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Jewish Family & Children's Service
of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.

The Board of Directors of every nonprofit organization must focus on fundraising if they are to meet their fiduciary responsibilities. The lay leadership at Jewish Family and Children's Service understands this responsibility but needed professional assistance to get to the next level. Norman Olshansky facilitated an outstanding Board Retreat that dealt with the new realities of successful fundraising. We appreciated the way that he was able to keep the Board on target and help us to make some difficult decisions that will impact on the agency's future and well being.

His insights and input helped to identify the basic elements and related costs of fundraising as well as challenged us to identify new prospects, cultivate donors and overcome our fear of major gift fundraising as we move down the road to becoming more self-sufficient. Everyone left with a good feeling about their role in the fiscal responsibility of the agency and their need to have greater participation in the agency's fund raising efforts.

In sharing his expertise, JFCS is now positioned to develop an effective development plan, which will result in new donors and increased dollars.

Barbara Brizdle - Chair Board of Directors
Rose Chapman - CEO/President
Andria Bilan - VP Development


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