TREC Services - Fundraising Program

By: Trec  09-12-2011
Keywords: Fundraising

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 are:

  • 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 outlined below.

TREC Fundraising for the Future Program

A distance-based learning program. Participation is limited to 8 groups.

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 campaigns.

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, Elizabeth Hospodarsky.

Want to take part?

Please send an electronic copy of the application to Elizabeth Hospodarsky, Senior Associate.

Contact: Elizabeth Hospodarsky (520) 299-1903. [Elizabeth at]

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]

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