Fundraising & Development

Equipping Workshop


About the workshop


These courses are for anyone serving as a fundraising and/or development leader in a classical Christian school. The objective for participants is to understand and begin to implement time-tested principles and practices in a way that maximizes their fundraising results while minimizing costs.


As six-session intensives, workshops will meet weekly beginning the first week of February, 2022.  

Courses will be limited to eight participants each.

Six weekly virtual meetings, each 90 minutes in length, to include an instructional presentation on a key topic and open discussion time for issues and challenges.

Approximately one hour of weekly “homework” in between meetings – i.e., applying the training.

Meet Your Leader

Brad Layland
CEO, The FOCUS Group

Brad Layland is the CEO of The FOCUS Group. The FOCUS Group’s mission is to build the Kingdom of God by helping ministries and nonprofits have the financial resources they need to fulfill their missions. The FOCUS Group currently serves over 100 organizations around the world, including twelve classical Christian schools. Brad lives in St. Augustine, Florida, where he is a founding parent and serves on the board of trustees for Veritas Classical School. In addition, he serves as the board chair for Young Life St. Augustine and Christian Surfers USA, and as an elder at Good News Presbyterian Church (PCA). Brad earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Florida and a M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary.

Meet Your Leader

Justin Forbes
Consultant, The FOCUS Group

Justin Forbes has trained hundreds of individuals and organizations in the principles and practices of Taking Donors Seriously® over the past decade, with The FOCUS Group and prior to that, with the national Training Department of Young Life. Having spent 10 years in the field with Young Life, Justin is experienced in recruiting, training, and developing teams that engage in volunteer development, fundraising strategies, and donor relations. He is passionate about developing a vision of donor development that engages donors in ministry, helping them participate in God’s work in the world. Justin holds degrees from Flagler College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He serves on the faculty of Flagler College as the director of the Youth Ministry program, and as a professor of Youth Ministry.

SyllabUS overview

Making Your Case
How to create a compelling case for support that will allow you to raise major gifts.



$ 612 SCL Member Price
  • $679 Regular Price
  • Meeting Length: 60-90 min
  • Homework: 20-30 min per week
  • Duration: 6 Weeks
  • Max Enrollment: 12
  • Dates: February - March 2022

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