The Accidental Fundraiser: Tips and Tricks for Board Members Who Never Wanted to Fundraise in the First Place


Program Description:
You joined a nonprofit board of directors because you believed in the organization's cause, but now they want you to FUNDRAISE. Yikes! Since you're going to have to help out with fundraising, let's make it fun!

Learn about how to determine your best role in the development process, how to communicate your organization's impact in the community, and how to make the asking part a little more rewarding for you and your nonprofit. (NOTE: This session is designed for volunteer board members and the staff that support them.)

Alice L. Ferris, CFRE, ACFRE,Founding Partner, has nearly 30 years of professional fundraising experience, not including her volunteer start at Wisconsin Public Television, blowing bubbles onto the set during pledge breaks for the Lawrence Welk Show.

Alice specializes in strategic and development planning, campaign and development program assessments, board and organizational training, executive leadership coaching, individual giving and grant proposal evaluation. Alice is the immediate past chair of the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Credentialing Board and advisory board member for the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the Wisconsin School of Business. Alice is also a past member of the AFP International Board of Directors and served as 2009-2010 Vice Chair for Membership Services, supporting the Association's efforts for the over 30,000 member organization. In addition, she served as president of AFP Northern Arizona five times (don't ask) and is an AFP Faculty Training Academy graduate. She is also a three-time honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year. Alice is the 90th fundraising professional in the world to attain the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential and also maintains her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status, which she obtained in 1998.

Alice is recognized for her on-air presence on many public television and radio pledge drives, and on the national PBS fundraisers, among them Downton Abbey, Suze Orman's Financial Solutions for You, Ken Burns: America's Storyteller, The Civil War, Black and White Night 30 and many more. Alice also teaches Chinese cooking and an occasional class in ballroom dance.

Program Agenda:
Registration and Networking: 11:30AM
Luncheon Presentation: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Please note if you preregister by May 13 the fees to attend are:
o Members - $25
o Regular - $40

Walk-ins are welcome but please note the cost at the door:
o Members - $35
o Regular - $50

Prepayment & Refund Policy:
AFPCCC hereby establishes the policy that attendance will be paid in advance by credit card. For members and attendees who want to pay by check, checks will need to be received one week before the event in order for them to be considered registered.

Please send checks to: AFPCCC, PO Box 215433, Sacramento, CA 95821.

You may cancel your registration and receive a partial refund minus a $5 processing fee by 5pm, Monday, May 13.

If you find you can not make it after the 48 hour cancellation, your registration can be used by another person but must pay the difference if applicable.


  • When

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Where

  • Sierra Health Foundation
    1321 Garden Highway
    Community Room
    Sacramento, California 95833

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