National CRD training program set for campus June 5-10
Posted on 6/3/2011
BSC and BSC College Advancement are hosting nearly 30 fundraising professionals for the Resource Development Specialist Training Program June 5-10 on campus. The second week of training is scheduled in Washington, D.C., June 12-17.
Program sponsor is the Council for Resource Development, the premier professional association for community college fundraisers.
BSC staff members who have planned the training program are Julie Erickson, director of resource development; Janet Dixon, grant development coordinator; Rita Nodland, alumni coordinator; Amy Brown, administrative assistant for College Advancement, as well as the rest of the BSC College Advancement Team.
Participants are development professionals representing two-year colleges from 16 states. Speakers are coming from Idaho, Oregon, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. BSC's advancement team and other BSC employees will also be presenting sessions.
Programming includes an overview of fundamentals and advanced training that emphasizes skill development in private fundraising, grantsmanship, and alumni relationship building. The second week focuses on public funding sources.
Participants and presenters will stay in Lidstrom Hall for the week. Julie Erickson said the planning team decided to go forward with holding the training even though the CRD leadership asked if they wanted to cancel because of the complications of the community fighting the flooding Missouri River.
"We've been working on this for one and one-half years, and for some participants, this will be their first trip to North Dakota," Erickson said. "We decided we didn't want to cancel, but we did tell them they may have some volunteer opportunities."
Rita Nodland said some participants wrote that they are concerned about the community of Bismarck-Mandan, because they have witnessed natural disasters. "They are not concerned about their own safety coming here, they expressed concern for the community," Nodland said.