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Program Topics and 2013 Agenda

The Resource Development Boot Camp (formerly called Specialist Training Program) is designed specifically as an intense two-week cohort training experience. A great deal of the value of the program comes with the relationships built over the two-week course of this rigorous internship. The cohort experience provides a built-in professional network which interns can draw upon for support, advice, sample documents and grants, and future courtesy training for each other's foundation boards and faculty grant writers. In addition, material presented in the second week is built upon material presented in the first. Nevertheless, interns can find value in attending either week one or week two alone.

Review the Preliminary 2013 Agenda 

Follow the link above for week one and week two topics. 


CRD Resource Development Boot Camp Topics  

Review each year's agenda to learn how each topic will be addressed based on the selected model campus, current trends and opportunities available in Washington, DC. 

  • Organization, Relationships, and Procedures of the Model Campus Resource Development Office: very practical, nuts and bolts, hands-on description with examples of forms, information vehicles, and other necessary details.
  • Proposal Writing: includes public and corporate/foundation applications, developing strong needs statements, developing evaluation tools,
  • Internal & External Partnership Building: explores how to convene and build partnerships in grants development both externally (community, business, other educational institutions) and internally (faculty, business office, foundation office, staff)
  • Grants Management: includes basic concepts of successful grant management, regulatory requirements, developing and maintaining an effective interface with internal college systems, and audit-readiness.
  • Building a Strong Community College Foundation: includes 501 (c) (3), incorporation, by-laws, boards and officers, board recruitment and management, techniques for gift solicitation.
  • Prospecting for Gifts/Donor Relations: a primer on donor motivations, techniques for major gifts, maintaining donor interest, etc.
  • CRD & the Development Officer: includes statement of ethics, organizational information and resources, CRD expectations, programs, and services, etc. (when possible, should be presented by current president or president-elect)
  • The Legislative Process and Update: review the appropriations, points of influence on legislation and regulations, ways to work effectively with Congressional representatives, the role of aides, and an update on current legislative trends and issues.
  • Congressional Visit: Interns should arrange visits at least a month or two in advance. Instructions and recommendations should be sent by the program director in time for this to occur.
    In the event that they are prohibited to visit their Congressional representatives on behalf of their institution, Interns will be given the opportunity to attend Congressional hearings or Congress in session.
  • A President's View of Resource Development
  • Strategic Planning for the Development Office: includes role in college-wide planning as well as planning in the development office itself – both public and private resources.
  • Alumni, Special Events, Annual and Capital Campaigns - We'll provide a primer on each of these topics and include samples and templates whenever possible. 
  • Agency Presentations - Your opportunity to hear directly from agency staff in Washington, DC! 
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Our staff believe in connecting people, resources and opportunities. CRD helps us drive these actions by providing tools and training so we can educate our board and volunteers, strengthen our skills and knowledge base, and find support and mentoring from our peers throughout the country. We're steeped in the culture to thank our donors, and now is a chance to turn around and thank CRD and all its members for helping us be successful in building a strong and committed group of donors and volunteers. Thanks CRD!"

Josh Gerstman, Development Director
Green River Community College, WA