Designed to impart the fundamentals required for success in major gift and deferred-gift fundraising, this course covers research and prospect strategies, practical tools for donor cultivation, prospect management and tracking, volunteer involvement and solicitation techniques for major gifts.
Experienced professionals share their real-world solicitation experience and guide participants through solicitation exercises. They provide an overview of planned giving vehicles, discuss the components of a successful planned giving program and review ways to integrate it into the development operation.
Degree(s): Master's degrees in philanthropic studies and public communication
Angela Lane, CFRE, is the chief development officer at Houston Ballet. Prior to this position, she worked at Houston Grand Opera as director of individual giving, and she worked at American National Red Cross in support of disaster fundraising, major gifts and regional fundraising. She holds an MA in philanthropic studies from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and an MA in public communication from American University.
Chris Kasavich has been a professional fundraiser for thirteen years, serving in a variety of positions and nonprofit sectors. He began his career in fundraising at Rice University as their first Leadership Giving officer for Annual Giving before joining their Major Gifts team. After four years he joined the Houston Symphony as Director of Corporate Relations, where he managed the Corporate Relations team in engaging and stewarding corporate partners. Chris joined Baylor College of Medicine in 2008 as Director of Annual Giving, and in five years more than doubled the performance of the annual giving program. Currently, as a Director of Philanthropic Resources at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mr. Kasavich is focused on raising major gifts to support the $1B Moon Shots campaign. Mr. Kasavich earned his CFRE in 2009, and graduated with honors from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business with an MBA in 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. Through AFP, Development Dialogues, and the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University he has presented seminars and coursework on corporate giving, annual giving, donor pipeline management, and the employment of professional marketing strategy in fundraising and annual campaigns.
Term: Fall 2017
Start Date: Dec. 01, 2017
Schedule: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m
Length: One Friday
Location: Rice campus
For AFP Members: $217
CFRE: 7 points
Note : This course meets the prerequisite requirement for the Comprehensive Fund Development Certificate and the elective requirement for the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) Certificate.