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The Accidental Fundraiser


Tips and Tricks for Board Members Who Never Wanted to Fundraise in the First Place

Past Webinar

You joined a nonprofit board of directors because you believed in the organization’s cause, but now they want you to FUNDRAISE! Yikes! Since you’re going to have to help with fundraising, let’s make it fun! In this webinar, you will learn how to determine your best role in the development process, how to communicate the organization’s impact in the community, and how to make the asking part a little more rewarding for you and the organization.

What you will learn in this webinar:

  • Understanding board roles and responsibilities in fundraising
  • Identifying roles in the development process and your most suitable part
  • How to take a little bit of the fear out of the ask


Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE, is a founding partner of GoalBusters Consulting, Flagstaff, Ariz., which provides outsourced development, strategic and development planning, training, and education for small and medium charitable organizations. She has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience. Prior to GoalBusters, Ferris served as director of development for Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Ariz., foundation director for Flagstaff Medical Center, and director of development for KNAU Arizona Public Radio, Flagstaff. During her tenure at Lowell Observatory, the membership program more than doubled, and during her time at KNAU, she led the station to its first $1 million fundraising year. As foundation director for Flagstaff Medical Center, Ferris directed the philanthropic grants program, granting over $1.3 million for community health in the Flagstaff area.

Ferris has been Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Teacher since 2006 and a well-reviewed keynote and workshop presenter, giving presentations in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She teaches a masters class for LaGrange College’s (LaGrange, Ga.) Philanthropy and Development degree.


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