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October Education Session - Meaningful Gifts: Major Gift Fundraising

  • Thursday, October 19, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • DuPage Pads Empowerment Center, 3051 Oak Grove, Downers Grove Ill.
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Meaningful Gifts: Major Gifts
How to build and support your individual funding efforts

Program Description

Is your individual giving program stuck in neutral? Does securing major gifts for your organization seem overwhelming?

This session will provide a comprehensive look at individual giving, with a focus on the 5 stages of the major gifts cycle.

How to ask for a gift in person, how to make your donors want to support you for life, and how to invite donors to move from lead annual gifts to truly major gifts; these topics and more will be covered in a simple, understandable way with action steps that can be used immediately by fundraisers at any stage of their career and organizations of every size.

As a bonus, the mystery of planned giving will be explained, with one simple step everyone can use to access these transformational gifts.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Networking and Introductions

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Program and Q&A Session

Special thanks to DuPage Pads for hosting this session at their DuPage Pads Empowerment Center, 3051 Oak Grove, Downers Grove Ill.

About Our Speaker:

Rob Cummings

Rob Cummings is one of America's most trusted fundraising experts. For more than four decades he served as development leader for many of Chicago's oldest and best-known institutions. Today, Rob Cummings Consulting guides nonprofit organizations throughout the United States in the art and science of major gifts fundraising, coaching development officers and building strong, productive teams.

Through his deep understanding of the field and his ability to nurture the growth of fundraising professionals, Rob has established a distinguished record of success in major gift/principal gift solicitation and capital campaign management.

Rob teaches gift officers how to develop relationships with patience, thoughtfulness and quiet confidence. He spends time listening, and shows that listening brings donors to opportunities that ignite their passions. Rob is an inspiring professional who uncomplicates fundraising and teaches the art of making the ask with ease.

He is the author of The Weekend Briefing, shared since 2008 with subscribers throughout the United States and around the world. The Briefing combines development best practice with an inspiring message that resonates with senior professionals and new fundraisers alike.

"Major and Planned Gifts Unmasked," Rob's second book, follows the acclaimed "Winning: The Five Truths of Fundraising." Both are now available on Amazon and at

This session is approved for 1.5 CFRE points. For more information on gaining a CFRE certification, please visit:

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