Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE is one of approximately one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In her three-decade career, Linda has managed capital campaigns that have raised more than $50 million, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 40,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty states of the United States. Linda offers many online training programs.

Linda is the author of a number of books, including these published by CharityChannel Press:

Linda served on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board for two terms and on the Professional Advancement Division for AFP and is past president of the Eastern PA and Sierra (NV) AFP chapters. She has received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP, was honored with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas AFP Chapter.

Linda is a graduate of Alvernia University with majors in Banking and Finance, Theology/Philosophy, and a minor in Communications.  As a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy, she is a Master Teacher.

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Develop Your Case for Support

Sometimes development professionals only think about the importance of having a case for support when they are preparing to launch a capital campaign. However, you need a case for support for all your fundraising activities.

Competition and Collaboration in Business Fundraising

Is your organization competing with for-profit companies? Consider collaboration. In this article, I show you how to get started.

Identifying Giving Opportunities from the Business Sector

Businesses give in many ways, not just cash. Of course, cash is good! We can all use cold, hard cash. But many businesses support nonprofits in other ways as well—gifts-in-kind, multiyear pledges, grants, employee volunteer programs, sponsorships, cause-related marketing, and matching gifts. So let’s talk about the opportunities that you can develop.

Finding Business Donors for Your Nonprofit

Yes, there are a lot of businesses in your community. (It doesn't matter if you’re in Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, or a small rural town in Wyoming—there are businesses there!) But how do you narrow down the field to which ones will support your cause? Here's how.

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. We can learn from the words we’ll all remember him for: Nonprofits need to combine the science (being as precise as a bee sting) and the art (floating like a butterfly). For years we’ve heard fundraising is both art and science. But have we really practiced that?

Recruit Key Community Leaders to Your Capital Campaign Cabinet

The right capital campaign cabinet is one of the most important indicators of whether your campaign will be successful or not.