Nonprofit Leaders to Learn How to Develop Major Gifts

Hodges University News

Obtaining and retaining major gifts are crucial for any nonprofit. To ensure nonprofit leaders in Southwest Florida are equipped with the appropriate knowledge, Hodges University’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) is hosting a two-day workshop, which will be led by Marnie Maxwell from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The “Indiana University Overview of Developing Major Gifts” workshop will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25. Marnie Maxwell, who is a faculty member of The Fund Raising School, which is a program of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, has worked with a variety nonprofit organizations and boards. Bringing her expertise in strategic planning, governance, marketing and fund developing planning, Maxwell will help participants to:

  •          Differentiate between annual and major gifts
  •          Assess organizational readiness for major gifts
  •          Develop a Major Gift Plan for their agency
  •          Address motivations of major donors
  •          Draft case statements

In addition, participants may receive 14 points in Category 1.B – Education of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International application for initial certification and/or recertification. Also, this session qualifies for 1.4 (14 hours) Hodges University Continuing Education Units and applies toward the CNE Certificate in Nonprofit Excellence. However, this course does not qualify for the Indiana University Certificate Nonprofit Management sequence.

The fee to participate is $700 per person and $550 for each additional registrant from the same organization. The workshop will be held in the White Community Room on the Naples campus – 2647 Professional Way, Naples, FL 34119.

For a full list of upcoming workshops, and to register, visit Contact Noreen Thomas at or (239) 405-7687 for additional information.

About the Center for Nonprofit Excellence:
The Hodges University Center for Nonprofit Excellence serves as a leader in the training and support of nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to support excellence in the leadership and management of nonprofit enterprises through professional development opportunities, research and mentoring. Seminars provide information on roles and responsibilities of board members, legal and financial best practices, strategic planning, fund raising, volunteer management and other topics relevant to the operations of a high-quality organization.

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