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Insight Into Our Fundraising Certificate Program with Aimee Covo

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

In a recent interview, one of our Fundraising Certificate Program participants, Aimee Covo of the Council for Living Music, told us how it has helped her professionally.

 1. Why did you decide to take our Fundraising Certificate Program?

After much research, I chose to attend the Fundraising Certificate program because it offers a diverse and well rounded series of studies/workshops in the field of fundraising, including exposure to active professionals in the field with tremendous insight and expertise, and provides a certification upon completion.

2. Can you tell us some insights or lessons you have learned from the program so far?

The lessons I have learned include specific tools and tips for success that are both comprehensive and applicable in terms of proposal writing, program presentation & development, managing funds, and developing relationships with grant givers.

3. How do you think the program will be useful to your career and your organization?

The Support Center provides credibility (certifiable) and excellence in training recognized by the philanthropic industry, as well as continuing support and services in development for a sustainable organization- this can only add to one’s position in this field of work and to the growing success of any organization.

Additionally, Aimee had this to say about our volunteer facilitators, “I have discovered the instructors are honest and direct in their approach to their workshops. There is a reasonable level of expectations set without deterring from the excitement of possibility, and that is important to me. Plus, the instructors make the learning fun and proactive, engaging the participants to apply what is learned in a safe, professional atmosphere. What could be better than that

Thank you Aimee!

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Q&A with Certificate Program Participant Aimee Covo

Our certificate programs are a great way to enhance your skills in the areas of Fundraising, Management & Supervision, and Executive Leadership. In a recent interview, one of our Fundraising Certificate Program Participants,Aimee Covo of the Council for Living Music, told us why she took the program, and how it has helped her professionally.

 1. Why did you decide to take our Fundraising Certificate Program?

After much research, I chose to attend the Fundraising Certificate program because it offers a diverse and well rounded series of studies/ workshops in the field of Fund Raising, including exposure to active professionals in the field with tremendous insight and expertise, and provides a certification upon completion.

2. Are there any specific goals you wish to achieve through taking the program?

My goal is to be successful through a complete understanding of the Fundraising process as it applies to today’s market and demands, as well as how to continue being successful in a competitive and turbulent economy.

3. Can you tell me any insights or lessons you have learned from the program so far?

The lessons I have learned include specific tools and tips for success that are both comprehensive and applicable in terms of proposal writing, program presentation & development, managing funds, and developing relationships with grant givers.

4. How do you think the program will be useful to your career and your organization?

The Support Center Online provides credibility (certifiable) and excellence in training recognized by the Philanthropic industry, as well as continuing support and services in development for a sustainable organization- this can only add to one’s position in this field of work and to the growing success of any organization.

Additionally, Aimee had this to say about our volunteer facilitators, “I have discovered the instructors are honest and direct in their approach to their workshops. There is reasonable level of expectations set without deterring from the excitement of possibility, and that is important to me. Plus, the instructors make the learning fun and proactive, engaging the participants to apply what is learned in a safe, professional atmosphere. What could be better than that

Thank you Aimee!

Thank You Support Center Ambassadors

Recently, two of our strongest ambassadors provided the opportunity for 250 nonprofit professionals to engage in dynamic conversations with funders about their priorities and goals.

Marie smith

For the sixth consecutive year Marie Smith, Support Center Board Member and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Con Edison, hosted and moderated Meet the Corporate Grantmakers on September 21, 2010.

And for the third year Joanne Heyman, former Support Center Vice Chair and founder of Heyman & Partners, moderated Meet the Grantmakers: Funding for Women’s Programs on October October 15, 2010.  Joanne will be speaking at the NextGen: Charity conference on November 18th.

 

 

“The panel assembled by the Support Center was truly top-notch, comprised of veterans in the field of corporate philanthropy and sponsorship, each of whom was eager and willing to share their expertise and advice on how to move our organization forward.”
Michael Gary, VP for Corporate & Foundation Relations,
New York Botanical Garden

Technical Assistance: Urban Justice Center

Urban JusticeUrban Justice Center, a Support Center client, experienced great results from our work together, receiving kudos from one of their principal funders.

 

 

Over a six month period, Urban Justice staff responsible for an educational program that moves women from public assistance to gainful employment through post-secondary education worked with a Support Center consultant to accomplish a number of things:

  • Strengthen program design and outcomes
  • Improve proposals to foundations and corporations
  • Develop a prospect list of new potential funders

After a recent meeting between Urban Justice and New York Women’s Foundation (who funded the work with the Support Center), the Interim Project Director, Gerni Oster, shared this comment with us:

“I wanted to let you know that we had our renewal meeting with New York Women’s Foundation and it went really well. The reason I wanted to update you was because not only did they love our program but they LOVED the proposal…..the committee said that they want to use the proposal as a model for how proposals should be done!!!! Your skills have helped us so much. Thank you for your dedication to the nonprofit world and the community we serve.”

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Feedback: Writing Proposals

Hi Pat (Volunteer Facilitator),

Thanks for putting on a great workshop (Writing Winning Grant Proposals). I learned a lot about writing grant proposals. I liked how you went into specific details and outlined different tips.

Because of the training, I am confident that if the situation arises, I will be able to put together a “winning” grant writing proposal. Thank you for your expertise.

–Everet


Everet Yi
Project PACT AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Categories: Testimonial, Training

Client Update: Strategic Plan

LiteracyPartnersOver the past six months the Support Center worked with Literacy Partners to develop a three-year strategic plan to set priorities, build commitment, and guide resource acquisition.

The plan is organized into five essential areas:

  1. Mission
  2. Partnerships
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Board Leadership
  5. Financial Sustainability

A committee of staff and board leaders drove the process over a series of ten meetings.

Literacy Partners Board of Directors unanimously approved the strategic plan, which will guide the organization to even higher levels of mission impact.

The board chairman, Mark Jackson, said: “This was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.  But it was not a thankless one – the members of the Board obviously appreciate our efforts and fully support our plan.  I thought the presentation to the Board went remarkably well.  A special thanks to Pat Richter (Support Center consultant) for guiding us through this process in a determined, yet cheerful, manner.”

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Testimonial: Organizational Assessment

Written by Alicia D’Amico, Executive Assistant, Marble Collegiate Churches

The highlight of the process was the realization by committee members that nurturing stewardship was both essential and doable for the benefit of the organization, its mission, and congregants.

The Support Center’s Senior Fellow, John Brothers, did an excellent job of keeping everyone on task and moving forward, adjusting to challenges.

His wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise shined through. We were thrilled with his work, and
we anticipate using the Support Center again in the future.

The project manager learned a lot by watching John work, and how he guided the ‘angle’ of completing the organizational audit and seeing all parts of the process as telling and valuable.

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