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A professional program for nonprofit leaders
Designed for a select group of nonprofit leaders, the one-year Course in Exponential Fundraising reconceptualizes fundraising as something that is not only mission critical, but a vehicle to fundamentally transform organizations and the people who are involved with them. Partnerships are designed from the start to be co-creative and generative – and strategy is built on a growing and continuous resource flow that is designed to break down walls, not create them.
Too often, fundraising is seen strictly as a way of raising money. It is transactional and based on a consumer model designed around a buyer (the donor) and a seller (the organization). As a result, relationships are money-centered and asymmetrical, built on expectations, needs and external circumstances, not on mutual accountability, collaboration and internal growth. The buyer/seller dynamic leaves philanthropists feeling controlled and discouraged by the lack of genuine partnership and organizations feeling over-dependent and frustrated by perceived donor meddling.
This course offers a new way to approach fundraising that is transformational for leaders, their partners and their organizations.
The course begins with a 5-day intensive at Harvard University exploring the fundamentals of Exponential Fundraising, a collaborative, partnership based approach to fundraising and philanthropy. The course is highly experiential and interactive and features nonprofit leaders and philanthropists as guest speakers. At the conclusion of the 5-day intensive, participants will be given a customized "road map" that outlines a one-year plan to be implemented at their organization. For the duration of that year, one-on-one and group coaching consultations and updates will be provided.
Participants will receive tailored strategies and support to set the conditions to serve their organization’s mission and achieve higher fundraising goals. Simply put, those who participate in the course will be equipped to run more effective and sustainable organizations.
The Course is led by veteran fundraiser and Hauser Institute Senior Research Fellow Jennifer McCrea.