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In addition to performing a variety of development functions for our clients, DRiWaterstone builds non-profit capacity by providing training that enables staff members to comfortably and confidently perform these functions, as well. Even professional fundraisers need to learn new skills as technologies and giving vehicles change. For colleagues who are partnering with the fundraising department for the first time, training can be even more critical. DRiWaterstone’s approach fosters fundraising programs that are supple in the face of new operating challenges, new competitors, and new political and economic forces, enabling you to continually find new ways to grow, thrive, and excel.

Areas of Training

DRiWaterstone offers training in all elements of a comprehensive development program, including prospect research and donor analytics, message strategy, annual giving, major and planned giving, direct mail appeals, grant writing, and more. We customize our training sessions to focus on those elements of a program that are most relevant to your non-profit, including areas where you wish to develop new skills or areas where you would like to hone more advanced ones. Our trainers are award-winning fundraising and communications experts with decades of experience applying fundraising best practices and developing influential innovations; they are prepared to introduce core principles and to encourage creative thinking.

Training Sessions

As an executive search and development consulting firm, DRiWaterstone is well equipped to assess staff knowledge and lead training sessions that are optimally configured to build on existing knowledge and pose appropriate challenges. We utilize a mix of presentation, case studies, exercises, and role modeling in order to gradually deepen understanding and to offer engaging learning opportunities that inspire as much as they educate.

Building Cohesive Teams

Because the best fundraising programs engage everyone in an organization, our training is offered at a variety of levels, for professional fundraising staff and for colleagues who partner with the development department. All of the levels of training we offer focus on educating staff about their roles in a larger program and about how to most effectively engage others in it—including colleagues, partners, volunteers, and donors.

How to Arrange Training

You can complete a short online assessment of your development and communications teams or contact DRiWaterstone today, at or at 703-294-6684, to discuss potential areas for fundraising training that may help advance your strategic goals.