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Asking Without Anxiety

October 11th, 2023
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Program Description

In this lively three-hour workshop, you will learn tips and tricks for taming your anxiety in donor conversations and practice how to reach out to your donors to more fully engage them in the life of your organization. 

  • Do you find that you avoid reaching out to donors to set up meetings?

  • Do you still cringe and stumble making a direct financial request?

If you answered yes, to one or both of these questions, this workshop is for you.

This is an interactive session. Come ready to participate with your screen on. When you sign up, you will receive some pre-work to do that will take you approximately 1 hour to complete.

This program is designed to support you in gaining confidence, being more prepared, and feeling less anxious in donor conversations. You will learn how to build relationships with donors in meaningful ways by developing your authentic curiosity and “fundraising listening skills" to help match your mission with your donors’ philanthropic goals. As part of your workshop, you will practice making a donor ask in a small supportive group.

This program is designed for development professionals, executive directors, board members and development volunteers. 

Our Trainer

Highly rated and dynamic trainer, Jenn Hayslett, combines her years of leadership experience as a fundraiser in small and mid-sized nonprofits with brain-science research on best practices. She will lead you through hands-on activities designed to decrease anxiety and increase your confidence by practicing skills that are needed to involve your donors. Learn more about Jenn at JennHayslett.com.

Registration closes at 2 pm on October 10th. Please view the Zoom delivery information below.

Registration type: 
Normal registration

Zoom Instructions for Virtual or Hybrid Programs:

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

Community Guidelines, Program Policies and In-Person Protocol:

Philanthropy Massachusetts has adopted these Community Guidelines & Policies for all programs.  

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