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 consultants are specialists in transformational giving, with expertise 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

VPG President, Susan Holt, discusses creating a culture of philanthropy that leads to major gifts, with Amy Einstein during the AFP International Conference earlier this year.

”Love what you said about the importance [of] partners and having a culture of philanthropy. Building relationships that foster transformative gifts, beyond event driven fundraising, is so important to the long-term success of a capital campaign. What an informative and impactful interview!”
- Board member of a current client


How much is missed, or is misunderstood, because we fail to truly engage, ask questions and listen?  In philanthropy, this can be the kiss of death to developing authentic relationships and engaging our donors. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE. 



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 President, Susan Holt, presented Creating Million Dollar Gifts with Physicians Partners – Strategy to Tactics 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. 

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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 one of the 25 largest gifts from an individual to a health care organization in 2017. This $20M+ gift from an anonymous donor will accelerate landmark research in the hearing sciences. 

See the full list HERE. 

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. This remarkable gift is a significant boost to our $200M Bold Science. Life Changing Cures campaign.