Speaking at Illinois Main Street Conference in Pontiac

We were delighted to be asked to speak at the upcoming Illinois Main Street conference to be held in Pontiac on October 1-3, 2013 We are speaking on October 1 on two of our favorite fundraising topics. Here some background on our talks.

More Members: More Revenue

For most Main Street organizations, membership is the first form of fundraising undertaken, but it can be a potent resource for expanding the organization's financial base.  This session revolves around a case study of Main Street Libertyville Illinois, where 75% of their organizational revenue now comes from 1100 members.  You will learn how they acquired, developed and renew their members in detail, so that you can recreate their success.  There will be considerable discussion of the renewal process so you maximize revenue from this already committed group of investors.  This session can be 90 minutes or 3.5 hours in length and includes two group exercises.  Participants will receive a resource packet of materials including the PowerPoint, our Main Street Now article, ideal membership brochure, renewal letters and bibliography on CD.  Intermediate/Advanced level

Creating A Fundraising Plan 

As downtown programs mature, and committees seek ever greater revenue sources to support their activities, Board members are insisting on clear, measurable fundraising plans as a means to monitor fundraising across the whole organization. This hour and a half long workshop will introduce you to the component parts of a fundraising plan and how it is integrated into the work planning process. This 90 minutes workshop includes one group exercise. Participants will receive a resource packet of materials including the PowerPoint presentation, several articles, template, sample fundraising calendar and bibliography on CD. Intermediate/Advanced level.

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