Major Donor Fundraising: Major gift fundraising is a knowledge issue, not a talent issue

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All too often I work with executive directors and CEO’s that say, “I’m not a fundraiser.”  In most cases, this is the farthest thing from the truth.

That’s because fundraising is a knowledge issue, not a talent issue. 

I’m convinced that if you have risen to the top of your organization, you have what it takes to be a great fundraiser.  You are good with people, you know your mission and work like no one else.  And you have passion for your cause.  These ingredients combined with just a little bit of coaching and confidence equals fundraising success.

Consider these examples from our clients . . .

  • A Head Master of a local private school needs to raise $3M to build a new school building. He just secured a $400,000 donation!
  • A founder of an organization that serves homeless moms and kids needs to raise $5M to build a new resource center. She secures a $1,000,000 gift in her very first donor meeting.
  • A local director of a youth services organization needs to raise $10,000 by the end of the month to fund his programs. He achieves his goal, first by receiving a $5,000 lead gift from a donor that had never given a gift to his organization.

None of these clients were confident about their fundraising ability.  But they are good at their job, and I taught them to be good at fundraising.  Want to learn what they now know?  Get in touch!

Jim Shapiro
Jim Shapiro

Jim Shapiro is the fundraising coach you always wanted, the proven Sherpa who can help you get to the top of the mountain. He has 20 years experience raising money, including serving as the VP of Development for a $300m nonprofit. He then co-founded The Better Fundraising Co. to help small-to-medium nonprofits raise more money. Jim is married, serves his community by coaching high school football, and has three children.

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