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AFP Deep Dive: Customizing Your Stellar Fundraising Stories to Succeed in Grant Seeking

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Beth Archer, GPC, RSM and Julie Paynotta, GPC headshots

June 25, 2024
1:00 – 5:00 PM ET
$199 USD (Members); $259 USD (Non-Members)

You likely have a favorite story to use whether in annual appeal letters or social media. Yet do you struggle with naturally integrating the story into your grants? We will take successful fundraising stories, and walk through how to successfully customize and integrate the stories into your grants.

Presented by: Beth Archer, GPC, RSM and Julie Paynotta, GPC

Beth Archer has been a grant professional for six years and has enjoyed supporting the fundraising initiatives of a wide array of nonprofit organizations. She has experience with government, foundation, and corporate grants and, through her experiences, has successfully obtained funding for everything from repointing bricks on the façade of a hundred-year-old building, to covering medical expenses for rescue cats in Philadelphia. Beth also has extensive experience in nonprofit management and leadership and is passionate about helping mission-driven organizations make a difference in their communities.

Beth received her BS in Exercise Science from the University of Scranton and her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel University.

Beth loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, camper, runner, and cyclist; often accompanied by her husband and two children. 

Julie Paynotta has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily in women’s health, youth development, and education. Most recently, she worked as a grant writer and program evaluator in her own consulting practice for six years, serving clients with missions in sustainability, mental health, college access, veteran support, LGBTQ+ health and advocacy, access to justice, and saving the honeybee.

She is slowly pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a nonprofit focus from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has a Certificate in Grant Writing and Program Evaluation from the School of Public Affairs. She earned her BA in Environmental Science form the University of Virginia

Julie lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two cats, quickly losing teenagers to adulthood. She enjoys live music, hiking the Rockies, and spending time on dirt roads. 

Eligible for 4 CFRE points.

Course is limited to 30 participants. A wait list will be maintained.

*Course recordings will not be available.


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