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On Demand Avoiding 10 Common Mistakes in Securing Major Gifts 

What are the primary road blocks that prevent gift officers from reaching their highest potential? How can gift officers continue to engage donors given limited time and resources? If there were 10 things that you could put your finger on that would help create a greater path of success for your major gift program, what would you say they were for your institution?

This webinar, brought to you by the Gonser Gerber Institute, will address the most common mistakes that are made in securing major gifts. Our 90 minute webinar will reveal recent major giving trends, discuss the 10 greatest obstacles for closing major gifts, and offer some insight on the new landscape for future donors in our changing world.

The cost for this Gonser Gerber Institute webinar is $295 per institution, which allows your entire team to participate in the same program. If you are a current Gonser Gerber client, the cost is $145 per team. You will also receive a copy of presentation and a recording of the webinar with your registration.

Your Faculty

Charlie Shepard, Senior Consultant at Gonser Gerber, provides development consulting services to non-profit organizations, including developing and strengthening Boards, gift programs, campaign planning and execution, advancement team building, and other aspects of institutional advancement. Prior to joining Gonser Gerber, Charlie served the Advancement field for more than 18 years, with his most recent position as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Asbury University in Kentucky and The University of Findlay in Ohio.

Todd Ahrens, Director of Development


Todd Ahrens was named director of development in October 2013. He has extensive experience in arts and educational fundraising, marketing and finance, and has held senior-level development positions at the University of Findlay, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy. He was previously a staff member at the Toledo Museum of Art from 1997-2005, having held a variety of positions in the development department, including associate director of development and interim director of development. He began his nonprofit career with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ahrens received his M.A. in German from Bowling Green State University and his B.A. in international business and German from Simpson College. He has served on boards for several organizations, including the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Black Swamp Arts Festival, Ohio Museums Association and Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

On Demand Details: After your registration, you will receive a copy of the power point presentation as well as a copy of the recording. (Please allow at least 48 business hours to receive your materials.) You will be able to share these materials with your entire team, including volunteers, and review the recording as many times as you need.