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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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Your Business Plan -- the Market Research Component

So you've decided to become a consultant! Now what? Do you hang out your shingle and hope that the business will come? With an eleven year banking career behind me, when I decided to start my business, I took some rather unusual steps (like renting an office space and hiring a full time employee with…

Get Rid of Your Nominating Committee!

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