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Ready, Set, Fundraise! Session I of II
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Ready, Set, Fundraise! Session I of II

This workshop covers nonprofit management best practices with a goal of creating a sustainable organization.

When: Wednesday - Thursday, August 14-15, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Rollins College, Hamilton Holt Building (Opposite side of garage from Main Campus)
SunTrust Parking Garage
East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, Florida  32789
United States

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This workshop covers nonprofit management best practices with a goal of creating a sustainable organization. Funders look for proper accounting procedures, internal controls, a strong and active board of directors, consistent program evaluation and mission-based strategic planning. Participants work through the steps necessary to ensure their organizations have a strong foundation in order to be prepared to fundraise.

You will learn:

  • the role relationship plays in securing funding
  • how to write a clear and concise explanation of your mission
  • how to construct a compelling need statement
  • what funders look for in a budget
  • the importance of evaluating programs to determine if they meet the community need
  • the basics of nonprofit accounting and strong internal controls
  • the necessary actions that are required for the organization to comply with government reporting guidelines, funders' requests, and good stewardship
  • how to differentiate between the roles of the executive director and the board of directors
  • to identify the elements of a strategic plan and how to track progress towards meeting the plan's goals

Download a full course outline (PDF).

Tuition: $280 Members, $520 Non-members

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Complimentary coffee and beverage service is provided throughout the day. Breakfast bars in the morning and a light snack in the afternoon are also provided. You have a one hour lunch (not provided) break and will be given a list of restaurants within walking distance.

Instructors: Emily Furlong, Senior Program Manager, Philanthropy Center, and Terri Chastain, CFRE, Consultant

Emily Furlong Emily Furlong is the senior program manager at the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center where she is responsible for continuing education for nonprofit organizations. Her teaching credentials include volunteer management, fundraising and development, and board governance. She has been a founding member of two nonprofits, Seminole Heart and Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County, and served as executive director and Chairman of the Board of Seminole Heart. She is also the past Chairperson of the United Arts of Central Florida’s Standard and Allocation Committee.  Previous to these positions she was the volunteer manager at Meals on Wheels and Harbor House. Emily is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.


Terri ChastainTerri Chastain, CFRE, is a fundraising and training consultant for the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center. She has over 25 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, including serving as Development Director for the Adult Literacy League and UCP of Central Florida. Her experience includes major gifts; training & management of staff, board, and volunteers; foundation & corporate support; annual fund; special events; and in-kind support, as well as direct program service in the fields of children's, family, and disability / special needs services. Ms. Chastain has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors since completing her undergraduate education at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is a member, and a former board member, of the Association for Fundraising Professionals; a member and former board member of the Grant Professionals Network of Central Florida; and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE.

Full participation in Ready, Set, Fundraise! is applicable for fourteen (14) points in Category 1.B - Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. Read more at

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