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Major Gifts Plan

Unlock the Power of a

Major Gifts Plan


Major gifts are a key component to your organization’s fundraising efforts. This workshop will help you develop a plan for how to:

  • Identify major gifts
  • Nurture relationships
  • Make the ask
  • Steward the gifts (and givers)

Start with Prayer

Prayer is at the beginning, the middle, and then end of major gifts planning. Pause for a moment and reflect on the relationships God has blessed you with: friends, family, church members, neighbors, business associates, etc. 

Note: This info is not shared publicly, but please use initials or shorthand for privacy

Bible Study

Mary Magdalene: The Disciple Who Provided

Text: Luke 8:1-3; John 19:25; Mark 15:40-41; Mark 15:47; Mark 16:1; John 20:1, 2, 10-18, 19-29

In this Bible study, we see what Mary Magdalene received from Jesus, what Mary gave Jesus, but most importantly we see that Mary and Jesus were together.

The plan is the for. The ask is the from. The relationship is the with. All three are important in donor acquisition. We learn the key to the relationship that Mary had with Jesus was that she was present with Jesus. She would then be encouraged and then would encourage others. Lastly, she would be blessed and thereby be a blessing to others.  (Be P.E.B.: Be Present, Be Encouraged, Be Blessed!)

“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.  And the twelve were with him. 2) and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3) and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.”

Luke 8:1-3 ESV


The Major Gifts Life Cycle

During the workshop, we’ll use these tools to help you learn and practice the four phases of the Major Gifts life cycle:

  • Identify major givers
  • Nurture their development in the cause
  • Ask for financial support
  • Steward the relationship

We want you to have everything you need to create specific plans for nurturing relationships with individuals and giving organizations–including churches!

Workshop Workbook

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The Major Gifts Plan workshop includes a workbook to guide your learning. You can use the printed version provided by your AD or the digital version.

Click here to download a copy of the workbook PDF.

Quick Survey

Tell Us What What You Need

This summer’s workshop is on the fundraising stream of Monthly Gifts. Tell us what you’ve done, what’s working, and where you need help so we can design this upcoming workshop for you!


Building Your Fundraising Team

When it comes to fundraising, you need all the skills, gifting, personalities, and support you can get. In this webinar, you'll receive practical advice from Mission Increase Middle Tennessee Area Director, Anne Calton, who will share tips, ideas, and practical steps to building and leading a team of committed champions who can help create and implement your organization's fundraising strategy.

Asking the right people, for the right gift, at the right time takes careful consideration and planning.


Don't Forget

Be sure to transfer any work you did in our Major Gifts spreadsheet tool into your organization’s CRM (if you have one). We don’t want you to lose any insight you may have gleaned in the workshop activity!

Upload Your
Major Gifts Plan

Your Area Director will review your draft plan and can provide helpful feedback to help you put it into action.

NOTE: You may choose to use initials for donor names to protect privacy.

Major Gifts Plan Upload

Upload a draft of your Major Gifts plan for review by your AD.

Your Name
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Max. file size: 256 MB.

Schedule a Coaching Appointment

Reserve time to meet with your Area Director to discuss your Major Gifts Plan, or get additional coaching. 



Want to learn more? Need help applying to your ministry? A free Mission Increase coaching account includes one-on-one and small group coaching with your local Area Director.