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Virtual Skoll World Forum | Engaging Mission-Aligned Funders in the Era of COVID-19, Part 2

Filed in Relationship Advancement — April 21, 2020

In our blog we’ve pulled back the veil on our approach and methodologies through a largely ‘plug and play’ resources and Masterclasses so you can skillfully engage the funding partners your mission deserves.

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PART 2:  Engaging Mission-Aligned Funders | Advancement Outreach Best Practices 

Echoing our sentiment from Part 1 of this series, Black Fox Philanthropy would like to congratulate the entire Skoll Foundation team on hosting such a valuable virtual gathering. The first of its kind in the convening’s history, the Virtual Skoll World Forum featured over 100 organizations presenting more than 140 ecosystem events, reaching more than 10,000 participants worldwide with compelling content – a true show of #CollectiveStrength. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in such a wonderful week. 

As part of our commitment to the social sector, Black Fox Philanthropy employs an open-source model, releasing content designed to strengthen the fundraising capacity of organizations in all stages of development to this blog. However, the onset of COVID-19 and the cancellation of important gatherings around the globe demanded a stronger response, so our Advancement team produced three tactical, rapid-response webinars that lend insight on how to build and maintain powerful, long-lasting funding relationships.

You can listen to the second session, Engaging Mission-Aligned Funders | Advancement Outreach Best Practices, HERE and view the accompanying slide deck HERE. In this 75-minute session, Black Fox Philanthropy Advancement Specialists Toby Banks, Kellyn Lovell, Kelly Baxter Spitz, & Karen Doyle Grossman share best practices for “getting in the door” with new funders, building a foundation for relationship by intentional storytelling and story listening, maintaining existing relationships through thoughtful stewardship, and deepening relationships in shared learning journeys.

The rich content found in this session is just a taste of our “special sauce” – Advancement Outreach. To learn more about how a BFP Advancement Specialist can serve as an extension of your staff and provide informed, targeted, expert outreach, please visit our Services page and reach out to Julie Cullings at to schedule an exploration call. We are offering this rapid-action service at reduced COVID-era rates through May 31, 2020. 

Finally, for a weekly update of important news across the sector, as well as special COVID-19 editions, featuring vital resources including funding opportunities and more, please subscribe to our Black Fox Brief, now with a readership of over 3,000 NGOs and funders from around the globe.

Our third and final webinar recap, Fundraising Roadmap | Attracting Bold & Big Bet Funding, is forthcoming – stay tuned!