Below are some of the nonprofit major gifts consultants that we know and trust.
*Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE
Recognized as a leading expert in her field, Amy has helped small and large nonprofits alike raise millions of dollars through major gift and capital campaigns, board development, annual fund campaigns, direct mail, and planned gift solicitations.
Major gifts, Capital campaigns, Fundraising consulting, Coaching
Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE is the best-selling author of Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action. Her passion-driven fundraising approach, developed over the past 22 years as a non-profit philanthropy expert, has helped organizations raise hundreds of millions in gifts and support.
Major gifts, Capital campaign, Prospect research, Board development
Chapel Hill, NC
*Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE
Coach, trainer, consultant and author, Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE has been called a “practical visionary” and “fundraising ninja.” Her 30 years of frontline development work earned her the AFP “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” and Fundraising Success’ “Best Fundraising Blog” awards.
Coaching, Major gift fundraising, Annual giving, Board development
San Francisco, CA
Author, coach, copy-writer, nonprofit marketing consultant and political junkie, Pamela is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants” and the creator of Simple Development Systems, the only online coaching program created for the overwhelmed fundraiser in the one-person marketing and development shop.
Copywriting, Development, Coaching
*Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE
Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE, has more than twenty years of fundraising experience at major non-profit organizations including Harvard University, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Oxford University in England, and the American Red Cross. She has experience developing successful relationships between donors and non-profits through annual funds, capital campaigns, major gifts from high net-worth individuals and corporations, direct mail, and stewardship.
Assessments, Campaign feasibility studies, Development planning, Donor communications, Prospect research, Major gifts strategy, Donor stewardship, Board training, Staff coaching
Julie Ordoñez | CourageLab
Julie Ordoñez is a major gifts coach equipping leaders with the courage to ask for more. Because no one ever changed the world without first changing themselves. She was a top 1% performer as a major gifts officer at United Way of Greater Los Angeles and is the founder of CourageLab, her signature group coaching program for ambitious nonprofit founders, EDs and fundraisers ready to make major change and raise major gifts. She has helped nonprofits with $100k-$10MM+ annual budgets raise their first 5, 6 and 7-figure gifts from individuals and become joymakers.
Nonprofit & fundraising coaching and consulting, Raising major gifts
Los Angeles, CA
Sherry Quam Taylor teaches nonprofit CEOs and their teams how to break free from traditional fundraising models and activities that limit growth and never secure enough money to fulfill their organization’s vision. She helps teams become less dependent on program, government, and event gifts by helping them learn how to secure large, investment-level donations from individuals. The leaders she works with are high-performing experts in their field but desire an overall financing model that will truly scale their organization’s impact, give them a larger amount of unrestricted funding for overhead, and maximize every hour their teams spend raising revenue. She helps them learn the exact steps to pivot into a mid- and major level gift program that feels comfortable, empowers their advancement team, and fully funds their mission for the long-haul. She does this nationally through private, one-on-one coaching.
Capacity building, Organizational effectiveness, Development coaching, Growth strategy, 90-day
Veritus Group is a major donor consulting agency building authentic donor relationships and helping donors create joy in their giving. They do this by working with organizations and treating donors as partners versus sources of cash.
Planning and development, Major gifts
We Teach Philanthropy
Dave Tinker and Lisa Chmiola started presenting together in 2012. Since that time, they have presented all over North America on various fundraising topics. They have also published articles in various publications such as Advancing Philanthropy and NTEN’s Changes magazine. Additionally, they have provided advice on fundraising topics for a variety of fundraising professionals and organizations.
Social media, Planned giving, Major gifts, Ethics, Speakings
Houston, TX and Pittsburgh, PA
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