Be a Skillful Fundraiser

caused by the pandemic.

 You did not plan for this crisis. No one did.
Nevertheless, you don’t deserve this. Your beneficiaries don’t deserve this.

To get started raising more money, download your
FREE Major Gift Fundraising Plan TEMPLATE:







Are your revenue streams in jeopardy from the virus disruption?

As a fundraising coach, I know you want to be a skillful fundraiser, especially with your desire to round out your leadership skills.

In order to transform lives and communities, you need a way to find those who can help and have the necessary funds to support your mission.

The life of your programs depends on your raising money beyond events and beyond the pandemic.

In fact, you have an urgent need to reach your fundraising and uppermost goals. You feel anxious, eager, or maybe uncertain about the next steps.

I believe you should be confident, comfortable, and successful in securing large gifts, so you can contribute to work that matters. 


To get started, download your FREE Major Gift Fundraising Plan TEMPLATE here:


Your Ultimate Guide to Major Gift Fundraising

An Online Course Designed Especially for Fundraisers of Small Nonprofits!

When the Doors Open Again, You'll Receive:

pU2AolSFRc2whX7WGR9G_Checklist FULL, ONLINE MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING TRAINING PROGRAM: Your Ultimate Guide to Major Gift Fundraising

pU2AolSFRc2whX7WGR9G_Checklist WORKBOOK: Your Guide to Clear and Compelling Messages (So Donors Connect with You and Become Your Nonprofit's Raving Fans)

pU2AolSFRc2whX7WGR9G_Checklist OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY: Private, Members Only Facebook Group for 7 Weeks of Community & Accountability 
pU2AolSFRc2whX7WGR9G_Checklist COACHING SESSIONS: Weekly Live Q&A Sessions with Nancy for Troubleshooting & Clarity

pU2AolSFRc2whX7WGR9G_Checklist BOARD RETREAT/MEETING WORKBOOK: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Engage Board Members to the Donor Giving Path

Be a part of our Community of Focus-Driven Nonprofit Leaders like You — and learn Major Gift Fundraising with Clarity and Direction…with Nancy.   

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Fundraising Maximized: A Step-by-Step System for Small Nonprofits to Secure Large Gifts.

A coaching system designed to help nonprofit executive and development directors and board members, like you, raise more money. The critical areas for fundraising success are taught in an online course to those just getting started or who have been at it awhile.  Course registration begins April 28, 2020, for Fundraising Maximized: Your Ultimate Guide to Major Gifts Fundraising. Sign up below to be notified!


The 6 Stages of the Donor Giving Path


Create an interest and generate a positive buzz for your organization.

Create clear and compelling messages that draw in your donors.


Create a list of names of your ideal major donors.

Use my three-point criteria to determine who will likely support your cause with large gifts.


Determine potential donors’ service interests.

Through meaningful conversations, determine potential donors’ service interests — their values, interests, and passions (VIPs) to begin involving potential donors.


Engage donors through their passion.

Involve donors and deepen the relationship based on their values and interests.


Invite donors to invest.

Invite donors to invest and support your organization for a specific amount and for a specific project.


Recognize donors for their contributions.

Show donors how much you value and appreciate them.

How Fundraising Maximized helps you.

Why leave so much to chance? You have a business to run. Your business is your organization’s mission, and you need funds to make things happen. Having a system that works and being equipped with the right tools and strategies will bring you fundraising success. In Fundraising Maximized, you will:

Develop clear and compelling messages
I will guide you in creating clear and compelling language to attract the right people to support your cause. You want donors to understand how they can be a part of the solution . . . and become raving advocates for your organization.
Develop confidence in approaching donors
You will learn fundraising strategies that work. I will show you how to focus on what drives results. You must take charge of your time, eliminate distractions, and accomplish your biggest priorities.
Build a supportive fundraising board
I will help you clarify the board’s role with fundraising. I will show you how to comfortably engage them in fundraising. Board members want to help — they need you to guide them in how to help.
Focus on major gift fundraising to raise more money
You will learn how and who to ask for money. You will establish long-term relationships with donors. This course, Fundraising Maximized: Your Ultimate Guide to Major Gift Fundraising, is the roadmap to launch or streamline your major gifts program. Offered three times a year, watch for announcements of the next course offering!
Nancy Rieves, Ed.D.

Creative, Inspiring and Resourceful

I am a fundraising coach. I provide overwhelmed leaders of small nonprofits with a roadmap to raise more money through major gift fundraising. Having served as a founding executive director of a nonprofit, I started from square one, raised over $16 million, led a team, and wrote my doctorate dissertation on analyzing fundraising activities. I am your fundraising guide!


Want a free fundraising tip from Nancy Rieves delivered to your inbox each week?

You’ll receive practical tips to help you:

Identify new funding opportunities 

• Motivate and engage board members

• Consistently secure funding

Also, get your FREE Fundraising Plan so you know where to focus your time and stay on task. Grab it now!


Candice raised over $100,000 after completing the Fundraising Maximized online course and after just 6 months in a new position. In this short time, she received the largest gift ever in her career!

Candice Lee

Director of Development, Advancing Sight Network

“We are on track to record our highest direct giving levels in the past 5 years and we will set a new high-water mark for the entire 83-year history of our organization.”

Chris Komnick

Executive Director, Madison Scouts

“Discovering your course, philosophy and tools, has been a game-changer for me as a non-profit board chair. 

It helped one of our board members engage with a donor and usher in a gift of $100,000.”

Sabrina Moyle

Board President, The Mosaic Project

Blog & Online Coaching Resources


Why You Must Clarify Your Message

Clearly communicating your message is critical if you want to capture supporters.

If a Loyal Donor Forgot to Make a Gift, They Would Feel Terrible

It is that time of year! Your fundraising goal is in view. You are missing some major gifts from some very dear donors. What do you do?

Canceled Fundraising Event: 5 Steps to Recoup Money Lost

You can make up for losses due to a canceled fundraising event.

Follow these five steps to recoup money during this crisis.

Major Gift




Despite no in-person donor contact,

a shift to online events, and

no time on your calendar to get it all done.


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