Get Your Funder to Swipe Right: Cultivating Relationships with Funders

A wise colleague once told me that if you want advice, ask for money; if you want money, ask for advice. I've found over the course of my career that this is quite true: funders want to be engaged and invited to participate with your organization to make a sustainable, long-term impact. Funders want us to collaborate, and that collaboration starts with them - the funder!

The overall goal of "Get Your Funder to Swipe Right: Cultivating Relationships with Funders" is to build the capacity of grant writers to view their funders as strategic partners, and help them forge stronger funder relationships. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1) identify obstacles to funder cultivation and ways to prevent or remove them;
2) develop a plan for sustainable funder cultivation that will build stronger relationships; and
3) take back to their office a list of 3-5 action items that they can do in the first month post-conference
to implement their funder cultivation plan.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders

Kara D. Mostowy, CFRE brings over 20 years of strategic, results-oriented resource development to her work. She applies her extensive and diverse background in resource development, management and process improvement to achieve results. She has a proven track record of successful fundraising campaigns, including capital and major gifts campaigns, grants, special events and annual giving. A lifelong-learner, Kara enjoys teaching and speaks frequently on topics affecting nonprofits.