Presented by Jill Bishop, the director of philanthropy at the Tucson Jazz Festival and Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant, and Jessie Bustamante, the chief advancement officer at ACCEL and nonprofit fundraising consultant.

This course is designed for nonprofit professionals, fundraising practitioners, and those in the public/corporate sector considering a career in fundraising. This is for anyone who is looking to learn about fundraising as a career or take their current skills and knowledge to the next level. This will provide a comprehensive overview of essential strategies and practices in fundraising and donor engagement.

Participants will learn about the Development Office’s roles and responsibilities, including stewardship and cultivation techniques, and how to create a compelling fundraising plan that aligns with the organization’s mission and values. The course also covers various aspects of donor relations, including stewardship, major gifts, capital campaigns, and planned giving.

Additionally, participants will explore the importance of diversifying funding sources and building a strong leadership-giving program. Special attention is given to the use of donor management software and the integration of fundraising with marketing efforts to maximize impact.


  • Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | CFSA Campus, includes lunch
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Zoom
  • Thursday, July 25, 2024 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Zoom
  • Thursday, August 8, 2024 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Zoom
  • Thursday, August 22, 2024 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | CFSA Campus, includes lunch

Five Teaching/Learning Sessions:

The first session will be two hours long, and although it will be videotaped, it will be held in person at CFSA’s Campus. Sessions two, three, and four will be 90-minute recorded virtual sessions. Informal Zoom ‘meet-ups’ for participants will also be conducted along the way. The fifth session will be two hours long and will be focused on charting your career path in fundraising (facilitated by Rose and Paula).

Content Will Cover:

  • DOD Roles and Responsibilities
  • Creating a Fundraising Plan
  • Creating a Culture of Philanthropy
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • How to Cultivate, Steward, and Make Asks
  • Annual Giving and Annual Funds
  • Diversified Funding Portfolio
  • Leadership Giving: Major Gifts, Capital Campaigns, and Planning Giving
  • Special Events
  • Donor Management Software
  • Fundraising and Marketing

This is a five-part free workshop series. Registration will be capped at 40 participants. By registering, you agree to attend all, if not most, sessions. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to register today!

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Snyder, Learning and Development Manager of the Center for Healthy Nonprofits,

About the Facilitators

Jill Bishop

Jill Bishop is a senior fundraising professional with 25 years of successful philanthropic leadership experience, as well as 20 years of professional experience in the corporate sector.

Jill brings leadership experience managing development teams for a variety of nonprofit organizations, prospecting and managing a major gifts portfolio, event planning and production, and capital campaign planning and execution. She has experience in a variety of nonprofit sectors and markets, including social services, public media, and community foundations, as well as producing and presenting theater.

She recently served on the Board of Planned Giving Roundtable Southern Arizona, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation For Creative Broadcasting, KXCI-FM. She served as a Mentor/Coach for Social Venture Partners Tucson Fast Pitch 2021. She has served as a mentor/coach to many early career development professionals through the AFP Mentorship Program.

Jill is from Dayton, Ohio, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) and her Master of Public Administration at the University of Dayton.

Jessi Bustamante

“You know that feeling when your palms get sweaty, you start shaking a little bit & all of a sudden, forget what you need to say because you are about to ask someone for money? Me too & I love it! I’ve been in the fundraising & nonprofit leadership space for 14 years, and once I asked someone for money, I was hooked! I look forward to sharing my excitement in the fundraising realm and helping propel your career forward.”

Jessie Bustamante is the Chief Advancement Officer at ACCEL, a nonprofit organization in Phoenix, Arizona that serves children and adults who have developmental disabilities. Previously, she was the Vice President of Development for the American Heart Association. She has also worked in development for Moishe House and as Executive Director for the American Lung Association and Dysart Community Center. She received her BA in Spanish in 2006 from the University of Arizona. In 2023, Jessie was named one of the “Phoenix Business Journal 40 under 40” awardees and was also the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities “Young Professional Achievement Award” honoree.

Jessie lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her fellow UofA Alum, Luis, and their two pups, Hope and Hulk. Jessie loves to travel the country to visit her true pride and joy, her 12 nieces and nephews.