the same low rate but you can cancel renewals anytime before the renewal date. Besides this course, you also have full access to all of my other courses, including new courses added during your subscription and any renewals.

2. How do I access the courses?

Once subscribed, you will have automatic access from across any and all devices you own. You may log in anytime, from anywhere, to take your courses. Plus, I provide a visual tracking system so you always know where you left off.



3. Can I get CFRE Continuing Education credit?

Yes, all courses qualify for CFRE Continuing Education credit.

4. What if I am unhappy with the courses?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I'll give you a full refund.

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