October Brown Bag Lunch: Making the Ask

  • 04 Oct 2012
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA


Registration is now closed. Feel free to join us at the event as a walk-in attendee.

11:30 am:  Registration and Networking

12:00 pm:  Program

Session Overview

While fundraising is a bit of art and science there is one definitive truth: If you do not ask for gifts, you will not receive them! The number one reason people give to a cause is  because they are asked. If your board, your volunteers and your development professionals don't solicit gifts, then your annual campaign, your capital campaign or your gala will fail.

Does the thought of asking someone for money, even for a worthy cause, make you nervous and uncomfortable?   With knowledge and a little practice, you, too, can be comfortable making asks.

In this workshop presented by seasoned fundraisers, you'll learn how to successfully solicit support and sharpen your skills through role-playing. This session is recommended for board members and volunteers as well as fundraising professionals. You will leave ready to make that ask!


Elsa Gomes Bondlow

As the Director of Development at Mass Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, she is responsible for major gifts, foundation giving, event fundraising, stewardship and strategic planning.  Prior to that she spent  two and a half years at Tufts University handling  multi-year major gifts fundraising in the Tufts School of Arts and Sciences. She spent seven years working at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), a health and human services organization for the advancement of people from Portuguese speaking countries where she supported the Development and Communications Department.  She sits on the Advisory Board of the Cape Verde Children's Coalition. Elsa has  been a Portuguese language instructor, a translation consultant, and has worked with language learning software development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies with a Communications Minor from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA and a Management Certificate in Health and Human Services from Suffolk University.

Stephanie Truesdell

As the Director of Development at Milton Academy, she is responsible for campaign planning and implementation, leadership gifts, planned giving, stewardship, research and information services.

Prior to joining Milton in 2004, Truesdell was at Harvard Law School for seven years as the Director of the Law School Fund before joining the Law School's leadership gifts team. Preceding that, she spent five years at Brown University as a member of the annual fund team,  responsible for leadership giving, young alumni programs, and reunion giving.

A frequent presenter at CASE and AFP conferences, Truesdell serves as a board member for the Boston Chapter of AFP. She holds an master's in education from Harvard and a bachelor's from Brown University.