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Course in Exponential Fundraising

at the Hauser Institute For Civil Society

The course begins with a 4-day intensive at Harvard University exploring the fundamentals of Exponential Fundraising, a collaborative, partnership-based approach to fundraising and philanthropy. Subsequent in –person and web-based meetings will be held throughout the course of the year.

CEF Director, Jennifer McCrea, is joined throughout the course by a variety of Harvard faculty members and philanthropic leaders. Those who have joined the course include:

  • Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, on the Art of Public Narrative
  • James P. Honan, Senior Lecturer of Education, on Impact, Measurement and Effectiveness
  • Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, on Nonprofit Branding and Marketing
  • Christine W. Letts, Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, and Jim Bildner, Sr. Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, on Lessons from New Philanthropists
  • Author and sector thought-leader Daniel Pallotta on Building Your Fundraising Forces
  • Philanthropist Jeffrey Walker on Board Leadership

and others.

At the conclusion of the 4-day intensive, participants will develop a customized "road map," outlining their one-year plans to be implemented at their own organizations. Office hours will be held regularly throughout the duration of the course.

Who is right for this course?
This course is designed for a select group of nonprofit leaders who want to improve their organization’s results and reshape the field of fundraising. CEOs, executive directors, chief development officers, chief operating officers and chief marketing officers—senior leaders who are involved in creating and shaping external partnerships at their organizations—are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be:

  • Leaders in nonprofit organizations with operating budgets of $1 million or more.
  • In current position for 12 months or more.
  • Willing to share their experience with other nonprofit leaders for the betterment of the sector.

Fundraising through a new lens: Exponential Fundraising

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.

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.

This course offers a new way to approach fundraising that is transformational for leaders, their partners and their organizations.

2013 CEF Participants

Mark Arnoldy
Executive Director, Nyaya Health

Blakely Braniff
Director of Development, Blue School

Amy Clark
Partnerships Leader, Ashoka United States

Andrew Cyr
Artistic Director/ Conductor, Metropolis Ensemble

Sol Echeverria
Executive Director, CALI Foundation

Debra Eschmeyer
Co-Founder and Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, FoodCorps

Zack Exley
Chief Revenue Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

Giyoun Kim
Acting Executive Director, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Debra Montanino
Chief Development Officer, Communities In Schools

Alexis Morin
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Students for Education Reform

Lucia Nadar
Executive Director, Conectas Direitos Humanos

Ben Paul
President and CEO, After-School All-Stars

Vivian Newman Pont
Deputy Director, Dejusticia

Carolyn Ramo
Executive Director, Artadia

Edwin Rekosh
Executive Director, PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law

Joel Rose
Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Seth Rosen
Managing Director of Development, Gay Men's Health Crisis

Eric Stowe
Founder & Executive Director, Splash

Jill Vialet
CEO/Founder, Playworks

Christine Wilson
Founder/Board Vice Chair, Antigua International School, Antigua, Guatemala

Jocelyn Wyatt
Executive Director,

2012 CEF Participants

David Angel
President, Clark University

Chris Balme
Co-Founder and CEO, Spark

Adam Braun
Founder/Executive Director, Pencils of Promise

Barbara Bush
CEO and Co-Founder, Global Health Corps

Esther Cohen
Chief Operating Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development

Erica Di Bona
Board Member and Trustee, Rhode Island School of Design

Ingeborg Haavardsson
Executive Director, PRE, Peace Research Institute Oslo

Lars Jahns
Senior Vice President, Advancement, Robin Hood

Jordan Kassalow
Founder and CEO, VisionSpring

Spencer Kympton
President, The Mission Continues

Geoffrey MacDougall
Head of Development, Mozilla Foundation

Sydney Morris
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Educators for Excellence

Reid Saaris
Executive Director, Equal Opportunity Schools

Michael Schreiber
Managing Director, GBCHealth

Laura Segura-Mueller
Director, Alliances, X Prize Foundation

Lawson Shadburn
Chief Operating Officer, Turnaround for Children, Inc.

Lorna Solis
Founder and CEO, Blue Rose Compass

William Spear
President and Founder, Fortunate Blessings Foundation, Inc.

Louise Walsh
Director, Artsupport Australia

Christina Williams
Director of Development and Finance, MIT Media Lab

Patrick Willingham
Executive Director, The Public Theater

2011 CEF Participants

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm
Executive Director, WITNESS

Aviva Argote
Executive Director,
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard

Jeremy Barnicle
Chief Development Officer/Chief Communications Officer, Mercy Corps

Charles Best

Valerie Broadie
Director of Development, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Roger Brown
President, Berklee College of Music

Richard Buery
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children’s Aid Society

Alexander Chanoff
Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint

Nick Ehrmann
CEO and Founder, Blue Engine

Sylvia Ferrell-Jones
President and CEO, YWCA Boston

Matt Goldman
Co-Founder, Blue Man Group and Blue School

Suzanne Helm
Vice President, Development, Council on Foreign Relations

Sarah Holewinski
Executive Director, CIVIC

Joichi Ito
Executive Director, MIT Media Lab

Audrey Levitin
Director of Development, Innocence Project

John Maeda
President, Rhode Island School of Design

Alexander McLean
Director General, African Prisons Project

Kate Roberts
Founder and Vice President, YouthAIDS/PSI

Kenneth Watkins
Director of Philanthropy, The Australian Ballet

Robert Weiss
Vice Chairman and President, X PRIZE Foundation

David Wish
Executive Director, Founder, Little Kids Rock

Jennifer McCreaThe course is led by veteran fundraiser and Hauser Institute Senior Research Fellow Jennifer McCrea.

A fundraiser for 25 years, Jennifer McCrea has worked with CEOs, fundraisers and board members from a wide variety of organizations, including Millennium Promise, Acumen Fund,, Grameen America, Teach for America, Witness, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Robin Hood Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Creative Commons, Pencils of Promise, New Profit and many others. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as an advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab, Berklee College City Music program and the Blue School, and is a co-founder and board member of the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium. In addition, Jennifer is co-founder of the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free, a public-private partnership initiative with goal of ending the transmission of HIV from mothers to children worldwide by 2015. Previously, Jennifer was at Case Western Reserve University and at Washington University in St. Louis during their multi-billion dollar campaign. She was also Vice President for Development at Dickinson College.


4-day intensive program followed by check-in sessions over the course of the year.

The next course is June 2-6, 2014 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A welcome dinner is held the evening of June 2 and classes begin June 3.

The cohort is determined via a competitive admissions process consisting of:

  • Completed application
  • Written support of the organization’s board chair
  • Phone interview for all final candidates with course director, Jennifer McCrea

Applications are due
March 31, 2014.

Please see the application form on the website for more detailed information.

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