LZF Institutes


Lenny Zakim Fund Institutes are free day-long conferences that we offer to all current and former grant recipients. Topics are selected with input from grant recipients. Information about the most recent  Institute is below. For more information, please contact Jeannette (jandre@thelennyzakimfund.org or 617-406-5935).

LZF Spring Institute 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

What are the attendees saying?

"I arrived at the institute feeling overwhelmed by the task of managing thousands of donor relationships, and I left feeling super excited and on fire!"
"The presenters were very dynamic and humorous, with great energy"
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Fundraising Secrets and Leadership for Fundraising
with Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux

Donor communication and fund development are critical parts of any grassroots community organization. Utilized properly they can help an organization work to achieve its goals and, previously, unimagined success. Using tested and proven strategies, here is some of what you will learn during this day-long institute:

  • What makes successful and effective fundraising
  • How to solicit gifts
  • What is appropriate donor communication
  • How to solicit gifts face-to-face
  • How to create your fund development plan

In the morning, we will focus on your boards and board members. In the afternoon we will focus on fundraising. And you’ll get a good handout to keep and use back home.


About our workshop leaders,

Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux both have international reputations- speaking around the world, writing books,and providing advice and counsel.

Tom is one of the world's leading experts in donor-centered communications. He has written three book and co-authored Keep Your Donors with Simone. Tom evaluates donor communications, and writes donor newsletters, direct mail soliciation, and cases for support for all types and sizes of nonprofit organizations. Clients include local environmental groups, community colleges and mega universities, and everything in between.

Simone is a consultant specializing in governance/board development, fund development and strategic planning. She, too, works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, helping them fix boards, design top-notch fundraising programs, and planning for the future.

Simone and Tom are life partners and often get to travel together to present and work. Philanthropy is their life's work (Simone has founded two organizations, including the Women's Fund of RI, a social justice organization). Tom and Simon have bequeathed their entire estate to charity.

Subscribe to their free e-newsletters and blogs by visiting: www.aherncomm.com and www.simonejoyaux.com.


Registration is currently limited to current grant recipients of The Lenny Zakim Fund and will be opened to former grant recipients later on this month. If you have any questions regarding regstration, please contact Jeannette at jandre@thelennyzakimfund.org. If you believe you qualify for registration please visit https://lzf-institute.eventbrite.com.