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New Professional Development Series! Upskilling Fundraising, Grant & Partnership Development For Extension Professionals: An Interactive Workshop Series

Introducing the latest offering from the Extension Foundation- a new professional development series open to all Extension professionals wanting to enhance their skills! Join us for monthly sessions from April 2024 to September 2024, in 'Upskilling Fundraising, Grant & Partnership Development For Extension Professionals: An Interactive Workshop Series.'

This is a comprehensive professional development series tailored for Extension professionals. Led by Nate Birt of Silver Maple Strategies and a current key informant to our NTAE teams, this dynamic series aims to equip Extension professionals with essential tools and knowledge for success in today's evolving landscape of fundraising and grants. This interactive and engaging experience is designed to enhance your Extension projects and programs with practical skills and strategies, including crafting proposals, leveraging AI, diversifying funding sources, and more! Explore the topics covered each month below, and find additional information on the registration page.

This series is open to all Cooperative Extension professionals, not just members of Extension foundation!

Here's a glimpse of what each month will offer:

  • April 18th, 2024 - Unlocking Your Potential: Assess and optimize your talents and experiences for fundraising success.
  • May 16th, 2024 - Navigating Ag Innovation Trends: Gain insights into the latest trends shaping agricultural innovation and discover how to leverage them for your projects.
  • June 20th, 2024 - Ethical AI Utilization: Explore ethical approaches to leveraging AI in fundraising and administrative tasks.
  • July 18th, 2024 - Diversifying Funding Sources: Learn strategies for securing funding beyond government investments.
  • August 15th, 2024 - Crafting Compelling Proposals: Master the art of proposal writing to stand out to funders.
  • August 29th, 2024 - Navigating Grant Challenges: Discover strategies for overcoming obstacles in grant-funded projects.
  • September 19th, 2024 - Resources and Reading Recommendations: Get valuable resources and tools to enhance your knowledge and influence.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and network with fellow Extension professionals. Register now through the form to secure your spot and receive recordings of all sessions! REGISTER HERE!

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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