Linda Lysakowski's Nonprofit Courses

14 Video Courses | 78 CFRE Credits | Lifetime Subscription

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  • 12-Step Cure to Event Addiction

    Special Events: they\'re fun (maybe); they make lots of money (they do?); our board members love them (when they show up); our staff members enjoy doing them (yeah, right!). If your nonprofit is addicted to special events and you think they are the only way you can raise money, you will not want to miss this course. We\'ll talk about the real costs of special events, how you can choose the right events for your organization, and how to use events as a springboard to more cost-effective, less stressful, and more productive types of fundraising.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 3

  • Be the Best Board Member You Can Be

    For board members. Teach your board members what their roles are in leadership, governance, assessment, and fundraising. Six session they can take on their lunch hour! Or you can take it as a group with your entire board

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 5.5

  • Build a Dream Team of Volunteer Fundraisers

    If you are involving volunteers in any form of fundraising, you\'re one step ahead. But for many organizations, fundraising volunteers are only involved in special events and menial support tasks. This four-lessons course will help you involve volunteers in more meaningful fundraising role.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 3.5

  • Build a Great Board

    We all want a five-star board. But how do we get there? It starts with the recruitment process, assessing your board\'s needs, and finding the right people to serve. It continues with developing board leaders who strive for excellence and understand the importance of assessing their own effectiveness as a board. Effective board members will also be effective fundraisers for your organization.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 5

  • Build Donor Relationships that Lead to Major Gifts

    There are lots of courses out there on major gifts, many focusing on how to make the ask. We\'ll cover that in this course as well, but here\'s what makes our course different:  We focus on building relationships that lead to major gifts.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 6

  • Capital Campaigns: Yes, You Can Do It!

    What do think of when you hear the words, \"capital campaign?\" The Pain part? The mystery of rocket science? The disruption of your daily fundraising efforts? In this eight-lesson course, we\'ll take the pain out of your campaign and give you everything you need to know.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 6

  • Create a Development Plan That Works

    Wonder why your developments plans never get implemented? Often plans sit on a shelf, or in a computer file, never to be seen again, because the right people were not involved, the goals were not clear, there were no measurable action steps in place, and/or there were no metrics in place to measure success.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 3.5

  • Fundraising as a Career: What, Are Your Crazy?

    Thinking about a career in fundraising, already in the field but need to know how to succeed at it or looking to hire a fundraising person and are not sure what to look for. You\'re not crazy, trust me! This course will cover what type of fundraising jobs are out there, what you need to land a job, and what you need to be successful at it.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 3.75

  • Nonprofit Consulting: Get Started, Get Clients, Grow and Evolve

    Are you a new fundraising consultant, thinking about becoming one, or have you been consulting for years, but still need to know how to market, promote, and sell your services and how to grow your business?

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 4

  • Nonprofit Strategic Planning: Do It Right

    It is amazing how many nonprofits don\'t even have a strategic plan or haven\'t looked at their plan in months or even years. The reasons for this vary but most often no one wants the responsibility of coordinating the planning effort, they feel it takes too much time, or that the plan is perceived as just a pretty document that is done to satisfy funders or board members and not a useful tool to drive the organization.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 3.5

  • Raise More Money from Your Business Community

    There is a huge untapped source just waiting for you to raise big bucks. And it might not be the usual suspects. We\'ll dispel the Willie Sutton Philosophy of Fundraising.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 6

  • Tell Your Story Right: Create a Compelling Case for Support

    Are you caught up in all the hype about storytelling? It\'s important how you tell your story, but first you need to create the story you want to tell! This course is designed to help you create a case that will help you tell your story to various audiences and persuade them to support your organization in the ways you want them to lend support.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 4

  • The Leaky Bucket: What\'s Wrong with Your Fundraising and You Can Fix It

    We\'ll look at nine critical aspects of managing the fundraising process, what you, and most nonprofits, are doing wrong, and how you can get on the track to success.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 9

  • Your Fundraising Roadmap

    This course will guide whether you are a novice at fundraising just entering your career, a board member or executive director who wants to learn more about the best ways to raise money for your nonprofit, or someone who wants to advance in their career by learning more about the various types of fundraising and the effectiveness of each. We start by talking about how important fundraising is, move on to discussing the role of staff, board, and volunteers in fundraising, go on to discuss each method of fundraising from special events to planned giving, and why and when to use each method. And finally, we talk about how to evaluate your success and create a development plan with reasonable but visionary goals. This is a great overview course.

    Hours of Instruction/CFRE Credits: 16.25

What's Included?

  • Expert Instruction

    Learn from Linda Lysakowski, Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive and Master Trainer. She has more than 30 years experience in the nonprofit sector and has authored 20+ books.

  • View Courses from Any Device

    Course are video-based that you can play from any device.

  • Lifetime Subscription

    Your lifetime subscription entitles you to all 14 courses plus any new courses that are added.

  • Bonus: Live with Linda

    Monthly live coaching sessions over Zoom with Linda, focused on a different topic each month. This is interactive so you'll be able to ask questions and connect with other learners. Live with Linda sessions are only open to course subscribers.

  • 78 CFRE Points

    If you complete all 14 courses, you'll earn 78 CFRE Points for initial certification and/or recertification.

  • Handouts, Worksheets, and Checklists

    Each course provides downloadable handouts, worksheets, and checklists that will save you countless hours of time and effort!


How much does it cost?

Just $499 for a lifetime subscription. Or, you can opt for to pay four monthly payments of $149.

Do I really get ALL of Linda's courses?

Yes! Plus you'll get any new courses that she adds.

Is there a satisfaction guarantee?

Yes, of course. If, during the first 30 days you decide that this isn't for you, you may request a refund, no questions asked.

Do the courses qualify for CFRE Continuing Education Credit?

Yes! If you take all of the courses, you'll receive 78 units of continuing education credit through CFRE International.

Can I take the courses at my own pace?

Yes. You'll get immediate access to ALL courses. The courses are designed to let you take them at your own pace, from the comfort of your home or office.

Can I get help with my questions?

Yes! You are automatically enrolled in monthly Live with Linda sessions where you may ask Linda questions online. You are always welcome to contact Linda directly via email, as well.

About Linda

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is one of approximately one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive designation.

She is the author of 10 nonfiction books and a contributing author, coeditor, or coauthor of fifteen others. She has also written three books in the fiction realm.

Linda has more than 30 years in the development field. She worked for a university and a museum before starting her own consulting firm. In her 25+ years as a philanthropic consultant, Linda has managed capital campaigns that have raised more than $50 million, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 40,000 development professionals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, and Bermuda.

Linda served on the Association of Fundraising Philanthropy (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy Board and on the Professional Advancement Division for AFP. She is a past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Sierra (Nevada) AFP chapters. She received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and Sierra (Nevada) chapters of AFP, was honored with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas AFP chapter.

Linda is a graduate of Alvernia University with majors in banking and finance as well as theology/philosophy, and a minor in communications.

As a graduate of AFP\'s Faculty Training Academy, she is a Master Teacher.