Non-Profit Fundraising Course Scheduled for Lone Star College-Montgomery

To help answer these and many other related questions, Lone Star College-Montgomery will offer a 40-hour course specifically for the non-profit sector—Fundraising for Non-Profits—beginning June 2.

Join with other non-profit leaders to examine what it takes to have a healthy fundraising effort.  Explore more than 15 ways to ask for or earn money. Learn how to say “thank you” in new and creative ways. Personalize a fundraising strategy to meet the mission and goals of your organization.

Offered as part of the college’s Human Services Professional Institute, the continuing education course covers the components of a typical grant proposal, foundation research, how to effectively write a cover letter, the importance of needs assessments, and evaluations. It also emphasizes presenting an organization's problem statement in a clear concise manner. Attendees will learn the components of a comprehensive fundraising program—specifically tailored for non-profits, with an emphasis on planning, developing and communicating a fundraising outline.

The course kicks off on Tuesday, June 2, with a Tuesday/Thursday schedule (June 2-July 2) from 5:45-9:45 p.m. Graduates will earn 4.0 CEUs. The course is $249 including all course materials.

“Truly, one sign of a healthy non-profit organization is a diverse revenue stream,” said Juanita Stanley, who leads the course. “Why diverse? Receiving an income from many sources acts as a safety net in the event that one source is reduced or stops all together. In these turbulent financial times, even organizations with endowment incomes may falter.”

Stanley, who serves as grants administrator for Montgomery County, has more than 25 years of increasingly responsible executive and administrative experience in non-profit, governmental and educational organizations, including public relations, fundraising, project monitoring, special event coordination, and volunteerism. She is also a Texas certified teacher.

"Juanita's expertise will benefit agencies, schools, and churches seeking to gain knowledge and skills in fundraising and grant writing," said Stephen Koszewski, program manager of continuing education at LSC-Montgomery.

The course provides tools to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan emphasizing planning and program documentation. Components include the development of a case statement, a fundraising outline or plan, one new communication piece, and a skeleton for policies and procedures for fundraising. At the first session, attendees should bring their budget (or 990 tax return), an organizational chart and their organization’s brochures. They will develop from them a fundraising plan–personalized to their organization, as well as how to mix and match programs with donors.

For more information about the new fundraising course, contact Koszewski at (936) 273-7435, or Stephen.T.Koszewski@LoneStar.edu. To register, call (936) 273-7446.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit Montgomery.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. With more than 51,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. For more information, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/.