The Perfect Fundraiser Experience

Julia Kunis
Constituent Services and Support Coordinator

Peer-to-peer learning, incredible guest speakers & trainers, a high-quality, well-established curriculum, key partnerships, and more; what could get better than this? If you like high-value, low-cost, month-to-month learning & networking, take this as your sign to join the Nonprofit Professionals: Fundraising Executives (NPFE) learning track. The purpose of this Alliance learning track program is to develop fundraising leaders. Participants will expand their leadership skills and fundraising competencies while generating new and innovative ideas. Their newly acquired expertise will enable them to support any organization by setting them up for a sustainable future. If you’ve read this far, continue reading because our current leaders have a lot to share:

Amanda Crawford, Sr. Director of Development for Palmer Home for Children, is an emerging fundraising leader. Amanda is excited to participate in NPFE (she gave it a rousing two thumbs up), and it’s important to her that she does. Through NPFE, Amanda spends time networking and collaborating with colleagues to generate innovative solutions to build capacity for the organizations that they each represent. While building strong relationships with peers, Amanda hopes to have the opportunity to learn more about how organizations like The Baddour Center impact the populations they serve.

Madison Drake, Manager of Donor Relations at The Baddour Center, is excited to share that she celebrated five years in the Advancement department earlier this year. She is always looking for ways to broaden her horizons as a fundraiser and earn credits towards her CFRE.  Madison believes that the fundraising skills she acquires and puts into practice through NPFE will help The Baddour Center flourish. It’s important to her that through connecting with other fundraising professionals in the state and attending training seminars, she will learn how to apply what she learns to the fundraising efforts at The Baddour Center. Fortunately, she is in the right place. Our remarkable Program Coordinator, Amanda Fontaine, works diligently to ensure that participants like Amanda and Madison get what they need from NPFE.

Amanda Fontaine, NPFE Program Coordinator and Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters loves having the opportunity to help anyone. She enjoys teaching, fundraising, and providing fundraising leaders with ways to make their organizations better. It is her way of giving back to nonprofits and the community at large. Amanda knows just how vital it is for fundraising leaders to learn best practices from a diverse array of industry professionals and to gain valuable input from inspiring and knowledgeable sources.

Amanda and The Alliance’s shared goal is to provide participants with the space and content to feel inspired to improve their organizations. It is all about taking their skills from the classroom and implementing them in the real world.  We want participants to see real, groundbreaking change, and as participants continue through NPFE, they will see it (and implement it) too. So, that leaves us with one question for you, dear reader: Will you or someone you know take the journey through Nonprofit Professionals: Fundraising Executives?

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