Training Resources

plans-200x150The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation collaborates with a number of partners to provide fundraising and project management training and resources to organizations conducting community development work in the United States.

We have also developed a series of introductory webinars and reference resources that specifically address common fundraising needs (in relation to community development work) in LCMS congregations and partnering neighborhood groups.

The following webinars and training modules are developed directly by the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation. Please visit our knowledgebase to access additional external training resources and tools on these same topics.

 

Introduction to Fundraising for Community Development Projects

1.5 Hour Webinar (with Q&A component)

I have a project, but how do I think about getting it funded? Where do I even start? This primer course answers these two broad questions with a general overview of the fundraising process and past funding models employed by congregations and neighborhood groups to conduct community development work. Through this webinar, you will learn how to get started with understanding the fundraising needs of your project, researching funding opportunities, and identifying potential prospects for support.

Course Questions:

  • As Lutherans, how do we understand fundraising and its role in a project?
  • What is the general process of obtaining funding for a project?
  • What are the past models of support that other Lutheran congregations have used for community development work?
  • Are there other notable models in the field that other organizations are using to accomplish this same work? What are they?
  • Where does my project need to be (timeline, development, etc.) for me to begin thinking about funding?
  • Where does my organization need to be for me to begin thinking about funding?
  • How do I prepare my organization and project to research and seek out funding?
  • What kind of research tools and opportunities are available to me that will help me identify potential funders?
  • What considerations should I observe while winnowing down a list of potential funders?
  • I’ve identified funders. What’s next?
Find out when this webinar is scheduled to occur next and register to participate by clicking here.

 

Incorporating Fundraising Considerations into Project Development and Design

(Coming Fall 2013)

1-1.5 Hour Webinar (with Q&A component)

What types of information do funders look for when deciding whether to support a program? How you plan out and structure your project is important. Institutional funders require certain levels of detail in regards to timelines, project infrastructure, and evaluation practices before they will consider supporting a project. This webinar focuses on teaching participants some basic lessons about common project infrastructure that will aid in writing fundraising appeals.

Course Questions:

  • Where are we starting this process?
  • What is an institutional funder?
  • What general practices are institutional funders looking for in project design and structure?
  • Why do institutional funders care about these things?
  • How should we structure our timelines, budgets, and project management structures to support fund development efforts?
  • What constitutes a proper evaluation component? Why is it important to have an evaluation component?
  • Once we have structured our program to facilitate requests to institutional funders, what should we do next?
Find out when this webinar is scheduled to occur next and register to participate by clicking here.

 

Identifying and Approaching Funders for Community Development Work

(Coming Fall 2013)

1.5 Hour Webinar (with Q&A component)

How do we go about funding our community development project? This webinar is focused on the process of researching, identifying, and soliciting support for a community development project. Through this training module, you will learn what resources are available to obtain information on funding sources and how to research support opportunities. The module also describes processes that can be used to winnow down lists of potential supporters and how to approach potential supporters.

Course Questions:

  • What types and sources of support are available for my project?
  • Where can I learn about potential sources of support?
  • How should I prioritize which sources of support that we should approach?
  • What types of information do I need to gather before I make a request for support?
  • How should I approach funders that we have identified?
  • Once requests have been made, how do I follow-up with donors and manage funded applications?
Find out when this webinar is scheduled to occur next and register to participate by clicking here.