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Building a Development Program from Scratch

February 28th, 2023
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Zoom - info to be emailed one week prior to event
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Program Description

How do you build a program from scratch and attract the support needed to diversify and grow your philanthropic revenue? This workshop will help you learn how to launch your development program. You'll learn where you can start, where to focus, and what role your board could play. 

Are you a social entrepreneur with a great idea but you need to learn how to attract charitable contributions to capitalize your organization’s work? Are you a nonprofit leader currently relying on one or two major funders and in need of a more diversified base of support? Have you only pursued and attracted foundation support but you know a more comprehensive approach seeking support from individuals is critical to your growth and success? Or, do you rely too much on government and insurance reimbursements and lack the philanthropy needed to give you the added flexibility to invest in your programs, people and infrastructure? Join us to learn how to create and build a development program to resource your organization.

Development consultant Chuck Gordon has helped numerous nonprofit leaders travel this path, and peer nonprofit leaders will join us to share their stories of challenges and successes as they have built fundraising programs that you’ll want to emulate.

Our Presenter

For nearly 30 years, Chuck Gordon has served as a senior nonprofit professional and consultant, helping nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts and across the country realize their vision by raising increased revenues.  

Today, Chuck leads the New Kensington Group, a full-service consulting firm helping nonprofit leaders grow their organizations.  His work focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, executive search, and board leadership and governance support.  As a nationally recognized trainer and speaker, he dedicates significant time to building the fundraising capacity of nonprofit professionals and senior volunteers.  

Chuck has built and led three national development programs, having served as the National Chief Development Officer at City Year, Health Leads and uAspire, doubling revenues in each organization during his tenure.   For 21 years, Chuck built an impressive track record at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, building the largest major gifts program among 1400 United Ways in the country and running the largest non-bequeathed endowment campaign ever conducted by a local United Way.   He spent 15 years during his tenure as a volunteer trainer, speaker and consultant for United Way of America, including 4 years as the national chair for United Way Worldwide’s Major and Planned Gifts Council.  Chuck previously served on the boards of the Wheelock Family Theatre, Eastern Middlesex ARC and Boston Children’s Theatre and was named one of Boston’s ’40 Under 40’ by the Boston Business Journal.  He received his BA from Brandeis University and MBA from Boston University.

Registration closes at 2 pm on Monday, February 27th. Please view the Zoom delivery information below.

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Normal registration

Zoom Instructions:

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.

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