Another participant, Kyren Conley, is the executive director of the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, Nebraska. As the leader of a small staff she has her hands in every aspect of the organization. “Fundraising and how we are going to sustain our organization is always on my mind,” says Conley.
The intent of the multi-day course is for participants to leave with a more purposeful idea about what they can do to promote their organization’s mission.
“This is not about raising money,” says Williams. “This is about raising mission.”
Williams herself is energized by the topic and potential of philanthropic fundraising. “Every single class is different,” she says. “It’s the same contextually but the world changes around us.” She believes when development professionals are given the chance to explore the “why” of fundraising it becomes deeply personal and specific to the organization which is ultimately beneficial to the community at large.
As someone new to the development field, Kazanjian found the experience transformative. She left with a sense of a bigger and deeper picture. “My organization has so much room to grow and I left with ideas and a plan in place to make that happen,” she says.
“I felt so fortunate to attend,” says Conley. “It was nice to know someone recognized that you’re putting your heart and soul into this.”
Looking toward the future of fundraising, Williams feels nonprofits have a responsibility to teach philanthropy. As the world changes, the reasons and methods that propel philanthropic donations change as well. “If we don’t adjust accordingly nonprofits will limit their options,” she says, “and exclude people from the opportunity to give.”
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