Board Staff & Volunteer Development

One of the critical elements in any successful fund-raising program is the full involvement of the organization’s board and top volunteer leadership.

Holman Consulting uses a variety of strategies - Development from board retreats to solicitation training - to enable and encourage your leadership to become a partner with the staff to raise significant funds for your programs.

Our customized presentations are designed to address a variety of fund-raising topics for boards, staff, or volunteers.

Whether your institution is well-established or in a start-up phase, a training session presented by experienced professionals provides your directors, staff, or volunteers an understanding of how to maximize their efforts on your behalf.

Our Most Popular Sessions

Asking for Money

The “fear of asking” is most often the biggest barrier for volunteers. We take the “sting” out of asking by presenting a 45-minute to 3-hour session that uses humor, lists four easy steps to the perfect ask, and role-playing sessions to overcome these fears.

We had the privilege of having Margaret Holman teach our Development Committee how to properly handle direct solicitations. She was wonderful! Our committee members were initially concerned about asking for money, but Margaret’s training provided us with a new perspective and a wonderful sense of purpose. The dividends are already paying off.

— Benjamin Sax, Chairman
New York Regional Office Development Committee
Anti-Defamation League

Planned Giving Made Simple

This session is an in-depth, step-by-step workshop that explodes the myths of planned giving, gives participants a clearer understanding of the various planned-gift vehicles, and offers practical steps to begin or enhance your institution’s planned giving program.

Margaret Holman directly addressed our top concerns, and spoke in a way everyone could understand. One of our most requested trainers.

— Mohammed Zaidi, former Director of Gift Planning
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

Board and Staff Retreats

We can help you structure your next retreat to highlight problem-solving in an open, constructive manner by using team-building techniques. With Holman Consulting as the moderator, your retreat will culminate with effective, meaningful results.

We found Margaret Holman’s consultation in the ’90s regarding our fund-raising efforts and conducting of our board of directors’ retreat to be thorough, effective, useful, and progressive.

— Kendell TeSelle, Executive Director
Children’s Home of Reading

Tailor-Made Presentations

Does your organization have specific training needs? Are some specific challenges facing your board and staff today? Chances are that in our more than 30 years in fundraising and nonprofit management, we’ve solved these problems. Let us share our expertise with your staff and volunteers.

Success means paying attention to what’s critical

To speak to us about board, staff and volunteer development services, please contact us.

  • Board Retreats
  • Solicitation Training
  • Fund Raising
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