Fundraising Bootcamp for Cultural Nonprofits


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The purpose of this one-week, high-engagement professional development program is to equip fundraisers, directors, board members and others with the knowledge needed to thrive in today’s funding landscape. This program is tailor-made for cultural and arts organizations, public and private, large and small, including museums, historical societies, libraries, art centers, historical and preservation societies, and other similar organizations, from throughout Kansas. Beginners welcome.

Details and Registration Information

October 10-14, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily
Hyatt Place Hotel meeting room
6021 SW 6th Ave, Topeka KS

Outcome By week’s end, participants will have developed an annual fundraising development plan specific to their organizations
Class Size Limited to 20.  Spaces are filled. Submit a registration form to add your name to the waiting list.
Registration Deadline August 1, 2016
Cost $250.00. This does not cover most evening meals or lodging.
Added Perk Participants who complete the entire week will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the Kansas Humanities Council issued in collaboration with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The bootcamp is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council in partnership with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The major topics to be covered throughout the week include:

  • Organizing for Successful Fundraising
  • Planned Giving
  • Major Gift Solicitation
  • Creating an Annual Development Plan.

Participants who successfully complete this one-week learning experience will be able to:

  • Explain the fundraising process and how it can be implemented successfully in a community-based nonprofit organization.
  • Explain and differentiate among the options for fundraising strategies and techniques to determine which are most relevant to specific donors and purposes.

In addition, participants will learn:

  • Key components of the solicitation process and how to organize and implement a personal solicitation process.
  • Key elements of a direct marketing and direct mail program or campaign.
  • Principles and techniques relevant to major gift solicitation and to the development and operation of a planned giving program in a nonprofit organization.
  • Options and merits of various primary planned giving techniques that are available to donors who wish to make a planned gift to a nonprofit organization.
  • The process of prospect research and proposal writing and how to identify funding prospects and prepare an appropriate proposal.

This is a professional curriculum that balances the strategic with the practical and adds a good dose of fun. Each day will include lectures, brief readings, case vignettes, hands-on learning exercises, assessment tools, social and networking periods, and plenty of dialogue (and maybe a surprise or two).

The teachers are some of the region’s leading fundraising experts, but don’t be intimidated. The focus of the week is both knowledge and encouragement so that participants can return to work energized and able to employ new knowledge and insight. Everyone should leave the program with a combination of tools and tactics for addressing today’s demands and the unique challenges and opportunities found in each organization and community.


  • Thomas Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor, William Jewell College
  • Cynthia Laufer, Program Coordinator for MCNL
  • Gene Wilson, MCNL Senior Fellow, and retired president, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

                                                                        *Roster of instructors is subject to change.


Daily sponsors will share information about funding opportunities from their organizations. You won’t want to miss hearing from the Kansas Museums Association, Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area, and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

Participant Commitment

It is expected that every participant will attend every session throughout the week. Click here to see the sample itinerary.

Hotel Accommodations

The Kansas Humanities Council has reserved a special $109/night room rate for participants at the Hyatt Place hotel in Topeka. Those needing lodging will need to call the Hyatt at 785-273-0066 and mention the Kansas Humanities Council to make a reservation. Please make your reservation at Hyatt Place no later than September 28, 2016, to receive the special rate. A list of other hotel options can be found hereThe registration fee does not cover lodging expenses.


There is free hotel parking for all participants.


For those staying at the hotel, breakfast is available as part of your room rate. In addition, there will be breakfast snack items available throughout the morning in the meeting room. Lunch will be provided Monday through Friday. Evening meals are on-your-own with the exception of Thursday night when an optional group dinner is planned. A list of Topeka restaurants can be found here.


The Kansas Humanities Council will invoice all participants with full payment of $250.00 due by August 31, 2016. Late payment will not be accepted and the registration will be terminated.


If you are unable to attend the event, you may send a substitute in your place at no cost (it is up to you to make any financial arrangements with your substitute). Please let us know in advance if someone is taking your place. If this is not possible, you may request a refund.

  • Cancellations received up to 5 days before the bootcamp will be refunded less a 20% cancellation fee.
  • KHC is unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than 5 days before the bootcamp.
  • Refunds will be issued within two weeks of cancellation notice.

Ready? Make your Bootcamp reservation today!
Click here for the reservation form.  Spaces are filled; submit your reservation form to be added to the waiting list.

For more information, contact Julie Mulvihill, Executive Director of the Kansas Humanities Council, at julie(at) or (785) 357-0359.


Following the August 1st deadline, KHC will send confirmation emails to all applicants.