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Catalyst: You Can Help a Nonprofit Ignite Its Fundraising

Posted Jun 03, 2015 03:35 PM
Nonprofits are continually challenged to generate enough revenue to fully fund their missions. This is why we're searching for volunteer consultants to join Catalyst, a cohort program that helps ten nonprofits build a plan for better fundraising. The deadline to apply is July 19.
Nonprofits are continually challenged to generate enough revenue to fully fund their missions. This is why we’re presenting the opportunity for you to help ten organizations ignite their fundraising efforts by joining Catalyst.

Catalyst is a cohort program in which ten nonprofits work with two consultants each to build a plan for better fundraising. Until July 19, we are actively recruiting volunteer consultants with experience in planning, facilitation, fundraising or development to join our Catalyst team.

Volunteer Catalyst consultants partner with a team of three – usually the Executive Director, a board member and a staff person – to assess a nonprofit’s fundraising capacity, develop a plan for increasing their organization’s development capabilities and prepare a three-year budget, simple fundraising plan, and case statement.

What often holds organizations back is a lack of tools and capacity for successful fundraising. Catalyst is a proven solution for moving nonprofit organizations from frustration and confusion toward clarity and action. Take for example Rick Jump, executive director of White Center Food Bank.

“Catalyst has helped the White Center Food Bank immensely,” Rick says. “We identified three primary goals, developed a plan and implemented it. As a result, we have significantly increased our funding.”

The program runs from July 2015 to February 2016, with a break in December. During the program, consultants contribute 10 to 12 hours per month, which generally includes two meetings that are scheduled at the convenience of the team. We are looking for Service Corps members with these skills:

  1. Planning and facilitation skills (fundraising background not required)
  2. Fundraising/Development background and experience
Sound interesting? Catalyst will enable you to hone your skills while boosting a nonprofit’s ability to raise funds to underwrite critical missions in a supportive and cooperative environment.

We especially need development professionals for Catalyst; consequently, we encourage all Service Corps members to please think of current or retired development folks you know and then send this information on to them.

For more information, please e-mail Debra Webb at, or call her at (206) 682-6704 ext. 294. The deadline to apply is July 19.

Note: This program does not focus on fundraising strategies – it deals primarily with the infrastructure for fundraising.