Fund Academy and Fund Academy 2.0 are programs designed to cultivate and train people to better serve, build a possible career, and accelerate their knowledge in nonprofit fund development.

Fund Academy topics include Nonprofit 101, The Role of the Development Director, Fundraising 101, Developing your Plan for Fundraising, Financial Management and Donor Development.

Fund Academy 2.0 is focused on the next level basics of resource development. Topics include Donor Cultivation, Culture of Philanthropy, Corporate Giving, Do's and Don'ts of Grant Writing, Building your Case Statement and much more.
One of the greatest challenges facing area nonprofits is recruiting resource development employees and volunteers. Both classes are designed to educate and expand the professional base of nonprofit fundraisers in the Permian Basin to meet this need. Being in a development role for a nonprofit can be a lot of fun as you work on creative ways to raise money for an organization, nurture relationships with those who give, and work to cultivate new donors. Not sure if you fit a development profile? Key skills to be successful in development include: organizational, communication, planning or managing large projects, the ability to motivate people, and building relationships. In addition to "expert" or "volunteer" fundraisers, teachers, preachers, coaches, retail sales managers, and marketing or business graduates, all have potential for a resource development role.

Both Fund Academy and Fund Academy 2.0 are stand alone programs. Interested participants are encouraged to attend both in no particular order.

Fund Academy

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024
Fund Academy applications will be accepted through Friday, May 31.

Fund Academy 2.0

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2024
  • Thursday, October 24, 2024
Fund Academy 2.0 dates are TENATIVE and may change. Please check back.

Fund Academy 2.0 Registration will open in August

Breakfast, lunch, and materials are provided.

Tuition is $300.