Fueling Dynamic Fundraising
FDF Thrive & Dine
Fueling Dynamic Fundraising IU Collaboration
Fueling Dynamic Fundraising IU Collaboration
Fueling Dynamic Fundraising


Fueling Dynamic Fundraising

The Purpose

Developing and executing a strong fundraising program is essential for a thriving nonprofit organization. But successful fundraising does not happen in isolation or through the work of a single person. It takes all key stakeholders working together through a shared vision and well-developed strategy. When a nonprofit has its CEO/executive director, key staff, and board members all involved in creating and executing its fundraising plan, the likelihood of sustained success increases dramatically.

Strengthening the Impact

Across multiple listening sessions with local nonprofit leaders, the desire for training and development around sustainable fundraising strategies and board involvement rose to the top. As a result, The Patterson Foundation created Fueling Dynamic Fundraising to explore the power of the partnership between a nonprofit’s board, staff, and CEO within the context of fundraising. Through an orientation webinar and a six-week virtual course custom designed in partnership with The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Fueling Dynamic Fundraising will uncover the significance of and possibilities resulting from a strong and vibrant board/staff/CEO partnership dynamic and how it can inform a successful fundraising program. To help participating nonprofits implement their learnings and explore new possibilities, The Patterson Foundation will provide 1:1 consulting support between course sessions and for one year following the conclusion of the course.


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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this opportunity?

The Patterson Foundation believes in the power of strengthening the efforts of people, organizations, and communities through philanthropy. With Fueling Dynamic Fundraising, TPF is creating opportunities for nonprofit organizations to improve their fundraising practices because stronger fundraising leads to increased mission impact.

Why collaborate with The Fund Raising School?

The Fund Raising School is the preeminent professional fundraising training and educational program. Combining research and practice together, its unique curriculum helps individuals and organizations become well-versed, dynamic fundraisers. Additionally, collaborating with The Fund Raising School expands The Patterson Foundation’s relationship with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, which continues to evolve while leveraging the school’s diverse pool of talent, programs, and resources.

Why is fundraising important to nonprofits?

Fundraising fuels an organization. Every organization seeks to strike a balance of earned income and public and private support to deliver its mission.

How does fundraising impact thrivability?

Thrivability is the degree to which a person, place, thing, or idea can thrive. The Patterson Foundation is creating opportunities for regional nonprofits to invest in themselves to strengthen the impact their work has on the lives of the people and communities they serve. Fundraising provides the money needed for nonprofits to thrive.

What nonprofits have participated in the initiative?

Will there be future opportunities to participate?

There will be additional offerings of Fueling Dynamic Fundraising. Dates and eligibility requirements will be announced in the fall of 2023.

Is there a fee to participate?

As a gift to our region’s nonprofits, The Patterson Foundation covers all expenses associated with Fueling Dynamic Fundraising’s educational offerings and consulting support.

Where can I find fundraising research and resources?

The Fund Raising School provides access to research reports and other resources. Visit The Fund Raising School’s website to learn more.

Who can I contact about Fueling Dynamic Fundraising?

For more information, contact Fueling Dynamic Fundraising initiative lead Sara Leonard: sara@saraleonardgroup.com

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