Annual Fund Series

The annual fund serves to establish a base of individual donors that can involve, inform, and create connections with others to your organization. It secures a steady flow of income for programs and services and provides a launching point for further fundraising efforts beyond this baseline.

Participate in this series to learn what contributes to a successful annual fund strategy.

This CNE class was empowering and eye-opening almost from the first minute, and has taken me from a place of dreading fundraising to one of understanding that it is our opportunity to truly know and engage our constituents and friends. Our trainer was thoroughly versed in her subject, and used every opportunity to amplify our understanding as well as remove our fear about tackling some of the most important work we do for our organizations: Ensuring their health and well-being.

Gram Slayton, Piedmont Council for the Arts

Annual Fund Series Curriculum

Trainer: Laurie Rogers, Independent Grant Writer

Time commitment: Five three-hour sessions in September and early October 2019

Class size: To maintain an engaging learning environment, CNE caps all Advanced Trainings at 24 participants. (Note: Member applications will be given priority for all Advanced Trainings.)

Who should apply? Any staff or board member involved in the planning and/or execution of your organization’s annual fundraising efforts.

Member Cost: $300 per individual or $500 for two members of one organization.

Non-Member Cost: $375 per individual.

  1. The Annual Fund as a Building Block, Thursday, September 5, 9am–12pm
  2. Analyzing Last Year’s Efforts, Thursday, September 12, 9am–12pm
  3. Planning for Next Year, Thursday, September 19, 9am–12pm
  4. Designing Your Stewardship Plan—Thanking Your Donors, Thursday, September 26, 9am–12pm
  5. Presenting Your Plan, Thursday, October 3, 9am–12pm

This training carries 10 pts toward CFRE certification.

Applications due Thursday, August 15.


This program is exclusively available to CNE Members. Not a member? Join today.

Interested in other advanced programs for nonprofit leaders? Check out our Board Academy, Management Academy, and Leadership Circles.