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The industry has lost an icon

William P. Freyd, Chairman Emeritus of Catapult Fundraising and creator of the phone/mail fundraising methodology, passed away on August 20, 2020 after a 50 year career in the field.

Upcoming events

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November 4, 2020

webinar: Growing your legacy society - why aren't we asking?

Anthony Alonso will be presenting Growing Your Legacy Society - Why Aren't We Asking? for the AFP New Jersey Chapter.

Learn how to identify your best planned giving prospects, solicit potential donors, and close the gift over the phone. Explore methods for how to make the ask using the mass communication instruments of mail, e-mail and telephone solicitation. This webinar will also provide strategy on the selection of donors for a planned giving direct marketing campaign.

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November 19, 2020

AFP New Jersey 2020 Conference on Philanthropy

Join us for AFP New Jersey's 40th Conference on Philanthropy! We are excited to announce that Anthony Alonso will emcee the event, and we look forward to being part of this exciting day.

Despite this year's event being virtual, it will still be packed with internationally known speakers, exciting presentations, and valuable workshops and sessions that extend beyond this event - sessions will continue throughout the fall!

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november 12, 2020

webinar: Lessons learned about the annual fund during a worldwide crisis

Join Anthony Alonso for the AFP Memphis Chapter's Virtual National Philanthropy Day Event! Anthony will discuss the tools and techniques you should use to maximize communication efforts with your donors, especially during times where face to face visits are not always an option. Cultivation is key for the long-term sustainability of your annual fund, so make the most of a multi-channel strategy that incorporates email, direct mail, phone, text, and social media solicitations!

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December 16, 2020

webinar: Managing the ask...essential steps when soliciting major donors

Diane Carlson, Chairman of Catapult Fundraising, will be hosting a 60 minute webinar for the AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter.

 

For more than 30 years, Diane M. Carlson has been helping her clients ask for and receive millions of dollars in support for their organizations. In this webinar, Diane walks her audience through the process of managing the “ask”, starting with prospect identification and ending with how to handle saying “thank you”.

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november 18, 2020

webinar: pop goes development!

Paul A. Dunne, CFRE will be hosting a 60 minute webinar for the AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter "Virtual Luncheon".

 

As development professionals, we are charged with the huge task of juggling many different segments of donor activities: major donors, direct mail, marketing, events, board relationships and even planned giving. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, this presentation will help re-prioritize and give clarity to those individuals who always feel they are reacting instead of being proactive in their work to ensure the greatest return. 

past events

september 30, 2020

webinar: Key Pillars of Capacity Building that will Impact Your Organization’s Success!

Join Paul A. Dunne, CFRE, Senior Vice President of Catapult Fundraising for this FREE, 45 minute-webinar that will discuss the key pillars of capacity building. Paul will discuss conducting donor assessments to learn what your donors really think about your organization, steps for database diagnosis & segmentation (including wealth screening), communications / marketing ideas and initiatives, and governance including board measurement, board recruitment, and managing board expectations. 

What attendees thought: 

  • This was a great and concise presentation of logical steps for nonprofits!

  • Great job!

  • You provided some amazing tips.

September 15, 2020

WEBINAR:

so you're thinking of planning a capital campaign? essentials for success!

Many organizations consider a Capital Campaign, but don’t know where to begin. This 45 minute webinar, presented by Diane M. Carlson, will discuss what to do and where to begin when planning for your Capital Campaign. 

 

This webinar will discuss the importance of a feasibility study, setting an appropriate Campaign dollar goal, building a gift chart, and determining a Campaign timeline that will work best for your institution.

What the attendees thought:

  • I thought Diane did an excellent job covering key points. Thank you!

  • Excellent information---well stated!

June 19, 2020

WEBINAR:

Pop Goes Development!

Paul A. Dunne, CFRE presented this webinar for the AFP Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter.  As development professionals, we are charged with the huge task of juggling many different segments of donor activities: major donors, direct mail, marketing, events, board relationships and even planned giving. This presentation helps re-prioritize and give clarity to individuals who always feel they are reacting instead of being proactive in their work.

What the attendees thought:

  • Thank you for your time this morning on the webinar. I have many great takeaways from your presentation!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation this morning.  I found your speaking style so refreshing.

May 27, 2020

WEBINAR:

developing impactful case statements

Paul A. Dunne, CFRE & Jeff Grandy, M.Ed discuss everything you need to know about writing the most effective case statement for your organization. 

 

This webinar outlines the key items to include in your case statement, discuss how to capture and incorporate compelling stories, and will provide you with direction to ensure this case statement plays a critical role in your organization's future success.

Attendees' response:

  • Great webinar! Very helpful! Thanks!

  • Thanks for your time and knowledge sharing!  

september 23, 2020

WEBINAR:

growing your legacy society- why aren't we asking?

Most planned giving donors say “they were simply never asked” for a gift. Learn how your organization can avoid this common pitfall and develop a thriving and profitable planned giving marketing and solicitation plan. 

This session explores methods for how to make the ask using the mass communication instruments of mail, e-mail and telephone solicitation. This webinar also provides strategy on the selection of donors for a planned giving direct marketing campaign.

 

What the attendees thought:

  • This is one of the best planned giving webinars I've attended. Thank you!

  • Great direction and ideas to immediately implement within our organization. Thanks for the great advice!

July 31, 2020

WEBINAR:

Tips & Tricks to increase your organization's capacity during times of crisis

Presented by Paul Dunne, CFRE for the AFP Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, this webinar is jam packed with tips and tricks for increasing your organization's capacity during times of crisis.

Paul's expertise in capacity building, database segmentation, digital & direct mail appeals, and solicitation strategy will leave you with new ideas for stewarding donors, acquiring new donors, and bringing lapsed donors back into the fold.

What the attendees thought:

  • Paul is a wealth of knowledge!

  • Thank you, Paul, for sharing your expertise and reminding us of our responsibility in adverse times. 

june 16, 2020

WEBINAR:

Your Annual Fund During a Worldwide Crisis – How Do We Get Back to Fundraising?

Anthony Alonso, president of Catapult Fundraising, presented this 60 minute webinar for the AFP Western Maryland Chapter.

 

This webinar discusses the tools and techniques you should be using to communicate effectively with your donors and how the fundraising landscape has changed since the coronavirus pandemic. 

What our attendees said:

  • Nice change of pace for COVID-19 related webinar - thanks!

  • Thanks for the expert information!

MAy 12, 2020

WEBINAR:

Managing the Ask...Essential Steps When Soliciting Major Donors

For more than 30 years, Diane M. Carlson has been helping her clients ask for and receive millions of dollars in support for their organizations. In this, 45 minute webinar presented for the AFP Coastal Georgia Chapter, Diane walks her audience through the process of managing the “ask”, starting with prospect identification and ending with how to handle saying “thank you”.

What AFP Coastal Georgia said:

  • Diane’s presentation on “Managing the Ask” was very thorough and covered all of the basic knowledge and tasks needed for working with major donors. She presented the steps and conveyed the process in a logical, easy-to-digest format. Our attendees were very engaged and appreciated her valuable advice!

September 17, 2020

WEBINAR:

Establish, Grow or Reignite Gift Planning in Your Organization

This 45-minute webinar presented by Jeff Grandy, M.Ed for the AFP Shenandoah Chapter discusses how to create a pipeline of donor prospects, identify the stages of planned gift cultivation, and typical timelines for securing after-life gifts. 

Attendees return to their organizations with the necessary tools to set up an internal infrastructure to establish their gift planning program.

Attendees' thoughts:

  • Thank you! I definitely learned MORE than a few new things.

  • Thank you for sharing your expertise with us this morning! SO helpful for an organization just building our planned giving program! 

July 16, 2020

WEBINAR:

debunking telefundraising myths & how to effectively use phoning today!

Presented by Anthony Alonso for the AFP Central Virginia Chapter, this webinar debunks current  telefundraising myths and discusses how telephone outreach is still the most effective form of fundraising, after face-to-face visits.

This session looks at current statistics and trends in fundraising and how telefundraising can be incorporated to enhance your organization’s current efforts.

What the attendees thought:

  • So much critical information that's relevant in today's fundraising climate! Thank you!

  • Thank you for your time today. We oftentimes hear telefundraising is "dead" and it's CLEARLY not the case! Thanks for sharing your case study with us.

May 27, 2020

WEBINAR:

how to keep fundraising during a long-term crisis!

Diane M. Carlson, Chairman of Catapult Fundraising, discusses how the current crisis is effecting non-profit organizations and their fundraising efforts. Diane provides attendees with ideas for fundraising during these challenging times and advice on solicitations, messaging, and ask strategies.

What the attendees thought:

  • ​This by far was the best webinar I've attended since working from home! I took nearly two and half pages of notes. THANK YOU

  • Great advice and ideas to help us through these difficult times!

april 14, 2020

WEBINAR:

is planned giving the silver lining during times of crisis?

How will organizations be able to continue their missions during COVID-19 and after it passes? The answer is comprehensive planned giving programs to ensure long-term sustainability. Now is the time for organizations to invest more time and resources into planned giving programs than ever before. 

Anthony Alonso, President, and Jeff Grandy, Associate Vice President of Catapult Fundraising discuss the vital role planned giving will play in your organization's future success.

Words from our attendees:

  • This was one of the best webinars on planned giving -- thank you again!

  • Thank you for offering these webinars! Absolutely wonderful!

Latest News

Congratulations, Paul!  

Congraultaions to our very own Paul A. Dunne on his CFRE Recertification!

Your contributions to our client partners, the Catapult team, and the profession are invaluable!

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The phone is the most powerful tool you own

Have you ever asked yourself how phone calls made by a professional fundraising firm can possibly be as good as those made by your own staff? Should you still be making calls during the COVID pandemic? How can I possibly find the time to call my donors on top of everything else I have to do?

 

Listen to this podcast with Joe Tumolo of Gift Planning Development and Anthony Alonso of Catapult Fundraising to hear HOW outside firms get incredible results and WHY your organization MUST make calls, whether you personally pick up the phone or partner with an outside firm.

July 2020 PodcastAnthony Alonso & Joe Tumolo
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The Catapult Team celebrating celebrating National Philanthropy Day with the

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key steps for soliciting major donors - an interview with Diane m. Carlson

"Just by belonging to your organization and agreeing to
a meeting, top prospects are signaling they may be
ready to make a major gift"

how to effectively use the phone today- an interview with anthony alonso

“One of the things we hear all the time is telephone fundraising is dead. The truth of the matter is it’s not a question of whether we use telemarketing. It’s a question of how we use it.”

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Catapult at the National Capital Gift Planning Council's Planned Giving Days conference.

 

Anthony R. Alonso, President of Catapult, presented Your Next Planned Gift is Just a Phone Call Away! 

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The Key to a Donor’s Heart by

Paul A. Dunne, CFRE

"I often state that development work is like cranking a “Jack-In-The-Box.” You are working consistently, but your Executive Director, Board of Directors and even your development team, don’t immediately see the results. Most of the time it is just unseen work… until all of that cranking finally pays off."

Maria Healy, Vice President for Client Services and Gwen Paxon, CFRE, Associate Vice President for Client Services representing Catapult at the AFP New Jersey Conference on Philanthropy.

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