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Stewardship: Acknowledging Donors and Enhancing Private Support

Hank Russo, a leader in fundraising education and practice, defined stewardship as a “sacred trust.” Today, nonprofits define stewardship as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. By accepting charitable gifts of all sizes, an organization is responsible for using the funding as the donor intended. Stewardship is a series of management functions, gift acknowledgement, donor recognition, investments, and gift processing. But stewardship is more than the functions, as it involves trust, responsibility, accountability, and ethical fundraising. This course will cover both the stewardship functions and the organization’s obligation as an ethical and effective fundraising entity.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the important role of effective stewardship
  • An assessment of how much time you should devote to stewardship
  • The ability to handle stewardship functions
  • Knowledge of how to define a donors’ bill of rights
  • An understanding of the ethical responsibility of a nonprofit organization

Ideal for

  • Major donor officers
  • Annual fund officers
  • Planned giving officers
  • Nonprofit trustees
  • Development volunteer committee members
  • Career changers interested in fundraising
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.