The Evanston Community Foundation will offer a Fundraising Readiness Project this spring through a partnership with DonorPath, a social venture organization that specializes in fundraising consulting for nonprofits.

The project is designed to develop and strengthen the planning and fundraising skills of local nonprofits. There is no cost for participating in the project and an informational meeting about it will be held on Wednesday, April 29, in Room 1A at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave. in Evanston.

As government support for nonprofits has shrunk over recent years, nonprofits are recognizing that they need to improve their fundraising skills and plans.  During the two month Fundraising Readiness Project, nonprofit leaders will be matched with individual development consultants and will:

  • Leverage existing data to assess fundraising potential
  • Build a 12-month fundraising plan, based upon needs
  • Create the tools needed to easily engage their board
  • Design tools needed to raise money from individuals
  • Receive an opportunity analysis, outlining focus areas

“We’re thrilled to be able to partner on this innovative project to address a core challenge of our local nonprofits,” said Marybeth Schroeder, the foundation’s programs vice president.

Brian Lauterbach, DonorPath‘s founder and a longtime fundraising consultant, says, “When all nonprofits succeed, even the small ones, we create real impact for our communities. But right now, they need help. The Fundraising Readiness Project is about embracing new realities and confronting those challenges head-on.” 

At the April 29 meeting, nonprofits will be able to sign-up for the two month project.  Registration for the meeting and information is available online or by calling 847-492-0990.

Immediately following the Fundraising Readiness Project informational meeting, ECF will hold its capacity building workshop “To Build or Not to Build: Grantmaking Relationships” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the same location.

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