Give your Board of Directors, CEO, and Development 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, small group sessions and one-one-one coaching 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 creating 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

BOLDLY MAKING THE ASK: THE JOURNEY FROM FEAR TO BOLD ASKING (PART 7)

Ok, its finally time.  You’ve engaged your prospect, you know her passion for the project and the organization. Her interests are aligned with the organization’s vision.  You’ve prepared your prospective partner, the pre-solicitation conversation has occurred—she’s ready!

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UPCOMING FACEBOOK LIVE: April 23, 11am EST

How to Engage Your Board as Partners in Fundraising & Inviting Major Philanthropic Gifts
VPG President, Susan Holt, will join Sarah Olivieri, Founder of PivotGround, for a Facebook Live discussion.


UPCOMING WEBINAR: April 25, 2pm EST

Maximizing Hospital Foundations in Changing Times
Presented by Susan Holt, President and Senior Consultant of Vision Philanthropy Group and Walter J. Dillingham, Jr., Managing Director, Endowments & Foundations, Wilmington Trust


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Vision Philanthropy Group President, Susan Holt, presented the art of Bold Asking workshops to Williamson Medical Center (Franklin, TN) and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton (Boston, MA), pictured above.


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.
”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!”
- James R. Parker, Williamson Medical Center Board and Close to Home Campaign Chairman


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.