Training details

calendar_today Thursday, July 15, 2021

access_time Eastern: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Central: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mountain: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pacific: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

place Online

attach_money $150

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The Leadership Circle for Emerging Development Professionals is a weekly peer group meeting of new development professionals (0-5 years of experience) from small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations to share challenges and strategies for personal and organizational success. In an informal, virtual roundtable format, you will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues from all over the country to share insights, gain practical solutions, and alleviate any on-the-job isolation or stress you might experience. Each session will be facilitated by a seasoned nonprofit leader with expertise in  development. Feel free to enjoy your breakfast or lunch while we meet. 

The peer circle will meet virtually on the following Fridays from 9:00-11:00 am PT/12:00-2:00 pm ET: July 9, 2021; July 16, 2021, July 23, 2021, July 30, 2021, and August 6, 2021.

Please register by July 8th. The price listed covers the cost of all 5 sessions of the Leadership Circle. 

Topics include: 

  • Moving beyond the elevator pitch 
  • Landscape scanning using knowledge tools  
  • Cultivating funder collaborations  
  • Career development  
  • Sustainability and self-care 

Intended audiences:

  • Emerging development professionals (0-5 years of development experience) located around the country
  • Development professionals of smaller nonprofit organizations (a budget size of less than $2 million)


  • Session 1: Friday, July 9 at 9:00 –11:00 am PT/12:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Session 2: Friday, July 16 at 9:00 –11:00 am PT/12:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Session 3: Friday, July 23 at 9:00 –11:00 am PT/12:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Session 4: Friday, July 30 at 9:00 –11:00 am PT/12:00-2:00 pm ET
  • Session 5: Friday, August 6 at 9:00 –11:00 am PT/12:00-2:00 pm ET

Additional information

How Our Virtual Workshops Work: 

Within one business day of your registration, you will be enrolled in this course and receive an e-mail from our eLearning platform, Bridge. The subject line of the email will be “Welcome! Learning awaits”.  This email will have instructions on how to create your own online account in Bridge as well as a link to access your course. 

 In Bridge, you will be introduced to the course and instructor and be provided with a link to the live sessions, which will be held in Zoom on the dates listed above. 

We recommend using Firefox as your browser. Visit Bridge for more information on accessing courses, navigating through a course, and viewing its technical requirements.  You can learn more about Zoom by accessing this page. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days after enrollment. The course fee entitles purchaser to one computer log-in which cannot be shared. In addition, no refunds, transfers or credits will be issued. 

Unable to attend the live sessions?  While we strongly encourage you to attend the highly-interactive live sessions, we will record the live meetings and circulate the recording to all course participants within 24 hours of the meetings.  

By enrolling in this training, you agree to grant Candid permission to document this session with photography, film, and/or video. Material captured may be used in future publications, brochures, or other printed materials used to promote Candid. Please inform instructor if you do not agree to these conditions. 


  • Apply best practices and strategies for crafting an elevator pitch and practice with peers.
  • Explain how Foundation Directory Online and GuideStar can help you increase your nonprofit’s funding potential​.
  • Identify how to cultivate funder collaborations to create sustainable relationships.
  • Develop career and job-seeking strategies.
  • Create your own self-care plan to avoid burnout.

Intended audience

  • Beginner
  • Fundraising & development staff


David Holmes (he/him) Educational Programming Manager, Candid
Krista Berry (she/her) Network Engagement Manager Candid