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Building Effective and Authentic Donor Relationships

February 25th, 2020
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Philanthropy Massachusetts, 133 Federal Street, Suite 802, Boston, MA
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Do you want to build your ability to ask donors for support?

In this lively three-hour workshop, you will learn the principles behind donor-centered and relationship-based cultivation and stewardship – and how to reach out to your donors to more fully engage them in the life of your organization.

A successful fundraising program is as much about knowing your donors as it is about achieving financial goals. During the workshop, you will learn 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 practice, you will build a multi-step donor cultivation and stewardship plan using real donors to your organization.

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.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in increasing their comfort with getting to know donors. It is designed for those who are relatively new to donor cultivation, as well those with multiple years of experience.


Jenn Hayslett, principal at Jenn Hayslett Coaching and Consulting, brings 25 years of leadership experience as a successful fundraiser, manager, facilitator and trainer to her work as a coach and nonprofit consultant. Jenn has direct experience in all areas of fundraising and marketing for small to mid-sized non-profits including design and management of annual operations fundraising, major gift solicitation and stewardship, capital campaign organization and management, grant writing, marketing, community organizing, and volunteer management. Her specialty is in supporting board members and staff in building and improving relationship-based fund development programs.

Jenn’s engaging presentation style has made her a highly-rated trainer and presenter. She is the leader and creator of the Fundraising and Development Certificate program at Marlboro College and Aim, Ask, Achieve a 6-month intensive training program through TSNE Missionworks. Jenn received her coach training through Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and her certification as a trainer, facilitator and consultant through the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. Jenn works with nonprofits and individuals to clarify purpose, establish goals, and design systems to stay on course and achieve outcomes.

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No Solicitations: Philanthropy MA values knowledge sharing – connecting people with each other and with information. We strive to create a welcoming, collegial atmosphere at all of our events. We kindly ask program participants to refrain from soliciting other participants for business or grants while at events hosted by us, regardless of venue. 

Accessibility: To inquire about accessibility of our programs, please email info@philanthropyma.org.

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Going Green: In our continued efforts to Go Green in the office, our first step is providing a water station in our conference room for use at our programs, replacing bottled water. You may use your own personal beverage container or cups will be made available. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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