AWFNJ Grant Writing/Fundraising Seminar on Weds, Sept. 19 & Oct 17

July 24, 2012

Join us on Wednesday, September 19th from 6 – 9 pm at
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center on 575 Woodland Ave, in Madison, NJ or Weds, Oct 17 at the Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, NJ as the Animal Welfare Federation of NJ presents two workshops on Grant Writing and Fundraising.

Finding Mr. Grant
Presented by Maya Richmond, Animal Welfare Association

Everyone wants grant funds to pay for a program or activity.  Yet how do you go about securing a grant? Grants can be great ways to grow an existing program, fund a capital project or afford a new program.  Grants can also be daunting. The funds secured often won’t cover the full cost of a project. They are work. The work doesn’t stop when the check is cashed.

This 90-minute workshop is designed to provide relevant pragmatic information about:

  • Finding & researching foundations that may support your work
  • Identifying what foundations want to support
  • Ensuring you have the right in-house administration & program support to manage the grant
  • Communicating responsibly with the foundation

Finding and securing a suitable grant is like looking for Mr. Right. Think about it, when you are looking to settle down you are meeting someone,  you are learning about their interests,  courting them, and then maybe a pre-nup and ceremony followed by—hopefully–  a long  lasting marriage.
If you follow the steps presented, you will have a better chance at securing grant funds for your animal shelter.

Maya Richmond secured over $346,000 in grant funds in 2011-2012 to support a variety of AWA programs, new programs and capital needs.  She submitted applications ranging from quick 1 page requests for $1000 to multi-page multi-year novels requesting $190,000.  In 2011, AWA received 15 of the 17 grants sought.

The One Man Band Guide to Fundraising
Presented by Erika Mathews, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

This 90-minute workshop will provide tips on:

  • Combining fundraising and marketing techniques that respect a busy shelter person’s time constraints
  • Addressing starting and maintaining a direct mail program
  • Using Free online tools to keep in touch with donors and getting the most out of your wish list
  • Creating virtual events that won’t suck your time or energy
  • Designing simple planned giving programs.

Erika, St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center’s Vice President of Development, began her fundraising career at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Since then, she has worked in all aspects of development, including direct mail, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, foundation and corporate gifts, as well as events and publicity.  She has also worked at a small urban shelter, was Development Director for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and served on the board of The Grey Muzzle Organization.

Cost for both Seminars is $20.00 per person.  You can pay online by clicking HERE

or send your check to AWFNJ, PO Box 406, Manville, NJ 08835.

Questions? Email