Nonprofit leaders from 16 organizations in Sitka learned about individual fundraising and practiced their asking skills at a special workshop offered by Greater Sitka Legacy Fund on April 10. The training offered information about best practices in the field and featured extensive role-playing. GSLF will award $500 in mini-grants to organizations that made the most effective pitches.
Reviews of the workshop were overwhelmingly positive. One participant wrote, “I have a better understanding on how to ask. I personally don’t like to ask for things and this training reminded me to look toward the reason I am here in the first place.” Another noted that, “It put me in a better frame of mind towards developing a fundraising plan for my organization.”
The day-long workshop was led by Ken Miller of Denali Fundraising Partners with support from The Alaska Community Foundation, GSLF, and its local Advisory Board members. Several GSLF donors volunteered to listen to practice pitches and provided nonprofit leaders with valuable feedback. Alexandra McKay, Vice President of Programs for Rasmuson Foundation, attended the training and served as a judge. GSLF grantee Alaska Arts Southeast/Sitka Fine Arts Camp graciously hosted the event.