Community Foundation of Boone County offers course to strengthen local nonprofits


By Chris Bavender

A partnership between the Community Foundation of Boone County and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI will provide for Certificate in Fundraising Management courses to local and surrounding county nonprofit leaders.

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“During our last grant cycle, we had 32 local nonprofits submit proposals for funding. While they were all worthwhile causes, we just didn’t have the dollars to support them all,” said Kristi Reynolds, president and CEO of CFBC. “Our staff began brainstorming ways in which we could help support local needs on a larger scale. What better way to help nonprofits serve our community than to strengthen the nonprofit organizations themselves?”

The classes are nationally recognized, and attendees will leave with the “knowledge and credentials to take their programs to the next level,” Reynolds said.

Courses would normally cost more than $5,500 per person to complete on their own. However, Boone County nonprofits – or nonprofits that serve Boone County – can complete the certification courses for $1,000. Nonprofit leaders from surrounding counties can attend for $4,000. Community Impact Fund money will be used to support the program.

CFRM courses recognize and substantiate a commitment to fundraising leadership through the completion of four university courses. Classes to be offered are:

• Principles and Techniques of Fundraising – March 13, 14, 20 and 21

• Developing Major Gifts – April 13, 20 and 21

• Developing Annual Sustainability – May 22 and 23

• Managing the Capital Campaign – June 15, 22 and 23

Space and funding is limited. Applications are due by Jan. 31. Priority will be given to nonprofit leaders, nonprofit fundraisers and nonprofit board members. The application is available online at For more, contact Barb Schroeder at [email protected].