Sustaining teen science cafés or any other type of free education program is a challenge for most institutions. Some institutions have a Development Office that can help find small to large pockets of money for these activities, but others rely on the program director to find those funds. To help Members build skills in seeking funds from private and corporate foundations and charities, we are sponsoring a series of webinars to learn some of the tricks of the trade.
The webinar series builds upon the ideas of Jerold Panas, Chief Executive Officer of one of the nation’s premier and largest firms in the field of campaign services and financial resource development and many others. He advocates that the most powerful tool in your arsenal of fund raising skills is listening. We will explore this as a tool for researching prospects and building relationships that lead to steady and long term funding. You will also learn about some of the key databases for researching prospects and how to read prospects’ 990 tax reports to understand what they are currently funding. You will get a sense of what motivates people to give and what keeps them giving.
2014 Schedule for the Sustainability webinar series
The webinars on Sustainability will be on Tuesdays at 1:00 ET. The webinar series will be presented by Carol Conine of Conine and Associates and Howard Rutherford, at University of South Florida School of Marine Sciences. The full schedule for the series is:
March 11: How to Identify and Research Prospects. You can download the presentation and a recording of the webinar from our Resources catalog.
March 18: Developing a Case Statement and Building the Connections
April 22: Elements of a Strong Proposal: Tips and Tricks of the Trade
May 6: Panel of Funders’ Share Their Perspectives
After the webinar series concludes, we will schedule once a month virtual meetings for the group to convene and report on progress, challenges, and successes.
Note: The recordings of these past webinars can be found in our Resources area.