Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.
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Development Training

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission leads development workshops and one-hour webinars geared towards volunteer leadership (board members and advisors) and staff from nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about securing philanthropic support for their organization. The series is suited for large and small organizations from any discipline with limited development staff, and highlights best practices while facilitating dynamic group interactions to help attendees build and strengthen their fundraising "tool-kit" so they can more effectively and sustainably achieve their mission. Read presenter bios.

Upcoming workshops and webinars:

Developing the "Why" for your organization or Program

In this three-day workshop (one hour a day) we will work together to build a robust outline of a case statement for your organization, and begin to fill out the details, so that you will end the three-day session with a draft of a case statement for your organization or program. Participants will be asked to have some basic materials/information handy as we begin the workshop and will be provided with a "workbook" to guide them through the process. 

Date: July 20, 21 & 22, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm Central Time
Platform: Zoom
Cost: $60 Early Bird Pricing through July 12 ($75 Regular Pricing through July 19)

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Does Your Board Reflect Your Story and Your Audience? 

As we in the nonprofit world work on board development, we deal with charges of "political correctness" on the one hand, and "tokenism" on the other. Given the current charged environment, it is even more important to make sure that our leadership, specifically our boards, reflect the people our organization is committed to serving. While this might sound easy, especially for organiziations with very specific geographic or mission focus, it is easier said than done. And more so when the organization's mission lends itself to differing points of view. This webinar will offer some thoughts and ideas on what organizations need to be thinking of as they deal with board development and building appropriate representation within their leadership. 

Date: August 25, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00 am Central Time
Platform: GoToWebinar
Cost: Free

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Development How-To: 

This three-day workshop will focus on the following topics:

Day 1) Building realistic development budgets from your prospect lists
Day 2) Making the ask
Day 3) Donor stewardship

Each of these sessions will provide participants with the tools and skills to be able to support anad grow your development program, whether you are a fledgling nonprofit or one with an established fundraising program.

Date: September 20, 21 & 22, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm Central Time
Platform: Zoom
Cost: $70 Early Bird Pricing through September 3 ($80 Regular Pricing through September 18)

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