If you believe in your organization and can articulate why you work for it and support it, you are 95% of the way to becoming an effective fundraiser. A Blueprint for Fundraising Success will help attendees learn strategies to most efficiently meet the financial needs of their organization. During our time together, we will discuss:
- Making Your Case – Storytelling, “Elevator Pitches,” and “Sound Bites”
- Structures and ROI
- Leveraging Your “Natural Resources”
- Building the Habit of Giving
- Asking for Support
Sean P. Brennan, Assistant Vice President for Development, Princeton University
Sean Brennan currently serves as an Assistant Vice President for Development at Princeton University where he has been a fundraiser for 24 years. During his tenure, he has worked in Annual Giving, overseeing the 25th and 50th Reunion Campaigns, and directed the Office of Principal Gifts, managing relationships with some of the University’s most capable donors. Sean also co-founded Princeton Fundraising Partners with Kevin Cotter and developed Rainmaker, a mobile web app designed to help nonprofit organizations deploy and manage annual fund volunteers. (Visit www.rainmakerwebapp.com.)
Additionally, Sean has worked as a fundraising consultant for organizations including: United World Colleges, Temple Emanu-El (NYC), the Center for Supportive Schools, Success Academies, Blackboard, Inc., Calvary Episcopal Church (Flemington), American University of Cairo, National Cathedral School, CASE/NAIS, and Georgia Tech. On numerous occasions, he has also served as a presenter and a panelist at the Ivy-MIT-Stanford Conference on Annual Giving.
Among his volunteer activities, Sean regularly participates as a Career Night counselor for Princeton’s Varsity football team, served as Parent Chair of the Annual Fund at Princeton Day School, was co-Class Agent for his 25th Reunion, reviewed applications as a panelist for Projects of Peace, and was a member of the Crisis Ministry Board of Directors.
Sean graduated from Princeton with a degree in politics and was a three-year starter on the Tigers’ Varsity football team. He and his wife of 26 years live in Pennington, NJ, and have two daughters.