Orlando Nonprofit Alliance Workshop

The Orlando Nonprofit Alliance and Nova Southeastern University held a great workshop on grant writing and fundraising basics. I was honored to be asked to present Beyond The Bake Sale: Fundraising 101. There was only so much I could cover in only 50 minutes, but I touched on the major points of the fundraising cultivation cycle of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Rosso’s Concentric Circle Constituency Model is a lot of words, but the concept is simple: build your donor core and add layers as you grow your donor base. Hum? I see a future post on this topic. Stay tuned.

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I am shown here (far left) during the panel discussion along with (left to right)

Ben Hoyer – Founder and Director of Downtown Credo and President/COO of Rally

Dr. Roxana Ross, Ed.D, MBA, GPC – NSU’s Grant Writing Manager

Charise Liburd – CNP, MPA, PhD Candidate – Senior Program Manager at OCCC

The purpose of Orlando Nonprofit Alliance is to network, collaborate, and share information about and among nonprofit organizations, their members and other key stakeholders. Thank you for letting me share about fundraising and the joy of giving.

Fleet Farming Interns and I

IMG_1682This morning I had the privilege of speaking to a group of interns from Fleeting Farming on grant writing and fundraising. These interns who are in their junior or senior year at the University of Central Florida are so eager to learn how to raise funds to support this organization they are so passionate about. The interns have had some successes but seem to be struggling to find new revenue sources. We discussed how to research and build relationships with funding sources. I critiqued some letters of interest to local and national organizations. My suggested including adding bulleted points, bolded highlights to main points and adding mini stories or quotes of impact. Funders and individuals want to know how their funding will make impact. Adding stories or quotes brings that impact down to a level of one person, or otherwise one quantifiable outcome.


fleet farmingFleet Farming is an urban agriculture program of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit IDEAS For Us that is transforming underutilized land into productive micro-farms to impact local food systems. The produce grown is sharecropped with their “farmlette host” with the excess sold at local SNAP-certified farmers markets. This program is supported by community members who are thinking globally and acting locally by learning and engaging in urban agriculture. Too often urban areas are food deserts with no opportunity to obtain fresh produce. Fleet Farming is changing that … one square foot at a time.


Overall, a great morning with time well spent. I really enjoy mentor young people.

Nova to offer FREE Nonprofit Series!

Nova Southeastern University Orlando Campus is offering free Nonprofit Professional Development Series. Yes! Free!

This is a great opportunity for those seeking to educational opportunities but don’t have a budget, or those seeking to change careers and want to learn more about the nonprofit sector.  To learn more visit their website at http://www.nova.edu/campuses/orlando/events.html

Professional Development Series

EBI New Development Director Roundtable

EBIToday, I had the honor of sharing my passion for teaching others the joy of giving by being the guest speaker at the New Development Director Roundtable at the Edyth Bush Institute of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, sharing about The Association of Fundraising Professionals and the local AFP Central Florida chapter, I covered what our chapter does locally, including our monthly educational programs, scholarships, the mentorship program and CFRE Review Study Group. I also discussed what AFP does internationally providing research and industry advocacy. One of the most important things AFP provides is the Code of Ethical Standard and the Donor Bill of Rights, which is the bases of ethical fundraising best practices. Membership scholarship application are now being accepted for new, renewing and young professionals. The deadline is November 30.

Contact me if you have any questions about what AFP membership can do for you, or you can visit the website: www.afpcentralflorida.org.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is being honored National Philanthropy Day as an Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Creating Change Honoree. This honor is presented to nonprofit organizations that successfully strengthens and empowers a specific demographic or population in Central Florida. DSACF provides services to individuals with Down syndrome, their parents, their siblings, and community partners. By showing the community that individuals with Down syndrome are just as capable and in fact, very valuable members of our community, the DSACF advocates in a very impactful way. Janet Endres Caramello, DSACF Executive Director, is shown here in a behind the scenes photo from the taping of a video done at WUCF TV to appear at NPD. Tickets are now available for National Philanthropy Day. You don’t want to miss this breakfast celebration of the giving spirit in our community on November 1 at the Ritz Carlton. http://www.afpcentralflorida.org/npd/default.aspx #thisisphilanthropy #NPD2017

November 1, 2017- National Philanthropy Day

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The 2017 AFP Central Florida National Philanthropy Day Committee

Today, November 1, 2017, is National Philanthropy Day, as declared by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. This morning’s event celebrating the giving spirit of our community was a sellout crowd at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Lakes. David Odahowski, Edyth Bush Foundation Executive Director, is quoted as saying, “Nothing says philanthropy like the Ritz.” Committee members worked hard all year long to make this event the best NPD ever. Proceeds benefit the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter providing service to its membership which draws from Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.

I had the honor of interviewing honorees for this year awards at the taping at the WUCF facility. The honorees, or the representatives, were asked several questions surrounding their organization and mission. When asked what to look for if they were giving advice on where to give back, over and over again they interviewees talked about finding a passion… a cause that they could really dive into. The organization represented came from a wide range of nonprofit sectors. For example;

  • Franklin’s Friends focus is on animal welfare.
  • Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic raises money to help with the performance art of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Impower Inc has its mission focusing on child welfare and the innovation of telehealth and tele-psychiatry.
  • Lighthouse works is focused on employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.
  • The Victory Cup Initiative is helping local nonprofits learn to tell the story and expand their mission audience.
  • Reed Nissan was recognized for their gift-in-kind donation of television advertisement to support local causes. Something most nonprofits simply can’t afford.
  • Orlando Health was recognized for their employees’ community in service to ove 199 local nonprofit boards and to their leadership during the 2016 Pulse tragedy.
  • Faith- Christina Duncan was honored as the Youth in Philanthropy in her work with the Downs Syndrome Association of Central Florida, showing having Downs Syndrome hasn’t held her back from making a positive impact in the community.
  • A Gift For Teach has expanded their impact on local teachers through the innovative Pencil Boy Express bus bring teaching tools and supplies directly to the schools.

And then there was the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Mr. Harvey Massey, whose video described his humble beginnings and how his wife, Carol, his bride of 54 years was his greatest champion. He also talked about giving back. He has a painting in his office of a giant oak tree with massive branch canopy with the quote, “A great man plants seeds of a tree knowing he will never sit in its shade.”

Orange Appeal Philanthropy Edition Front Page-page-001Please see the program for the 2017 National Philanthropy starting on page 125 of the Orange Appeal magazine November/ December edition. Orange Appeal Magazine is a locally operated and woman owned magazine with each issue filled with women to watch representing a diverse range, from the area’s top business leaders to industrious entrepreneurs as well as key players in the nonprofit arena. Much appreciation goes to Christi Ashby, Kate Slentz and their team for their hard work to put together the 2017 November/December Edition. If you don’t receive this magazine, you need to subscribe! Thank you, Orange Appeal Magazine, for your continued support of AFP Central Florida and National Philanthropy.

Today was a great day to celebrate giving.

Noted author and fundraiser, Hank Rosso, called fundraising the gentle art of teach others the joy of giving. Today’s award winners and honorees know the joy of giving.

If you want to cultivate the joy of giving and a culture of philanthropy in your nonprofit, organization, contact me. Let’s talk.