Online Courses

    • Mon, January 01, 2018
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center

    Available ON DEMAND

    This series was created by Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action in order to provide a basic course in board development and governance. From Board Development 101 to Strategic Planning, this series walks you through orientation, board roles, fundraising, responsibilities and more. In each section, you'll find additional reading materials as well as a check on what you learned.

    This is a great course for an individual forming an organization, new board member instruction or required learning for a full board. From Board Development 101 to Strategic Planning, this series addresses the primary aspects of board training and development featuring professional presenters from the nonprofit community.

    This course is free for DSAIA members and only $250 for nonmembers. 

    Special offer for nonmembers: After completion, the price of the course will be deducted from your first year's membership fee.  For a special group rate offer (to give your entire board access to the course), contact DSAIA for more details.

    • Tue, January 01, 2019
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center

    Available ON DEMAND

    This series is for the novice fundraiser or those staff/board wishing to implement a true donor development plan for major and planned gifts in their organization.

    Do you have a plan in place to identify, cultivate and solicit major donor gifts? The secret to obtaining major gifts (and even planned gifts) is building a lasting relationship with your donors. to begin? How exactly is it done? Who is responsible for the plan and its execution?

    In this three-part series, you'll learn how to develop a plan which will take you through the four parts of a successful donor development initiative:

    1. Identifying your potential donors
    2. Cultivating those donors
    3. Soliciting those donors
    4. Implementing good donor stewardship

    You'll learn how to pick your team, set priorities, set realistic goal amounts and develop a strategy for each donor as well as be warned of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Attendees will you receive examples of forms/charts which to use in the process.

    • Tue, January 01, 2019
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • DSAIA Online Learning Center
    Available ON DEMAND

    Are you a first-time grant writer?  Been tasked with finding funding to jumpstart important and much-needed programs for your area? Dr. Bev Browning is the leading expert in all things grant-related and brings her knowledge to the DS community through DSAIA.  This course takes her 6-part "boot camp" and adds her Grantwriting for Organizational Survival workshop for a complete primer on grantwriting.
    • Fri, February 01, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • (EST)
    • At your desk or on your device!


    Are you getting ready to write your annual report? 
    Have you just been thrown into it without anyone to guide you?
    Would you like to use your annual report for fundraising? 
    We can help you! 

    Making a Better Annual Report Will:

    Make you look professional in the community,  
    Make your donors trust you more, 
    Make donors want to give more, and 
    Make your sponsors and foundations proud to be a part of your mission! 

    This is a 3-part online course and will NOT be placed in STACKS (DSAIA Resource Library) so don't miss it! This course is valued at $800...but DSAIA is making this incredible course available for a limited time for only $149! Register before January 31, 2019 for this incredible value because after that, it rises to $199! 

    DSAIA MEMBER RATE:  Register before January 31, 2019 for an incredible $49!  Then it rises to $99.

    Not a member of DSAIA? Contact for details on how to join!

    MasterClass One - Annual Report Basics:

    In the first masterclass you will learn:
     --Typography and what it says about your nonprofit
     --Graphic design tips to help you look like you hired a designer (even if you didn’t!)
     --Designing annual reports from a fundraising perspective
     --What to include and what to leave out in your annual report 
     --Graphic design resources and inspiration

    MasterClass Two - Supercharge Your Fundraising With Your Annual Report

    In the second masterclass you’ll learn:

    -- How can you make your annual report work for your fundraising?
    -- Getting more major donors through making financial transparency fun 
    --Helping donors see themselves in your story with your annual report
    -- Where should you put your online report?
    -- Design essentials for your online annual report
    -- Resources for creating snazzy pictures and infographics for your nonprofit 
    --How to get more event sponsorships through your annual report
    -- How to get your annual report printed for cheap or free    

    MasterClass Three - New Advanced Annual Report Design Trends for 2018

    In the third and final presentation you will learn:

    -- 2018 Typography Trends
    -- 2018 Fascinating Pattern Trends
    -- 2018 Unusual Photograph Trends
    -- Fundraising Campaign Timeline for Annual Reports (How to plan your fundraising around your annual report)
    -- Advanced: What to include and what to leave out in your appeal after sending an annual report
    -- Online Nonprofit Annual Report Trends for 2018
    -- PLUS MORE Annual Report Design inspiration 

We are incredibly proud of our growth and results in 2017.  However, none of this could have been possible without support from DSAIA....the membership has been necessary for past successes, and will continue to prove vital for future growth.

-Dawn Neuffer, Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin


Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action started as a conference bringing together outstanding leadership from Down syndrome organizations around the country. Learn More

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