Webinars*

“This is a terrific alternative to larger gatherings and seminars which are often out of town and require travel and expenses in order to participate.”

~GIFT Webinar Participant

Throughout the year, GIFT offers interactive, web-based seminars on a variety of fundraising topics. This is a great way to get some quick training, have access to an experienced fundraiser, and get handouts to share with others. You can do this without having to travel anywhere, and more than one person from your organization can easily participate.

Unlike other webinars where you might be one of hundreds of people on the line, GIFT webinars are small and truly interactive. You get live, personalized attention from our expert trainers!


About GIFT’s Webinars

Each 60-minute session features:

  • Top-notch training in the comfort of your home or office!
  • A small group setting
  • PowerPoint slides of the seminar

*A “webinar” is an interactive, web-based seminar with audio and video components. You’ll be on a conference call with the trainer and other webinar participants while viewing PowerPoint slides of the presentation.



Upcoming Webinars



People-Powered Organizations:

Building a Successful Monthly Sustainer Program

A GIFT Webinar Featuring Allison Budschalow and Kristin Campbell, Media Mobilizing Project

Wednesday, September 18th 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET

Allison Budschalow and Kristin Campbell will tell the amazing story of how they built a wildly successful monthly sustainer program over the course of three years. They’ll discuss the vision and strategy as well as share the how-to nuts-and-bolts and capacity required for building monthly giving programs.

In 2010, MMP launched a monthly sustainer program with the understanding that if we are to sustain our vital organization, we must build a consistent, broad base of donors who care deeply about our mission. Our grassroots fundraising model taps into our greatest resource: our people’s commitment to a more just world.  In the first three months of the program, MMP signed up 100 sustainers, including our entire Leadership Council. A year later, in 2011, we had over 200 monthly sustainers, and today, we have 300 sustainers supporting our work monthly.

Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) exists to build a media, education, and organizing infrastructure that will cohere and amplify the growing movement to end poverty. We use media to organize poor and working people to tell our stories to each other and the world, disrupting the stereotypes and structures that keep our communities divided.


Cost: $50-$150 per site depending on your group’s budget size, more than one participant per site is encouraged!

$50 for groups with budgets less than $250,000

$100 for groups with budgets less than $1 million

$150 for groups with budgets over $1 million

Click here to register!



WEBINARS ON DEMAND

Webinars-on-Demand are recordings of past GIFT webinars. You will receive a PDF of the PowerPoint slides and the mp3 audio recording of the presentation.

*New* Concepts in Crowdfunding & Crowd-Resourcing for Social Justice Work with Erin Barnes. ioby co-founder Erin Barnes will begin by walking you through a brief history of crowdfunding, an assessment of the leading types of crowdfunding platforms, and a quick guide to choosing the right crowdfunding platform for you. Then we’ll switch gears and discuss the best practices in crowdfunding, integrating crowdfunding into your development strategy, and share some of the characteristics of successful ioby campaigns, pulled directly from the ioby signature crowdfunding training FastCash. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Build a Better Board with Stephanie Roth. With all of the resources available to help build strong and effective boards, why is there so much frustration (on the part of board & staff members alike) about the way boards function, about the partnership between board & staff, and about the board’s involvement (or lack of) in fundraising? Join Stephanie Roth, former co-director of GIFT, for a lively discussion about reframing the questions around board effectiveness, and gain new insights and tools for how to strengthen board involvement and overall teamwork for fulfilling your organization’s mission. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Low-Tech Guide to High-Tech Communications & Fundraising with Yee Won Chong.  Untangle the confusing hi-tech web to use essential tools systematically that integrate your program, communication and fundraising goals. Learn about best practices without the technobabble from a non-techie, advanced user. If you’re part of a small communications and fundraising team and/or lack dedicated technology staff, this is the webinar for you! PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Raps that Raise Money with Mark Toney. Making a fundraising pitch at a special event, house party, or other gathering is a far more effective technique to raise money than “passing the hat.” Join fundraising pitch extraordinaire Mark Toney for this webinar to learn practical tips for preparation, making the pitch, and following up to increase your event fundraising by $1,000–$10,000. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Writing Appeal Letters that Are…Appealing with Dalya Massachi. Anytime is a great time for at least one appeal letter (maybe more). If you’re making an important contribution to your community, many others will want to be part of that! The idea is to ask community members to invest in your organization’s vision and results. Appeal letters offer the opportunity to build/maintain relationships with community members and encourage the attitude that everyone can contribute. If you’re writing online or printed appeals, purchase this webinar-on-demand to learn today’s best practices. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Creating an Annual Fundraising Plan with Priscilla Hung. Is your organization raising money without a plan? Do you wish your fundraising goals and timelines were more realistic? Have a basic fundraising plan but suspect there are ways to take it to the next level? Curious how donor pyramids, gift range charts, and budgets can improve your fundraising plan? In this webinar-on-demand former GIFT ED Priscilla Hung covers how to create an informed, manageable, and useful individual donor fundraising plan, step-by-step. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

How Small Groups Can Raise BIG Money with Kim Klein. Have you ever thought, “If only we had our own building? Or, “If only we could create a reserve fund to get us through our lean times? Or “If only we had the money to build a health clinic or theater or new school?” You will be surprised at how much money you can raise, using the skills you already have, without a lot of front money. This workshop is for organizations with budgets under $750,000. Learn how a grassroots agency with a budget of $300,000 raised $1,000,000 for a building, or how an environmental group with a budget of $600,000 formed a coalition to raise $15 million to save a forest. You will learn how to plan and implement a capital campaign that works for your small organization. You will understand capital campaign concepts like feasibility studies, lead gifts, naming opportunities and how or whether they apply to your situation. You will know how to proceed and what to watch out for and how to recruit a fundraising team to help you. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Recruit 4 Great New Board Members in the Next 4 Months with Jan Masaoka. Board recruitment discussions usually start with the tired question, “Who do we know?” Instead, Jan will show you how to start with your organization’s “Critical Path” to get to a recruitment and action agenda for the board. You’ll learn how to get names of the right people and how to approach them. We’ll tackle some difficult questions such as whether and how to recruit people of different races or educational backgrounds, whether to have clients or parents (or other direct beneficiaries) on the board, and whether to have fundraising or donation requirements. We’ll also go over some practical pieces such as what questions to ask possible recruits, accelerating the recruitment/approval process, and how to reject candidates. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

The Missing Middle: Building a Strong Mid-Level Donor Program with Stephanie Roth. Many organizations are able to maintain a strong direct mail, email and events-based fundraising program that brings in lots of small donations. They’re also able to keep up with the relatively small number of donors giving much larger gifts-over $2,500 for example-with visits, calls and other personal attention. This webinar will address an often neglected group of donors and potential donors-those who can give between $250 and $2,500-why they’re an important source of support, how to identify prospects in this range, and the best strategies for building those relationships. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

On Being a Consultant: In this webinar-on-demand, Kim Klein shares secrets of her success as a consultant. Learn from what she does well, and mistakes that she made. Consulting is a wonderful way to make a living, and does not have to be so fraught with feast or famine. Kim discusses how to market yourself, how to set fair fees (to you and the clients), how much to do for free, and when to say no. PDF of PowerPoint slides with mp3 Audio File $20 buy this now

Successful Fundraising in Uncertain Times with Kim Klein: In this webinar, Kim Klein clarifys how the current state of the economy is affecting nonprofits, and provides you with a process for weathering any storm. You’ll learn how to: Set up and maintain a disciplined and systematic fundraising program that is predictable and manageable; maintain relationships with current donors; and find new donors without spending a fortune. Coming soon!

How to Work with Boards (Even Though Boards Don’t Work) with Kim Klein: The most common complaint in all nonprofits is “Our board doesn’t do fundraising.” Each organization thinks that if they only did something differently, or recruited different people, the board would start doing fundraising. After 25 years of hearing this complaint over and over, Kim Klein thinks that the way boards are designed and structured is the source of this problem. However, there are a few ways to get the board on board. In this webinar, Kim will briefly discuss the problems inherent in the structure of boards, then offer several ideas for making your board do more fundraising and be more effective. These are not “Ten easy solutions.” Getting a board on board takes work, but it is worth it. All are welcome to this webinar, but it is designed particularly for development staff. Coming soon!

Fundraising in Rural Communities: In this webinar, Kim looks at the challenges and opportunities present in small towns and rural communities. She talks about the many different kinds of rural communities and how they can raise money from people both inside and outside their geographic area. This webinar includes a number of interesting case studies. Coming soon!


About GIFT Webinar Trainers

“The slides were perfect. This was the first and only webinar that I have participated in that I was not bored to death and I hung on every word. Most webinars are sooo boring that I just tune out and start doing something else while “listening.” Not so with this presenter. It was as if she was in the room with us!”

~Andrea C. Arthur, Virginia Community Healthcare Association


ioby is an online crowd-resourcing platform that supports citizen-led, neighbor-funded initiatives that make urban neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin Barnes and her co-founders at ioby the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation.

Erin met her co-founders of ioby while in graduate school at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental studies. Before ioby, Erin Barnes was an environmental editor at Men’s Journal magazine, freelance environmental writer, and contributor to Al Gore’s book Our Choice. She conducted field research on water in Nicaragua and the Amazon, and worked as a community organizer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. She has a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.E.M from Yale University. Erin lives in Brooklyn and serves on the Board of the Manhattan Land Trust, the Steering Committee for EPIP-NYC, and as an advisor to ArtBridge, Charity Sub, Shared Squared, and the Social Innovators Collective.

Allison Erdneka Budschalow, Board of Directors and Grassroots Fundraising Committee, Media Mobilizing Project. A mama of color in constant pursuit of a just world that thrives of, by, and for the whole community, Allison is constantly looking for ways that organizers, activists, and change agents–especially those from low-income and communities of color–can make it on the long road to justice. One aspect that she currently focuses on is how grassroots fundraising supports radical organizing and base building, and she brings theory into practice as a member of MMP’s Board of Directors and Grassroots Fundraising Committee. She is rooted in Philly with her partner, two babes and a dog.

Kristin Campbell, Field Director, Media Mobilizing Project. Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Kristin has been a grassroots fundraiser and organizer with MMP since 2009. As Grassroots Fundraiser, Kristin implements MMP’s vision for a strong and independent movement that is resourced by the people who are part of it, building MMP’s monthly Sustainer Program and creating the systems that have paved the way for 300 people to sign on as Sustainers. Before working with MMP, Kristin cut her organizing teeth building alliances between students and workers at New York University, where she received her bachelors degree, and was a founding member of the Coalition to Save the Libraries, a grassroots organization of Philadelphians who fought the closure of public libraries and won.

Yee Won Chong is development director at Western States Center. Born and raised in Malaysia, Yee Won has been initiating development and earned-income projects since secondary school—and, for the past twelve years, has translated those skills into professional work for social justice and change. Before moving to the Northwest, Yee Won worked in Boston, first as development specialist of United for a Fair Economy then as development director of Haymarket People’s Fund. Yee Won is a trainer and board member for GIFT, a board member of Colectivo Flatlander, and a member of Progressive Communicators Network.

A fund development expert with a passion for social change, Funding Change founder Tina Cincotti gives grassroots groups the skills, tools, training, and confidence they need to raise more money from their supporters. She specializes in building individual donor programs, improving donor relations and donor communications, coaching staff new to development, and motivating boards to be more engaged in fundraising. Having held a variety of senior staff positions with groups organizing for social, economic, and racial justice, Tina complements her fund development expertise with a thorough understanding of non-profit management – staff supervision and training; board management and leadership development; administration, finance and operations; communications and marketing; and strategic planning and organizational development – and how each piece relates to fundraising.  This broad and diverse background enables her to tailor fundraising strategies to the specific needs of your organization. Tina has been a regular presenter with NonprofitWebinars.com since their launch in January of 2010. In addition to her consulting, Tina serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Development and chairs their Institute for Nonprofits.  She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the Nonprofit Consultants Network, and maintains a consulting affiliation with Third Sector New England.

FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.  We develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression.

Priscilla Hung is a program director at Community Partners in Los Angeles. Priscilla spent 5 years on staff at GIFT, first as co-director and then executive director, and until recently was the editor of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She serves on the boards of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Kim Klein is internationally known as a fundraising trainer and consultant. She is a member of the Building Movement Project and leads workshops on tax policy and the importance of the “commons” for them as well as being a regular contributor to their website. She is the Chardon Press Series Editor at Jossey-Bass Publishers, which publishes and distributes materials that help to build a stronger nonprofit sector, and the founder of the bimonthly Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She is also the author of Fundraising for Social Change (now in its fifth edition, 2006), Fundraising for the Long Haul (2000), which explores the particular challenges of older grassroots organizations, and Ask and You Shall Receive: A Fundraising Training Program for Religious Organizations or Projects, Raise More Money (2001) which she edited with her partner, Stephanie Roth, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis (2004). Widely in demand as a speaker, Kim Klein has provided training and consultation in all 50 states and in 21 countries.

Dalya Massachi, a writer since learning to hold a pencil, is founder of Writing for Community Success. She specializes in building the capacity and confidence of nonprofit professionals and volunteers to use their writing to make a difference in their communities. Since 1997, Dalya has raised millions of grant dollars for nonprofits of all sizes on a wide range of social and environment issues. Over the past 10 years she has trained and coached thousands of participants across the U.S., using a friendly, light-hearted style to share top techniques and insights. Students in her classes absolutely love the feedback portion, and now she’s offering this special opportunity to you!

Jan Masaoka is the Director and Editor-in-Chief of Blue Avocado, and writes our Board Café column, which she originated 10 years ago at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. Jan was Executive Director of CompassPoint for 14 years, a consulting and training firm for nonprofits based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and which is a BlueAvocado charter partner. Jan authored The Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone Press) and All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations (BoardSource). Her research work includes studies on nonprofit leadership, women executive directors of color, all-volunteer organizations, and the nonprofit workforce. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to nonprofit journals.

Tanya Mayo has spent the last two decades in the nonprofit field as an educator, administrator and capacity-builder. Her most recent position as Director of Capacity Building at San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and their Families, was a unique opportunity to draw from her vast experience in training and non-profit systems and infrastructure. As former Executive Director of Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble, Program Director at the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, and National Organizer for Not In Our Name, Tanya has had numerous opportunities to build individual donor programs and with the help of amazing staff, board and volunteers has pulled off some fabulous fundraisers to help nonprofits and social justice movements grow.

Stephanie Roth is a principal with Klein & Roth Consulting. She is a trainer, consultant and coach for organizations working for social justice, with a focus on fundraising, board development and meeting facilitation. Stephanie has written widely on the topic of fundraising and organizational development, and is the co-author (with Mimi Ho) of The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause (Jossey-Bass). She was a co-founder of GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training), and was the editor of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal from 1998 – 2009.

Russell Roybal is a senior consultant with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). GIFT provides fundraising resources, training, and analysis to organizations nationwide, especially those that are working for social justice and are based in communities of color. GIFT also publishes the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Russell is Deputy Executive Director of External Relations for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and serves on the board of National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. In his role at the Task Force, he is the organization’s chief development officer. His areas of expertise include fund-raising, organizational development, and board development. Russell puts the “fun” in fund-raising.

Mark Toney is an experienced social justice fundraiser and organizational leader. He has served as executive director of The Utility Reform Network, Center for Third World Organizing, and Direct Action for Rights & Equality.

Stan Yogi has more than 20 years of experience with non-profit organizations in fundraising and grantmaking.  For 14 years, he was Director of Planned Giving at the ACLU of Northern California, where he was also responsible for donor cultivation and communications, raising major annual gifts, and securing foundation grants.  Prior to joining the ACLU staff, he was a Program Officer for the California Council for the Humanities. He has raised funds as a board member of social justice organizations, including the Horizons Foundations (the San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBT community foundation), where he was Board President.  He is the co-author (with Elaine Elinson) of the award-winning book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California (Heyday, 2009).


What You Need For Webinars:

  • a computer with an internet connection
  • telephone for connecting to a live conference call

More Information About Webinars

The webinars will be recorded. By registering for a webinar, you grant GIFT permission to record your voice during the session.

Cancellation Policy: If you have to cancel for any reason, please give us at least 24 hours notice (more if possible), and we will issue a credit to attend another GIFT webinar.

You will be sent an email 1-business day before the webinar, which will include login information for both the web-based and audio portions of the session.

For questions about webinars, please contact Jennifer Emiko Boyden at (510) 452-4520 x 302 or jennifer[at]grassrootsfundraising[dot]org.