Major Gifts for Small Nonprofits (In Person or Online)

A major gift to one organization will not be the same for another – these gifts depend on your donors.  Your nonprofit understands the importance of fundraising, but have you thought about how to take your donors up to the next level?

Join us as we look at the hurdles small nonprofits face in implementing a major gifts program and provide an understanding of the process.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine if major gift fundraising is an appropriate strategy for your nonprofit
  • Understand how to implement a major gifts program
  • Identify the process of soliciting a major gift


Is your nonprofit strategic about its fundraising?  If you're with a small nonprofit, then you know how important it is to focus on high yield fundraising activities.  Major gifts could be one of those high yield activities.  For many organizations, particularly smaller ones without a major gifts program or dedicated staff, the receipt of a major gift is a haphazard event.  This workshop will explore major gift fundraising from a broad overview to the details of asking for the gift. 

At the end of the session, you will have the ability to decide if a major gifts program is right for your organization, how to implement that program and the process for, and skills needed, to ask for a major gift.  

Available through live streaming--participate from your computer or mobile device.  Engage during the training by emailing comments and questions.




The workshop is for smaller nonprofits that have one development staff person or none at all.  Executive Directors and board members will benefit from this training. 


Michael Barndollar has over 30 years’ experience in nonprofits during which he has held senior fundraising positions for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, United Way and the Public Broadcasting Network in Maine.  He has also built two community-based nonprofits from start-up to multi-million dollar programs.

Michael recently moved to Albuquerque and is returning to his former consulting work, mainly providing council for capital campaign feasibility, planning and management, conducting fundraising capacity audits, and providing board fundraising training.  He is a former faculty member at Antioch University, New England, where he taught a graduate course in fundraising.  For the past 10 years, Michael taught an annual workshop on major gifts fundraising for the Maine Association of Nonprofits. 

Michael is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served as a Board member and officer for two chapters of AFP.  In addition to service on the AFP Board, Michael has served on many other nonprofit boards with missions ranging from mental health services to performing arts.

August 12, 2021 9:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way of Central New Mexico
2340 Alamo SE, 2nd Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States

Show large map
Registration $ 25.00

Share This Event