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AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

AFP Deep Dive: Fundamentals of Fundraising Virtual Course (4-day series) (Sept. 2024)

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September 3, 5, 10 & 12, 2024 (4-day series) 
12:00 – 5:00 PM ET Each Day 
$419 USD (Members); $529 USD (Non-Members) 

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course was developed with a foundation from the Essentials of Fundraising Program and the First Course and is composed of seven modules that have been designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. This 16-hour program includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques. This intensive program will provide an overview of skills, techniques, and program components for individuals with 0 to 4 years of fundraising experience.

The modules are:

  • Module 1: Overview of Fundraising
  • Module 2: Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
  • Module 3: Marketing for Ongoing Success
  • Module 4: Building & Sustaining Relationships
  • Module 5: Securing the Gift
  • Module 6: Volunteers – Partners in Fundraising
  • Module 7: Management & Accountability

Registration for the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course includes access to the digital participant manual (read only, not downloadable, or printable and access available for 6 months). Printed participant manuals for the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course are available during registration for an additional $50.00 USD.

Presented by: Dr. Sandra Ehrlich, CFRE & Kristin Raack, CFRE, GPC

A preeminent leader in the philanthropic sector, Dr. Sandra G. Ehrlich is a management, leadership, and fund development consultant with more than 35 years of increasing responsibility in the private and public sector. As President of Sandra Ehrlich Consulting, LLC, she assesses, guides, and moves national corporate and nonprofit clients to a higher level of achievement and performance. Working alongside her clients, she has raised more than $100 million for worthy causes. Sandra is a Past President of the AFP Alaska Chapter. For her vital contributions and exemplary leadership, she received the coveted Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy award from the AFP Alaska Chapter. An AFP Certified Facilitator and dedicated nonprofit advocate, Sandra is a catalyst for excellence. As Alaska’s CFRE International Ambassador, she advises, supports, and mentors fundraising professionals across Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Kristin Raack is the Founder of AltruNext, a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps nonprofits flourish by strengthening fundraising outcomes, conducting organizational planning, and accelerating leadership development. She holds the distinguished Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Grants Professional Certified (GPC), and AFP Certified Facilitator credentials. Kristin is a popular trainer and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the AFP Chicago Chapter Board.

Eligible for 16 CFRE points (pending approval).

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

*Course recordings will not be available.


CFRE Focus Areas

Current and Prospective Donor Research
Securing the Gift
Relationship Building
Volunteer Involvement
Leadership and Management
Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism
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