Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers is out!

June 20, 2016

Chimayo Press releases Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers to help nonprofits increase their fundraising success through the art of conversation

How does a one-person development office raise sufficient funds for a vital non-profit? Which conversations should fundraising professionals focus on to deepen relationships and strengthen institutions? What ingredients and values matter most in creating compelling conversations?

Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers: Talk Your Way To Success with Donors and Funders reviews the many subtle verbal skills needed for successful fundraising: where to start the conversation, how to deepen connections to donors, the importance of listening and learning donors’ values.  Written for novices, seasoned professionals, board members and volunteers, this 2016 smart resource walks fundraisers through conversation strategies that help build authentic, values-based donor relationships. Chimayo Press releases Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers on June 20.

By Fundraisers, For Fundraisers

Written by Janet Levine and Laurie A. SelikCompelling Conversations for Fundraisers assembles years of first-hand experience from two unique professional perspectives. Levine, principal of Janet Levine Consulting (, has worked in the nonprofit and educational sectors since 1988 and regularly teaches and facilitates fundraising workshops. Meanwhile her co-author, Laurie A. Selik, began her nonprofit career in 1999 and focuses primarily in public media and art education sectors. Together, they offer many insights and revealing examples on the art of compelling conversation. Fundraising newcomers and seasoned pros alike will learn proven techniques to help build authentic donor relationships, including savvy conversation strategies for various professional encounters.

Conversation guides include:

  • How to turn a social conversation to one about a group’s mission
  • Refreshing and deepening conversations with donors
  • Creating more a more positive fundraising experience for donors and staff

Praise for Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers

Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers has gained an enthusiastic response from the philanthropic community. Natalie Rodriguez, director of the College Excellence Program at The Aspen Institute, writes: Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers reminds us that human interests drive philanthropy and encourages fundraisers to weave authenticity through their conversations.”

Branded by Debbie A. Cannon of the Academy for Grassroots Organizations as “a refreshing and profound tool,” Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers, she notes, “reminds us skills such as listening, being direct and simply having a conversation about our shared passions touches our basic need to be heard and make the connection with other like-minded people.”

Meanwhile Gregory Bradbard, President & CEO of Inland Empire United Way, praises the authors’ candor, observing that “Janet and Laurie take the mystery out of asking for money by breaking conversation down to a very easy-to-understand and applicable level.”

Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers, the first in a planned series of books tailored for the workplace, marks a new direction for Chimayo Press. By focusing on occupation-specific interactions and conversational etiquette, it establishes Compelling Conversations as an essential tool for both students and professionals. It is available for purchase online through


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