The Relentless Pursuit of Major Gifts

December 15, 2014

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at KWMU Public Radio in Grand Center, 3651 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108.
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Successful nonprofit organizations have the capacity and ability to find and cultivate major gifts as part of their fundraising and development plan. Come to this class to learn successful strategies and tactics for bringing in major gifts. Instructor Martin Leifeld, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Missouri St. Louis, will share how he approaches his work and how he’s achieved the successes he’s had in securing major gifts. Class topics will include: attitudes and traits of successful major gift fundraisers, concepts to increase your effectiveness and confidence, and facets of leadership in major gift fundraising.

Instructor MARTIN LEIFELD has served as vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Missouri–St. Louis since August 2008. Since his arrival he has led a dramatic increase in fundraising. University Advancement at UMSL has more than 140 employees and an operating budget in excess of $12 million. Its primary units include alumni and community relations, fundraising, marketing and communication, university events and St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU.

Prior to joining UMSL, Leifeld was associate vice president for university development at Saint Louis University. He also has served as director of development for the Diocese of Belleville in Belleville, Ill., as well as a consultant and outreach executive in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Tuition: $40

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