Programs for large institutions and national or global causes with dozens (or hundreds) of people involved in the raising of money
If you’re on the lookout for new ways to attract, develop, and retain exceptional staff; inspire a culture of philanthropy worthy of the mission you serve; and create genuine engagement with high-potential donors and stakeholders throughout your institution or cause … then we invite you to take a close look at this opportunity.
Our small-group experiential learning programs are built on the latest research in social psychology and organization development, as well as the best insights from decades of experience in facilitating philanthropy and civic engagement.
This proven curriculum — unlike anything else that’s ever been available to the development profession — has been offered privately for many years and is only now becoming available to a wider (but still select) circle.
A few of our distinguished alums ...
Jim Hodge, like too many development officers, found himself facing burnout. Exposure to fresh ideas not only kept him in the field, but gave him a new mindset that laid the foundation for an exceptional 35-year career in principal gifts at Mayo Clinic and the University of Colorado. See how Jim energized his career.
Dan Loritz faced unusual challenges in getting his university's largest-ever capital campaign off the ground. A high-engagement approach let Dan skip the conventional feasibility study and case for support, meet the campaign goal, increase it, and then far surpass the new goal. Discover how Dan did it.
Jay Hughes, high-level advisor and confidante to families of wealth, shares insights on building relationships of trust and influence. His mentoring of Charlie Collier, leading philanthropic advisor at Harvard, has had a lasting influence at the highest levels of the development profession. Go behind the scenes with Jay.
Our curriculum is not the right fit for everyone.
It’s for those who want a professional life that focuses on meaning and transcends metrics, as Jay Hughes puts it (while reaching better quantitative results).
It’s for those who want to raise money in a way that advances social innovation and civic engagement.
And it’s for those who would welcome a framework for raising money that is based on proven principles of human growth and development — especially well-suited to institutions of higher learning and global social causes.
Will you be in the vanguard?
A handful of institutions and causes will be offered priority access to enroll in next year’s programs. You could send people to our workshops on an ad hoc basis (if space is available). Or you can see even better results from this more organized and intentional approach. In addition, your team will benefit from guaranteed access, savings on tuition, and customized follow-up.
This opportunity is intended for organizations large enough to consider enrolling at least 15 individuals per year. (If yours has big ideas but fewer people, click here.)
Workshops are most often held in Seattle and include participants from other institutions and causes. (After years of experimenting with different formats, we have found that the best results are obtained when people get out of their usual routine, interrupt the day-to-day conversation, and enjoy a true retreat with the benefit of fresh perspectives.)
To explore this opportunity for your institution, the first step is to enroll two or three of your development staff in the next public workshop. You can reserve your seats now and we will work with you to identify ideal participants.
After the workshop, if we all agree this approach is a fit, we will look together at options for making it available to a wider circle within your institution or cause.
Your next step?
My first Quest workshop with Jim Lord at Cambridge University was a turning point. After it, everything was changed. We grew our first private university in Germany, which set the example for more than 100 others. And rescued another university 14 days before it would have gone into bankruptcy. (It’s now flourishing.)
That’s why I made a gift of the workshop to some dear friends in Austria, people who had saved my life on a mountain-climbing expedition. It was that significant. And now that same Quest spirit is growing the confidence and courage of the 500 young entrepreneurs I’m coaching in the new German economy. They seem to be inspired -- maybe because of that turning point of a workshop some 20 years ago. Let’s do something more together!
For over 20 years responsible for fundraising and strategic planning at the first private university in Germany; coach to entrepreneurs, consultant to major corporations in Germany and international political institutions.
The workshop with Jim changed the entire leadership of Daystar. The question was no longer, “How can we raise so much money?” Instead the new focus has become helping the donor to have a meaningful experience through his or her contribution to the cause. As a result, we’re raising much more money, and I’ve been asked to lead an initiative to shift the way we look at students, just as we have shifted the way we look at donors.
Consultant and Trustee, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya
The workshop I attended with Jim came at an inflection point in my life. I needed to decide whether I was going to become a “leader” or a “foundation administrator” for our community. It helped me become more comfortable with the idea that leaders don’t have to have all the answers (which I didn’t) but can be the people who ask the right questions (which I learned to do). In the intervening years, we’ve grown the foundation tremendously, both in size and in service to the community.
Kevin K. Murphy
President, Berks County Community Foundation, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA; former Chair, Council on Foundations
Jim Lord is a visionary. He inspires us through his ethical approach to — and sensitive appreciation of — both the process of fundraising and the outcomes it produces to society’s benefit. Jim evidences his lifelong quest for higher ground and new vistas in our field. Once again, as always, he’s blazing trails.
Kent E. Dove
Vice President for Development (retired), Indiana University Foundation; Leading author, consultant, and teacher