Training in Durango for Non-profits ‘Making the Ask’

The Community Resource Center in Durango is pleased to offer a half-day training on Wednesday, February 7: “Making the Ask.” Participants will gain a broad understanding of individual donor cultivation and retention, and gain skills and confidence in your gift solicitation.

The training will take place from 9am until 12noon at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Pine Room, 2500 Main Ave. Durango, Colorado. Learn more at this website.

More than 80% of giving comes from individuals. The face-to-face ask is the most successful approach to raising individual donations because you can speak directly with prospects and learn how their interests connect with your organization’s work. Understand the critical components of “the ask” and practice your approach to increase confidence. This interactive learning experience will help you:

  • Understand individual giving trends
  • Importance of donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Gain solicitation skills that will improve your effectiveness in closing gifts
  • Build a greater confidence in your ability to re-position the solicitation and respond to “NO.”

This special session will provide information regarding the recent federal tax policy changes and their implications for individual giving.

Half-day Training Cost: $50 early bird (ends today, Wednesday, 1/31)… $65 Regular

Individuals who are in need of any accommodations or auxiliary aids, please contact Diana Pineda at 303.623.1540 ext. 143 or

This training will be facilitated by Maria Fabula, President & CEO, and Josef Scarantino, Director of Social Enterprise.

Maria Fabula
Maria brings more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development. Maria has extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity. Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego Revelle College and has spent a majority of her career connecting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve community. Her experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate.

Josef Scarantino
Josef offers nearly twenty years of experience in program design, strategic partnership development, and innovation leadership through a wide range of social impact ventures including an international pan-disability organization, an open education foundation, and an East African peace institute. Josef’s expertise is in social entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and strategic partnership engagement. Josef currently resides as Vice Chair on the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council and holds a B.S. in Business Management in addition to an M.A. in International Education & Human Development from George Washington University.


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