AVONDALE, LA – There are many tools and resources available to help boost business. Some businesses – nonprofit and for-profit alike – turn to fundraising or obtaining grants to support services, initiatives, and activities. A successful fundraising campaign can elevate a business or organization’s community engagement and messaging, raise awareness about mission, and serve as a major funding source. Additionally, there are federal, state, and local grants available for many types of businesses and industries. There are grant options to increase cash flow and fund important projects – from research & development and education to small business launches and charitable giving.
Join JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce for a Prosper Jefferson seminar on how to effectively fundraise and secure grants. Three local experts will share their tips and best practices for fundraising and grant writing to help your business grow and create impact. At this event, you will learn:
- How to identify grant opportunities that are right for your business
- How to write a grant application
- The pillars of a successful fundraising campaign
- Case Studies – what has worked for local nonprofits
Join JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce IN PERSON on Wednesday, July 28, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094). The event is $5, which will cover breakfast for guests.
Please register for Prosper Jefferson in advance by CLICKING HERE.
MEET THE EXPERTS:
Jenny Bigelow, CFRE, Jenny Bigelow Development Services
Jenny Bigelow, CFRE, has 23 years’ experience as a development professional. Jenny has been consulting for a variety of nonprofit organizations since 2006 and has raised over $460 million. Clients range from having budgets of less than $1 million to over $60 million and include nonprofit organizations in the following arenas: education, arts, health care, social service, legal services, prison re-entry, and affordable housing. Private and federal grant writing make up a significant portion of her consulting efforts, and she also supports organizations as a development coach, annual plan and direct mail specialist, and strategy partner. Jenny is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches a graduate level class in grant writing. She is a graduate of Tulane University and President Elect of the board of the New Orleans Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Michelle Clark Payne, United Way
As the Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations, Michelle Clarke Payne oversees the marketing department, working with the team to build awareness of United Way, including its mission, vision, and impact. In addition, she creates, plans, and executes key communications strategies to grow and cultivate donor relationships across a seven-parish region. She oversees two affinity groups, Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Women United.
Michelle is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University New Orleans, teaching the advanced advertising campaigns class. She sits on the board of directors for the New Orleans Ad Club, Loyola Alumni, and American Advertising Federation District 7. In addition, she was a member of the 2020 NORLI class and recently served as the Communications Council director for the Junior League of New Orleans. Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans and her Master of Public Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Sarintha Stricklin, Jefferson Early Childhood Network
Dr. Stricklin serves as the Director of the Jefferson Early Childhood Network supporting leaders of publicly funded programs in south Louisiana. She has worked in early education for over 30 years as a grant writer, administrator, consultant, trainer, coach, and teacher. Currently, she leads a broad coalition of thought partners who are collaborating to increase access to high quality early education in Jefferson Parish through strategic fundraising initiatives.