The Major Donor Masterclass Series: Programme

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Major Gift Fundraising:  For First Timers and those who want to do it better! 

Half day Workshop – maximum 50 participants

  • Cape Town:- Wednesday, 14 August, 12:30 – 16:30
  • Johannesburg:- Wednesday, 21 August, 13:00 – 17:00


Tony Myers has managed to bring together the best experiences in Major Gift Fundraising from his work on five continents for those doing major donor fundraising for the first time and for those who want to up their game. From finding donors, recruiting the influential, to asking the wealthy, to structuring the campaign, this session will cover start to finish with loads of examples of success and failures.

Promise of performance:

Finding Major Donors, Building Campaigns, Predicting Success, Recruiting the Influential, Asking the Wealthy, Structures that work, Managing the Board, creating a Cabinet, Maintaining Momentum. 

Audience: First timers – Board Members, Executive Directors, Directors of Development, Major Donor Fundraisers, Major Donors, in NGOs big and small.

Learning Outcomes:-

  • Determine if your organization is ready
  • 3 successful approaches to getting started
  • Outline the easy steps of a successful campaign
  • Learn about the 7 things you need to know before “asking”.



The Major Donor Bootcamp

Full day Masterclass – maximum 20 participants

  • Cape Town:- Thursday, 15 August, 09:00 – 16:30
  • Johannesburg:- Thursday, 22 August, 10:00 – 17:00


Major donor fundraising! How often have you dreamed about that big gift? If you only knew how to get started … If you only knew how get major donor fundraising off the ground … If you only knew those first few key steps, you need to take, to make it happen. Well now is the time!

Here is your chance to get started. Here is your chance to work with those who have worked at launching major donor programmes with organizations big and small on several continents. Here is your chance to find out how to get started on a major donor fundraising programme for your organization and how to make it the best it can be.

Join Tony Myers as he brings you more than 20+ years of experience in launching major donors fundraising programmes around the world.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how to sell the concept of major donor fundraising inside your NGO
  • Learn how to convince your boss to let you get started.
  • Identify the three approaches that will allow you to get up and running
  • List the critical success factors that will let you know if it is the right time
  • Identify the 7 things you need to know before asking big
  • Develop a profile of a major donor in your NGO
  • Create a list of the first steps you are going to take as soon as you get back to the office.
  • Bonus: take home a list of major donor tools and major donor references that will help you get started.



Major Donors for Higher Education & Schools: It’s time to graduate to a new level!

Full Day Masterclass- maximum 20 particpants

  • Cape Town:- Friday, 16 August, 09:00 – 16:30
  • Johannesburg:- Friday, 23 August, 09:00– 16:30

Major Donor Fundraising is seen as an American phenomena.  Nothing could be further from the truth. For more than four decades American expertise has been practiced around the world.  Major donor fundraising is no longer an American phenomena. It is a global movement whose time has come.

Higher education and Schools provide a fertile ground for raising funds from major donors and high net worth individuals.  And nothing happens until a decision is made to start the process, to build a bold agenda, set a realistic target and then build the expertise you need to be successful.

With more than two decades working with major donors and high net-worth individuals on 5 continents around the world, and after having worked with more than 6 higher education institutions Tony Myers has learned the hard way, about what works, and what doesn’t’ work.

Join Tony as he shares success strategies on major donor fundraising including:-

  • How to get started
  • How to improve on what you’ve already go
  • How to build a culture of Major Donor Fundraising on your University and School campus
  • How to engage your leadership
  • How to run a major donor campaign
  • How to control expectations and set realistic goals.