SPEAKING

Not your average speaker or trainer, Lori’s poise, humor, enthusiasm (and best practices) will ignite and inspire attendees at your next board retreat or conference.

Make the Leap from Possible to Productive

With 30 years of experience, Lori has developed presentations ranging from full and half-day workshops, conference keynotes to 60 or 90 minute webinars. While igniting both passion and action in her audiences, Lori’s insightful and compassionate leadership has helped organizations make the leap from the impossible to the certain!

KEYNOTES
Lori is available to present at your next conference, event, or meeting. Experience new paradigms of thinking about money and create an environment where people can discover how to fundraise with ease and genuine joy when you invite Lori to bring her passion for the positive to your conferences, events, and meetings.

Thank you for showing us how to share our story, how to easily talk about our funding gaps, and how to connect people with our cause! I’m grateful for all the bootcamps and difficult assignments – but most of all, for always having your support. Thanks for being a wonderful mentor.

Jody Hudson

Director of Development and Communications, Creative Care for Reaching Independence

See Keynote Topics

What is Our Money Story? And How Do We Tell It?

Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Do you, your staff and board members feel uncomfortable talking about money? It's much easier to talk about your amazing work. But that is only one component of successful fundraising communication. Letting your supporters know the costs of keeping water clean, mentoring children, changing laws, or helping veterans is equally important. Sharing costs alone can be dry and uninspiring but when your money story is combined with a story about one person - people listen. And often, they give more and stay giving longer. Lori will share how to reduce "talking about money" discomfort and show you how to powerfully include your money story in your fundraising communication. You'll Learn:
  • Why we shy away from talking about money and what to do about it
  • What is a money story
  • How to calculate your money story
  • How to articulate your money story
  • How to powerfully combine your money story with a mission moment
Join master storyteller & fundraising culture change expert Lori L. Jacobwith, founder of Ignited Fundraising™ to learn how to share YOUR money story.

Harnessing Passion to Cause Action or All I Wanna Do is Raise Some Funds

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar What if there were simple tasks you could do every day to inspire your community to give more? AND you don’t have to beg for money. This session is not about spreadsheets, moves management, or a new-fangled technique to get people to give. This fast-paced session is about the power of authentic, clear, word choices and how it MAY forever change the way you communicate the needs of your organization. Taking an insider's look at examples from three nonprofit organizations you’ll see how using clear, bold, communication increased community involvement while raising more money. Takeaways for this session include:
  1. Worksheet and checklist to craft powerful new messages
  2. Coaching and feedback as you practice the power of word choices
  3. Time to discuss how you’ll share your impact to inspire action like never before
You’ll leave ready to do exactly what you want to do harness passion from your community to cause them to take more action.

Expanding Your Reach: Engaging Your Board

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Does your board help with your fundraising? Should they? Maybe. Maybe not. Your board is among your most powerful assets. Often board members don’t want to be involved in fundraising or they view it as someone else’s job. The result is that many board members do nothing or very little when it comes to fundraising.  The outcome: You don’t reach your fundraising goals and sometimes staff becomes resentful that the board isn’t doing more to help. Fundraising Culture Change Expert Lori L. Jacobwith knows that you and your board members require clear direction and guidance about how to engage your board. This is a session about effortlessly creating an environment where board supports your fundraising efforts so it actually feels rewarding and an integral part of their board involvement. Join Lori to learn how your board can help increase your fundraising revenue by nearly 40% and NOT have to ask anyone for a contribution.

Art or Science? Making an Effective Ask Using Mission Moment Stories

Asking for gifts can be the one task we simply don’t do often enough. For many of us asking for gifts can case sweaty palms and anxiety. What does it truly take to make an effective ask using storytelling? Years of practice? Artful phrases that inspire and dazzle? Or is there a formula for knowing what story to share and when to use it during your ask? What if you could shift your fear into action? What if you could ENJOY every ask? This session will dive into your asking fears while providing a practical formula to follow so you know how to best use your most powerful too: stories of your impact. Lori L. Jacobwith, master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert, has helped people tell stories that have raised more than $300 million from individual donors. She’ll take you on an exciting adventure in this fast-paced session. After learning her asking prep formula, you’ll receive a checklist to guide you AND time to put what you learned into action.

Fundraising. Not my Job!

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Asking for money is something most people simply don’t want to do. So, between board & staff whose job is it to do the tasks that lead to getting more gifts from individuals? This session is designed to dispel some myths about the differences between fundraising and development. This is a high-energy, interactive session that will help you and your team identify ways to provide your board members, donors & staff with clear direction and guidance, even training, about how to participate in helping raise awareness & dollars. The goal is to create a culture of philanthropy that feels rewarding and an integral part day to day operations. You’ll leave this session with concrete tools and techniques that will result in raising more money from individual donors.

How to Find and Craft Powerful Nonprofit Stories

Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar  The most powerful way to connect people to your mission is by telling a story that causes your listener to feel connected to your organization. Are you sharing stories or simply reciting facts? Finding and crafting a story that evokes emotion and causes people to give more time or money is both an art and a science. In this session master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert Lori L. Jacobwith will show you how to engage your team in helping find great stories that will help you raise more money. You’ll learn the best questions to ask, who to ask and where to ask key questions to gather nuggets of information to can craft into a powerful, engaging story. Lori’s stories and coaching has already helped organizations raise more than $300 million from individual donors.

How to be an Awesome Nonprofit Board Member

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Most board members show up wanting to make a difference, but sometimes that changes. Why? It may be lack of knowledge, a boring or uninformative orientation, or a board culture that doesn’t invite new ideas and questions. Board meetings and what they focus on play an important role in being an awesome board member. Your board meeting is a partnership between what staff’s role and what the board believes is their “job.” Plan to answer some provocative questions and receive templates and tools. This session was created to allow you to support your newest or most savvy board members to have them feel better equipped to serve on your board.

Advanced Storytelling

Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar We know money talks. The important question is: HOW does YOUR organization talk about the money you need to do your work? A magic “fix” for all your fundraising challenges appears to be to share more stories. You’ve got a picture, a few facts about the person in the picture, and you’ve got your story. Unfortunately, that's not enough to get people to take action. While sharing a story about your impact IS important, often what is called a story is actually a report. This session will dive into the topic of sharing “mission moment” stories AND talking about money as fundraising strategies. To move from sharing reports to engaging, action-causing stories you’ll learn how to use the secret weapon that makes this an Advanced Storytelling session. You’ll learn why talking about money is one of the best ways to raise even more.

Storytelling: Sharing Your Mission Powerfully to Cause ACTION or Powerfully Sharing Our Mission in 10 Seconds

Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar You only make a first impression only once. In our fast-paced world, we have less than ten seconds to make a lasting first impression. The way you introduce your organization to others is critical to raising awareness and creating long-term supporters. The word choices you make are THE most critical communication tools to master for success. When you share a powerful, well-crafted story you can capture the hearts, minds and financial support of your listeners and readers. In this high-energy session you will learn three fun, powerful, effective, communication tools. These tools will allow you to distill your work down to its most emotionally engaging essence. Plan to:
  • Learn the importance of clear, bold, communication
  • Learn the true definition of a mission moment and identify at least one from your organization
  • Receive a template used by thousands to craft a powerful two-minute story

BreakOutSessionsLori’s breakout sessions are dynamic and fast-paced, stuffed to the gills with examples, ideas, and positive-thinking sure to energize everyone! With topics that cover everything from nonprofit storytelling to engaging your board, you’re sure to find a session that will help you raise more money than ever before!

See Breakout Session Topics

What is Our Money Story? And How Do We Tell It?

Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Do you, your staff and board members feel uncomfortable talking about money? It's much easier to talk about your amazing work. But that is only one component of successful fundraising communication. Letting your supporters know the costs of keeping water clean, mentoring children, changing laws, or helping veterans is equally important. Sharing costs alone can be dry and uninspiring but when your money story is combined with a story about one person - people listen. And often, they give more and stay giving longer. Lori will share how to reduce "talking about money" discomfort and show you how to powerfully include your money story in your fundraising communication. You'll Learn:
  • Why we shy away from talking about money and what to do about it
  • What is a money story
  • How to calculate your money story
  • How to articulate your money story
  • How to powerfully combine your money story with a mission moment
Join master storyteller & fundraising culture change expert Lori L. Jacobwith, founder of Ignited Fundraising™ to learn how to share YOUR money story.

Harnessing Passion to Cause Action or All I Wanna Do is Raise Some Funds

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar What if there were simple tasks you could do every day to inspire your community to give more? AND you don’t have to beg for money. This session is not about spreadsheets, moves management, or a new-fangled technique to get people to give. This fast-paced session is about the power of authentic, clear, word choices and how it MAY forever change the way you communicate the needs of your organization. Taking an insider's look at examples from three nonprofit organizations you’ll see how using clear, bold, communication increased community involvement while raising more money. Takeaways for this session include:
  1. Worksheet and checklist to craft powerful new messages
  2. Coaching and feedback as you practice the power of word choices
  3. Time to discuss how you’ll share your impact to inspire action like never before
You’ll leave ready to do exactly what you want to do harness passion from your community to cause them to take more action.

How to Creatively Share Stories at Nonprofit Events

Breakout Session, Webinar  Do all of your fundraising events reach their goal? Do people feel inspired and take action at your annual meeting, open house, or tour of your programs? If you feel like you may be leaving money on the table at your events you aren’t alone. Join Master Storyteller and Fundraising Culture Changer, Lori L. Jacobwith, as she takes you through unique and effective ways to infuse your mission into any gathering. If you are ready to add more sizzle to your gala, golf event, wine tasting, walk-a-thon, annual meeting, open house or any other events, this session is for you. Plan to Learn:
  • The science of why stories make a difference in fundraising.
  • A simple outline for sharing stories at your nonprofit fundraising events.
  • More than 20 ways to have fun and effectively share stories of your impact before, during and after your nonprofit events.

Expanding Your Reach: Engaging Your Board

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Does your board help with your fundraising? Should they? Maybe. Maybe not. Your board is among your most powerful assets. Often board members don’t want to be involved in fundraising or they view it as someone else’s job. The result is that many board members do nothing or very little when it comes to fundraising.  The outcome: You don’t reach your fundraising goals and sometimes staff becomes resentful that the board isn’t doing more to help. Fundraising Culture Change Expert Lori L. Jacobwith knows that you and your board members require clear direction and guidance about how to engage your board. This is a session about effortlessly creating an environment where board supports your fundraising efforts so it actually feels rewarding and an integral part of their board involvement. Join Lori to learn how your board can help increase your fundraising revenue by nearly 40% and NOT have to ask anyone for a contribution.

Art or Science? Making an Effective Ask Using Mission Moment Stories

Asking for gifts can be the one task we simply don’t do often enough. For many of us asking for gifts can case sweaty palms and anxiety. What does it truly take to make an effective ask using storytelling? Years of practice? Artful phrases that inspire and dazzle? Or is there a formula for knowing what story to share and when to use it during your ask? What if you could shift your fear into action? What if you could ENJOY every ask? This session will dive into your asking fears while providing a practical formula to follow so you know how to best use your most powerful too: stories of your impact. Lori L. Jacobwith, master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert, has helped people tell stories that have raised more than $300 million from individual donors. She’ll take you on an exciting adventure in this fast-paced session. After learning her asking prep formula, you’ll receive a checklist to guide you AND time to put what you learned into action.

Fundraising. Not my Job!

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Asking for money is something most people simply don’t want to do. So, between board & staff whose job is it to do the tasks that lead to getting more gifts from individuals? This session is designed to dispel some myths about the differences between fundraising and development. This is a high-energy, interactive session that will help you and your team identify ways to provide your board members, donors & staff with clear direction and guidance, even training, about how to participate in helping raise awareness & dollars. The goal is to create a culture of philanthropy that feels rewarding and an integral part day to day operations. You’ll leave this session with concrete tools and techniques that will result in raising more money from individual donors.

How to Find and Craft Powerful Nonprofit Stories

Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar  The most powerful way to connect people to your mission is by telling a story that causes your listener to feel connected to your organization. Are you sharing stories or simply reciting facts? Finding and crafting a story that evokes emotion and causes people to give more time or money is both an art and a science. In this session master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert Lori L. Jacobwith will show you how to engage your team in helping find great stories that will help you raise more money. You’ll learn the best questions to ask, who to ask and where to ask key questions to gather nuggets of information to can craft into a powerful, engaging story. Lori’s stories and coaching has already helped organizations raise more than $300 million from individual donors.

The Power of Visual Storytelling

Breakout Session, Webinar Stories are remembered up to 22 times more than facts alone. In an age overflowing with technology and lives that move at 60 miles an hour throughout the day what is it that will make your message stand out? Using visuals: pictures, images, and graphics, on your website, in your social media, in your print materials and in your fundraising WILL cause your messages to stand out. This session will take you through the power of visual storytelling with examples of how sharing facts or stories are more powerful when they are combined with an image.  You’ll see examples of what works and what doesn’t as you learn four key factors for creating powerful visuals.

Storytelling to the Rescue! Crafting Your Organizational Story: Step-by-Step

Have you felt overwhelmed because you have too many stories to choose from? OR your organization doesn’t provide direct service so you feel you have no stories to share? Finding and telling an engaging organizational story is KEY to creating a culture of philanthropy, engaging your community, and raising more money. AND it takes practice. Lori L. Jacobwith, master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert, has coached thousands of staff and board members to share their organizational story. Through careful listening and empowering coaching, Lori guides you through the overwhelm of too many or not enough stories You’ll dive into Lori’s storytelling tool chest to learn her best practices get a copy of her storytelling template. The best part: You’ll have time to break down the steps and craft your own inspiring written and spoken organizational story. You’ll Learn:
  • What your organizational story really is
  • The difference between telling a story and writing a story to be read
  • The six steps to craft a powerful, memorable, organizational story

How to be an Awesome Nonprofit Board Member

½ day Workshop, Keynote, Breakout Session, Webinar Most board members show up wanting to make a difference, but sometimes that changes. Why? It may be lack of knowledge, a boring or uninformative orientation, or a board culture that doesn’t invite new ideas and questions. Board meetings and what they focus on play an important role in being an awesome board member. Your board meeting is a partnership between what staff’s role and what the board believes is their “job.” Plan to answer some provocative questions and receive templates and tools. This session was created to allow you to support your newest or most savvy board members to have them feel better equipped to serve on your board.

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