Major Gifts Ramp-Up celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2020 thanks to the generous donors of National Development Institute (NDI). The Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model has transformed charity based on founder Jimmy LaRose’s belief that when donors, foundations and corporations invest in civil society a child’s health, a student’s dream or a family’s future is made secure. Major Gifts Ramp-Up allows charities to nurture and leverage philanthropy by supplying funders the trust they require to financially invest in a nonprofit’s mission. National Development Institute (a charitable organization in its own right) and has trained over 17,000 executives, donors, volunteers, staff and board members across six continents who serve human welfare, education, health care, the arts and environment.
LaRose is not only the architect of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model he’s the designer of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Cloud and executive producer of all Major Gifts Ramp-Up Training Events held around the world.
The MGRU Model turns everything upside down and inside out. Let’s suppose for a moment that you run a food and clothing bank. Convention would say that your primary customer is a person who is hungry and your mission is to provide them nutrition. Conversely, how would your management, operations, and fundraising change if the mission of your food bank went something like this: “Heart of Hope Food Bank exists to provide community volunteers, advocates, and donors the organization they need to provide food and clothing to the homeless, hurting, and hungry.” This mission statement makes THE DONOR YOUR PRIMARY CUSTOMER…NOT the person who is at risk. Therefore, everything within your management culture changes when you base your mission on meeting the needs of the volunteers, advocates, and donors your organization now exists to serve. What’s the outcome? Exponentially MORE people receive the food, clothing, and services they so desperately need.
The Major Gifts Ramp-Up Cloud super platform has been designed to support organizations who successfully implement the Major Gifts Ramp-Up fundraising model. Recognized as the world’s largest nonprofit digital resource library, the MGRU Cloud includes thousands of documents, tutorials, presentations, manuals, videos, audios, curriculum and exams vital to enhancing your nonprofit’s performance. Fundraisers save hundreds of hours as they CUT-AND-PASTE their way through projects using fresh material they now own. CLICK HERE to download a PDF overview
NDI is one of the leading providers of nonprofit training conferences in the world today. Participants experience fun, fast-paced, professional training in all areas of nonprofit management including:
• Major Gifts Ramp-Up for Human Welfare, Education, Healthcare, The Arts & Environment
• Faith & Fundraising Summit for Churches & Ministries
• Nonprofit Consultant’s Training Conference
NDI’s faculty is comprised of professional men and women who have dedicated their entire careers to the charitable sector. NDI Alumni include executives, funders, clergy, volunteers, staff and board members from across the globe.
Here’s what your peers have to say about Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model, Cloud & Events:
“Major Gifts Ramp-Up is the ‘Best-of-the-Best!’ All I’ve received are ‘thank you’ and ‘praise‘ for bringing this event to Jackson! Our partner agencies and local nonprofit programs received what they needed to grow TODAY (not later!) MGRU’s expert faculty used humor & grace to inspire all who attended. I highly recommend this program for both you and the community you serve.”
United Way of the Capital Area
Carol Burger – President & CEO
“I’ve spent the last week receiving email messages, phone calls and personal visits thanking me for bringing Major Gifts Ramp-Up to the Gulf Coast. Our agencies LOVED IT! This spectacular 2-day capacity-building conference was daring, confrontational and exactly what our organizations needed in the way of training. Conventional methods of management and fundraising were challenged with humor and insight. Their expert faculty engaged our grantees and inspired them to grow revenues in new ways that work. Prepare for significant change if you give your community the gift of Jimmy LaRose. Feel free to call me with your questions!”
United Way of Southwest Alabama
Cliff Grimes – President & CEO
“Bringing Major Gifts Ramp-Up to New York was right for our board, campaign staff, partner agencies and all the nonprofits in our community. This program was challenging, educational, fun and allowed our executive directors to interact with senior fundraising professionals for 2 full days for only $148 per person (for $298 you can send as many people as you’d like.) Simply put, Major Gifts Ramp-Up is the most comprehensive training and support platform I’ve ever seen. We have had nothing but positive feedback from all of the agencies that came. This was a real win!”
United Way of the Greater Capital Region
Brian Hassett, Chairman & CEO
“Two words…AMAZING EXPERIENCE. Missouri’s Major Gifts Ramp-Up Event was provocative and pushed our agency directors to ‘re-imagine’ their roles as CEOs! (I’ve received only positive comments from those who attended.) Jimmy LaRose challenged us to see charity through a new lens and then gave us the tools we needed to change. Our own United Way staff were inspired and are now poised for unprecedented campaign success. If you believe in nonprofit capacity-building than this program is for you.”
United Way of the Ozarks
Debi Meeds, CEO
“Having served nonprofits for the past 40 years, I thought I’d seen everything! Then I attended Major Gifts Ramp-Up New York and experienced Jimmy LaRose’s brilliant performance before 130 nonprofit executives. His unbounded enthusiasm, comic timing, exceptional sense of theater and insights into nonprofit management will change the way you view yourself and the raising of big gifts. This conference is a must-see, especially for those who think they’ve seen it all!”
United Way of Ulster County
Stacey Rein, CEO
“Congratulations as Major Gifts Ramp-Up celebrates its 30th Anniversary! United Way of Northwest Oklahoma recently hosted Major Gifts Ramp-Up for our partner agencies (organizations funded by our Venture Grants) as well as other nonprofits in our community. Personally, I found Major Gifts Ramp-Up to be challenging, paradigm shifting and exactly what our organizations needed in the way of training. Conventional methods of fundraising were challenged with humor and insight. Their expert faculty engaged our grantees and inspired them to build capacity in new ways that work. Prepare to increase revenues if you put in place what you hear at these seminars. Feel free to call me with questions!”
United Way of Northwestern Oklahoma
Pamela Ballard, CEO (retired)
“Major Gifts Ramp-Up is a spectacular program that’s both exciting and inspirational. Get as many of your agencies to attend because there are multiple ways the Major Gifts Ramp-Up can benefit you, your agencies, and your whole community of non-profits. I’ve been doing UW for too many years to mention and I’ve never heard Alexandria offer these solid methods of finding your way in front of the big donors in your community… especially the ones you don’t even know are there!”
United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties
Ken Hinrichs, CEO (retired)
“We brought this event to Florida and found Major Gifts Ramp-Up to be the most important, provocative & entertaining capacity-building conference we’ve ever experienced. NDI’s Faculty were energized, outrageous and challenged everything our partner agencies believe about the raising of money. I highly recommend you give the gift of Major Gifts Ramp-Up to your community!”
United Way of Brevard County
Rob Rains, CEO
“Our agency directors, staff and volunteers not only enjoyed Major Gifts Ramp-Up but were inspired by the case studies and success stories their faculty shared during this 2-Day Event. The success of our time together was further evidenced by the different directors who continued their work with NDI beyond the conference to implement the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model. We look forward to bringing them back!”
United Way of Escambia County
Andrea Krieger, CEO
“The Faculty of National Development Institute will inspire your agency leaders to rethink the way they raise money. Check all of your pre-conceived notions at the door and open yourself up to a brand-new approach to capacity-building that really works. Our agency partners, staff and volunteers loved this event and were inspired by the big ideas their veteran team members had to offer. We look forward to bringing them back!”
United Way of North Central Florida
Deborah Bowie, CEO
Our sincere congratulations to NDI as Major Gifts Ramp-Up celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary!
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