Loyola University Chicago

Baumhart Center

Housed in the Loyola Business Leadership Hub

Fundraising for Good

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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

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Additional details

Fundraising executives are required to deliver excellence to multiple constituents with competing needs and priorities. Fundraising for Good is thus designed to guide and support executives as they successfully navigate competing priorities to ensure that financial goals are met and their organizations thrive.

Participants will receive best practice strategic and tactical counsel, as well as real-world input from peers regarding:

  • Growing your base and strengthening your major gifts programs
  • Engaging your board and volunteers in fundraising
  • Creating an internal culture of philanthropy
  • Managing up to your CEO to maximize fundraising effectiveness
  • Attracting and retaining strong development staff

(Note: CFRE credit will be offered to interested participants.)

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.

Our CDO Learning Community will have its kick-off dinner on the evening of Wednesday, January 9th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. From February through October of 2019 (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. Our November 2019 meeting (which will serve doubly as a learning session and an end-of-year celebration) will be a dinner on November 13, 2019, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Fundraising for Good will be a community of dedicated leaders who are committed to their own growth, as well as the growth of their peers. While we are primarily targeting Chief Development Officers, senior fundraising executives who manage a significant team and fundraising budget will also be seriously considered.

We seek leaders who:
  • Lead a substantial private fundraising goal ($1m to $15m).
  • Supervise a team of 2 to 10 full-time fundraising personnel.
  • Have at least five years of experience in the fundraising field.
  • 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.

October 1, 2018
Application process opens. Click here to apply.

November 2, 2018
Applications are due by 5 p.m.

November 9, 2018
Applicants are notified whether they have been admitted to the 2019 Class of Fundraising for Good.

January 9, 2019
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.