Community Event: Flathead Fund Development Book Group

Fundraising professionals are invited to join a new book group in the Flathead to promote continuing education and networking. This event is hosted by Cathy Cooney of Montana Community Foundation.

The Flathead Fund Development Book Group is holding the first meeting on Wednesday, December 9, from 4-5 p.m. at the development office of Immanuel Lutheran Communities. The facility is located at 185 Crestline in Kalispell. (The development office is located in a small house at the end of the street next to the main facility. For more specific directions, contact Ronalee Skees at 752-9243 or rskees@ilcorp.org.)

The FFD book group will meet every three weeks for structured discussions. It is open to all fundraising professionals (paid or unpaid) or those interested in entering the development field. There is no fee for joining, but all participants are required to read the book selections in advance to allow full participation in the discussion.

The first selection is Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships that Last by Simone Joyaux.  The newest version of the book is expensive so participants are encouraged to buy a used or  Kindle version. (The third edition is the newest, but the 1st or 2nd edition will be fine.) At the first meeting, we will discuss the first three or four chapters of the book.

This groundbreaking book offers important insights, critical strategies, and useful tools to enhance your organization’s performance and raise more charitable contributions. Joyaux challenges the fundraising profession to focus on organizational development rather than merely promoting fundraising technicians. Joyaux integrates staff work with that of volunteers and demands a basic change in the way we do business.

If you have questions, contact Cathy Cooney, Director of Donor Services at Montana Community Foundation, at ccooney@mtcf.org or 441-4954.

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