Advancement Academy

Advancement Advisors is proud to introduce Advancement Academy, an ongoing series of training sessions for fundraising professionals.

Creating an Effective Fundraising Plan

The number one predictor of fundraising success is having a plan. A written plan helps you to focus and prioritize the efforts necessary to ensure the success of your fundraising program. A plan also helps to prevent the potential derailment of efforts by well-intentioned board members and volunteers. Through discussion and exercises participants will leave this interactive session with the outline of a plan ready for immediate implementation.

This course is designed for fundraisers with at least one to two years of experience in a small to mid-sized organization.

Participants will explore:

  • using your fundraising plan to build a culture of philanthropy;
  • the fine art of setting fundraising goals;
  • evaluating return on investment;
  • bringing a focus on gifts from individuals; and
  • innovative strategies for solicitation and cultivation

Register now! Class size is limited to 25, so please register early.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Allegheny County Library Association
22 Wabash Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Cost: $95 Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Presented by:

Maureen Mahoney Hill, CFRE

Principal, Advancement Advisors, a Pittsburgh based firm offering fundraising consulting and coaching.

Maureen is a seasoned fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience. Drawing from her expertise raising funds for nonprofit organizations, Maureen established an independent consulting practice in 2006. Over the course of her career, she has raised more than $40 million and, as a consultant, she has helped clients raise more than $12 million.

As a Principal with Advancement Advisors, Maureen builds fundraising, communications and marketing capacity in nonprofit organizations. Her practice focuses on board training and development; coaching; planning and strategy development for major and planned gifts; fundraising plans; and, audits and feasibility studies.

Maureen has been an accredited Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1999 and in 2017 was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Master Trainer status. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer, frequently teaching through the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University and the Nonprofit Resource Center at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

An Introduction to Planned Giving
Hosted by the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
at Robert Morris University
Wednesday, February 28, 2017


Past Advancement Academy Sessions:

Advancing Your Skills: Major Gifts

Held Friday, September 15, 2017


Maureen Mahoney Hill leads an interactive discussion during Advancement Academy’s Major Gifts session on September 15, 2017

Class participants engage in role playing to build skills and improve their confidence at making the major gift ask.

Co-presenters Maureen Mahoney Hill, CFRE and Mike Grzesiak.

Ideas, suggestions and feedback offered by class participants enhanced the session.

Advancement Academy is interested in knowing what fundraising topics are of interest to you. Let us know your challenges; the areas of fundraising where you’d like to sharpen your skills; the topics that will help you be a better fundraiser.