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North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

The Essentials of Major Gifts: Trends, Prospecting, Planning, and Solicitation


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

8:30 - 9:00am - Networking and Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Workshop


Half-Day Workshop: $90

About this session: This workshop will be a hands-on approach to evolving, creating, or expanding your major gifts platform. Recommended for fundraising professionals working in organizations between $500k-8M who do front-facing fundraising work. This workshop will include evaluating current trends in giving and implications for major giving; learning about different motivations for major giving; avenues for prospecting major donors; and the moves management of major gifts--cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Participants will draft major gift asks and engage in moves management-focused scenarios.

Who Should Participate:  Anyone who has responsibility for the fiscal health of an organization or anyone who wants to learn about fundraising.

About the Presenter:   Sidney C. Freitag-Fey, MA, CFRE, Director of Development and Marketing, Delta Institute

Sidney (Sid) has more than 15 years of resource development experience with expertise in individual giving (annual fund, major gifts, and planned giving); board relations and recruitment; grant writing and prospecting; corporate sponsorship; event planning fundraising strategy; and marketing. Currently he is the director of development and marketing for Delta Institute, a $4M 501c3 that works with communities throughout the Midwest to solve environmental and economic needs. Sid previously served as development director for a small regenerative farming and food safety nonprofit, a gifts officer for Heartland Alliance for Human Rights & Human Needs, and in steadily increasing development roles for multiple Chicago-based social service agencies since 2006. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Mongolia; was adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago; and has been a presenter for the Axelson Center since 2014. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association.








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