What They Say About Gail’s Board Training & Retreats

Gail, you have a presentation style that puts your audience at ease and draws them in as you make your points. The real life stories you use to illustrate your points are both entertaining and educational.
What a change! Now when we discuss fundraising no one begins to make excuses or shies away. Our board members are stepping up to foster the relationships with donors, love to tell our story to anyone who will listen and certainly aren’t shy or “ashamed” to ask.
After our retreat, the board member are showing confidence that we are a cause that offers something so critical and worthwhile. They KNOW people will want to support us. They truly have been “transformed”… thank you!
?I really liked the way you involve your audience in the discussion with numerous exercises and activities. That really helps people immerse themselves in the topics and creates important buy-in to the subjects discussed.

Jeff WellerBoard ChairRonald McDonald House of the Rio Grande Valley

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your presentation and what a good fit you were to our Board. So many consultants make fundraising just about how to ask for money and forget that the first thing we should do is  convey the passion we feel for our organization, and let the support flow from that passion. You taught a valuable lesson to everyone on Monday night and I hope we can spread the good news going forward.

John DepenbrockPresidentCSAAC Foundation, Montgomery VillageMaryland

Thank you for the extraordinary training session you conducted for the Museum this past Saturday. It was informative, thought-provoking and fun. In these challenging times, where resources are scarce, an organization would be wise to use some of those resources engaging your firm.

Over the past week I’ve had the privilege, and I use that word deliberately, to attend three great meetings, all of which serve to inspire me. All presenters were on their game, which gives me great hope for our future. Thank you for being one of these three.?

Thank you for helping us move closer to realizing the vision we have for our Museum You were extremely well prepared for our particular needs. You kept the meeting “light” and fun, and yet were able to convey an important message

David H Pottenger IIIBoard ChairmanNC Museum of Life and Science

Thank you so much for your engaging presentation and invaluable guidance at our retreat. I am astounded by how much I am able to learn and to put into action with only 2 – 3 hours with you. Our board left the retreat energized, confident and most importantly with a tangible action plan. And we secured two unanticipated great new board prospects in the process.

Molly MatlockExecutive DirectorChatham County Arts Counci

Gail was a very skilled, passionate facilitator at the NCAEYC Board Retreat. She helped me to view fundraising from a totally new, different perspective.

Board MemberNCAEYC

Thank you for good usable information and for helping us stretch to find our own way.

Zanne BakerBoard MemberPenland School

I don’t know where or how to begin thanking you! Just know that you have changed lives and made a lasting impression on Fayetteville. You showed us how to fine tune what was already in place, how to reword our approach (both written and verbal) more effectively and how to incorporate new initiatives into what already was taking place here at FSO. In addition, your strategies are easy to remember, so they can be quickly put into practice. For example I have already quoted your “when in doubt throw a party” and “buy a ticket anyway” philosophies when communicating with the board.
Personally, I feel that I have greatly increased my knowledge, skills and confidence in the fundraising area and therefore my value to my organization and any future employer. I appreciated how you supported the staff. You aimed to help us rather than seeking out deficiencies or putting people on the defense.

Linda FrenetteExecutive DirectorFayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Thanks so much for your great advice for our organization. Your support and enthusiasm are inspiring.

Margaret BarrettOrange County Rape Crisis CenterChapel Hill, NC

Gail, I cannot thank you enough for your work preparing us to raise money. Our board members now have a clear understanding of their role in fundraising, and are actually taking the initiative to implement the plan. This is nothing short of miraculous.

Jon WilnerDirectorThe ArtsCenter

Because of Gail, we are on our way to creating a well-oiled machine that can confidently and effectively sustain the financial support we need to do our work.

Caroline A. KingAdministrative DirectorOperation RespectNew York, NY

The work you have done in developing our board and staff, and in preparing us for a successful capital campaign has been exceptional and is deeply appreciated. Even one year ago, the notion that we would mount a successful Capital campaign seemed a remote and foreign improbability. But with your help we have made it tangible and the talk of the town.

Dr. Finley Anne BryanExecutive DirectorCape Fear Botanical Garden

Great investment of time and money.

Board Member, The Pine SchoolThe Pine SchoolHobe Sound, FL

Gail Perry moved us from failure and drudgery with fundraising to success and reliability. She was worth every dollar and more.

Angela R. BryantFounderThe Wright’s CenterRocky Mount, NC

Thank you very much for the great retreat. It was very productive and extremely uplifting to me and the members of the board. I really appreciated your focus on being positive and emphasizing our successes!

Fouad FakhouriArtistic DirectorFayetteville Symphony

Gail helped Democracy NC have its best board meeting EVER. After her visit, the members of our board were inspired to help. They’re already making thank you calls and planning next steps!

Molly BeachamDemocracy NC

Gail Perry is in-fact a non-profit missionary with a message that can save great organizations by helping them bring committed and passionate donors to their cause.

Kim LopezBoard MemberInsight Meditation CenterWashington DC

Thanks so much. Just want to let you know that you were amazing.

Larry Chu Jr.Board MemberEl Camino Hospital FoundationCA

Gail, you scored a home run in the warm, accessible manner you illustrated how each board member can play a key role in fundraising without asking for money.What made this retreat so special was the way you connected not only with the board members, but with the mission of the school. Your presentation was insightful, compelling and, in many ways, transformational. BRAVO!

Paul LernerGenesis SchoolKansas City

Gail’s energy and ideas will be useful in many aspects of our lives above and beyond just fundraising. Fundraising is an area that I am not excited about but now I really feel like I have a new perspective.

Board Member, The Pine SchoolThe Pine SchoolHobe Sound, FL

I have never seen this group be more engaged and excited about fund raising- and believing we will be successful! We sure are on FIRE here!

Deborah M. Johnson, CFREDirector of DevelopmentThe Pine SchoolHobe Sound, FL

You sure fired our board members up with ideas and a sense of confidence that they can be great “friendraisers” for our organization. Your energy and enthusiasm for fundraising was infectious.

Peggy A. GrimesExecutive DirectorMontana Food Bank Network

Gail’s practical advice from years of successful fundraising was priceless. Hers is that rare training after which you walk out and immediately start implementing her ideas. All I can say is “thank you!”

Kim LopezInsight Meditation CenterWashington DC

We were all impressed with your “soft sell with great impact” presentation yesterday. Clearly we learned some new tools for fund-raising but more importantly shifted the attitude!

Marion G. ThompsonGreater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation

Thanks so much for a great retreat and leaving us with so much new momentum to go out and raise funds for GBMC. You did an outstanding job.

Doug SmithGreater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation

Gail, Your passion is contagious and your visit was so helpful.

GwendolynAmerica’s Second Harvest San Diego, CA