Major Gifts Coaching for Your Non-Profit
Major gifts fundraising offers non-profits one of the highest returns on investment by working with a small group of donors to secure large gifts. For all of the benefits of major gifts, there are challenges including getting a program started, accountability, internal organization of your program and developing systems and process. If your organization is new to major gifts fundraising or looking to expand your program, it can be tough to know where to start and what strategies to use. And even experienced fundraisers sometimes need an accountability or thought partner. That’s where expert coaching can be an asset.
Major Gifts Coaching is a formal, professional relationship between a nonprofit professional (that’s you) and your coach (me).
During the coaching process, I meet with you by phone or video chat for 1 to 2 hours every week. Together, you and I will establish goals and a strategy. Our weekly coaching calls will help you work through the different phases of major gifts including prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, as well as ideas to engage your board in supporting major gifts, stay organized and set priorities, and get asks on the table.
Each time we meet, we will review your progress and discuss the next steps to get you to your goal. Your job is to do the work — my job is to keep you energized and accountable, while giving your information and structure to achieve your goals.
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Meet Your Coach
Vanessa Chase Lockshin is the President of The Storytelling Non-Profit and author of the book The Storytelling Non-Profit: A practical guide to telling stories that raise money and awareness. Vanessa is a frequent conference speaker and has provided training to over 9,000 non-profit professionals. She’s worked with non-profits throughout North America to help them raise over $10 million through major gifts, monthly giving, and mid-level giving programs. Her clients have included: Girl Scouts of the USA, Meals on Wheels Association of America, OpenMedia, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Barnard College. In addition to her professional work, Vanessa is a board member at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre.