“It was such a thrill to see the body language and faces of our board members change from reservation, reluctance and uncertainty to smiles, laughs and excitement. You rallied the troupes in a way that got them out of their comfort zone, made them tackle those underlying fears, and empowered them to motivate. It was brilliant!

Abby Johnston,  Director of Development Saint Mary’s School Raleigh, NC

Transform your board members’ PASSION into ACTION and COMMITMENT

If you want to create an opening for change –
for renewing vision –
for understanding fundraising from a deeper, friendlier approach-
for creating motivation, energy and enthusiasm

I’ve developed this quite unique approach will create a fired-up, engaged board of trustees excited about possibilities for your nonprofit organization and eager to create the resources to make it happen.

How? By changing your board members’ perception of fundraising from “asking for money” to “changing the world.”  By creating a safe place for frank conversations that build trust. By re-engaging board members in why they are serving and what they want to accomplish.  By directing everyone’s passion into friendmaking as well as fundraising.

“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 Lerner, Genesis School, Kansas City


Here’s the rub: When non profit board members are fired up about the real change they want to make in the world, they are more willing to embrace fundraising. Each person on your board can find the right role in fundraising where they feel most comfortable.

“I have never seen this group be more engaged and excited about fundraising – and believing we will be successful! We sure are on FIRE here after Gail’s retreat!

Deborah M. Johnson, CFRE, Director of Development, The Pine School, Hobe Sound, FL

Powerful Results. Your board members will:

  • Rediscover their vision for your organization
  • Recommit to what they really want to accomplish
  • Understand how friendmaking is more powerful than fundraising
  • Learn how they can support fundraising without having to directly solicit
  • Learn new skills and build confidence through upbeat, accessible education
  • Engage as a team, sharing in the process – and the success

“Gail, loved your workshop, your enthusiasm and brilliance for the work and the material you presented. It was right on; and perfectly aligned for the needs of my organization.”

Stanford Silver, board member, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Washington, DC

I have based this retreat on my book, Fired- Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action, which was praised as “the gold-standard guide for building successful boards and “by far the best book …on how to involve board members in the entire process of fundraising.”

Please take a look at the comments from board members and staff who participated in this retreat.

“Thanks so much. Just want to let you know that you were amazing.
~ Larry Chu Jr., El Camino Hospital Foundation Board Member

And take a look at all the nonprofit organizations around world that I’ve worked with.

Find out more:  Why this approach is so much more powerful than anything else you’ve ever tried.

If you want to achieve this transformation with your own board, please fill out the contact form on the site or give us a call at 919-821-3050 at my office in Raleigh.

“Gail is that special person who can motivate boards to fundraise by removing their fears and instilling within them with a renewed sense of purpose.”
~ Gary McDonald, America’s Second Harvest Food Bank, San Deigo CA

Need a custom designed retreat?  I’m an expert facilitator who can bring groups to consensus and commitment and have fun at the same time.

I know I can help you create new energy, passion and commitment with your own board of trustees.

Do give me a call or shoot me an email!