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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I’m a Grant Professional so I Don’t Need to Worry about Public Speaking

As a grant professional, there may be many times when you will have to worry about public speaking, whether it’s one-on-one or to a crowd.

Your Nonprofit Board Nominating Committee: Get Rid of It!

One of the best pieces of advice for any nonprofit organization may be to get rid of your nonprofit board nominating committee. For most organizations, the nominating committee has two primary functions: to fill vacant board seats and to elect officers of the board. In most cases, this committee is ad hoc, appointed by the…

Building Enthusiasm for Fundraising among Board Members

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this question: I can’t get my board involved in fundraising activities for our organization; what can I do to get them enthused about fundraising? The answer I usually give can help the organization might cost a bit more than a dollar, but can reap…

What is a Development Audit and when does your organization need an audit?

A Development Audit is an internal assessment of your fundraising program and your readiness to embark on new development ventures. The Development Audit looks at involvement of board, staff and volunteers in the fundraising process and offers recommendations on how to best use the human resources available to the organization. It further evaluates the strengths…

Building Your Grants Team with Inside and Outside Volunteers

Successful development means building relationships with a variety of constituencies, including foundations. Nonprofit organizations, some with no development staff or one person handling development as well as marketing and public relations, address this challenge with a variety of strategies ranging from outsourcing to recruiting volunteers to involving more staff members in the grants process. Those…

Fundraising in a Poor Economy

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