Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE, international fundraising consultant, keynote speaker, trainer, philanthropy leader

With over 30 years experience in successful major gift and capital campaign fundraising, Gail is known for her practical and donor-centered approach to raising money in today’s world. She guides her clients to close transformational gifts that catapult their organizations to new heights.

Gail was recently named #10 on the list of America’s Top Fundraising Experts, published by Philanthropy Media, and her Fired-Up Fundraising Blog is consistently listed among the top fundraising websites in the world. Her best-selling book, Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action (Wiley/AFP) has been called the “gold standard guide to building successful fundraising boards.”

A popular and energizing speaker, she keynotes fundraising conferences in the US and abroad. She has taught campaign master classes in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and across the US. She leads energizing fundraising workshops and board retreats around the globe. She particularly enjoys working with nonprofit board members; introducing them to a new perspective on fundraising and how they can be successful.

She is co-founder of the web-based group Capital Campaign Masters, and a contributing author to Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work – the #1 selling textbook and resource for capital campaigns. She has coached over 40 capital campaigns from LA to Maine, and has personally led 25 campaigns as staff or consultant, raising over $500 million.

Gail launched her fundraising career at Duke University and then went on to lead fundraising at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Business Foundation Fellow. She also received her BA in English with honors at the University of North Carolina, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Robert Swanson, President & CEO Swanson House

Robert's 30 years of fundraising and consulting experience spearheads a team of consultants with more than 100 years of combined experience. He has worked in 14 states with nonprofit organizations. Robert believes strongly "…large gifts are created, not found." His proven "fundraising architecture" serves as the fundraising framework for all Swanson House clients. He stresses the need and effectiveness of thoughtful and professional fundraising in which donors are respected and acknowledged.

In addition to his successful client work, Robert has spoken and presented throughout America to a variety of nonprofit resource and advocacy groups including the prestigious International AFP Convention. Robert concluded his nonprofit career as CEO of the Emporia State University Foundation.

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