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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Creating a Fundraising Board, Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about the recruitment process and the annual board appeal. Now let’s move on to helping the board raise monies from others. Uncovering the Sphere of Influence Once the board is recruited and each has made their personal financial commitment, the step is getting them involved in the process of identifying,…

Creating a Fundraising Board, Part 1

“We can’t get our board to help with fundraising, they aren’t the ‘movers and shakers’ in town.” If this is a statement you have heard in your organization, read on! While some organizations do not set fundraising as a priority for its board members, most nonprofits can benefit from having a board more actively using…

Know the Process, Improve Your Odds

In a recent series of articles we discussed the federal peer review process. Remember, these reviewers are professionals that are expected to critically read and evaluate up to 800 pages of fact-packed prose in a week. You must keep in mind as you write your proposal some consideration for the reviewer and his/her needs and…

Screening Sessions for Major Donors

Many times in smaller organizations, executive directors and development directors will bemoan the fact that they do not have the "movers and shakers" on their board and, therefore, cannot consider a major gift program or a capital campaign that relies heavily on leadership level gifts. Before writing off your board members, consider doing some brainstorming…

Getting Grassroots Boards to 'Move and Shake' (Part 2)

So now you are ready to get your board out there making the asks. Understand that most board members have a fear of fundraising. It has been said that the fear of pubic speaking is higher on most people's list than the fear of death. But that the fear of asking someone for money is…

Getting Grassroots Boards to 'Move and Shake' (Part 1)

"We can't get our Board to help with fundraising, they aren't the 'movers and shakers' in town." If this is a statement you have heard in your organization, read on! Time after time, organizations have been amazed to uncover some unbelievable connections on the part of Board members who thought they "didn't know anyone with…