Finding and Securing Your Biggest Gift - EVER - We Raise Foundation

Finding and Securing Your Biggest Gift — EVER


The impact of receiving your organization’s largest gift in its history is transformational. It would allow your program to impact the lives of more people, change the way donors view your organization, and raise the expectations of top organizational leadership. It is tempting to create a fundraising plan each year that aims to raise an amount that’s similar to the year before. Instead, this webinar invites you to a vision that is greater than your provision. Whether your organization’s largest gift is $10,000 or $10 million, the process for finding and securing the biggest gift is the same.

What you will learn in this webinar

  • How to be intentional about your process
  • How to identify the right prospects to invite their consideration
  • Strategies to convey the impact of a transformational gift


In 25+ years of fundraising, Paul Miles has helped over 60 nonprofits secure the largest gift in their organization’s history. Since August 2015, Paul has served as the President and CEO of We Raise Foundation, Itasca, Ill. Prior to that, he was the Vice President for Development at Make-A-Wish® America in Phoenix, Ariz., for four years. In this position, Paul was responsible for all individual and foundation giving, including direct mail, digital, annual giving and grants, mid-tier, major and planned giving. Prior to Make-A-Wish® America, Paul spent 22 years with CCS Fund Raising – 12 years as a campaign director and 10 years as a limited partner. He helped his clients raise over $1 billion, culminating in a $593 million campaign for Habitat for Humanity International, where he also served as interim senior vice president of development. Other organizations he worked with included the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, St. Louis, Mo.; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Baylor Healthcare System, Dallas, Texas. He has been a frequent speaker and trainer in the field of resource development.



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