Training details

All levels of experience

Access on-demand training:
Self-paced learning


With the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we know it’s a challenging time for everyone. To support your work and ensure our trainings are more accessible during this difficult time, we’re offering all of our fee-based self-paced courses at a discounted rate. Course regular rate $65 current rate $45.

The world of foundation fundraising is increasingly competitive, and it can be difficult to get a funder’s attention. You're building strong, effective programs, doing your research, and sending in proposals to the funders that care about your work. What more could you be doing?

Have you thought about building relationships?

It’s not just sending in proposals: You could be more strategic in cultivating meaningful professional relationships with grantmakers, thoughtfully reaching out and building credibility that will pay off in the long run. This self-paced learning course will outline the process, including tips for making initial contact with funders, how to continue the conversation, and how to authentically engage without (always) asking for money.

Register now to see how much more successful you could be in your foundation fundraising!

Length: Estimated time to complete this course is two to three hours.

How to Start Your Self-Paced Learning Course

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

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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.

Qualifies for
1.25 CFRE points


  • Identify key stages in relationship development
  • Plan your cultivation activities
  • Recognize best practices in working with grantmakers
  • Strengthen connections with current and prospective funders

Intended audience

CEOs, executive directors, upper management
Fundraising & development staff
Program directors and staff

Bonus materials

  • Additional Tips for Communicating with Funders
  • Talking Points Outline Worksheet