Learn about Top Trends and Promising Strategies in Revenue Model and Funds Development

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“The CommNS”) invites you to join us for our first ever webinar series, Top Trends and Promising Strategies in Revenue Model and Funds Development. Co-hosted by AFP Greater Madison, this multi-week webinar series will support individuals and nonprofit organizations in designing their revenue models and strengthening their funds development plans. Join us to embrace tried and true practices, explore and advance new practices, and encourage forward-thinking approaches for the future of philanthropy.

Over the course of the series, participants will complete worksheets that will inform their development work moving forward and help refresh fundraising strategies with current trends.

Registration will be made available shortly!


$300 for the full 7-part series

$50 a la carte options for session 1-6

$100 a la carte option for session 7 (grant writing workshop)

The “Art and Soul” in Funds Development and The Moment We’re In: Preparing for Current and Future Trends

August 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST

This session will feature core lessons and how-to’s from the legacy Fundraising and Development conference and expand into current and future trends. Join to learn about generational transfer of wealth, lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and promising strategies that nonprofit organizations can use to adapt to the changing times.

Making Philanthropy More Diverse and Equitable

August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Learn how to make philanthropy more diverse and equitable at your organization and within the sector at large. Hear from experts in the field on how to attract and engage diverse donors and to understand the ecosystem and trends around where money in philanthropy is going and how we can make shifts.

Trust-based Philanthropy and Shifts in Giving Processes

August 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CS

Explore the core principle of trust-based philanthropy and what this means for organizations in the nonprofit sector. Join for a discussion around the shifts in giving processes due to changing perspective and technology and learn how to be a part of the change to benefit your own organization and the sector at large.  

Revenue Models, Operating Costs, and Reserve Funds

August 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

Join this session for practical tips and tools around revenue models, operating costs, and reserve funds. Explore the importance of diversified revenue sources, social entrepreneurship, funds management, and communicating and collaborating with funders. 

Tactics for Revenue Models and Fundraising Plans 

September 13, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. CST

Apply your learnings around revenue models and fundraising plans in this hands-on and tools-focused session. Join to review and update your own revenue model, hear from experts in the field on how to take ideas into action, and identify key next steps for your organization to set your team up for fundraising success. 

Panel & Community Discussion

September 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. CST

Join this session featuring speakers from past sessions who will reflect on the top themes from the series and discuss tactics and inspirations. Use this session as an opportunity to network with other professionals and to ask the panel of experts questions that have come up during the series. 

Grant Writing Workshop

September 27, 10:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m. CST

This four hour, hands-on workshop will center top tips for identifying the right grant opportunities and allow you to practice with formulating quality grant proposals for your organization. Join this session for concrete tips, tools, and practice time with experts in the grant writing field.