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Turning Your Volunteers Into Fundraisers

Mar 30, 2011

Are your board members and volunteers part of your fundraising strategy? Volunteers are your built-in fan base, and with a little nudge and training, they can share your cause, heighten your visibility, and introduce you to new friends, who just may be your next donors.

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Amy Eisenstein, MPA, CFRE, is the Principal and Owner of Tri Point Fundraising, a full-service consulting firm for nonprofit organizations and foundations. Previously, Amy served for more than ten years in the nonprofit sector as director of development in large and small nonprofit organizations, where she raised millions of dollars through event planning, grant writing, capital and annual campaigns, direct mail, and major and planned gift solicitations. Her book, 50 Asks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop, helps nonprofits to identify new prospects and systemize their asking so they can raise more money.


Val Porter is the director of Foundation Center Atlanta. Prior to joining the Foundation Center in May 2010, she helmed Cultural Capital, a strategy and branding firm dedicated to the sustainability and growth of public and private ventures. Val spent the first fifteen years of her career in public service and nonprofit management, which includes serving on the executive team of the City of Atlanta’s branding campaign and overseeing the largest public funding program for the arts in the State of Georgia as the agency’s Deputy Director. She began her career at the Woodruff Arts Center in fundraising and public relations.