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Major Gift Essentials

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February 20th 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St
Denver 80205

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Phone: (303) 865 - 8270
Event Fee(s)
Registration $ 65.00
AFP $ 60.00

Our professional development trainings are made possible by the generous support of U.S. Bank



 This foundational session is designed to give the key elements of major gifts: story, people, and asks. In this session, you will learn about the mindset of a fundraiser, gain tools to build/reframe your story, learn about who is a prospect (and who is not), and the basic elements of an ask. In this session, you will learn through stories, examples, and practice with other participants.

Looking for a deeper dive into these topics? Check out:

  1. Storytelling and your Why | Thursday, April 11
  2. People: Your Leadership Team and Your Donors | Wednesday, May 8
  3. The Ask | Thursday, June 6


  • Free for members of Colorado Nonprofit Association (must be logged in for discount on Regular price)
  • $60 for members of AFP
  • $65 standard
Event Description
Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about the mindset of a fundraiser

  • Participants will learn frameworks around how to organize/craft their story

  • Participants will learn about how to determine, rank, and develop strategy for prospects

  • Participants will learn the essentials of a major gift ask and the major gifts process


Major Gift Essentials is for Executive Directors, Board Leaders and Development Professionals and Teams – Those responsible for shaping and implementing organizational and funding strategy.

Level of Difficulty

Beginner - Intermediate = 0 -  5 years of experience in the field

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Mike Gemm, Gemm Consulting

Mike Gemm is the Founder and CEO of Gemm Consulting, an organization committed to dramatically improving the impact of non-profits through improved fundraising, accurate financial data, and transformational coaching for leaders and their teams. Mike has helped organizations raise over $60M+ raised for clients, both directly "in the field" making asks, and coaching clients to get those results in every sub-sector, with annual budgets from $30,000 to $15 Billion, and everything in between.

Throughout his career, Mike has been recognized as a catalyst, sharing his contagious enthusiasm for life and constant improvement. He and his wife, Jessica, have two sons Nathaniel and Xander. He’s passionate about training and coaching, personal development, and seeing people reach their potential.

Qualifies for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices. Completion of a post-training evaluation is required for this training to count toward recognition. 


Need to cancel? Please email Akila Copeland no fewer than 3 business days prior to the training. Members, please review our Cancellation Policy for more information. 

Event Custom Fields
Training/Event Topic Fundraising
Training Medium In Person
Event Region Denver Metro

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