TREC is committed to helping organizations raise the money needed in order to fulfill their essential missions.
We offer services that cover the wide range of development
strategies that nonprofit environmental groups utilize when
soliciting support from their constituents. Some of the ways we help
- One-on-one fundraising planning and strategizing
- Board training and development
- Major gift training and coaching
- Online fundraising campaign design and support
- Membership acquisition planning
- Capital campaign strategy
- Legacy giving training and planning
Our services range from deep and personalized with one-on-one
ongoing support to broad-based trainings such as the programs
TREC Fundraising for the Future Program
A distance-based learning program. Participation is limited to 8
Enrollment for the 2012 session is open now, with the application deadline of December 31, 2011.
In these uncertain economic times, it is more important than ever
to use effective fundraising approaches, and to have ambitious, achievable
and targeted fundraising plans.
TREC’s Fundraising for Future is a distance-based learning program
for development and management staff members who are new to fundraising.
The series consists of eleven web-based training sessions, which will be
scheduled monthly from February until November 2011. The sessions will
focus on the fundamentals of fundraising, with a concentration on raising
more money from more individuals. The logic of this emphasis is two-fold:
1) individuals contribute vastly more money to nonprofits than foundations
and corporations, and; 2) a grassroots membership base not only supports
the organization financially, but also buttresses environmental issue
Fundraising for the Future is open to all Wilburforce grantees in
the U.S. and Canada (or Wilburforce applicants with an invited proposal
on the Foundation’s next docket).
As a building-blocks series Fundraising for the Future is best suited
to groups who have new staff (less than two years tenure) in fundraising
roles (membership manager, development director, or executive director).
Webinar Training Series
Our next sessions — with simultaneous web-based visual content and
conference call discussions — will be jam-packed with practical how-to’s,
examples from organizations like yours, collegial discussion, and role-playing.
Among the topics we’ll cover:
- Developing and managing a fundraising plan
- Attracting — and retaining — members
- Cultivating, asking, and retaining major donors
- Evaluating your fundraising database
- Initiating or expanding a monthly donor program
- Pursuing bequests and other legacy gifts
- Making smart use of special events
- Getting your Board to fundraise
- Fundraising online
- Motivating and engaging program staff in fundraising
- Other topics that you and your organization my need to diversify
and stabilize your fundraising
Each participant group will assign a primary participant who will
participate in monthly web-based training sessions. Up to three group
representatives can attend specific sessions. For example, the Executive
Director and Board leader can attend sessions on major gift fundraising.
Sessions will be led by TREC senior fundraising associate,
Want to take part?
Please send an electronic copy of the application to Elizabeth Hospodarsky,
Contact: Elizabeth Hospodarsky (520) 299-1903. [Elizabeth
Elizabeth Hospodarsky, a Senior Associate with TREC,
has worked as an organizational and development consultant since 1995.
Legacy Gifts and Planned Gifts Series
A small group, four session series designed to lay the groundwork
for understanding the role of legacy gifts (bequests and planned gifts)
for environmental groups in the west. You’ll learn how to jumpstart
your own legacy gifts work. Explore myths that can hamper the success
of legacy gift efforts, the truth about the tremendous wealth transfer
on the horizon, and other opportunities in coming years.
Find out what other successful organizations – small and intermediate
sized – are doing right. Learn how to:
- Create a clear path to obtaining your next five legacy gifts
- Increase knowledge and skills so that you will be able to
integrate legacy gift opportunities into your day to day work
- Build donor loyalty and trust – a critical building block
for successful legacy gift fundraising
- Create the basic materials you need
- Set reasonable goals
- Understand the planned gift marketplace
- Find more help
This series is designed to give a strategic overview tailored
for: executive directors, directors of development, board members
and volunteers, and key staff members. Many nonprofits of all sizes
miss opportunities that legacy and planned gifts present. Have you
asked yourself, "Why not us?" This could be your answer.
This series does not have a scheduled start date
at this time. Contact Elizabeth Hospodarsky (520) 299-1903. [Elizabeth at trec.org]