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Let Catalyst Spark Your Fundraising

Posted Jun 17, 2015 12:55 PM
We are actively searching for nonprofits to participate in Catalyst, a cohort program that will equip you with the tools you need to improve your fundraising. The deadline to apply is July 19, so apply today as spots in this collaborative program are filling up fast!
Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising! Almost every nonprofit has to do it. But figuring out how to best raise dollars with a limited budget and an already overwhelmed staff can be a challenge.

If you are in King County, the Catalyst program can give you the tools to improve your fundraising. This program has a value of more than $25,000 and, thanks to the Satterberg Foundation, is available to a small handful of organizations for a participation fee of only $200 - $1,100 (based on the size of your budget).

The deadline to apply is July 19. Applications for the 2015 cohort are here. Spots are filling up fast, so act now!

Participating nonprofit organizations commit a team of three – usually the Executive Director, a board member and a staff person – to assess their fundraising capacity, set priorities, and develop a 12-18 month plan to increase fundraising capacity.

Two 501 Commons volunteer consultants facilitate the planning process and help you create a three-year budget, case statement, and development plan. It’s a six-month experience that runs from July 2015 to February 2016, with a break in December.

For Rick Jump, Executive Director of White Center Food Bank, Catalyst provided a much needed spark to his fundraising efforts.

“The Catalyst program has helped the White Center Food Bank immensely. Through our participation we identified three primary goals and developed a plan for implementing those goals. As a result of these efforts, the White Center Food Bank has hired a full-time Development Director and developed a three year fundraising plan which has resulted in a significant increase in funding for our organization,” Rick says.

“We are most grateful to 501 Commons and the amazing consultants we worked with throughout this process.”

The program is ideal for organizations that do not have a development staff person, are planning to hire one soon, or have a development person who is early in their career.

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