Can Your Board Tell Your Story?

Board members often don’t want to ask for funds, but when it comes to raising friends for your organization, most of them are eager. But, do they know how to tell your story? Here are some things board members can do:
• Develop their own 30-second elevator speech about your organization
• Present “just the facts, ma’am” fact sheet to a local business person
• Speak with passion about your organization to potential donors

Takeaways:
-Understand the various constituents of your organization
-Develop appropriate messages for each constituency
-Develop a comfort level in presenting your story

Dalya Massachi is the award-winning author of the 2011 independently published book, “Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact.” Her book gives social change agents the license to express themselves and engage their readers with authority, clarity, vision, and values. The Midwest Book Review called it “an excellent read and a top pick for the concerned person with a way with the pen.” Kim Klein said, “I recommend [this book] for those of us who write regularly and want to improve, and for those of us who don’t write because we don’t think we can.”

Dalya has served as the managing editor and coach for 4 other independently published books by community-oriented authors, and has helped produce several other titles. For 20 years Dalya has worked professionally with community-oriented organizations in editorial, marketing, and fundraising roles. She now helps nonprofit and community leaders become independently published authors.

Writing for Community Success specializes in helping community-oriented professionals and volunteers advance their missions through outstanding written materials. Our award-winning book is entitled, “Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact.” This feisty one-stop-shop shows you—step by step—how to turbocharge your fundraising and marketing documents. Writing for Community Success also offers a FREE feedback conference call twice a month (“Writing Wednesdays”), as well as a helpful newsletter and tip sheets. Affordable services include: interactive trainings and keynotes, one-on-one coaching, and editorial services on books, grant proposals, websites, and more.

Linda Lysakowski is one of fewer than one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Linda has trained more than 25,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt and most of the fifty United States, in all aspects of development. Linda is a graduate of Alvernia College in Reading, PA with majors in Banking and Finance; Communications; and Theology/Philosophy. She is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy and has received two AFP research grants. She is also a prolific writer and is currently working on several more books.

Linda has received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from both the Eastern PA and the Las Vegas chapters of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and in 2006 was recognized internationally with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP. Linda is also a graduate of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program, Diocese of Las Vegas.
Linda Lysakowski, LLC is dedicated to philanthropy and creativity.

The consulting side of Linda’s business serves nonprofits of all sizes throughout the country, helping them to become more independent and sustainable. In her twenty years as a philanthropic consultant, Linda has managed capital campaigns ranging in size from $250,000 to over $30 million; her company helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals through development audits and plans, board training and strategic planning.

The other component of Linda’s business is helping authors bring their books to life, through her role as Acquisitions editor for two publication imprints.

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