Derik Timmerman

Derik Timmerman is the Founder of Sparrow Nonprofit Solutions, a nationwide consulting firm helping nonprofits maximize their world-changing impact. In addition to coaching nonprofit professionals at all levels, Derik is a nationally-recognized speaker and author on a variety of nonprofit subjects including fundraising, grant writing, and operational excellence. Prior to founding Sparrow, Derik was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and a US Army Intelligence Officer with two combat deployments to Iraq. Derik earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a Masters, PhD, and CFRE certification in fundraising.

  • Founder of Sparrow Nonprofit Solutions
  • Former management consultant at McKinsey & Company
  • Served as a US Army Intelligence Officer with two combat deployments
  • Successfully raised over $3 million in funds
  • Board member at numerous nonprofits
  • Served as an Executive Pastor
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)
  • Derik graduated in the top 10% of his West Point class
  • Masters in Divinity from Liberty University
  • In the dissertation phase of a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Derik Timmerman

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  1. Fundraising Tips For Tax Season 2022
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    Fundraising Tips For Tax Season 2022

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share the practical, step-by-step tips that hundreds of nonprofit professionals have used to go from missing tax season altogether to receiving enormous refund-fueled donations.

    What You'll Learn

    • How does the annual surge in disposable income lead to nonprofit contributions?
    • Who can help you spread the word during tax season?
    • What specific steps should you follow to maximize tax season 2022 benefits?
    • What key strategies do most nonprofits overlook this time of year?
  2. How To Make Your Nonprofit Diverse And Inclusive In 2022
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    How To Make Your Nonprofit Diverse And Inclusive In 2022
    Scheduled for 60 minutes including question and answer period.

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share the practical, step-by-step tips that nonprofit professionals have used to turn their organizations into sector leaders in diversity and inclusion.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are nonprofits doing in DEIB in 2022?
    • Will it be difficult to make your organization more diverse and inclusive?
    • What key strategies do most nonprofits overlook?
    • What does belonging mean in real, day-to-day terms?
    • How can you enhance belonging with among all your stakeholders?
  3. Fundraising Tactics That Will Increase Post-Pandemic Revenue
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    Fundraising Tactics That Will Increase Post-Pandemic Revenue

    Nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will equip you with essential skills and powerful resources to accelerate your post-pandemic fundraising proceeds. You will receive proven examples, templates, and a spreadsheet of funding sources.

    What You'll Learn

    • What lessons learned during COVID-19 should you retain?
    • What mistakes are many nonprofits making now?
    • What fundraising sources do most nonprofits overlook?
    • How can you find more grants for your mission?
    • What vendors and apps can help you raise more donations?
  4. Tips And Tools To Win Family Foundation Grants
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    Tips And Tools To Win Family Foundation Grants

    Nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will equip you with the essential skills and use-it-today resources you need to win grants from family foundations.

    You will receive the following valuable tools:

    • Spreadsheet of family foundations curated for your geographic area
    • Letter of inquiry scripts and templates
    • List of free web resources most nonprofit leaders don’t know about
    • Proven examples you can replicate and adapt to your mission
  5. 10 Quick And Easy Ways To Get Donors’ Attention
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    10 Quick And Easy Ways To Get Donors’ Attention

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will equip you with the essential skills and use-it-today resources you need to get (and hold!) the attention of prospective donors. You will receive proven templates to replicate and adapt to your mission and free web resources most nonprofit leaders don’t know about.

    What You'll Learn

    • How does winning donors’ attention differ from for-profit marketing?
    • Why do most nonprofits fail to get donors’ attention?
    • What kinds of donors are most organizations overlooking?
    • What specific steps should you follow to get donors’ attention?
    • How can you turn your prospective donor database into a fundraising factory?
  6. Nonprofit Financial Literacy Certification
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    Nonprofit Financial Literacy Certification

    Nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share the nonprofit financial literacy essentials you need. You will learn how to steward your resources wisely while fulfilling your legal and ethical responsibilities.

    Benefits of Certification

    • Understand the details of financial management and reporting
    • Expertly communicate about financial topics
    • Earn a meaningful certification
    • Advance your career
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    Nonprofit Financial Literacy Certification
    Derik Timmerman
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  7. The A to Z Guide To A Successful Major Gifts Program
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    The A to Z Guide To A Successful Major Gifts Program

    Nationally recognized fundraising expert Derik Timmerman will equip you with the essential skills and use-it-today resources you need to develop a successful major gifts program.

    What You'll Learn

    • How should you create your draft case for support?
    • What input do you need from current and desirable funders?
    • How can you use your case for support internally and externally?
    • What components can you use for specific campaigns or funding opportunities?
    • How will staff and volunteers benefit from this material?
    • How can the case for support help resolve differences in funding priorities?
  8. Top Tips And Tools To Better Fundraise For Your Church
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    Top Tips And Tools To Better Fundraise For Your Church

    Nationally recognized fundraising expert Derik Timmerman will equip you with use-it-today resources to overcome declining philanthropic habits to fully fund your ministry.

    What You'll Learn

    • How does church and ministry fundraising differ from that of other nonprofits?
    • What fundraising mistakes do many ministry leaders make?
    • What cycles and systems have most churches and ministries not tapped into?
    • What 12 specific strategies can you begin to implement today?
    • How can you use email to turn your database into a giving factory?
    • How should you leverage your ministry calendar to foster donations?
  9. How To Break Year-End Giving Records In 2021
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    How To Break Year-End Giving Records In 2021

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share strategies the best nonprofits use to have record-setting fourth quarters. You will learn the essential skills to apply these strategies in your organization. Derik will provide fantastic resources to help you achieve your goals.

    What You'll Learn:

    • Why should you give the fourth quarter your full fundraising attention?
    • What misconceptions about how to drive year-end results should you avoid?
    • What hidden strategies are you likely overlooking?
    • How should you address each source of funds during the holiday season?
    • How can you power a quarter-long fundraising factory?
  10. 10 Reasons To Change Your Giving Tuesday Strategy
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    10 Reasons To Change Your Giving Tuesday Strategy

    Nationally recognized fundraising expert Derik Timmerman will share the 10 things he hates about Giving Tuesday and equip you with the essential skills and use-it-today resources you need to apply an even better fundraising alternative.  

    What You'll Learn

    • How did Giving Tuesday come into being?
    • Why are most nonprofit leaders mistaken about the value of Giving Tuesday?
    • How is investing effort in Giving Tuesday hurting your fundraising proceeds?
    • What alternatives to Giving Tuesday should you consider?
    • How should you explain why you’re lying low on Giving Tuesday?
    • What November fundraising secrets can enable you to trade Giving Tuesday for a month-long fundraising factory?
  11. Simple Ways To Save Your Struggling Board For Fundraising Season
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    Simple Ways To Save Your Struggling Board For Fundraising Season

    Nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will give his refreshingly honest take on how/why boards go bad. You will learn real-world strategies to help your board stop struggling.

    What You'll Learn

    • What does research reveal about how nonprofit boards deteriorate?
    • Why is board dysfunction a rampant problem across the nonprofit sector?
    • Why do boards underperform?
    • What board development tactics are most nonprofits overlooking?
    • How should you handle various types of toxic board members?
    • How can you overcome resistance to improvement initiatives?
    • What secrets can you apply to make your board a long-term fundraising factory?
  12. Major Gifts Officer Certification
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    Major Gifts Officer Certification

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share the major gifts officer essentials you need. You will learn how to research, cultivate, convert, and retain major donors to fund your world-changing mission.

    What You'll Learn

    • Understanding mindsets about money
    • Developing your philosophy about leading the way in generosity
    • Definition and role of a case for support 
    • Outline and document template for an ask discussion
    • How to personalize interactions with prospects to key dates, traits, and affinities
    • Identifying individuals who will help you generate your first prospects
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    Major Gifts Officer Certification
    Derik Timmerman
    $499.00

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