Benevon 101 - Building Sustainable Funding for Your Mission

Our signature year-long program, Benevon 101, will train and coach your team of seven to ten people to design and successfully implement a mission-based system for building community engagement and raising sustainable funding from individuals.

Benevon 101--Building Sustainable Funding for Your MissionNote: If you are considering the possibility of putting together a team to attend one of our Benevon 101 workshops, please review the information below and contact us early in your decision-making process so we may advise you on the ideal workshop timing for your organization, given your current annual fundraising cycle, and help you explain this to others in order to build the best possible team.

Please contact us directly at 206-709-9400 or when you are ready to talk.

Benevon 101 includes:

  • Two rigorous, fast-paced days of workshop sessions for your team of seven to ten people ($250 per person fee for every team member over seven)
  • Private telephone coaching with your team every eight to ten weeks following the workshop

At the Benevon 101 workshop:

  • Your carefully crafted team of seven to ten people—board members, staff, and volunteers—sits at its own round table in a room with teams from other nonprofit organizations.
  • Our instructor guides your team through a workbook of scripts and templates, tailoring every aspect of the Benevon Model to your organization's unique needs.
  • By the end of this dynamic two-day workshop, with the help of your coach, your organization will have a customized plan for systematically building lifelong donors through Point of Entry Events, cultivation, Asking, and Free Feel-Good Cultivation Events.

Team requirements:

  • The Benevon 101 workshop is for teams of seven to ten people from the board, staff, and volunteers from a single organization.
  • Your team should consist of two to three staff members, two to three board members, and two to three additional volunteers.
  • One staff member must be your CEO, executive director, or equivalent position.
  • One development staff or development volunteer should also be on the team.
  • One team member must be identified as the Team Leader.
  • Each team member must be willing to devote one to three hours per week for one year to this team effort.
  • This useful document spells out the Benevon 101 Workshop Team Make-Up, including roles and responsibilities for your Team Leader, team members, and board members.

At the two-day Benevon 101 workshop, your team will learn to:

  • Determine the legacy you want to leave for your organization
  • Customize your organization's emotional appeal
  • Identify and reach your real audience
  • Design a system for generating multiple-year operating funds
  • Ask "naturally"
  • Retool special events to leverage your fundraising plan and stay true to your mission
  • Cultivate lifelong donors


  • 2017 tuition is $18,000 per team of seven participants. You may bring up to ten team members ($250 per person fee for every team member over seven).
  • 2018 tuition is $19,000 per team of seven participants. You may bring up to ten team members ($250 per person fee for every team member over seven).
  • Tuition includes follow-up coaching over the next year.
  • Please note that tuition does not include travel and lodging expenses.
  • All payments must be made by check. We do not accept credit cards.

Results you can expect:

  • On a first-year investment of $18,000 (plus travel expenses), the average group raises $200,000 in cash and pledges.
  • Read more about return on investment.

Ready to get started? Contact Benevon today for more information on how the Benevon Model for nonprofit fundraising can help your favorite nonprofit improve their fundraising events and eliminate this persistent struggle by engaging and developing relationships with passionate and committed lifelong donors.