With over 30 years experience in successful major gift and capital campaign fundraising, Gail is known for her practical and donor-centered approach to raising money in today’s world. She guides her clients to close transformational gifts that catapult their organizations to new heights.
Gail was recently named #10 on the list of America’s Top Fundraising Experts, published by Philanthropy Media, and her Fired-Up Fundraising Blog is consistently listed among the top fundraising websites in the world. Her best-selling book, Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action (Wiley/AFP) has been called the “gold standard guide to building successful fundraising boards.”
A popular and energizing speaker, she keynotes fundraising conferences in the US and abroad. She has taught campaign master classes in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and across the US. She leads energizing fundraising workshops and board retreats around the globe. She particularly enjoys working with nonprofit board members; introducing them to a new perspective on fundraising and how they can be successful.
She is co-founder of the web-based group Capital Campaign Masters, and a contributing author to Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work – the #1 selling textbook and resource for capital campaigns. She has coached over 40 capital campaigns from LA to Maine, and has personally led 25 campaigns as staff or consultant, raising over $500 million.
Gail launched her fundraising career at Duke University and then went on to lead fundraising at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Business Foundation Fellow. She also received her BA in English with honors at the University of North Carolina, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.