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Drink up knowledge at my upcoming classes!

Because knowledge is power, especially in these tough times, check out my upcoming fundraising classes.

For filmmakers, I’m offering my tried and true, highly popular “How to Ask People for Money” class through the San Francisco Film Society again in the next couple of months. First, I’m introducing a new webinar version of the class on June 13 for the low, low price of $35. This is a condensed version for people who want their information like their breakfast drink, in “quick,” or even “instant” form so you can chug it and run.

I’m also offering a live version of “How to Ask People for Money,” which is known for its action-packed format, on August 29 through SFFS at $200 for non-SFFS members and $180 for SFFS members. I’m developing a new version of this class for the staff and board of nonprofit organizations and will deliver it in webinar form on August 15 and October 3 from 10 AM to noon.

For all your friends working in the nonprofit field, or for yourself if you are curious, I am offering my new class “An Actual Emergency: How to Fundraise in an Economic Meltdown” in webinar form on June 20, August 8, and October 23 from 10 AM to noon Pacific Time all three days. The enrollment fee is a bargain at $35! I’m also teaching a more hands-on, live version of the class on September 12 for a fee of $90 per person.

For more information about the nonprofit classes or the film classes, please email me at You can learn more about my fundraising consulting or my classes at

Take My Class at SF Film Society

Want to get hands-on experience asking people for money for your film? Sign up for my fundraising class offered through the San Francisco Film Society. Information on the class follows, along with sign up instructions. Hope to see you there!

How to Ask People for Money
Taught by Holly Million
Tuesday, December 2; Wednesday,
December 3; 7:00–10:00 pm
San Francisco Film Centre, Conference Room
39 Mesa Street, The Presidio
San Francisco CA 94129
Enrollment limited to 16; $180 for SFFS members/$200 for non-members

Class description: The universe of foundations that support films rarely changes, except that it is shrinking. At the same time, new filmmakers emerge every day, and all of them are applying to exactly the same places. That is why you must do individual fundraising. Individual fundraising gives you more control, easier access and more solid long-term relationships that keep paying off in the future. This class features a lively, hands-on process to help filmmakers craft the messages and tools they need to approach individual donors. You will put this information to work during the class and become prepared to take your show on the road. The second night of the class includes a mock pitch session with a panel representing potential funders.

Enroll and pay class fees online at For further information, contact Filmmaker Education Manager Michael A. Behrens, at, or call at 415.561.5000.