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Grassroots Fundraising Training 2018

Is your organization looking for revenue streams that engage, build, and deepen your base of volunteers, members, and board members as donors and fundraisers? Does your organization want to raise dollars that are free from restriction? Does your organization want to increase the capacity of the organization to do fundraising?

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is offering a grassroots fundraising training series titled: From Theory to Practice – Engaging in Grassroots Fundraising Strategies that Work for your Organization and Communities. The series will engage participants to explore the values and principles of grassroots fundraising through a social justice lens—from exploring the impacts of capitalism and class on our ability to fundraise to devising fundraising strategies that empower and engage organizational stakeholders (members, board, volunteers).

This series builds on the work of traditional individual donor engagement strategies while exploring the lessons and teachings of various grassroots groups and individual’s innovative applications of these strategies. This will allow participants to think more broadly and expand on the ways we think of raising dollars for our work that is relevant to the communities we serve. Participants will also explore and utilize practical fundraising skills training to help ensure the success of their chosen fundraising strategies. Each organization that is accepted into the training will be expected to plan and execute a grassroots fundraising event or campaign before the end of the series.


This training is suited for groups who 1) are currently engaging in or want and have the capacity to implement grassroots fundraising strategies into their work, and 2) have committed organizational stakeholders to engage in grassroots fundraising. This could be your members, volunteers, or board members. Each organization accepted into the training is expected to create and implement an end of year fundraising grassroots fundraising strategy. The training curriculum creates an opportunity for groups to plan and implement their grassroots fundraising activity.

Please note that while board members are invited to participate, this is not a board grassroots fundraising training. Additionally, the training does not cover corporate fundraising strategies or content dedicated to large event planning. 

In addition, groups will be given 1.5 hours of 1:1 coaching to support the development and implementation of selected strategies.

Each organization accepted into the program is required to identify a minimum of 2 stakeholders to participate in all 6 trainings. They can be board members, staff, members and/or volunteers. We recommend that the applying stakeholders discuss with organizational decision makers on the capacity of the organization to support participants' ability to implement training learnings into the organization. Participation in all sessions is mandatory as each session builds on one another. Each organization should fill out one application and identify the 2 stakeholder participants.

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.


Dates & Times: There will be six day-long (10:00 am–4:00 pm) sessions on

  • Tuesday, September 18
  • Tuesday, October 9
  • Tuesday, October 23
  • Tuesday, November 13
  • Tuesday, December 4 (new date)
  • Tuesday, January 15

Location: Midtown

This training will be conducted by Krystal Portalatin. Krystal is a Queer Femme Nuyorican. Currently, as a consultant, she brings her knowledge of organizational development, program development, leadership development, fundraising, non-profit finance, and operations to support grassroots organizations to build their capacity and functionality. Her approach to consulting draws from the skills she cultivated while working for social justice organizations that are rooted in an anti-oppression and intersectional analysis.  


No later than Friday, September 7, 2018. Accepted organizations will be notified via email the week of September 10, 2018. Please note the training starts the following week on September 18, 2018. There should be one application per organization applying.