Knock out your year-end campaign in 30 days


Take your year-end fundraising from HOW to WOW with proven strategies anyone can succeed --in just 30 days.


What if you stopped panicking - and instead planned your 2022 like a savvy fundraising veteran. 


Sound too good to be true? This course will show you how... 

How to save months of work.

How to raise more money than ever.

How to get your end-of-year plan in place.

...All so that you can relax with some holiday pie knowing your campaign was taken care of months before.

Here's why Donorbox Academy is the best way.


The Donorbox Academy teaching team has decades of nonprofit experience and have spent countless hours (and a lot of trial and error) learning the best practices for planning and implementing a successful year-end campaign, so consider this a shortcut for you. 

Creating a year-end campaign for your organization has a lot of moving parts—that’s why you need live programming plus templates and guides and interactive sessions with experts.

We're here so you don’t have to do it alone.

The most important “ask” your nonprofit will send out all year.


30 percent of all fundraising gifts are made in December. So, if you're going to launch a phenomenal campaign, year-end is when it matters. But... year-end planning can feel overwhelming. You know you should start early, but you often pull things together last minute...leaving would-be donations on the table.


Why plan now?

Putting your plan together now will work to reduce the time it takes to turn your best campaign ideas into live, working strategies – and this guided course will get you there fast.


Give this course 30 days. You'll have your year-end campaign for 2022, plus the tools to become a fundraising champion for life.

Success doesn't happen overnight.

But we'll get you there in 30 days.

You'll need to plan to dedicate 2 - 5 hours per week to the course, but at the end, you're going to have your year-end campaign ready and raring to go.

It's not too late!

Sign up for the September course now.




The LIVE course begins September 7, 2022.

But it's not too late! You can enjoy on-demand content, plus weekly live office hours if you're catching up.


Throughout this course, you’re going to get all the guidance you need to successfully create your year-end fundraising campaign. Together we will:

  1. Create a fundraising plan & Case for Support
  2. Identify audience segments
  3. Prep your team and your tech
  4. Write and schedule fundraising appeals
  5. Create a stewardship plan




Join for only $199!




Live video instruction

Meet live every week with your coaches and nonprofit peers where we’ll introduce new strategies and review past assignments.


We'll make sure each actionable concept is hardwired into your brain and that you feel confident with how to utilize them to serve your unique mission.


Interactive small groups

Get the benefits of boutique group learning with the freedom of learning at your own pace. 


Enjoy camaraderie with fellow students where everyone can pose questions, discuss the assignments, and talk about how they’re doing and where they’re getting hung up.

Ready-to-use templates

Apply everything you're learning with pre-written copy, foolproof templates, and worksheets to help you understand and create your end-of-year campaign.


The session will culminate with you completing a whole package that makes up your best year-end campaign ever.

Hi, I'm Cara! Your Fundraising Coach.

Cara Augspurger, CFRE, PMP

As a long-time fundraising professional with more than 25 years experience in nonprofits large and small, I currently serve as Fundraising Coach for donation platform, Donorbox—and I specialize in using fundraising strategies to help nonprofits like yours confidently raise more money.


I have a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois, with a specialization in adult learning. I am a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). When I'm not coaching, you can usually find me hiking or reading a good book, as well as actively volunteering with organizations focused on providing relief from homelessness and food insecurity in Indianapolis and New York City. 






This is for you.


This course is for busy nonprofit fundraisers and tackles issues like planning your strategy…writing your appeals…and sending them to the right people at the right time. We’ve designed it to be delivered to you weekly so it’s not so overwhelming. 

What to expect: 


By joining this interactive course, you’ll gain the tools, guidance, and resources you need to launch your campaign in 30 days or less, including:


  • Live sessions and detailed content each week from Cara and the Donorbox team
  • Your personal Donorbox account manager for the 30-day session
  • Weekly check-ins and office hours to keep you on track
  • Worksheets, templates, and copy you can use to create and promote your year-end campaign
  • Demos that show you exactly how to build your campaign and accept donations
  • Real-life examples to show you what works (and what doesn’t)

Frequently Asked Questions


How much time should I set aside to take this course?

The benefit you receive is directly related to the time you invest into the interactive learning time and working through the materials and resources. Ideally, this course should take 2-5 hours per week of time. It's a great way to set aside dedicated time to tackle a project that will raise money for your organization.

Is this course self-paced?

Each module is released weekly. After attending the live kick-off lesson each Wednesday at 12 noon EDT, you can pace yourself through the worksheets and guided content as your schedule allows.

Do I need to be present for the live teaching?

No, we anticipate most students will attend the weekly live lesson, but it will be recorded and posted into the curriculum shortly after.

Do I need to complete the sections in order?

Yes, a new section will be released weekly. They make the most sense if they are completed in order.

Can I participate if I’ve never fundraised before?

This course is great for seasoned course creators and first-timers alike. We’ll fast-track you through all the steps to create and launch your year-end fundraising campaign—whether it’s your first, second, or fifteenth.

How long do I have access to the course?

You will have access to the course until January 31, 2023.

Do I need to be a Donorbox user to enroll?

No, this course is open to anyone. To learn more about Donorbox and fundraising features, visit donorbox.org.

Can I get CFRE Education credits for taking this course?

Yes, this course is recognized by CFRE International (Certified Fund Raising Executive) as qualifying for five (5) CFRE Education credits.

Additional questions?

Contact Donorbox staff member, Emily Brett, at academy[at]donorbox[dot]org