Fundraising 201

Rita recently completed a second workshop series sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County and the Lake County Community Foundation. “Fundraising 201” was the core content presented to grantees of the two foundations. Included in Rita’s presentation were the topics of the board role in fundraising, overcoming fundraising fears, innovative fundraising practices, and strategies for cultivation and stewardship. An in-depth presentation by Joyce Palmquist on the “Leadership and Fundraising Journey” of the Barrington Area Council on Aging was used as a catalyst for discussion and planning by the participants.

March 31 Seminar: Best Practices and Future Trends

On Thursday, March 31, I will be on a panel of other nonprofit leaders where we will share our experience engaging donors.

The seminar, hosted by CL Graphics, will discuss:

  • Use of different media to engage donors
  • Creative ways to share your mission
  • How often to interact with donors
  • How events are included in their strategy
  • What they plan to do different in the coming year


When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: $15 per seat

Palatine Public Library
700 N. North Court
Palatine, IL 60067

To register, visit

Impact 100 Chicago: Women Joining Forces to Help Other Nonprofits

Check out the inspiring story of Impact 100 Chicago – a new nonprofit started by Chicago area women who are truly making a difference for Chicago area organizations. Through the power of collective funding, their mission is to give at least one worthy organization each year, a grant of $100,000. I am proud to be a founding member of this transformational organization. Click here to learn more.

Giving USA 2011 and Implications for Small Nonprofits

On July 25, 2011 Rita was featured on Nonprofit Spark radio. The topic of the interview was Giving USA 2011 and the implications it has for building relationships and fundraising for the small and newer nonprofit organization. The program is archived as a podcast that can be downloaded for future listening. Listen to this interesting conversation between Renee McGivern, President and Radio Host of Nonprofit Spark Radio, and Rita.