Seize the Opportunity

Seize the Opportunity

Seize the Opportunity —

Prioritizing High-Impact Strategies to Secure Your Greatest Success

Major and planned gifts are the lifeblood of your organization. Whether or not you succeed in securing a major gift will depend upon who asks for it; for what are you asking; how much are you asking for; where are you asking; and when will you ask. These are the key strategic decisions you must make.

Our program remains focused on these major gift strategies. We include time each day for small group interaction, panel discussions, and one-on-one opportunities with our faculty.

Our purpose is to bring additional depth, understanding, and recommendations to your organization.

Session Titles
The Art of Asking 
  • Moves Management tm – Douglas Dillon
  • Securing the Visit & Making the Ask – Tammy Zonker
  • The Art of Asking – Tammy Zonker
  • Listening the Gift – Douglas Dillon
  • The Generosity Crisis Panel Discussion – Faculty Group
  • Leadership and Program Inventory – Douglas Dillon
  • Donor Advised Funds – Angela Burgess
  • Storyliving: Transformational Major Donor Journeys – Tammy Zonker
  • Attract, Retain & Develop Major Gift Fundraisers – Russell Dunlavy
  • Stewardship & Sharing Impact with Donors – Faculty Panel
  • Current & Future Challenges for Major Gift Fundraisers RoundTables – All Faculty
  • Case for Support – Tammy Zonker
  • Integrated Communications in this Age of Online Communications, Part 1 & Part 11 – Jeff Spitko
  • Transforming Your Annual Giving and Major Gifts Program in Preparation for a Major Gift Initiative or Capital Campaign – Douglas Dillon
  • The Intentional High-Performance Fundraiser – Tammy Zonker
Note: Panels, RoundTables, and ParkBenching include all faculty including Birgit Burton, Beau Cummings, Shannon Duval, and Terry Heilman Sylvester. For more information, please read their individual bios.

Throughout each day, at every break, faculty will be available to you to discuss any question you may have. We call this ParkBenching. Faculty will join you at breakfast and lunch each day.

Between today and when we are all together, we will have a clearer understanding of what we must all do to reach our greatest potential.

Seminar Online Registration
Seminar Brochure

May 2023 Location

Costa Mesa, California – May 1-3, 2023
The Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714 540 2500.

Seminar group room rate: $209.00 plus tax.
Hotel group rate cut-off date is April 3, 2023.

Registration Fee

Standard Individual Registration: $1750 US
Group rate for 4-5: $1700 US
Group rate (6 or more): Call for group rate 800-234-7777

Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch each day and a reception on Monday evening from 5pm– 5:45pm

Breakfast – 7:00am
Program – 8:00am-5:00pm
Reception – 5:00pm-5:45pm

Breakfast – 7:00am
Program – 8:00am-4:00pm

Breakfast – 7:00am
Program – 8:00am-2:30pm


When attempting to take advantage of these special rates, please download our PDF Registration Form and send in ONE form per Registrant. Scan forms and email to:

Online Registration does NOT allow for discounted rates or information for multiple Registrants.

Please call our office (800-234-7777) with questions regarding which rates may apply to your group or how best to register.

Download the Registration Form (PDF) for checks, POs, and credit cards to mail.

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