10 Reasons Fundraising Consultants Should Join APC

| May 25, 2019

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Looking for a help desk for your consulting practice? Would you love to bid on that feasibility study, but there’s too much travel? Do you wish you had colleagues to talk with about a client or your consulting practice? If this sounds like you, it’s time to check out APC (Association for Philanthropic Counsel). I joined APC after starting my solo consulting practice. I wanted to continue to grow in my skills and fundraising knowledge. I’d been a member of a large firm and missed being able to call on colleagues and get together for educational sessions.

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