No money, no mission. Without the skills to consistently fundraise for their important work, nonprofits struggle to gain traction.
Impact Institute is a capacity-builder. We help organizations build their bench strength, management and fundraising to thrive and resolve challenges. Rather that providing the proverbial fish that feeds a person for the day, Impact Foundation teaches to fish so that nonprofits and businesses are “fed for a lifetime.”
From its first pilot in 2006 to present day, the Impact Institute’s Fundraising Training has helped charities dramatically improve their donor bases for sound financial footing.
Continuously improved and evolving, the Funding Logic system is at the core of Impact Institute. Through Impact Foundation, this teaching has been field-tested by fundraising professionals and helped charities grow their missions and accomplish community projects of epic scale.
Training events — held in Fargo, Minot and Bismarck — also become networking opportunities. Attendees connect with peers, discover areas for mutual service, support one another, share best practices and dig into current issues.
Impact fundraising professionals meet individually with charity leaders, fundraising directors and board members for coaching and strategy sessions.
Fundraising is a primary focus: how to attract new donors, cultivate major gifts, plan successful fundraisers, hire the right staff or make the “big ask,” for example. It’s a valuable place to map out ideas for growth, plan board development, learn about wise use of technology, or discuss any aspect of organizational leadership.
A decade of give-and-take with motivated charity leaders in these sessions has shaped new answers to persistent challenges and framed best practices. Our coaches are connectors when they see opportunities for collaboration and resource-sharing. They’ve helped charities form fruitful partnerships, and steered organizations to resources in businesses or regional universities to accelerate results.
Charities that received our coaching and mentoring raised an average 32% more on Giving Hearts Day 2015, compared to an 18% increase for participating charities overall — that’s a 14% bonus for those tapping into this resource. The 54 charities that participated in coaching in the 10 weeks before Giving Hearts Day raised $1.8 million.