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Key Considerations When Using Professional Fundraising Companies


Know what to look for, where you can find consultants, and how to narrow the field to the right person or company for your nonprofit.

Are you thinking about hiring a consulting firm to help you with your fundraising needs? The first question you need to answer is what exactly do you need and expect from the consultant? Is it a job for a consultant or a staff member? Once you have answered those questions, then you need to find a consultant. We will talk about what to look for, where you can find consultants, and how to narrow the field to the right person or company for your nonprofit. While not meant to provide legal advice, we will tell you some of the things you need to know about the ethics and legal issues you might encounter. If you need to hire someone to help with your fundraising needs, whether it is a capital campaign, a development audit, planning, annual fundraising, grant writing, or board training, you will want to attend this session.



Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Linda Lysakowski, LLC

  • One of slightly more than 100 professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive designation
  • During her almost forty years in the development field, has managed capital campaigns, helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and has trained more than 50,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty states of the United States
  • Prolific writer, with more than three dozen books published for the nonprofit sector and six in the fiction and travel arena
  • Developed and manages 14 online courses for the nonprofit sector
  • Received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals); was recognized internationally with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP; and will be honored in November with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP
  • Has written numerous books including The Development Plan; Capital Campaigns in the Digital Age, Raise More Money From Your Business Community; Board Bound Leadership (co-author); The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook (co-editor); Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers and more; and in addition to her full-length books, she has written three AFP Ready reference books and has been published in numerous other publications including the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Contributions, Advancing Philanthropy, Associations Now, CASE Currents, Major Gifts Report, Grant Station, New Directions in Philanthropy, and more
  • Selected training and public speaking includes AFP International Conference; AFP Hemispheric Conference; dozens of regional and local AFP chapters throughout North America; various statewide associations including PANO, OANO, and UNA; nonprofit management centers in TN, OK, and TX; numerous national and international association conferences including Variety International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Junior Achievement, U.S. Tennis Association, Points of Light Foundation, The Centre on Philanthropy, Bermuda, and the United States Olympic Committee; and a variety of educational conferences sponsored by CASE, AHP, ALDE, CMA, AACSB, GPA, and others
  • Graduate, with majors in banking and finance, theology/philosophy from Alvernia College in Reading, PA; graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy and has received two AFP research grants

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