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Fundraising Fears: Moving Beyond Discomfort and Making the Ask
Most people are uncomfortable talking about money. We get it! Discomfort with asking for money is one of the biggest barriers to successful fundraising. But we know that we need money to make positive change and to keep our work sustainable, especially now.

During this webinar, join fundraising experts from ioby and Welcoming America to get useful tips, share with other fundraisers like you, and practice building your own pitch to take the dread out of asking for money, even during a crisis like COVID-19.

Presented by ioby (www.ioby.org) in partnership with Welcoming America.

ioby (in our backyards) is a crowdfunding platform that mobilizes neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful community leaders who plan, fund, and make positive change in their neighborhoods.

Jun 2, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dana J. Schneider
Community and Growth Manager @ioby
Dana works to expand ioby’s community of supporters through individual giving and events who, in turn, help boost neighborhood leaders make positive civic change across the country. She also plans our webinar program, which provides neighbors with a unique opportunity to learn from one another and build new relationships. She is grounded by a commitment to bringing her full self everywhere she goes, and the belief that there is power in bringing people together to transform the world. Prior to joining ioby, Dana had her own event planning and fundraising consultancy, collaborating with small and mid-sized social justice groups on resource and program development. Dana has also had held a range of programming and fundraising leadership positions at the Foundation for Jewish Culture, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Jewish Voice for Peace. She studied feminist and race theory at Wesleyan University and non-profit management and policy at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Dawn Arrington
Cleveland Action Strategist @ioby
Dawn is a born and bred Cleveland with a love for helping others and her community. With several years of experience in community network building, customer service, and project development, Dawn sees her life’s mission as one of service. After obtaining her MBA, Dawn pursued an MA in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, completing her studies in 2015. In addition to her work as ioby’s Cleveland Action Strategist, Dawn is also the board president of Larchmere PorchFest, a free one-day music festival in the Larchmere neighborhood of Cleveland’s East Side. When she’s not working with community partners or volunteering on a number of projects, Dawn spends her time with her husband, children, and pets.
Leyla Compani
Chief Development Officer @Welcoming America
Leyla is the Chief Development Officer at Welcoming America, where she leads all fundraising and development activities, engaging individual and philanthropic partners to support the organization's mission. Leyla has worked for over a decade in fundraising for non-profit organizations that serve children and vulnerable populations. She immigrated to America from Iran as a young child, and also spent her childhood and teenage years living in Canada before making America her permanent home. Prior to her non-profit career, she was the owner and creative director of a design and marketing firm in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Communication Design from the Atlanta College of Art and an M.P.H. with a focus on health management and policy from Georgia State University.