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Struggling with how to engage your board, CEO and others in your organization to elevate philanthropy? Or, how to optimize your development team’s performance?

Bold Asking® is a training program for boards, executive leaders and development staff to create powerful philanthropy partnerships and transformational giving.

Real-life experience. Practical help.

Based on decades of experience shared by the consultants of Vision Philanthropy Group, the art of Bold Asking® workshops, small group sessions and one-on-one coaching were developed specifically to meet the needs of health care and other non-profit organizations. Because we have been where you are now, we can quickly assess your strengths, challenges and opportunities and customize a coaching program to meet your needs and enhance your organization’s performance.

Give your Board, CEO and volunteers the tools they need to identify and engage prospective donors and partner together in inviting their support with comfort and confidence.

Give them the art of Bold Asking® coaching program, toolkits and scripts!

Customized programs include:

  • Interactive workshops for

    • Boards

    • CEOs

    • Executive team and staff

    • Physicians and faculty (health care and educational institutions)

    • Development staff

  • Small group training

  • One-on-one personalized coaching

Workshops and small group training include:

  • Principles of the psychology and neuroscience in giving

  • The role of gratitude and meaningful experiences in philanthropy

  • Establishing a major gift culture and relationship building

  • How every board member, the CEO and executive team has a role in supporting philanthropy

  • Building powerful partnerships among Board members, senior leaders and development staff

  • Effective donor conversations

    • Getting the meeting

    • Language and scripts for each stage of the gift (cultivation, pre-solicitation and solicitation)

  • How to create your own “signature language” for donor conversations

  • Getting past “No”

  • Getting to yes: Opening and closing the conversation

  • “The Botched Call” and how to avoid it

  • The importance of stewardship

  • Best practices of high-performing development programs

  • Role-playing in small groups

Learn more Bold Asking®  by visiting our website at http://artofboldasking.com or contact us at susan@visionphilanthropy.com

"Susan’s art of Bold Asking® was the focus of a wonderful retreat with our board and development leadership attending. The presentations and interactive discussions gave us confidence in understanding how and when to effectively share our story with community leaders who could support our capital campaign. It was a game-changer to learn how to build relationships that could lead to transformational giving versus transactional giving. With her guidance, we have already experienced record philanthropic investments from both current and new donors. Susan’s counsel is an investment worth making."

- Randy Elliott, Director of Advancement, BrightStone

 
VPG is honored to be campaign counsel to Williamson Medical Center for the new children's hospital,  Monroe Carell   Jr.   Children's Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical   Center,  where we are coaching the development team Chief Medical Officer and Campaign Committee in the art of  Bold Asking ®

VPG is honored to be campaign counsel to Williamson Medical Center for the new children's hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, where we are coaching the development team Chief Medical Officer and Campaign Committee in the art of Bold Asking®

How have veteran philanthropists and fundraisers gotten past their fear of fundraising and become high effective fundraisers? - Martha R. Ingram, Philanthropist.

"Susan’s sage advice, insightful tips and fun and realistic role play has built our team’s comfort and confidence from the first visit in the hospital to accelerating the evolution of our organization’s culture of philanthropy. Her coaching and toolkits provide insightful advice and a strategic framework for our experienced fundraisers to make visits with patients and families both comfortable and productive. From the Philanthropy Staff to the CEO, we have crafted consistent, effective signature language and put our integrated program into action!” — Stephanie Truesdell, Vice President, Philanthropy and Communications, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Bold Asking® participants from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton use role play to practice their “signature language” as part of a training retreat.

Bold Asking® participants from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton use role play to practice their “signature language” as part of a training retreat.