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Fundraising for Good seeks to accelerate the impact of financial development leaders by providing deep and ongoing support through peer learning and individualized coaching.

Fundraising for Good offers advancement leaders:

  • Monthly best-practice and peer learning sessions, supported by an expert facilitator
  • Semi-annual one-on-one coaching sessions around professional and personal goals
  • Special access to Baumhart Center gatherings aimed at equipping leaders with skills, knowledge, and networks for social impact

Download a brochure for a closer look at the program.

Program details

Learning objectives

Fundraising for Good 2020 seeks to help major gift officers (MGOs) be more successful in achieving fundraising targets and to prepare MGOs for future leadership in the advancement field. Participants will benefit from teaching, peer learning, and strategic counsel in the following areas:

  • Identifying and engaging major gift prospects
  • Closing and stewarding transformational gifts
  • Utilizing the power of persuasion internally and externally to achieve goals
  • Preparing for leadership in the advancement field
  • Moving from direct fundraiser to team leader

Note: CFRE credit will be offered to participants.

Program structure

The Fundraising for Good Leadership Network will meet monthly (with breaks in July and December) for two hours. Each meeting will have a learning objective and will be structured to promote a high level of open peer exchange. Alongside these monthly meetings, members will participate in two individualized coaching sessions annually and be invited to attend the Baumhart Center’s fall Leading for Good leadership breakfast.

Fundraising for Good will have its kick-off dinner on the evening of Wednesday, January 8th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. From February through October of 2020 (excepting a break in July), the group will meet on the second Wednesday morning of each month from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Baumhart Center Conference Room (Room 220) of Loyola University’s Schreiber Center at 16 E. Pearson Street in Chicago. The November 2020 meeting (which will serve doubly as a learning session and an end-of-year celebration) will be a dinner on November 12, 2020, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.


Shannon Alexander
Director and Lead Facilitator
Seth Green
Supporting Faculty


Fundraising for Good will be a community of dedicated fundraisers who are committed to their own growth, as well as the growth of their peers.

We seek professionals who:

  • Spend a minimum of 60% of their time raising major gifts from individuals.
  • Have clear professional and personal development goals.
  • Are passionate about the power of philanthropy and committed to helping peers become better fundraisers.

Since the Baumhart Center’s Leadership Networks are structured to promote the highest level of learning, information sharing, and confidentiality, we seek leaders who come from a wide array of nonprofit settings, including arts and culture, civic affairs, education, the environment, emergency relief, healthcare, human services, policy advocacy, social justice, and youth development. We do our best to select candidates from varied nonprofit disciplines and geographies to ensure there are not competitive tensions among participants.


Fundraising for Good costs $2,500 for the year. As a way to encourage AFP Chicago membership among participants, the Baumhart Center is delighted to offer a 10% discount on this tuition to AFP Chicago members.

This cost includes:

  • Ten monthly learning sessions
  • Two individualized coaching sessions with Shannon Alexander
  • All food and drink
  • All materials

Note: The Baumhart Center may offer partial or full cost assistance in rare cases where a candidate's participation ensures a more diverse, inclusive, and successful program for all participants.


September 25, 2019
Application process opens. Click here to apply.

November 4, 2019
Applications are due by 5 p.m.

November 15, 2019
Applicants are notified whether they have been admitted to the 2020 Class of Fundraising for Good.

January 8, 2020
Kick-off dinner launches the inaugural class of Fundraising for Good.


For questions about Fundraising for Good please email baumhartcenter@luc.edu and include the words “Fundraising for Good” in the subject line.

Partnership makes it possible

The Baumhart Center is delighted to be partnering with AFP Chicago in the development and delivery of Fundraising for Good. We look forward to how this collaboration will allow us to connect our learning experiences in Fundraising for Good back to Chicago’s professional fundraising community.