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Major Gifts and Moves Management

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


As campaigns and fundraising goals inexorably increase, the need to continue growing the pool of significant donors becomes vitally important. This session will demonstrate tactics and the methodology of successfully engaging, cultivating and securing ever-increasing gifts.

Participants in this session will gain:
1.       Strategies for increasing the size and frequency of major gifts.
2.       An awareness of the possible.
3.       How to build a great pipeline of potential donors.


John (J.D.) Davies
Senior Consultant and Independent School Specialist
Global Philanthropic

John (J.D.) is a Senior Consultant and Independent School specialist at Global Philanthropic, and has spent his career in education, including twenty years at Shawnigan Lake School, on Vancouver Island. Shawnigan Lake School, a leader in independent boarding school education, made an early and significant investment in its future by supporting a bold advancement strategy. John, a passionate advocate of independent school education, served as Director of the Shawnigan Foundation for twelve years.

In his career at Shawnigan he has also served as an English teacher, Housemaster, Director of Advancement, Deputy Headmaster and as a coach of rugby and basketball. In his role as Director, The Shawnigan Foundation, John pioneered the concept of major gift fundraising in Canada’s independent schools.

John’s delivery of philanthropic leadership and independent school fundraising has taken him to Britain, USA, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. His single-minded focus on major gift philanthropy and board development has enabled many schools to attract significant resources to their organization.

John represents Global Philanthropic with an active list of private school clients across Canada and Asia and is a much sought-after speaker on all aspects of independent schools, especially on the creation of all-encompassing advancement programs, whilst focusing on capital campaigns and annual fund strategies. His lengthy experience in China is considered a significant asset by his clients.

John is the Past-President of the Vancouver Island Chapter of AFP.   He was honoured by his Canadian colleagues in 2011 with the prestigious CAISAP Heaman Award for his contributions to philanthropy in Canada.

John obtained an MA from the University of Victoria in Curriculum Studies.

11:15 am - Registration Opens
11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Networking and Buffet Lunch
       Informal Ethics Discussion over Lunch
12:00 pm - Announcements, Introductions

12:10-1:15 pm - Presentation
1:15 - Q & A
1:30 pm - Event Concludes


AFP Members - $45.00
CAGP Members - $45.00
Non-Members - $55.00

Norwood Hotel
112 Marion Street.

For more information, contact or call 204-295-1512 (Lise).