Give your board, volunteers, CEO, and staff the art of Bold Asking™

Philanthropy in the United States is at an all-time high, with gifts from individuals representing 87 percent of all charitable giving.

Many potential donors care deeply about supporting the organizations they are passionate about. But, each year fundraising campaigns struggle for one simple reason: they fail to effectively engage and ask.

 Bold Asking™ is a coaching program of Vision Philanthropy Group.  The interactive workshops are designed to give boards, volunteers CEOs, physicians and staff the tools and confidence they need to become effective partners in major gift fundraising and building transformational philanthropy.

Vision Philanthropy Group are specialists in transformational giving, specializing in health care, education and related philanthropies.


Susan Holt, President, Vision Philanthropy Group

Susan Holt, President, Vision Philanthropy Group

Susan Holt is one of the premier health care and biomedical sciences fundraising professionals in the United States.  She has partnered with deans, presidents, board members and faculty in identifying, cultivating and closing gifts ranging from $1M to $250M.  During her 30-plus year career, she has helped some of the nation's preeminent physicians, scientists, and volunteers become willing participants in major gift fundraising.  With her help, not only have they become comfortable and effective in obtaining game-changing philanthropy for their institutions, they have experienced the joy of building meaningful relationships that translate into life-changing gifts.

“The research at Mass. Eye and Ear is a game changer in finding future cures for blindness and deafness. We needed to accelerate our fundraising program to make sure our world-class scientists have the philanthropic resources required to continue their discoveries. Susan has provided the counsel our entire team, and I, needed to create a high performing fundraising program. With her guidance, we have set audacious goals and are achieving fantastic results that exceed our expectations.” -Wyc Grousbeck, Chairman of the Board, Mass. Eye and Ear and Managing Partner, Governor and CEO of the Boston Celtics


Recent News

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Vision Philanthropy Group is pleased to announce that our President, Susan Holt, will be speaking at the 2017 AHP International Conference, October 18 - 21, 2017 in New Orleans. Susan is an international speaker on philanthropy, major gift fundraising and creating a philanthropic culture.  She has presented and served clients in North and South America and Europe. 

Creating Million Dollar Gifts with Physicians Partners – Strategy to Tactics
Friday, October 20 at 2:15pm

This interactive session will explore the concrete tactics the team employs to raise donor sights, engage champions and secure transformational gifts when new partnerships are created with the physicians, department chairmen and board members. 


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Susan will return to New Orleans April 15 - 17, 2018 for the AFP International Fundraising Conference to present Designing Powerful Partnerships that Transform Culture and Result in New Major GiftsThis interactive session will discuss the strategies and practical tactics for designing powerful partnerships with the board and CEO that transform the philanthropic culture and result in major gifts.


Vision Philanthropy Group is pleased to announce that our longtime client-partner, Mass. Eye and Ear, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has received a $20M+ gift from an anonymous donor to accelerate landmark research in the hearing sciences.  Mass. Eye and Ear boasts the world's largest and most renowned hearing research enterprise, housed in the department of Otolaryngology, the number one ranked department in the U.S by US News and World Report. The remarkable gift is a significant boost to our $200M Bold Science. Life Changing Cures campaign. 

Vision Philanthropy Group is pleased to announce that our longtime client-partner, Mass. Eye and Ear, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has received a $20M+ gift from an anonymous donor to accelerate landmark research in the hearing sciences.  Mass. Eye and Ear boasts the world's largest and most renowned hearing research enterprise, housed in the department of Otolaryngology, the number one ranked department in the U.S by US News and World Report. The remarkable gift is a significant boost to our $200M Bold Science. Life Changing Cures campaign. 


Our firm's President, Susan Holt, has been named President-elect of the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee.  


We are honored to welcome Chilton Medical Center Foundation as our client-partner for board training in transformational giving!


Please take a moment to watch our latest campaign awareness video with our client-partner, BrightStone, made in partnership with 501Cinema:  The Land of Dreams.


Photography by Jon Kent

Photography by Jon Kent

We are honored to welcome BrightStone as client-partner! BrightStone expands the potential of adults with special needs by providing opportunities and solutions that enrich their lives. www.brightstone.org 


A new VPG blog post is up! Click below to read more.

Designing Powerful Partnerships II: From the CEO's Corner. Why Me?

Our health care landscape continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. The demands placed on CEO’s to navigate this ever-changing territory are similarly unparalleled. Losing sight of the power philanthropy plays in achieving vision and mission, even as external demands mount, may come at an enormous opportunity cost.


We enjoyed presenting our session, "Creating million dollar gifts and a new era of philanthropy with physician partners", with our client-partner, Mass Eye and Ear, at the AHP International Conference. Please contact us if you would like to learn more. 


We enjoyed meeting and seeing everyone at the AHP International Conference in Chicago! Thank you for coming by our booth to visit with us.