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WVDO Development Series: Fundraising from the Inside Out
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When: Thursday, July 21st
3:30PM - 5PM
Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Lorenzen Conference Center, lower level
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, Oregon  97227
United States
Presenter: Amy Varga
Contact: Melanie Shaw

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Topic:  Fundraising from the Inside Out: Building a Culture Where Fundraising Can Thrive

During this highly interactive session, you will explore the hidden truth that fundraising success does not start by focusing on the donors “out there” but instead on your internal team and even within yourself.  You have probably heard the famous Peter Drucker “culture eats strategy for breakfast” quote, and yet still struggle with how to create a culture where fundraising thrives in your organization.   You know you need more than just the right fundraising strategy to reach your goals.  You need a team of loyal, talented, collaborative staff who truly care about your mission and one another.  Why is it that we can still feel uncomfortable about fundraising even when we deeply believe in the cause we are raising money for?   Through individual and group exercises, we will unpack how your relationship with money, your ambivalent feelings about control, interdependence, abundance and believing in possibility are deeply impacting your fundraising success.  You will walk away with a better understanding of your personal money blueprint, ways to shift your thinking and feelings around money, and tools for bringing the conversation back to your organization. 

Key Takeaways

  • We each have hidden limiting beliefs that impact our experience as fundraisers.
  • By surfacing these beliefs through guided worksheets, quizzes and discussions, we can start to shift them.
  • Bringing these themes back to your organization will open new ways to talk with your colleagues about fundraising and will help build an organizational culture more conducive to fundraising.
  • By focusing on your internal staff culture, you will have more engaged employees.  Engaged employees have longer tenure in their positions. Engaged employees engage donors and volunteers.  Engaged employees are your key to unlocking your fundraising success. 


Tools | Resources | Exercises

  • Klontz Money Script Inventory
  • Personal money belief exercise
  • Scarcity vs. Abundance framework
  • Tools and information needed to build effective internal teams

Presenter:  Amy Varga

About Amy:
For more than eighteen years, Amy has helped organizations, boards and executives transform their approach to fundraising.  She has helped launch two community fundraising certificate programs and teaches graduate students fundraising and organizational strategy at the University of Portland and Portland State University. Amy leads Varga Consulting LLC where she focuses on fundraising strategy, board development, and the importance of personal renewal in mission centered organizations.  She holds a masters degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelors degree from Willamette University.

The Development Series is sponsored by LKA Fundraising & Communications.  Event space is generously donated by Legacy Health.



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