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    JFK University Fundraising Academy Open House


    Date(s) - 02/22/2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    JFK University


    John F. Kennedy University’s
    Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
    Launches Fundraising Academy in 2018

    Pleasant Hill, CA – John F. Kennedy University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy (SIP), which began in 2016, is launching The Fundraising Academy to train and assist non-profit leaders and development directors in reaching their fundraising goals. The program is underwritten by T. Denny Sanford and National University, with whom JFK University is affiliated. The Fundraising Academy was created in San Diego in 2015 and is now expanding to Northern California through JFK University. This intensive training program offers professional development through an 80-hour certificate program that spans a period of over eight months. Participants learn from world-class leaders in the nonprofit sector, collaborate with other nonprofit professionals, and develop the fundraising skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive nonprofit markets.

    The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy was begun by T. Denny Sanford in 2014. Many nonprofits “pitched” Mr. Sanford to support their causes, but he found they didn’t have the knowledge and sophistication to ask and he ultimately declined their requests. Sanford realized that nonprofits needed help, advice, and training to successfully pitch prospective donors. He commissioned the writing of the book Cause Selling: The Sanford Way. The book and program trains nonprofits to be less transactional and more relational in their “ask.”

    Sanford states, “Few things are as gratifying to me as seeing the transformational impacts of effective fundraising. I have witnessed firsthand the art, science and techniques of philanthropy, and I see a huge opportunity to move this country forward. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy teaches ‘boots on the ground’ fundraisers how to work with donors more effectively to raise more money and create more sustainable nonprofit communities.”

    JFK University’s SIP has already offered training to over 500 nonprofit staff and volunteers from areas such as Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, Sacramento, and Silicon Valley. Their monthly webinars draw participants from all over Northern California.

    Kirsten Rigsby, Executive Director of Village Community Resource Center, is one of the Fundraising Academy’s participants in its inaugural class. “As head of a small non-profit, I wear multiple hats on a daily basis. I don’t have many resources to learn the current best practices in fundraising to take our individual donor program to the next level. I’m excited to be part of the upcoming Fundraising Academy to learn new ways to steward individual donors and develop planned giving programs so that our organization is sustainable for the long run,” states Rigsby.

    Solomon Belette, SIP’s Director at JFK University, states “We’ve found there is a great need to support and train nonprofits in fundraising. The Fundraising Academy is the next step to offer concrete training in a certificate program that meets CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executives) standards of excellence.” As CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay for 10 years, Solomon’s contacts in the world of nonprofits and foundations helped him create an advisory council and launch the Institute in 2016. The overwhelming response confirmed what he already knew – that nonprofits wanted help specifically in the area of fundraising. In 2018 the first fundraising academy cohort will have approximately 30 students representing 15 or more nonprofit organizations.

    For more information on the Fundraising Academy, visit www.jfku.edu/sipacademy, https://youtu.be/TnDyqI8QqUQ and https://youtu.be/w1ZMPYr_vGQ or attend an Open House on February 22 from 12-1:30 pm at JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA. The cost for the eight-day training spread over seven months is $500.

    For questions, contact Solomon Belette at sbelette@jfku.edu.


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