Fundraising School with Rachel Ramjattan, CFRE, and Janet Cobb, CFRE

Do you wish your organization could raise more money so you can improve your services and generate reliable sources of income to fund your work? Do you want to be more comfortable in your role as a fundraiser?

Learn how to become an inspirational fundraiser using Rachel Ramjattan’s simple fundraising blueprint!

Fundraising School is an immersive capacity-building program that helps leaders reduce their fears of fundraising, increase board engagement in fundraising, and improve their fundraising vision, strategies and systems.

Fundraising School is a virtual program that includes six half-day interactive webinars with homework assignments. Two staff (or a staff member and a Board Member) per organization should attend. While ideal for small/medium-sized nonprofits, this program can work for any size organization.

This will be the third time the Fundraising School is offered in SC. Past participants have developed special events, fundraising plans, technology systems for donor documentation, communication plans to current and potential donors, board of director engagement plans, and wrote a compelling case for support for their nonprofit. Participants raised more money, increased new donors, and secured recurring gifts over the course of the 6-week program. Using the strategies taught by this course, most participants also saw increased giving during Midlands Gives!


Tuition is $2,500 per organization. If accepted into the Fundraising School, CCCF would award a grant to the nonprofit to cover the program’s cost. Tuition covers two attendees. The organization would need to pay for additional attendees.


Fundraising School is a virtual program that includes six half-day webinars with homework assignments. Upon graduation (session 7), you’ll have completed your own:

  • Technology plan
  • Case for support
  • Communication plan
  • Fundraising plan
  • Plan to raise $10K

Who Should Join

Two members from each organization must attend the Fundraising School for all the sessions. Please see the schedule below to ensure your calendar is open for all dates. Participants could include:

  • Executive directors
  • Board members
  • Development staff
  • Staff with limited development experience but great potential!

Organizations must be physically located in one of the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richlands, Saluda, or Sumter. Organizations outside of Richland County or lead by underrepresented groups are strongly encourage to apply.

Sessions and Key Dates

Dates are subject to change, but will be Tuesday mornings from 9AM-1PM in February and March. Participants are expected to attend all sessions, so block off your calendar early if possible.

  • Applications will be accepted November 1-30, 2023
  • Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-December
  • Session 1, January  30, 2024: Get Right-Sized Tech
  • Session 2, February 6, 2024: Inspire people to give
  • Session 3, February 13, 2024: Earn predictable money
  • Session 4, February 20, 2024: Raise $10,000 now
  • Session 5, February 27, 2024: Get your board on board
  • Session 6, March 5, 2024: Create a fundraising plan
  • Session 7, May 21, 2024: Graduation


Fundraising school applicants will need to:

  1. Watch the info session recording here.
  2. Review the Fundraising School Overview here.
  3. Complete the application in our grant portal by November 30.
  4. Applicants must also be registered for Midlands Gives. Register here before February 28.

If accepted, participants must also order the No More Duct Tape Fundraising book. This will be the textbook used for the Fundraising School.

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your fundraising capacity, connect with other nonprofits that share your same experiences, and secure 1-on-1 support from thoughtful and innovative nonprofit fundraisers!

Questions? Contact Halie Brazier at [email protected].