Fund Raising for Small Nonprofits

September 26, 2023

Community Foundation Collaboration Gives Back to the Community

On September 19 and 20 local nonprofit leaders gathered at Butler Tech to participate in a two day seminar on fundraising. Instruction was led by Bobbie Donahue, teacher/practitioner at the Indiana University Lilly School of Fundraising. The seminar was hosted by the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Middletown Community Foundation.


To offer this chance to learn from experts in the industry was the Foundation’s way of giving something back to the organizations who serve our community and our families. As a funding body, we are ever mindful of the organizations we support. For many small nonprofits, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of fund raising may have never been possible, until now.


“This was life changing for us,” says Christa Carerro, Founder and CEO of HopeFull Pastures. “I feel like a huge weight has been lifted because we can move forward with a plan.”


The two day seminar was chalk full of information for small non-profits in particular. Instruction ranged from creating a mission statement to establishing a board to creating a fund raising action plan.


“Thank you for this,” said Shawn Higgins, Executive Director of the Fitton Family YMCA. “My thoughts are organized and I’ve been able to come up with some tangible ideas to share over these last two days.”


The overwhelming consensus was that the seminar was well worth two days away from work!


We thank Butler Tech for their hospitality, the Butler Tech Culinary Team for breakfast and lunch both days and, of course, Bobbie Donahue for pouring knowledge into our participants.


With success like this, look forward to more opportunities for local organizations in our community!