Major Gifts Seminar

A comprehensive introduction to major gifts fundraising

Learn the fundamentals of major gifts fundraising

American Philanthropic’s intensive major gifts fundraising training seminar is designed for development professionals new to major gifts fundraising roles, fundraisers considering a career in major gifts, as well as other nonprofit leaders looking to learn and brush up on major gifts fundraising practices. This in-person training covers a range of topics, giving participants a general overview of the foundational principles and essential practices needed for securing major gifts. Our seminar includes sessions on goal setting, finding major donors, securing visits, planned giving basics, and so much more. After the group training sessions, participants receive a one-on-one coaching session with an American Philanthropic consultant.


Join us for our Major Gifts Training Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, this winter! We will kick things off with a welcome reception on January 17th, then the training sessions will be held in downtown Phoenix at The Department on January 18th. Additional opportunities for hospitality and good conversation are provided at a nearby restaurant, plus an optional fun activity on the evening of the 18th. We will conclude the seminar on the morning of January 19th with one on one consultations. Participants traveling to Phoenix for the training will have access to group rates at the Westin Phoenix Downtown or can choose to stay at another of the many other hotels within walking distance of the training location. We suggest attendees arrive by 5pm on January 17th for the welcome reception and plan to stay until noon on the 19th.

The experience

In an intimate small-group setting, American Philanthropic’s seasoned consultants will teach you how to set major giving goals, find new donors, schedule visits, optimally manage your donor portfolio, and more. You’ll schedule an hour-long one-on-one coaching session with one of the session leaders to discuss your particular fundraising challenges and questions to identify ways to help your nonprofit succeed. In addition to the group training sessions and personalized advising, you’ll have the opportunity to meet peers also striving to be great fundraisers, share wonderful meals together, and enjoy sunny Arizona!

Participants come away from the training with a solid understanding of:

  • How to set major gifts goals and the KPIs that help you achieve success
  • How to find and steward donors
  • How to secure visits, craft proposals, and make your pitch
  • The basics of planned giving vehicles
  • Moves Management and how you can develop a system to keep your donors engaged

Participants also receive a course manual with additional information and tools to reference again and again after the training.


Register now to secure your seat

The number of training participants is limited and spots can fill up quickly. The cost of $1,500 includes all costs for the training sessions, one-on-one coaching, all meals noted in the agenda, and take-home resource materials you will find yourself turning to again and again. To register and save your spot, click on the link below. Group discounts are available if your organization wishes to send two or more attendees. Please contact Jon Hannah for more details on group rates.

We have group accommodations available at the Westin Phoenix Downtown at a rate of $269 per night. The last day to take advantage of this special rate is December 26th. To reserve your room, please click HERE. If you need assistance securing accommodations, please contact Caitlin Nocera.

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