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Firing Up Your Fundraising: Art of Asking

May 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Asking for gifts can be the one task we simply don’t do often enough. For many of us asking for gifts can case sweaty palms and anxiety.

What does it truly take to make an effective ask? Years of practice? Artful phrases that inspire and dazzle? Or is there a formula for knowing what story to share and when to use it during your ask? What if you could shift your fear into action? What if you could ENJOY every ask? This session will dive into your asking fears while providing a practical formula to follow so you know how to best use your most powerful tool: stories of your impact.

Lori L. Jacobwith, master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert, has helped people tell stories that have raised more than $300 million from individual donors. She’ll take you on an exciting adventure in this fast-paced session. After learning her asking prep formula, you’ll receive a checklist to guide you AND time to put what you learned into action.
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About the presenter:

The first thing people notice when they meet Lori is her passion for the positive. She helps find the “it’s possible” angle to most any fundraising challenge. Lori’s gifts and talents help executive directors, development directors and even fundraising committee chairs’ communicate powerfully to exponentially increase their fundraising.

Named one of America’s Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Lori L. Jacobwith is an internationally-recognized master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert. Lori has more than 30 years’ experience helping nonprofit organizations raise $300 million dollars from individual donors. And counting.

Lori is a prolific writer: Fire Starters, her must-read weekly blog, has been recognized as one of the top fundraising blogs in the U.S. She is author of Nine Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign and co-author of The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits. Lori wrote and created the only step-by-step video training program – The Complete Storytelling System – that mixes the art of fundraising with the power of storytelling.

A longtime member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Lori holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and additional training from Indiana University’s Fund Raising School.

More bio information & a video can be found here.


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This training is part of  a 5-training series with the Minnesota Theater Alliance. Register for a single workshop, or get a great deal with a 5-workshop package. The full series includes:

  • Are We Ready to Take the Next Step? The Beginning of a Capital Campaign
    February 21, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Expanding Your Reach. Engaging Your Board.
    March 19, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Planned Giving for Your Organization
    April 16, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Art of Asking
    May 14, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Digging into Development Operations
    June 18, 2019  |  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

All sessions will take place at SpringBOX – 262 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103.

5 session series: $100 for members / $160 for non-members
Single sessions: $25 for members / $40 for non-members

Register today!


May 14, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Minnesota Theater Alliance


262 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103 United States
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