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LEAP Session: The Fundamentals of Relationship Fundraising


About this event

Relationship Fundraising – widely known as major gifts – is a critical element of a robust fundraising strategy. Yet, many nonprofits neglect to give it the focus that it requires. Join Mark Duncan, Founder and CEO of The FundCoach, LLC, as he shares a 6-step engagement strategy to building a successful relationship fundraising program.

You will know how to leverage other fundraising activities to grow philanthropy and understand how to recognize the barriers to success so you can avoid them.

Mark L. Duncan is a seasoned fundraising professional with over 20 years of fundraising management experience. Throughout his career, Mark has managed multimillion-dollar capital and special campaigns with a particular strength in cultivating and securing large contributions from major donors. During his tenure at Millersville University, heled a $60 million capital campaign and two focused campaigns totaling over $16 million for the University’s School of Education and Athletics. Mark brings over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector from a wide range of organizations that include camp and conference ministry, higher education, K-12 education, public media and healthcare. Mark has also served on multiple nonprofit boards including the United Way of Lancaster County, York County Economic Alliance (YCEA), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II, and Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center. Mark is a graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and resides in Wilmington, Delaware.


As the Community Foundation, we know that Lancaster County is at its most extraordinary when we’re all challenging ourselves to learn, grow, and find new (or time-tested) ways to develop ways to care for our community. We are proud to leverage the extraordinary wealth of expertise, insight, and innovation to bring our community the most exciting slate of free learning sessions yet. We hope you will join us for one or all of these opportunities, and bring your questions, ideas, and hopes for taking this learning beyond the session into our shared work of building a more equitable future for our community!


The Community Foundation is committed to working with our community benefit sector to build capacity, enhance networks, and create connection! We have created a series of meet-up groups for CBO professionals to gather together, share successes, build capacity, and learn from each other. 

We have sessions for CBO development/fundraising professionals, communications/marketing CBO professionals, Executive Directors, and CBO professionals interested in exploring and deepening the work of using diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their organization’s mission.