AFP Webinar: Where Are Bill Gates and Other Philanthropists When We Need Them?

Stewardship & Marketing: Case for Support, Donor Relations/Stewardship
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1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern | Presenters: Debra Thompson and Francie Ambuske
Eligible for 1 CFRE Education Point

Where is Bill Gates (and other philanthropists) when we need them? We know our cause is compelling but struggle to raise the funds for our organizations to grow and thrive. This interactive session enables participants to learn how to grow from an annual fund/special events framework into a major/ transformational gift program. Building on your strategic plan and cultivating engagement at both the grass roots and “community influencer” levels can lead to manageable goals and clear roles for board members, volunteers and staff. The elements of a strong “case for support” along with how to use it are included.


Debra Thompson provides strategic facilitation, fund development planning, research and project management support. She is a certified trainer, consultant and peer reviewer for both the PA and National Standards for Excellence:® An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. With a degree in marketing and an MBA, Deb has advanced training in Strategic Planning, Quantitative and Qualitative Market Research, Total Quality Management and Leadership Development, Systems Thinking & Facilitation. Deb has worked with 250+ nonprofits.

Francie Ambuske is a Senior Consultant with Strategy Solutions, providing fundraising counsel, major gifts, planned giving and capital campaign consulting support to nonprofits who wish to build “heart into the art of philanthropy.”

Francie’s accomplishments include raising more than $32 million in support of Bradford Regional Medical Center’. She is the Former Chair of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council Leave a Legacy and was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Professional in NWPA in 2015.

CFRE Focus Areas

Current and Prospective Donor Research
Securing the Gift
Relationship Building
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