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. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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
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    $499.00
  6. How To Win More Grants In 2022
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    How To Win More Grants In 2022

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share the practical, step-by-step tips that hundreds of nonprofit professionals have used to turn grant-less years into plentiful years of five- or six-digit grant revenue.

    What You'll Learn

    • How has grant funding grown? What does this growth mean for your nonprofit?
    • What mistakes do most nonprofit leaders make when seeking grants?
    • Where can you find easy grant applications that most nonprofits are overlooking?
    • What are the best strategies for researching, drafting, and sending applications?
    • What should you include and exclude include?
    • How should you personalize the applications for grant decision-makers?
    • How can you transform facts and figures into a message straight to the heart?
    • Where can you find local, low-competition grants in your area?
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    How To Win More Grants In 2022
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    $149.00
  7. How To Save Money As A Nonprofit In 2022
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    How To Save Money As A Nonprofit In 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 leaking thousands of dollars to running lean.

    You will receive the following valuable tools:

    • What tremendous savings opportunities exist in most nonprofits?
    • How is not reducing expenses hurting your organization’s impact?
    • What key strategies do most nonprofits overlook?
    • What are the most common sources of excess spending?
    • How can you overcome years of cost-cutting reluctance?
    • How can you ensure spending cuts do not impact your mission?

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