courses, coaching & training.
The Academy exists to expand and deepen your fundraising skills, understanding and confidence, with on-demand courses, custom coaching and training, and speaking.
As globally-recognised fundraising and non-profit experts, we believe it’s our duty to share our knowledge and know-how – to strengthen the power of fundraising everywhere.
Beth Ann Locke
Director of the Academy,
Senior Consultant, Gail Perry Group
and Chief Spark, The Fundraiser Coach
Beth Ann became a fundraiser to invite donors to change the world.
To continue that vision, she recently joined the Gail Perry Group as Director of the Academy. Beth Ann continues her work as The Fundraiser Coach, consulting with nonprofits and coaching fundraisers to achieve success working with donors.
When she joined the front lines of philanthropy, Beth Ann started with the basics: accepting gifts and writing thank you letters, creating direct mail campaigns and working on events. Since those early days, she’s been a fundraiser in the U.S. and Canada for nearly 30 years. Over her career she has raised over $75 million. And at every stage, she has been a champion of relationship fundraising and appreciation.
Beth Ann is tapping into her fundraising experiences to coach fundraisers and nonprofits on how to work more effectively, surpass their fundraising goals, and build stronger donor and team relationships. She wants fundraisers to realize success and increase community impact.
When she isn’t bringing that energy to her coaching and consulting, she’s writing and speaking about how we can strengthen our profession. How? By being a relationship fundraiser and using best practices, research and data, and practicing gratitude. (Psst! She also produced a line of cards designed just for fundraisers to share with donors.)
Beth Ann lives in Vancouver, BC now with her partner. In her leisure, before times, she loved visiting her daughter, traveling, and throwing parties. Now she happily wears a mask and cavorts virtually.
An industry-leading inspirational fundraising speaker, leader and author, renowned for her Fired-Up Fundraising board retreats.
She’s coached more than 60 capital campaigns worldwide and empowered well-loved, high-impact organizations including the Parkinson’s Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation and ALS Society to raise over $600 million.
Gail has helped bring more families together at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham NC with $6m, treat more cancer patients in the Shepard Cancer Center in Greenville NC with $11m, and give people the opportunity to connect with Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville NC with the $12m they raised.
She’s achieved great fame and recognition in the fundraising world and is celebrated for her transformational work with boards, using her innovative Fired-Up Fundraising approach. This approach helps empower organizations to connect with their supporters personally, energizing boards and directing campaigns. Through it, she’s worked successfully with such names as San Diego Zoo Global, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Trust for Public Land, the US Olympic Committee, and Duke Cancer Center.
A dynamic and charismatic speaker, Gail keynotes fundraising conferences and teaches campaign masterclasses all over the world. She leads powerful board and leadership workshops to drive national and international organizations to greater heights.
Gail’s strong presence on LinkedIn makes her an influential voice in the fundraising community, and she has been named one of the site’s top 15 Voices of Philanthropy for sharing strategic insights and expertise with her peers. Gail has contributed to the #1 best-selling textbook Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work. Her bestselling book Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action is recognised as the gold standard guide to building successful fundraising boards. It’s living proof of her conviction that energizing people can change the world.
Dr Kathryn Gamble
A world-class researcher, trainer, speaker and leader with significant experience delivering in-person and virtual training.
She uses a wealth of experience gained from three decades at the forefront of fundraising, managing the portfolios of major donors, planning post-campaigns, and masterminding the discovery call process and planned giving. Her long list of successful campaigns covers a wide range of clients.
Kathryn has held many senior executive management positions. She oversaw the entire fundraising operations at Saint Mary’s School and East Carolina University, and has served on nonprofit boards for many other organizations. After her record-breaking fundraising for North Carolina Museum of Art, where she led a successful $50.6 million campaign, she founded her own consulting business.
Academically, she has gone the whole distance. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she completed the Bridges Academic Leadership for Women program of professional development for women in higher education. She proudly submitted her PhD, researching ‘Nonprofit CEO Power and Multiple Boards: Their Effects on Governing Board Role Fulfillment’ to examine what effect additional boards may have on a governing board’s role fulfillment.
Kathryn regularly speaks in public. She presents her research at the ARNOVA (Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) conference, inspires as a speaker at the AFP NC Philanthropy Conference, and shares her knowledge and passion through teaching at North Carolina State University. She treats fundraising like the running she does in her spare time: with commitment, tenacity and hard work.
In 2017, Gail Perry and Kathryn joined forces. Ever since, Kathryn has played an important role in energizing the Gail Perry Group’s nonprofit clients and transforming their fundraising fortunes. It illustrates her philosophy of looking beyond just raising dollars to affect real change for a better world.
Available instantly, wherever you are.
Our on-demand courses and programs are your quick ticket to some of the fundraising world’s most valuable and impactful insights and training.
Bespoke to you, virtually or in-person.
Built around your unique challenges, opportunities, goals and culture, our custom training inspires, unites, educates and – above all – brings you the clarity you need to take strategic action.
Through our major gift and capital campaigns training, workshops and board retreats, we work with individuals and teams at every level to drive change that lasts.
At special request, Gail Perry and her team can be available to speak at your conference, event or dinner.
“I want to let you know that I learned more in your one day workshop than I have over the past two years when it comes to the hands on tools needed to be successful at fundraising. Thanks so much! I now have the tools and confidence I needed to take our Foundation to the next level!”
—Monnie Lunsford, Participant
“Because her approach is geared to each individual’s point of view, Gail’s presentations and advice relate equally well to new fundraisers and seasoned veterans. I’ve been a fundraiser for more than 20 years and I found myself as energized and renewed as my first-time board members.”
—Dawn Price, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
“Nothing quite compares to the expert advice that you have shared in response to my questions, whether that be in email or during a coaching call.
Not only have you provided valuable perspective on the situations I have encountered, you have also helped me to develop a greater understanding of the many moving parts in large public educational institution fundraising.”
– Stephanie Bunn, University Advancement, East Carolina University
“We raised over $400k this year in the program! No more donor fatigue! It was wonderful to have direct access to Gail and get direct and personal feedback. I feel like I am getting supported in a personal way, and the advice was really targeted to my personal situation.”
– Peggy Schick, Development Director, Maine Maritime Museum
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