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UnderDeveloped: What Now?
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Special Web Series to Address the Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising

Based on UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, this special web series is a unique opportunity for a sector-wide conversation about systemic fundraising challenges and why they remain entrenched. The 3-part series has been looking at the root causes of chronically under-developed fundraising capacity among nonprofits from three perspectives – nonprofit leaders, consultants and capacity builders, and funders.  As we explore the topic from each of their vantage points, the conversations have been building towards a set of clear, nuanced, and actionable recommendations for all concerned.  At the conclusion of the series, CompassPoint will share these results with all webinar participants and the field at large.

 

Coming up - Part 3: Investing in Grantee Fundraising Capacity, What Really Works?

Grantmakers and Funders

Co-sponsored by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Date and Time:           May 20th 12:00-2:00 (PDT)

Cost:                          $0. This webinar is sponsored by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

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Building on the first two conversations with leaders and capacity builders, this session is for grantmakers and funders. Some of the questions we’ll address:

  • How have funders inadvertently contributed to the perpetuation of the vicious cycle described in the report?
  • What kind of fund development support do our grantees really need from us and when?
  • What would it mean to invest in the development of an organization’s fundraising culture and capacity?
  • What have you learned from your “bright spot” grantees?

Panelists:

  • Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint and UnderDeveloped co-author
  • Linda Wood, Senior Director of Leadership and Grantmaking with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Rafael Lopez, Associate Director, Talent and Leadership Development, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Kathleen Enright, Executive Director, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
  • Rick Moyers, Vice President for Programs and Communications, The Meyer Foundation

Register Now for Part 3

 

Parts 1 and 2 have passed. See below for more information and how to access recordings of each session.

Part 1: What it Really Takes to Create a Culture of Philanthropy
Nonprofit Executive Directors, Senior Development Staff, and Board Members
Co-Sponsored by CompassPoint and The Nonprofit Quarterly

This event has passed – you can purchase the recording here.

The series begins with a conversation among nonprofit leaders—executives, development staff, and board members. Some of the questions we’ll address:

  • Do we need to reinvent the role of development director?
  • What is the first step towards culture change to create the conditions for fundraising success?
  • How do we shift the conversation so that we are not just tackling fundraising challenges, but addressing broader questions of sustainability as well?
  • Will boards ever really “get it,” or do we need a whole new strategy of engagement?
  • What can we learn from “bright spot” organizations that have a strong culture of philanthropy?

Panelists:

  • Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint and UnderDeveloped co-author
  • Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly
  • Beatrice Black, Executive Director, Women and Children’s Alliance, Boise, Idaho
  • Janelle Cavanagh, Director of Major Gifts, Global Fund for Women
  • Judith Parker, Development Professional

This event has passed – you can purchase the recording here.
 

Part 2: First Do No Harm: Are Consultants Part of the Problem?
Nonprofit Capacity Builders, Consultants, and Sector Academics
Sponsored by CompassPoint

This event has passed – you can purchase the recording here.

Building on the conversation with leaders in part one, this session is for nonprofit capacity builders, consultants, and sector academics. Some of the questions we’ll address:

  • The fund development field has been talking about these problems for years, why is there such inertia to overcome them?
  • How have consultants inadvertently contributed to the perpetuation of the vicious cycle described in the report?
  • Has the professionalization of fund development contributed to these challenges in some ways?
  • What changes in practice do all of us in the capacity building field need to adopt?
  • What have you learned from your “bright spot” clients?

Panelists:

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About the Report

UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, a joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, is a newly released study that found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study points to deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders.

Among the key findings reported and which contribute to this cycle:

  • Insufficient amount of qualified candidates for development director jobs
  • Inadequate organizational capacity to carry out fundraising activities
  • Lack of shared responsibility for fund development among key board and staff leaders at many organizations

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