“My experience in this program was extraordinary.  I’m a bit of a seminar junkie, and this series is the most comprehensive and complete set of classes on the development process I’ve seen.  When everything is said and done, it’s all about building relationships and raising money; this program carefully walks the participant through all phases and current trends in the fund-raising world.  I believe both the old pro and the rookie just getting started in this fascinating career will benefit from Principles of Successful Fund-Raising.  My time spent with this first-class team was truly awesome and exceeded my expectations.”
–  K. S., Director of Development, Lake Catholic High School

Enrolling in the Principles of Successful Fund-Raising was a great way to begin my new career in college advancement!  Each session, the content, organization and presentation was outstanding.  What I learned in the areas of major gifts and special events has been immensely helpful to me.  The supplemental materials provided enhanced instruction and I frequently find myself reaching for them as a resource in my day-to-day work.  Admittedly, before taking this class, I was apprehensive about ever “making the ask,” but after completing this course, I felt prepared, confident and excited to take on my new roll in fund raising! 
– K.P.,Vice Present for Community, Corporate  & Gov’t Relations, Special Asst. to the President for Advancement, Notre Dame College

“I attended Principles of SuccessfulFund- Raising as a person new to the world of development, representing an organization with no formal development program. Because of the course, I was able to increase donations by creating a donor-centered newsletter, website and appeal letters. In addition, I was able to improve donor prospecting and cultivation by employing the skills I learned. Grants increased and business sponsorships grew as a result of practical appli­cations taught during the class. Afterward, I was able to begin a planned giving program which attracted the interest of donors and their estate planners. I also improved donor records, acknowledgements and overall communications. Attending this class benefited me professionally in so many ways; I just can’t say enough about it!” 
K.R., Director of Development, Humane Society of Greater Akron

“I found Principles of Successful Fund-Raising incredibly helpful to me in my new role as Development Director.  The sessions helped me prepare an annual fund-raising strategy, properly staff a department, and make wise decisions about special events and future campaigns.  I was also able to send different members of my staff team and Board of Directors to selected sessions.  I pull my class binder off the bookshelf at least once a month for reference – it has been invaluable as I planned a major donor initiative!  I would highly recommend the seminar; it is well worth your time and financial investment.” 
J.M, Director of Development, The City Mission

Principles of Successful Fund-Raising was one of the most useful additions to my professional portfolio.  The class was extremely thorough and I continually call on what I learned in my day-to-day work.  The presenters were excellent and the information both timely and timeless.  Thank you so much for a wonderful tool.”
J. P.L., Director of Education and Special Events, Steamship William G. Mather Museum

“I thoroughly enjoyed Principles of Successful Fund-Raising.  When I completed the course, I felt prepared to take on my new annual-fund position.  Thank you for sharing your expertise.”
S.W., Annual Fund Director, University Hospitals Health System

“New to fund raising, I faced a learning curve that was a sheer vertical.  Resource Development Network gave me a way to climb.  The Principles of Successful Fund-Raisingseries clearly explained the many facets of development and provided practical, hands-on tools.  The excellent training, the encouragement of peers and the fantastic resource notebook equipped me to be effective in building relationships.” 
– L.B., Development Officer, Geauga Park District

“Being new to both the fund- raising and the nonprofit worlds, this course was  incredibly valuable to me and very much a worthwhile investment of time and money.  Halfway through, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the realization of how much work I had ahead of me.  By the time it was all over, the program had helped me determine what my priorities should be and  develop a plan to tackle them.  The course work and the presenters were engaging and thought-provoking, the networking opportunity has already paid off, and I’ll be applying what I learned for years to come!” 
S.A.M., Executive Director, The ALS Association, Northern Ohio Chapter  

Enrolling in this course was an excellent investment for the Foodbank.  The faculty and guest speakers shared successful fund-raising philosophies and practical experiences.  The best part is, we now have a comprehensive ‘workbook’ of handouts, samples and guidelines for our development staff, our board and other volunteers.  I mean every word of praise–I’m one of the course’s biggest cheerleaders!. 
J.M, Director of Development, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

“Principles of Successful Fund-Raising was educational and fun at the same time . . .not the usual boring lectures.  Ideas presented by the knowledgeable instructors have been used frequently.  It was also helpful hearing what events, ideas, and projects work for other class participants.”
C.H., Administrative Assistant, Ashtabula County Medical Center

“I found this course to be an incredibly valuable and empowering learning experience.  It’s an exceptional course enabling executive directors, board members and volunteers to explore proven techniques and approaches in fund raisingin order to increase contributions to their organizations.  I’m delighted this course is offered in Cleveland.”
W.A.M., Community Volunteer

“As a rookie development officer, this course gave me the solid foundation I needed to hit the ground running.  The professional, friendly instruction provided sound advice and strategies on how to best focus time and resources to make the greatest long-term impact.  The reference materials are timeless . . . I refer to them often.” 
L.P., Director of Development, The Fine Arts Association

“I accepted a job as a director of development after only two years of fund-raising experience.  This course helped me identify priorities as a fund raiser, and gave me the tools I needed to strategically approach the many facets of fund raising.  The speakers were all rich with experience and knowledge in the field.  I left each session feeling informed and invigorated.  I continue to use the course manual to guide me while I do my job.  I recommend this empowering experience for anyone in the nonprofit field.”
A.Y., Director of Development, Rose-Mary Center

“The course is great as an introduction for those new to the field and as an energizing fortifier for experience fund-raisers. All key aspects of development work are covered during the course.  The presenters and written materials are outstanding.”  
H.M. Director of Development, PLAN of Northeast Ohio

“This class provided a great ‘tool box’ of resources.  As the key person with development responsibilitiesin my agency, it was a bonus to share this learning experience with my Executive Director and Deputy Director.  Together we were able to return with concrete principles and get right to work getting our agency on a solid fund-raising track.  We are better equipped, not just for a major-gifts campaign, but for building a more solid foundation through ‘friend’ raising.” 
P.H. Marketing Director, Geauga Park District

“Over a period of years, we have enrolled several Cleveland Zoological Society staff member in Principles of Successful Fund-Raising.  This course is perfect as a complete introductory course for a beginner or a great review for a veteran.” 
L.F, Executive Director, Cleveland Zoological Society

“As a trustee, the information in this course has been a great value.  I feel I have a much greater appreciation for the job that my organization’s development staff does, and for what a trustee’s development responsibilities are.  I am a better trustee for having been through this course.”  
M.M., Trustee, Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital

“This course is an excellent investment that is already paying handsome dividends.  I came away with a broad understanding of key development strategies, and a deeper understanding of what it takes to coordinate a successful annual appeal.  The presenters were seasoned professionals, with unparalleled experience, and the materials continue to serve as a valuable resource.” 
L.M., Director of Development, Citizens Academy

“After 20 years of community volunteer-work, I had certain questions about raising dollars.  I took the course and was able to get all my questions answered.  I have never taken a course that has given me more practical methods and skills that I could incorporate immediately into my volunteer work.  As a bonus, we were given a take-home manual that I consider to be the ‘Bible’ of fund raising.  I highly recommend this class.”
A.G., Community Volunteer

“Thank you for your graciousness from the day I called to enroll to the day you handed me my certificate.  You made all of us feel welcome.  It could have been overwhelming in content and intimidating because of the stature of the presenters.  It wasn’t.  That reflects both excellent planning and the ‘heart’ of those who shared their knowledge and experiences.  The 10 sessions of this course are ‘just enough’:  Professionalism –Just enough and not so much as to intimidate;  Personal Involvement – Just enough to encourage us to emulate their success;  Written Materials – Just enough to get us started or to help upgrade our own;  Reference Materials – Just enough to supply supporting proof of what is taught;    Guidelines – Just enough to use ‘as is’ or as a basis for developing our own;  Resources – Just enough to give us comfort in knowing where to get answers;  Fee – Just enough so all can expect a huge return on investment.”   
R.M., God Cares Ministries

“As an Executive Director without development staff, this course helped bring me up-to-speed on current thinking in fund raising.  It also provided me with materials and information to share with my Board of Trustees about their role in fund raising.” 
S.H., Executive Director, Maximum Independence Living

“Resource Development Network’s comprehensive course in not-for-profit development offers lively presentations by recognized leaders and a wealth of well-organized written material.  It is well worth the time and money.” 
P.W., Executive Director, Citizens Academy

“Complete and comprehensive!Takes you inside the minds of those who give and why.  This course gave me the tools to put a donor-centered fund-raising program into action immediately.  It also helped me engage our Board.  Even if you have been fund raising for years like I have, this course will have a great impact . . . and it’s taught by the absolute masters of the craft.” 
H.S., Greater Cleveland Community Shares

“This course gave me the foundation of skills and knowledge I needed to develop my newly- created position.  It provided the proper guidance on fund-raising principles and the various components of the nonprofit sector.  Thank you!” 
C.G., Marketing and Development Specialist, The Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation

“Faculty and their preparation were excellent.  The information proved to be jewels – for any agency.  From the basic to the complex, this course delivers.  Each presenter brings to life their years of valuable experience.” 
M.C.O., Executive Director, Olivet Housing and Community Development Corporation

“As an executive director who wears many hats, the course gave me practical ideas to implement and handouts that I use constantly as a guide.  I found the class very well organized with knowledgeable instructors.  Taking the course has made a difference in how I approach fund raising and grantwriting.  All I can say is . . . thanks!” 
N.S., Executive Director, Oberlin Early Childhood Center

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