In an effort to assist nonprofits with capacity building, the Scott County Community Foundation will be hosting quarterly lunch and learn sessions. Board members, volunteers and staff of nonprofit organizations are highly encouraged to attend.

The first session in the 2020-2021 series is “The Importance of Retaining First-Time Donors.” It will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 11-1 via Zoom. Fundraisers spend a lot of time acquiring new donors, and with good cause. However, in order to create a long-lasting relationship, the most critical gift isn’t the first; it’s the second. In this session, we will make the case for why you should concentrate on acquiring a donor’s second gift in order to achieve sustainable funding, high donor retention rates and high donor lifetime values. You’ll see examples that can be implemented by any organization, no matter how big or small. The session will be presented by Steven Shattuck, chief engagement officer with Bloomerang.

Future sessions include “Grantwriting 101 – Getting Started” on March 2; “The Board’s Role in Fundraising” on June 8; and “Outcomes Measurement” on Sept. 14.

“We are pleased to continue our nonprofit workshops for the fifth year,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Jaime Toppe. “We’ve really seen a growth in local nonprofits as they implement ideas they’ve learned, and they enjoy the networking provided through the sessions.”

“I advise staff and volunteer board members to support your organization by attending,” said Toppe. “Our grants committee will look favorably upon organizations that apply for funding from the Community Foundation, and have shown a desire to build their organization’s capacity through attendance at these sessions.”

There is no cost for this session, but registration is due in order to receive the Zoom link. Please call the Scott County Community Foundation at 812-752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org.