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 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

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.


Our firm's President, Susan Holt,  is partnering with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for an upcoming webinar on February 14, 2017,  at 3pm EST/ 2pm CST., titled,  The Psychology of Giving: What Neuroscience Tells Us.   

This session will look at findings from neuroscience and the correlations between happiness, valuable experiences, social connection and meaningful giving.  Susan will offer real-life, practical tips for engaging major donors for high impact philanthropy.  The session is designed for chief development officers, major gift staff and executive leaders. 

 Register and learn more by clicking here.


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


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.