How To Advance In Your Development Career: A Road Map For Your Future (Recording)

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Robin Cabral
  • Course Level
  • Year Created
  • CFRE Approved
    1.50 Points



In this nonprofit webinar recording, you will get all of the tools and step-by-step instructions needed to advance up the fundraising career ladder.  

We spend most of our waking hours at our job, but rarely do we ever thoughtfully plan for how we will invest in ourselves and our future philanthropy career path. For fundraising and development professionals, this is even more so the case.  With high job turnover rates in the profession, why not plan for how you want to advance and what your future will look like in an organization that fits you best.

What You Will Learn from this Recorded Nonprofit Webinar:

  • How to determine the next steps to find your ideal fundraising position.
  • How to position your strengths and accomplishments to get recognized.
  • How to create a cover letter and resume to brand your professional fundraising image.
  • How to develop your nonprofit professional networks to help fast-track your success.
  • How to identify and secure the best mentor to use as a valuable tool for your fundraising career advancement.
  • How to find and vet a philanthropic job opportunity to ensure a good “cultural” fit.}
  • How to create and use a professional development plan to elevate your fundraising career.
  • How to move into fundraising leadership, with or without previous experience.
  • How to use social media to create value and to position yourself in the “market.”

In the next few years, good development professionals will be in high demand.  Do you have a plan in place to move up the career ladder to your ultimate, dream fundraising job? Whether you are seeking a Vice-President of Development position, Manager of Donor Relations, or something in-between, this webinar will help you plan for your future by taking the right career steps today.


  • Determining your ultimate, long-range career goal and starting to plan for that position today.
  • Using your networks to find the “hidden” jobs and to fast-track your fundraising career success.
  • Finding the right kind of mentor who can help you learn quicker and advance faster.
  • Learning how to brand yourself, both offline and online, to elevate your profile and attract your ideal development position.

As a long-time fundraising expert, Robin understands the importance of having an action plan for your fundraising career and she will help you during this nonprofit webinar.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. Sample Likes/Dislikes Job Inventory Worksheet
  2. Fundraising Career Strengths and Accomplishments Assessment Tools
  3. Sample Resume
  4. Resource (Article):  Top 11 Benefits of Networking
  5. Resource (Article):  Looking for a Mentor?  The 7 Best Places to Start
  6. Sample Fundraising Interview Questions to Vet a Philanthropic Job
  7. Sample Fundraising Professional Development Plan
  8. Sample Social Media Business Development Checklist
  9. The webinar Recording and Slides

With almost twenty-five years of experience, Robin teaches the exact steps that she has used throughout her career to become highly impactful as a fund development professional and, now, as a successful consultant progressively seeking new opportunities and growing her business.

Today, she serves as interim development staff, through her consultative practice, for a wide range of organizations.  And, she is on a mission to provide the tools that development professionals need to end the high-turnover rate and lengthy vacancies that exist in the field today.

About Your Topic Expert:

Robin L. Cabral is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with over twenty-five years of experience and millions of dollars raised assisting non-profit organizations as a development professional overseeing all aspects of fund development from annual funds to capital campaigns and donor communications.

Educationally, Robin has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a Masters of Arts in Philanthropy and Fund Development from Saint Mary’s of Minnesota.  She currently holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a graduate of Leadership Southcoast (2010).

Robin is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and adheres to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. She has served on the National Catholic Development Conference Planning Committee and the Professional Development Committee, she has served on the board of AFP-RI, has been a conference presenter, workshop leader, roundtable leader, moderator, and facilitator, and was an AFP-RI Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair. She is also an AFP Master Faculty Trainer.

In 2012, Robin started Development Consulting Solutions that provides outsourced fund development consulting services and interim fund development staffing.  Robin works with small to mid-sized nonprofits throughout the Northeastern U.S. and beyond.

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