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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Building and Maintaining Major Donor Relationships

November 9th, 2023
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Hybrid: on Zoom and In-Person at 133 Federal Street, Suite 802, Boston, MA
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Program Description

Individual giving is the largest and often most sustainable source of funding for nonprofit organizations, but establishing a major gift program can be daunting. Join us for this interactive session that will outline the necessary steps to build a relational major donor program based on meaningful connections and mutual respect.

You will walk away with:

  • Strategies and tools to help you determine the appropriate time and amount for an ask
  • Techniques for building strong relationships with donors
  • Ideas on how to establish and manage a major donor pipeline
  • Relevant examples of small to midsize organizations in Boston that have successfully shepherded donors from “hello” to “the gift of a lifetime”

Yes, building a major gift program is a marathon, but there are tried and true ways to get started, develop momentum, and secure gifts that once seemed beyond reach.

This program is for beginner to mid-level career fundraisers or for those who would like to refresh their skills.

Our Presenter

With more than two decades of development and non-profit management experience, Lori Smith Britton is a leader in the field, having leveraged millions in critical resources for several of Boston’s most prestigious charities over the course of her career. She is the Founder and Principal of Community Resource Consulting, LLC – a consulting practice dedicated to serving Boston area non-profits, providing strategic counsel and tactile fundraising support for a variety of clients. Currently, she is leading Epiphany School’s effort to ensure the completion of the school’s $25 million Starting Younger, Growing Stronger campaign as well as supporting the design and implementation of strategies to grow ongoing annual support from the local business community, private philanthropists and foundations with a national footprint to sustain Epiphany’s next phase of growth. Lori, a native of Boston and a graduate of Boston Latin School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University. 

Registration closes at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 8th. Please view the Zoom delivery information below.

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Zoom Instructions for Virtual or Hybrid Programs:

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

Community Guidelines, Program Policies and In-Person Protocol:

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