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Building a Sustainable Annual Giving Program

March 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sharon275A successful annual giving program provides a steady flow of unrestricted financial support year-after-year to fund your nonprofit organization’s operations. Sharon’s “Building a Sustainable Annual Giving Program” workshop will teach you how to build an annual giving program from generating a donor pipeline to keeping those donors coming back for a lifetime or longer. With a strong annual giving program, your organization will have the basis upon which to build all other fundraising activities.

Building a Sustainable Annual Giving Program is one of five sessions offered in the 10th annual Principles of Fundraising series of workshops. This series provides high-caliber, basic-skills development in the art and science of fundraising for nonprofits. Created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Connecticut Chapter, the series provides five introductory-level, half-day workshops focusing on theory and practice taught by AFP members who are experts in their respective fields. Workshops are designed to help new and established nonprofit organizations raise money more effectively and efficiently.

“This program is invaluable for anyone who is serious about learning the in’s & out’s of fundraising and developing their craft,” said Sharon Danosky. “When I started in the field more than 35 years ago, we were offered a one-day primer that provided pretty basic background material to get us started. This certificate program is far more comprehensive, and has been developed over time by AFP-CT. As a result, it brings an extremely high-caliber level of faculty together to help fundraising professionals go from ‘zero-to-sixty’ over a series of just five workshops.”

Sessions included in this series:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Organizing and Running a Successful Development Program
Trainer: Gina Marcantonio, G. Marc & Associates,
Development Consulting for Non Profits, CT
Gina is the President of the AFP Connecticut Chapter and a seasoned fund development professional with over 25 years of experience developing strategies to generate revenue and grow philanthropic programs for nonprofit organizations. In her career, she has raised millions for various causes and most recently managed $8.0 million in endowments and other assets. Gina is also an AFP Trainer.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Grants from Foundations and Corporations
Trainer: Diane Gedeon-Martin, President, The Write Source, Glastonbury, CT
Diane is a nationally recognized consultant and an AFP Master Trainer with over 27 years of experience in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. Since launching her company in 1993, she has worked with over 260 nonprofit clients in 26 states and Washington, DC to help them achieve their goals through grants ranging from $5,000 to $5.0 million.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Building a Sustainable Annual Giving Program
Trainer: Sharon J. Danosky, President, Danosky & Associates, Sherman, CT
Sharon is a strategist, thought leader, and BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer who partners with nonprofit organizations to lead them to better pastures. Having raised hundreds of millions from donors over the course of her 35-year career, she takes a hands-on approach to working with her clients by providing tools that work and instilling them with the confidence to succeed.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Engaging Your Board & Volunteers to Raise Money
Trainer: John Brooks, Chief Development Officer, Columbus House, New Haven, CT
John has over 22 years of experience with all levels of fund development, raising over $1 million annually for Columbus House for the past 14 years. He has extensive experience in developing, training, and leading numerous volunteer and board committees to assist with prospect identification, solicitation, major and grassroots fundraising events, and overall fundraising activities.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The Art of Soliciting Major Gifts
Trainer: Abbie von Schlegell, Principal, A. von Schlegell & Co., Pittsfield, MA
Abbie has been in the development field for over 40 years, as a consultant specializing in fund development and nonprofit governance for half of her career, and a senior development officer with four major institutions. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, an expert on women’s philanthropy, and author of ‘Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists’.

Detailed workshop descriptions coming soon!

Current AFP Members: $60 per workshop
Non-members: $75 per workshop
Or take all FIVE workshops for only $250 (members and nonmembers)

Please Note: You must attend all five workshops to obtain a certificate.

Registration options coming soon!



March 27, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
70 Auddubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
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