Major Gifts Fundraising Seminar

Learn the fundamentals of major gifts fundraising!

AmPhil’s intensive major gifts fundraising training seminar is designed for development professionals new to major gifts fundraising roles, fundraisers considering a career in major gifts, as well as other nonprofit leaders looking to learn and brush up on major gifts fundraising practices. This in-person training covers a range of topics, giving participants a general

overview of the foundational principles and essential practices needed for securing major gifts. Our seminar includes sessions on goal setting, finding major donors, how to secure visits, planned giving basics, and so much more. After the group training sessions, participants receive a one-on-one coaching session with an AmPhil consultant.


Join us for our Major Gifts Training Seminar in Washington, D.C., at the end of this summer! We will kick things off with a welcome reception on September 4th, and the training sessions will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Georgetown on the 5th, with additional opportunities for hospitality and good conversation at a nearby local restaurant, plus an optional fun activity on the evening of the 5th. Participants traveling to D.C. for the training will have access group rates at The Washington Marriott Georgetown or can choose to stay at another of the many other hotels within walking distance of the training location. There will be 1:1 consultations on the morning of the 6th to conclude the training.

The Experience

In an intimate small group setting, AmPhil’s seasoned consultants will teach you how to set major giving goals, find new donors, schedule visits, optimally manage your donor portfolio, and more. You’ll schedule an hour-long one-on-one coaching session with one of the session leaders to discuss your particular fundraising challenges and questions to identify ways to help your nonprofit succeed. In addition to the group training sessions and personalized advising, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet peers also striving to be great fundraisers, enjoy wonderful meals together, and enjoy sunny D.C.!

Participants come away from the training with a solid understanding of:

  • How to set major gifts goals and the KPIs that help you achieve success
  • How to find and steward donors
  • How to secure visits, craft proposals, and make your pitch
  • The basics of planned giving vehicles
  • Moves Management and how you can develop a system to keep your donors engaged

Participants also receive a course manual with additional information and tools to reference again and again after the training.

Schedule and Highlights

  • Wednesday, September 4th, Arrival & Welcome Reception
  • Thursday, September 5th, Major Gifts Seminar (8am – 5pm)
  • Thursday Evening, exclusive networking dinner & private night tour of the monuments
  • Friday, September 6th, one-on-one consultations with presenters

Click here to download the full agenda for the Seminar as a PDF.

About the Presenters

This Major Gifts Fundraising Seminar is being led by an all-star lineup of major gift fundraising experts, including Joe Garecht, Director of the Center for Civil Society, Kyle Vander Meulen, Partner at AmPhil, Austin Detwiler, Senior Director at AmPhil, and Stephanie D’Anselmi, Managing Consultant at AmPhil. Together, they have worked with dozens of nonprofits raising hundreds of millions of dollars through major gifts.


Register now to secure your seat

The number of training participants is limited and can fill up quickly. The cost of $1,795 includes all costs for the training sessions, one-on-one coaching, all meals noted in the agenda, and take-home resource materials you will find yourself turning to again and again. To register and save your spot, click on the link below. Group discounts are available if your organization wishes to send two or more attendees. Please contact Caitlin Nocera for more details on group rates.

We have group accommodations available at Washington Marriott Georgetown at a rate of $189 per night. The last day to take advantage of this special rate is August 7th. To reserve your room, please click HERE. If you need assistance securing accommodations, please contact

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