Development Directors Roundtable

A 6-Session Peer Group

Find Solutions to Your Toughest Challenges through Peer Interaction
Wednesdays, January 9 and 23; February 6 and 20; March 6 and 20
Arrival time:  5:45 p.m.
Group runs from 6:00 — 8:00 p.m.

“Please make this group a regular offering of the Support Center!  All development directors in the city should have this opportunity to explore shared challenges in a safe environment.”

                –Participant in spring 2012 group

About the Group

Does the responsibility for fundraising weigh a little too heavily at times?  Do you wish you had a group of peers to bounce ideas off of, to learn from, and to lend a listening ear?  How much more effective would you be if you had confidential support from other development directors to help you navigate and rise above your on-the-job challenges?

Join us for the Development Directors Roundtable, and experience the transformative potential of group learning and coaching.  The Support Center is extremely pleased to offer this group again in 2013 after a successful pilot in the spring of 2012.

Participants in the pilot gave this group an enthusiastic thumbs-up—as a tool for professional and personal development, as a means to develop lasting collegial relationships, and as a source of support from others who face the same challenges.

Action Learning

This group is founded on the principles of Action Learning.  Action Learning is an educational process where participants apply new information and resources to meet current challenges in life and work, and exchange ongoing feedback around those experiences.

Over the course of the six sessions, you will:

  • Learn basic techniques of coaching
  • Receive coaching from your peers around specific challenges
  • Coach other group members around their challenges
  • Develop goals and work toward achieving them with check-ins each session
  • Participate in exercises that awaken new perspectives and possibilities


You will:

  • Discover how to improve your professional relationships, effectiveness, and job performance
  • Leave with new insights and tools to help you tackle your toughest development challenges
  • Develop supportive, collegial relationships that could extend beyond the 6 sessions

Each group session will last 2 hours.  All members will receive coaching from the group, as well as one hour of individual coaching by telephone with the group leader.

This group is limited to 10 participants. To establish a true peer group, participants must be currently employed fundraising professionals who have a minimum of 3-5 years of director-level experience.

COST:  $450 for 6 sessions


Raymond Rigoglioso has spent his career in the nonprofit sector, serving as a communications, fundraising writing, and management consultant for the last 11 years.  Raymond is an International Coach Federation-certified life coach and innovator in bringing coaching to the sector.  In his individual coaching work, he has helped nonprofit leaders become more effective communicators, strengthen their leadership skills, set priorities, and gain the clarity to take right action.  He developed Strategic Visioning, an organizational coaching model that has helped nonprofits gain clarity of vision and purpose at crucial junctures, such as prior to a strategic plan.  And he has trained nonprofit writers on how to use coaching and powerful interviewing to improve their effectiveness.  He has extensive experience in branding and message development, and has a winning track record in writing private foundation, corporate, and government grants.


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