About

We look forward to unleashing the power of your organization's story and to giving you the tools and confidence to invite your donors to make the projects, programs and dreams they care about come true. If that doesn't sound like "fundraising"—well, good.

Diane G. Remin, Founder & President

[Diane Remin]Email: diane@majordonors.com
Phone: 617.596.6086
Twitter: @DianeRemin

MajorDonors.com combines Diane Remin's nonprofit board, consulting and fundraising expertise with her business background, enabling small-to-mid-sized nonprofit organizations to tap more deeply into the dominant funding source in the USA:  individual gifts.

The seeds for MajorDonors.com were planted fifteen years ago when Diane started volunteering and becoming increasingly engaged in the nonprofit sector. Her first nonprofit board experience, for a child welfare agency, coincided with the organization's first-ever capital campaign. As part of that campaign, Diane successfully solicited multiple five-and six-figure gifts. The power of a compelling story combined with in-person visits with donors stayed with her.

In parallel, Diane was traveling across the country as a Senior Associate for Biondolillo Associates, Inc., a marketing and development company that creates innovative, branded fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations. The emphasis was on creating profitable revenue streams. Biondolillo, nationally acclaimed as the “walk-a-thon” experts, has raised $1 billion for nonprofits nationwide.

From her board and consulting perspective, Diane observed the “major gift divideSM” between large and small nonprofits: large organizations building robust major gift departments with prospect research staffs and smaller organizations typified by a multi-tasking Development Director with responsibility for several job functions. Major gifts almost always take a back seat to direct mail, special events and grant-writing. Boards often do not have the horsepower that the organization needs. These observations prompted the founding of MajorDonors.com.

Diane's commitment to increasing revenues is echoed in the company's unique service guarantees.

In addition to consulting, training and coaching, Diane is a top-rated workshop presenter. Her engaging style and technique-oriented approach produce evaluations that say, "The best workshop I ever attended."  Topics include: Major Gift Fundraising for Smaller Nonprofits, Building the Board you Need Now, and Keeping your Donors.

Diane holds a B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.A. Ed. from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and The Boston Club. She serves on the board of The Food Project and the Dunkin' Donuts Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation.

She likes to say, "Giving is good for your health"—and can back it up!


Jonathan D. Steele, Vice President of Business Development

[Jonathan Steele]Jonathan Steele’s mantra is simple: “Take Chances, Go Big, Trust Yourself.” With an MBA from American Graduate School of Global Business, and over 20 successful years of managing international distribution, Steele brings a grateful realization of the right resources in the right place. With an additional six years of national non-profit leadership, his in-the-trenches fundraising success brought him to Major Donors.com.

Having stewarded $500K of multi-year commitments between HomeAid America and builder/developer Newland Communities, matching grants exceeding $200K, multiple major gifts of $25-$50K, and coaching board members to leverage fundraising results, Steele engages with NPO staff and board personnel to move its .org forward via the engine of major gift funding.

His service in the Peace Corps, leadership skills as an officer in the Marine Corps, and lessons from a disciplined marketing/distribution career underly his approach: “…knowing which questions are in your donor’s mind will clarify truthful answers. Then you earn the right to describe your specific needs, and the invitation to support.”

Steele’s on-going NPO experience in developing multi-year major gifts, sponsorships, and matching grants is the basis of his personal appreciation of the key role major gifts play in funding meaningful results.


Janice Wright, Director of Prospect Research

[Janice Wright]Janice Wright is the Director of Research for MajorDonors.com. She has held research and administrative positions in the fields of higher education, law, and finance. For the past decade, Janice has focused on development and institutional advancement, particularly on campaign-related activities. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Janice designed and implemented systems and procedures to support the launch of a $500 million initiative-based fundraising campaign. She also contributed as a senior research analyst to MIT's successful $2 billion capital campaign, which exceeded its goal. At Harvard Business School, Janice worked closely with faculty on case studies, performing research and compliance-related oversight prior to publication. She has also worked on alumni data recovery projects for the Smith College Alumni Association and the Longy School of Music.

A musician and writer, Janice enjoys supporting the Greater Boston arts community as a grant writer for arts and cultural organizations. In addition, she volunteers as an adult literacy tutor in metro Boston.

Wright earned a BA from Smith College and was awarded an Ed.M. degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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