Board Fundamentals: Fund Development

Learn best practices and concrete ideas to support your organization's fundraising efforts.

Boards have a critical role to play in fund development, yet many board members don’t feel they have the experience or confidence to be effective in promoting their organization.

This workshop is targeted to board members who want to learn how to develop a culture of fund development within their organization.

Who Should Attend

Board members, executive directors/CEOs or senior leaders (i.e. Directors, Managers, etc.) of not-for-profit organizations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will:

  • Understand the current limitations and opportunities in fund development and be able to assess which fundraising approaches would work best for your organization
  • Be able to bring more prospective donors to your organization
  • Increase your confidence in talking to prospective donors about funding opportunities
  • Have concrete tools for increasing donor retention


The workshop will cover the following topics in an interactive, discussion-filled format:

  1. Fundraising success factors:
    - The current fundraising environment in Canada
    - Philanthropic trends and competition for donor dollars
    - How to best talk about your organization

  2. Types of Fundraising
    - Types of fundraising approaches and campaigns
    - How to assess the best fundraising types for your organization

  3. Strategic relationship building
    - How to move from conversation to action with an interested prospective donor
    - How to find and assess new prospective donors for your organization
    - How to build relationships with potential prospective donors

  4. Making the ask
    - Tips to increase board involvement in identifying who, when, where and how to ask
    - How to support a successful face to face ask

  5. Donor retention through stewardship
    - How and why you should keep in touch once the money comes in
    - Creative approaches to stewardship

To see if this workshop is currently scheduled, visit our upcoming learning opportunties listing.

For more information, please email


Free Membership Available
To support not-for-profits through the economic impacts of COVID-19, we are offering our membership for free for a limited time.

t: 604 875 9144**
f: 604 875 0710
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

**Please note: During COVID-19 the Vantage Point team is working from home. Contact information for workshops can be found on event pages, or find a list of our staff contact info here.


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