Conservative Activists Are More Confident After LI’s High-Dollar Fundraising School

September 23, 2011 | By Mikayla Hall

September 23, 2011, Arlington, VA--Last week the Leadership Institute broke a record of 79 students who attended LI’s High Dollar Fundraising School.  Attendees discovered ways to enhance the causes and candidates of their choice with effective fundraising.

The expert faculty included Todd Meredith, co-owner of Morgan, Meredith & Associates; Tracey Johnson, President and CEO of Credo Strategies; and LI’s own Marci LeBlanc and Steve Sutton from the development department.

Attendees learned how to write grant proposals, distinguish the differences between types of donations, communicate strategically with donors, and establish a high-dollar direct mail program.

"The LI High Dollar fundraising workshop was extremely helpful.  After completing the class, I immediately put the skills I learned to use, and have already secured additional funding for my non-profit," said GI Film Festival Executive Director Laura Law-Millett.

Jerry Cave, owner of his own communications and search engine optimization company, says he plans to use the training to possibly pursue a career in advocacy. “[The] Leadership Institute is a fabulous opportunity to learn and develop new skills and meet fellow conservatives. [It was] a tremendous learning experience!”



LI Intern Fredrick McKinley said he always was afraid of asking people for money, “but after attending the High-Dollar Fundraising School, [he] feels more confident that [he] will be able to successfully help a campaign raise money.”

Lynda Fairman, We the People district coordinator for VA-01 and York County coordinator for Tom Harmon for VA Senate Campaign said, “LI’s High Dollar Fundraising School gave me practical, ‘real world’ methods that will help me while working on political campaigns and for non-profit organizations and schools.  Presentations from experts in the field address everything from assessing dollars needed to asking for different levels of donations to finalizing the deposit and organizing reports, this school covers it all for success from beginning to end!”

“I’ve already started using this knowledge to help the We the People program replace the defunded federal funds so we can continue to train teachers to teach the Constitution with non-partisan curriculum in all schools at all levels,” Lynda continued. “In addition to this job, I plan on sharing what I’ve learned as I work on political campaigns to help conservative candidates raise the funds needed to win elections.”

“The Leadership Institute presents quality programs with expert information I can use right away. After graduating from several of their schools and their grassroots training and workshops, I highly recommend any of their classes,” Lynda said.  “LI is, truly, a class act for success!”

Are you interested in attending the High-Dollar Fundraising School or other Leadership Institute trainings? To register for this school and others, check out http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/