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Comprehensive Fundraising Training

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About the event

Spreading your message has only become more expensive, but fundraising has never been more simple. The Comprehensive Fundraising Training enables you to attend four of LI's famous fundraising schools consecutively over 4 days.

Learn from the best in the business how to create a steady, growing revenue base for your organization or campaign; maximize your revenue potential; and raise funds through personal solicitation, grant-making foundations, planned giving programs, and direct mail.

In addition, you will learn to:

  • Build winning relationships with donors
  • Renew and upgrade donors -- keys to long-term success
  • Implement proven direct mail concepts
  • Write persuasive and effective grant proposals
  • Develop an integrated online fundraising strategy

You'll benefit from this training if you're:

  • Wanting to learn the art of how to ask for funding
  • A non-profit employee starting your career in fundraising
  • Part of a conservative organization that seeks to enlarge your donor base
  • Seeking corporate fundraising tips and private grant funding
  • A start-up organization setting up your donor programs and communications

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Starts Monday, October 18

Mon 18:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EDT
Tue 19:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EDT
Wed 20:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EDT
Thu 21:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EDT


Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St
Arlingon VA, 22201


$150.00 $50.00 discount for early registration until 10/11/21 Your Cost: $100.00


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What graduates say

Jason Heki

Jason Heki

Development Director,

"LI's fundraising schools have been an invaluable asset to me and our development department at Much of our growth last year was a result of the specialized training and resources offered by LI."


Kevin Hoeft

Kevin Hoeft

Director of Development & Public Policy, Home Educators Association of Virginia

"Our organization has just started a Development program, and I am the first Development Director. Leadership Institute has provided me with invaluable information on how to build sincere, long-term relationships with potential major donors.  On establishing a major donor program and with key details on how to identify, communicate with and enlist high dollar donors. I learned much from the expert instructors, and the meals, fellowship and accommodations provided by LI were exceptional." 

Paige Scarlett

Paige Scarlett

Development Director, ProLife Action League

"At LI's [fundraising training], I learned not only the importance of prospecting to find new donors, how to cultivate these donors and how to appeal to and engage your current donors, but how to do so effectively, with the biggest chance of success."


Your faculty

Steven Sutton

Steven Sutton

Vice President for Development, The Leadership Institute

Steven joined the Leadership Institute fourteen years ago as Vice President of Programs. As Vice President of Programs, he directed all LI's training programs, from political grassroots to student groups on college campuses. He is currently LI's Vice President of Development, where he has increased revenue from $8 million per year (2010) to $25 million (2020).

Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Steven was a Chief of Staff in the House of Representatives for more than 14 years. He became a start-up specialist, as he set-up the Congressional offices of four different incoming freshmen Congressmen. First was Peter Torkilson of the North Shore of Massachusetts. Then came Frank Riggs from California's Napa Valley. Third was Lee Terry from Omaha, Nebraska, and most recently John Kline from just south of Minnesota's Twin Cities.

As Chief of Staff, Steven set-up their offices, hired their staffs, and managed and directed the operations of their Washington and district offices. In addition, he helped them get re-elected, directing their campaign strategies, messages, and voter contact programs.

He has managed numerous political campaigns from city council to U.S. Congress, specializing in challenger campaigns.

Steven is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.