What They Say About our Fired-Up Fundraising 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

I was surprised at how quickly our session went, felt far more knowledgeable about the friend-raising process and am convinced our organization is better off for having been through this. Additionally, I feel that my personal knowledge base was greatly expanded.

David H Pottenger IIIBoard ChairmanNC Museum of Life and Science

I love your cultivation strategy of “advice visits.” I’ve been having a great time contacting various business leaders asking for their coaching/opinion on making the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross a success. My approach is to briefly outline what the Red Cross does in our community , and ask what successful practices they have seen on the charitable boards they serve on. The response has been great. They are interested and want to have on-going dialogue. Thanks again, Gail!

Karen MildenhallManaging DirectorMarsh, Inc.

Thank you so much for the fantastic retreat this morning!!! Our board members (and staff) are energized and ready to begin the work ahead.

Carolyn InsleyGBMC Foundation

Gail, 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 troops 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 JohnstonDirector of DevelopmentSaint Mary’s School

You make fundraising comfortable and fun for our board members. And you energized us all to move in a positive direction. Thank you so much!

Michael LoweryDevelopment DirectorRonald McDonald House of Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC

I wanted to personally say thank you for a tremendous evening of inspiration. I know you changed mind sets and attitudes about how we approach fund raising and more importantly how we can effect positive outcome.

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

Gail, Loved your workshop, your enthusiasm and brilliance for the work and the material you presented. It was right on and perfectly aligned for me and the needs of my organization. Appreciated very much a window into your mastery.

Stanford SiverAlliance for Peace BuildingWashington DC

Gail was wonderful. Even this old dog learned a few new tricks.

Board Member, The Pine SchoolThe Pine SchoolHobe Sound, FL

Gail, You are the best fundraising consultant I have ever met in my 30 years of doing board work! You have greatly helped the organizations I chair: VISIONS, the Wright’s Center, and Make Way Partners. THANK YOU for always being so responsive and on target with all your advice!

Louise CogginsLCSW

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 McDonaldAmerica’s Second Harvest Food BankSan Deigo CA

Gail, you’re just terrific in terms of your warmth, empathy, energy and group dynamics. I can see why you are so effective with nervous board members and volunteers.

I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful presentation to the SECC Kick-Off Luncheon group !!! You not only gave everyone good techniques and tools, but put a very human face on the process of fundraising.

Dr. Haig KhachatoorianNC State UniversityRaleigh, NC

I absolutely loved the workshop. I also thought that the honesty of the Board was excellent.

Board MemberThe Pine SchoolHobe Sound, FL

What They Say About Gail’s Speaking & Presentations

I enjoyed the energy that you brought to what I thought would be a boring topic. Thanks for your knowledge, your enthusiasm, your help with our Board Development event! I truly appreciate your talent that you shared with us

Glenn Hargett

Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop you presented at our statewide conference. It was the best workshop I attended at the conference. You provided me with a new perspective on fundraising.

Andi KorteCommunities In Schools of Moore County

Thank you Gail – my board members and I are still talking about your great workshop!

Mary AlsentzerExecutive DirectorPamlico-Tar River Foundation

Your energetic style and dynamic personality really came through, and we all understand why you are so successful at what you do!

Dr. Jessica Katz JamesonNC State UniversityRaleigh, NC

Thank you for the wonderful information and for the caring and enthusiastic way in which you shared your knowledge. It was nice to be trained by someone with such a genuine passion for their subject.

Andrea FarageExecutive DirectorRonald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida

You were great!! I came away from that meeting with such enthusiasm and hope to get our board more involved and educated on our organization.  Thank you so much!!!

Alicia HowellHospice of the Carolina Foothills

Thank you for speaking to our group yesterday. Many people told me that it was just what they needed and could have spent many hours, even days hearing what you have to say about working with volunteers. Thanks so much!

Kelly BrandonThe Health AdventureAsheville, NC

I never realized what a fabulous conversation starter a nametag could be.  My board members ask where the nametags are when I don’t bring them to board meetings. To some degree, they laugh at them – but I know they use them. I’ve caught them craning to read new members names!

Kelly BrandonThe Health AdventureAsheville, NC

I found your sessions at our conference very helpful. Your suggestion to ask for advice rather than help was golden. I have utilized this technique with board members, donors and community members who need to be involved for our organization to be successful. It has worked wonders.

Kelly BrandonThe Health AdventureAsheville, NC

Thank you for the “boost”. I returned from the conference with a great deal of energy and put into practice many of the techniques you encouraged. You have helped me lay a foundation for starting a focused and donor-friendly development plan.

Marie ShookCharlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging

One of the best trainings I have attended in 3 yrs.

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership Conference, October 08

Until hearing Gail, I was ready for early retirement – now I am fired up!  Bought your book [because] I am hooked!  Thanks a bunch!  Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!

AttendeeNational Philanthropy Day, Hawaii

Gail reaches me, reminds me of my own passion and reminds me to connect board members with their own reasons for caring.

Kathy SchallerMANNA Food BankAshevile, NC

Fabulous, fun, engaging presentation from someone who obviously knows about and believes in what she does.

Marilyn H. PhillipsMontgomery County Partnership for Children

I found your enthusiasm contagious and your information truly helpful.

Janice MineerRHMMissoula Montana

Great session! Very helpful!

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership conference, October 08

Thanks Gail, I loved the sessions and I loved your energy!

Teresa McClainCommunity LINC Philanthropy Midwest conference

Thank you again for your wonderful and inspiring presentation. Your presentation was THE BEST!

Robert T. Skelton, CFRERowan Regional Medical Center Foundation

Great facilitator and very applicable ideas.

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership Conference, October 2008

The best session!

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership Conference, October 2008

Well done! Informative and motivational!

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership Conference, October 2008

Great facilitator – Excellent interaction! I will implement some of these ideas.

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership Conference, October 2008

Gail Perry is awesome.

AttendeeJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Leadership Conference, October 2008

Fabulous, fun, engaging presentation from someone who obviously knows about and believes in what she does.

Marilyn H. PhillipsMontgomery County Partnership for Children

Because her approach is geared to each individual’s point of view, Gail’s presentations and advice relate equally well to new fundraisers and seasoned veterans. I’ve been a fundraiser for more than 20 years and I found myself as energized and renewed as my first-time board members.

Dawn PriceExecutive DirectorRonald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

I want to let you know that I learned more in your one day workshop than I have over the past two years when it comes to the hands on tools needed to be successful at fundraising. Thanks so much! I now have the tools and confidence I needed to take our Foundation to the next level!

Monnie Lunsford

Best session of the seminar!


Gail’s encouraging style and infectious enthusiasm help even the most timid volunteer find a voice for fundraising.

Dawn PriceExecutive DirectorRonald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Gail, your engaging personality (business and fun) and ability to keep on track is probably a reason why you are successful.  You keep it light, upbeat and fun so that board members can really grab onto the material and run with it.

Linda ToyotaChief Development OfficerYWCAHouston, TX

The secret to Gail’s success — and what sets her apart from other consultants — is her ability to help each individual participant identify and use their own unique spark of commitment and passion for the organization’s mission.

Dawn PriceExecutive DirectorRonald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Very concrete, easily implementable suggestions.

Phoenix AFP Chapter

She was inspiring and really terrific!

Phoenix AFP Chapter

EXCELLENT! One of the best (and shortest!) professional development webinars I have taken. I liked her mix of stories with suggestions.

ParticipantPhilanthropy Journal Webinar

Will take home many wonderful and doable ideas.  Thank you!

Cape Fear AFP

If you ever get the opportunity to see Gail in action, run – don’t walk – to do so. She’s an invaluable resource, a tremendously giving individual on so many levels and clearly committed to leaving our sector stronger than she found it.

Joe DalySenior PharmAssisDurham, NC

Gail Perry is an excellent speaker with the ability to make subject matter energized.Thank you for the inspiration.

Cape Fear AFPCape Fear AFP

Thank you!!!  Your presentation was absolutely inspiring. We have been struggling terribly with a board that refuses to fundraise. Based on your presentation and what I have read in your book thus far, I am revolutionizing our strategy.


YOU ARE AWESOME!!! What a fantastic presenter and great message! Your session was great…and packed!!!!

Marcy HeimAFP International Conference

Outstanding presenter; very polished; greatly enjoyed!

Phoenix AFP ChapterPhoenix AFP Chapter

You are a wonderfully professional, talented, funny, warm, and inviting speaker and you know your stuff!  All of us are fortunate to have had you share the vision with us today.

Paige JohnsonPresidentThe Health Adventure

I was bowled over by Gail Perry’s enthusiasm, endless anecdotes and effortless capacity to make fundraising concepts both accessible and exciting. I couldn’t wait to get back to the office to tweak my own fundraising program.

Joe DalySenior PharmAssistDurham, NC

Following a seminar with Gail, I met with a prospect to discuss a scholarship at a local university.  I used many of the tools Gail provided the workshop, and within 30 minutes, our prospect pledged $10,000.  Gail made everything easy and demystified the process. Kudos Gail!

Paul LernerOverland Park, KS

Thank you again, Gail for coming to Mexico City to address the Mexican AFP Chapter.  We really appreciated hearing common sense recommendations on fundraising.  You made everybody better.. good  energy… good vibes!  Thank you for Walking your Talk!


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