Give your Board, CEO's, physicians and volunteers 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 medical research, education, and complex world problems. But, each year fundraising campaigns struggle for one simple reason: they fail to ask.

 Bold Asking™ is a coaching program of Vision Philanthropy Group designed to give Boards, CEO's,  physicians and volunteers the tools and confidence they need to become effective partners in major gift fundraising and building meaningful philanthropy.


Susan Holt, President, Vision Philanthropy Group

Susan Holt, President, Vision Philanthropy Group

Susan Holt is one of the prminen health care and biomedical sciences fundraising professionals in the United States. he has led the development programs at major academic medical centers and NCI-designated cancer centers.  As fundraising counsel, Susan partners with a wide range of health care organizations, including medical schools and teaching hospitals, community hospitals, as well as behavioral health and global health organizations.  he has partnered with deans, presidents, board members and faculty in identifying, cultivating and closing gifts ranging from $illio to $2 millio.  During her 30-plus year career, she has helped some of the nation' leadin physicians, scientists, EO's nd oard member 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

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.


Our new blog post is up:  Designing Powerful Partnerships: What do your philanthropic partnerships look like? 

How are powerful partnerships created? The great late anthropologist, Margaret Meade, made the case for the power of partnerships and people working together years go in her famous statement, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  Certainly, philanthropy is no exception. Read more here...


“Susan does an excellent job setting the stage for a major gift program. Participants learn who will be interested in supporting their organizations and how to speak to those donors in ways that help them realize all the benefits of being meaningfully engaged in a cause.” - Timothy A. Kaltenbach, Executive Director, Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Development.

It was an honor to share ideas and experiences last week in Nashville, TN at the summer session of the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. My colleagues and I were delighted with the great turnout and the group's receptiveness to the session: "The Psychology of Giving: Why Me?" I had a great time! Thanks for hosting me. We're happy to share what a couple of people had to say. 

"I thoroughly enjoyed Susan's presentation…and the manner in which she presented. It was refreshingly enjoyable!" - Sister Mary Davyd Deerwester, O.P., Advancement Office, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation


Part Two of our latest blog post is up:  The Secrets to Creating Meaningful Bonds: Promoting Social Connection and Valuable Experiences. Check it out for Susan's remaining six tips!


Part One of our latest blog post is up:  The Secrets to Creating Meaningful Bonds: What Does Research Tell Us? There are many factors that help create bonds between people:  from deep friendships to shared dreams, experiences and values, to common hopes and visions, and sometimes a crises, or a crises averted.  Relationships are critical.  But, to nurture major donor relationships that truly endure, I prefer to focus on creating bonds; the bonds that undeniably tie us to one another.  This is what I want to devote a little time to here


Bold Asking™ Video Vignette

Orrin Ingram, President and CEO, Ingram Industries, and philanthropist, talks about listening to your prospect in a Bold Asking™ video vignette.