Advancement Advisors Group

Advance Your Skills with Advancement Academy

In our dynamic, interactive seminars, participants in the Advancement Academy are empowered to become more effective fundraisers. Small class size fosters conversation and more customized content, participants leave armed with resources and strategies to implement immediately.

In 2019 three Advancement Academy sessions will be on the schedule. Watch this page for more details, follow us on Facebook  or click here to sign up for our email announcements about these upcoming topics:

An Introduction to Planned Giving
Mastering Major Gifts
Creating An Effective Fundraising Plan

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

Please join us for:

Advancing Your Skills: Building a Planned Giving Program

Monday, March 4, 2019

This session is designed for nonprofit fundraisers, leaders and volunteers who are interested in learning how to raise more and larger gifts for their organizations through planned giving. This introductory session will provide an overview of the most popular planned gifts and the techniques and strategies to market and secure them.

  • Who are the best prospects for planned gifts?
  • Which gift vehicle is right for your donor?
  • How do you talk to your donors about a planned gift without talking about death?
  • How can you incorporate planned giving into your already full plate?

We will answer these questions and more in this fast-paced, interactive session.

Register NOW! Class size is limited, so please register early.
Monday, March 4

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Nova Place
100 South Commons, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Cost: $125
Working lunch and beverages provided


Course Instructor

Maureen Mahoney Hill, CFRE
Principal, Advancement Advisors

With strategy, creativity and integrity, Maureen Mahoney Hill, CFRE, counsels nonprofit clients to help them meet – and often exceed – their fundraising goals. Since starting her consulting practice in 2006, she has helped clients raise $16 million, bringing her career fundraising total to more than $40 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.

A long-time Certified Fund Raising Executive, Maureen recently added to her credentials by achieving the status of Master Trainer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Her vast knowledge and dynamic style make her a sought-after speaker. She was one of the featured speakers at the Big 12 Development Conference in 2017 and has given presentations at numerous nonprofit and philanthropy conferences in the region. Among the topics she is most frequently asked to address are fundraising trends, major and planned gifts, individual giving and development audits.

Advancement Academy is planning future Academy courses, and we are interested in knowing what fundraising topics are of interest to you.

Email us and 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.

Comments from participants at past Advancement Academy sessions:

“Very well done.

Both speakers were effective and highly knowledgeable. Truly, I expected it to be well done, but it exceeded my expectations.”

“You opened doors

that I didn’t even know existed. You also gave an opportunity to reflect, regroup and plan for future meetings.”

“It is always worthwhile to meet with peers and see the fabulous people who work in our sphere. I thought everything was very well paced and

the day was full of meaty material.”

“This course was incredibly helpful.

I never sat through a day-long seminar and wished that it had been longer until now. I also really enjoyed the informal networking opportunity.”

“Speaker is very knowledgeable and speaks on a level

everyone can understand.”

“It’s always beneficial

to meet and discuss similar issues with colleagues in the field.”