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Training Course

How to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships with Funders

Self-Paced eLearning
60-90 minutes

Check out our FUNDRAISING ESSENTIALS DISCOUNT BUNDLE to get more for your money with savings on this course and two additional courses bundled together, Creating a Sound Proposal Budget and Foundation Center’s Online Proposal Writing Course.

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-directed eLearning 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! 

This course was created with Foundation Center subject matter staff experts.


  • Be able to identify key stages in relationship development
  • Learn tips to plan your cultivation activities
  • Recognize best practices in working with grantmakers
  • Strengthen connections with current and prospective funders

Bonus materials available:

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

Intended Audiences:  Social sector development staff of all experience levels will benefit from this session.

Length: Estimated time to complete this self-paced, self-directed eLearning course is two to three hours. You will have access to the course for 30 days.

This course qualifies for 1.25 CFRE Education Credits


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