August 15, 2023

How to Attract Unsolicited Major Gifts and Windfalls: It’s Not Just Luck!

Be a nonprofit that attracts large, unexpected windfall and other unexpected major gifts from funders and donors.

When donors and funders seek your work--do you attract them?  Donor bubble: Ah, just what I'm looking for

I’ve identified five qualities of nonprofits that effectively land unsolicited major gifts and windfalls share.

During this CEO Conversation, you’ll be invited to examine how much the nonprofit you serve embodies those characteristics. We’ll also explore together opportunities to tweak our actions for a more significant impact. (50-minute event)

Join Karen’s September 14 CEO Conversation.  Email Karen to reserve your seat.

Until now, most nonprofit leaders assumed there was nothing they could do to stimulate windfall* and unexpected major gifts except cross their fingers. Getting these gifts from funders and donors was a matter of luck.

However, the pattern of why some nonprofits get over-the-threshold gifts and others don’t has become even more evident with the addition of Mackenzie Scott’s grants with others from different sources.

Windfall gifts and their siblings, unsolicited major gifts, and donations are not just luck.

How do I know this? First, my clients include over a dozen Scott and other windfall gift winners and even more unsolicited major gift recipients.

Second, my database of windfall winners reveals a replicable pattern.

What’s exciting about what’s emerging? The steps to take to grow more unsolicited major gifts are available to many if not most, healthy nonprofits. 

In this 50-minute conversation on September 14 at 1 pm E., you’ll see parts of the pattern, learn how to boost your organization’s attractiveness to mega-gifts and bonus points and identify how you will invest your windfalls.

*A windfall gift surprises everyone and is ten times what you consider a major gift. The work to secure windfall gifts, other unsolicited major gifts, and over-the-threshold funding is minimal compared to additional fundraising.

How this Karen’s CEO Conversation Works

  • September 14 at 1 pm E, 50 minutes
  • For CEOs and executive directors only
  • Come Zoom camera-on ready
  • Learn. Share. Connect.
  • Leave ready for better job satisfaction and life balance

Reserve your seat for Karen’s September 14 CEO Conversation at 1 E.

Never attended? Learn more about Karen’s CEO Conversation.

What CEOs are saying about Karen’s CEO Conversations

Karen’s CEO Conversations are a great place to have candid, valuable conversations with other nonprofit CEOs.
Mona Duffus
Dawning Family Services

Great call today – very helpful. I picked up lots of very helpful information, so THANK YOU!!!
Diane Nahabedian
Executive Director
Monkey Helpers

Every one of the conversations has been fantastic. I have applied something from each one to my work.
Erica (Mossholder) Klauber
Executive Director
Children’s Craniofacial Association

Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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