Major gift fundraising: We look forward to unleashing the power of your nonprofit’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.
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 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 divide (sm)” between large and small nonprofits: large organizations with robust major gift departments supported by research staffs and smaller organizations typified by a multi-tasking Development Director with responsibility for several job functions. Major gift fundraising almost always takes a back seat to appeals, special events and grant-writing. Boards often do not have the horsepower that the organization needs. These observations prompted the founding of MajorDonors.com.
With 2019 marking its 10th Anniversary year, MajorDonors.com has helped smaller nonprofits raise millions and millions of dollars. Clients range from nonprofit newsrooms to arts organizations. The MajorDonors.com major gift process is effective independent of mission.
In addition to major gift 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 most recently served on the board of The Food Project. She serves on the board of The Food Project.
She likes to say, “Giving is good for your health”—and can back it up!
Jennifer Filla, Prospect Research Professional
A resourceful fundraiser with an innovative focus on prospect research, it’s a great day for Jen when she can help an organization focus and connect with its best donor prospects or help a prospect research professional learn and apply a new skill.
Deeply committed to advancing philanthropy and the fundraising profession, Jen is co-author of Prospect Research for Fundraisers: The Essential Handbook, part of the AFP-Wiley Fund Development Series. She is also a long-standing member of AFPglobal.org and ApraHome.org and has served as a volunteer and trustee for numerous organizations over the years including The Center Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County.
Prospect Research Resources from Jen:
Fundraising Insights at Aspire Research Group LLC
Fundraising Research Training at Prospect Research Institute
Foundation and Grant Specialists
When a project requires foundation research, letters of inquiry (LOIs), or grant proposals, MajorDonors.com matches the client with the foundation and grant specialist with the most expertise in the client’s mission area.
Campaign and Major Gift Program Staffing
Not enough board and staff members to visit all of your donors? Majordonors.com recruits and supervises major gift specialists to make certain all of your qualified donors have the opportunity to give.